About Us

“We are established as an independent charity for care, welfare and advancement of disabled people in Portsmouth and the surrounding area”.

My daughter needs routine and structure that’s similar to school when it’s the holidays but with an element of fun and this is what she gets from Enable Ability – parent of service user.

Our Mission, Principles and Objectives :

We are established as an independent charity for care, welfare and advancement of disabled people in Portsmouth and the surrounding area. We work in partnership with disabled children and adults, their families and carers, to provide a range of inclusive, high quality, professional and confidential services.

Enable Ability supports people with severe disabilities as well as those whose needs are at a more ‘mild to moderate’ level. Altogether we provide for approximately 500 children and adults via a growing number of different services.

The charity is funded through Local Authority contracts, grant awarding bodies (e.g. Children in Need and The National Lottery), fees, donations, fund raising events, investments and rental income.

As a charity that provides services to people with disabilities, we aim to be as inclusive as we can be and actively represent the Voluntary & Community Sector through membership to the multi-agency SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) Board set up by the Local Authority to establish and implement a ‘Removing Barriers to Inclusion Plan’ for the locality, a large part of which relates to the development of inclusive and integrated services.

Enable Ability has always taken a ‘needs-led’ approach to service development, as a result of which it regularly consults with existing and potential clients, professionals and colleagues from other relevant local organisations. Client / service user views & feedback always play a vital role in the decision-making process concerning changes to services provided and the shaping of those that it seeks to further develop.

Our key challenges over the coming years comprise: building sufficient capacity to meet increased demand; responding effectively to parent / carer expectations concerning levels of service provision; reductions in funding that we will receive from statutory agencies, increased competition for grant funding and having the capacity to fully meet fundraising targets through events, sponsorship and donations.

All staff employed by Enable Ability are recruited in accordance with recognised ‘Safer Recruitment’ practices and are required to have an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in place before commencement of any unsupervised contact with children and / or vulnerable adults. All staff are inducted and given appropriate training, including mandatory courses (e.g. Safeguarding).

Enable Ability is inspected by both the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted, and is accredited by Investors in People.  The charity is run by experienced managers and supported by a trustee group with relevant and diverse skills and experience.

At a recent inspection of Enable Ability by the Care Quality Commission we were rated GOOD in all areas.

Please click on the image below to download and view our service summary flyer.


Review our business reports section here which includes our strategic business plan and annual reports.