Specialist Playscheme

Enable Ability’s flagship service provides age-appropriate activities for children aged 5 to 18 years who require high levels of supervision living in Portsmouth during school holidays. Activities will include outings, art and craftwork, play, and sensory stimulation including music, dance and creative art.

My son loves attending the playschemes. He enjoys socialising with his peers and it gives him a level of independence, away from family. He looks forward to going and always comes home happy

– Enable Ability parent.

Contact details

Michelle Morgan
Telephone: 023 9267 1846

Please note: We are currently at full capacity and are no longer accepting referrals for a place at our Playschemes.

This position is currently under review as of 9/11/23.

The Specialist Playscheme operates at a variety of venues and is part-funded by Portsmouth City Council. It is specifically for children living within Portsmouth postcodes PO1 to PO6 who have been diagnosed with severe physical disabilities, severe learning difficulties or autism. The service addresses the needs of children who require a 1:1 supervision ratio or higher and which cannot be accommodated on other playschemes.
Transport may be available to collect and return children each day if required in specialised minibuses operated by MIDAS-trained drivers and trained passenger assistants.
There is a daily charge for the service (and additionally for transport) which can be paid for using pre-payment cards issued by Portsmouth City Council.

How To Refer:

Applications for attendance at the Playscheme can be made for forthcoming holiday periods by contacting the office to request a current form. All applications are subject to approval by the appointed panel. A home visit needs to be completed before attendance so a detailed care plan can be completed.
Please contact Playscheme@enableability.org.uk to arrange a home visit.
Whilst it is Enable Ability’s policy not to exclude any child from attending a project for purely financial reasons -and help may be available- the charity does implement specific procedures to safeguard itself from having to meet costs unnecessarily.
If the parent (s) /carer(s) of a child wish to apply for an allocated place at the Enable Ability Specialist Playscheme and are unable to meet the full costs due to financial hardship they should request an application for financial assistance form from the main office or contact Richard Soutar on 02392 671846 or email: richard@enableability.org.uk

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Key Facts:


Aged 5 to 18 years old living in Portsmouth (postcodes PO1 - PO6)

Level of support

For children with high needs and supervision required 1 to 1 or higher


By referral or enquiry. A home visit will be required before attending to assess suitability and to prepare a care plan.


Locations vary - please check with the office.


The daily rate is £25.

Additonal fees

Expenses related to the various activities may need to be borne by the parents or carers. Transport may be available in exceptional circumstances at an extra charge of £5 per day (from Summer 2019)

More information

Call the office on 023 9267 1846 or email: playscheme@enableability.org.uk


View our Summer Play Provision report 2022

View our Summer Play Provision report 2021

View our Summer Playscheme report 2020

View our Summer Playscheme report 2019

View our Summer Playscheme report 2018