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The Louth/Horncastle & District Portage Service also covering Gainsborough

Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional needs and their families. These may be learning difficulties, developmental delay, physical difficulties and Autism.

Support offered through Portage is based on the principle that parents are the key figure in the care and development of their child and Portage aims to help parents to be confident in this role whatever their child's needs may be.

The Louth/Horncastle ServiceĀ  provides Portage for families in Louth, Horncastle and the surrounding areas. The Louth and Horncastle team consists of a two Portage Practitioners, who visit the home either weekly or fortnightly.

Families can self refer (please see attached form) or be referred by any professional involved with the child such as Paediatrician, Health Visitor,GP, Speech and Language Therapist, Early Years Provider, ESCO, etc.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ann Ordish (Louth)
Contact Position
Senior EY SEND Practitioner/Lead
Louth 01507 603776
St Lawrence Special School

Where to go

Lincolnshire Wolds Federation
St. Bernards School
Wood Lane
East Lindsey
LN11 8RS

Portage has access to the hydrotherapy pool and sensory room (from Sept 14) in St Bernard's School at designated times.

Fortnightly 'Aquatots' sing and splash sessions-Tuesdays - 1.00pm - 3.00pm.


Time / Date Details

Time of day

Other Details


Referral required
Professional Referral
Referral Details

Referrals can be made by parents/carers or any other agencies involved with the child to:
Ann Ordish 
Louth/Horncastle and Gainsborough Portage Service
St Bernards School, Wood Lane , Louth, LN11 8RS

Other notes

Portage Practitioners have training and experience in using Makaton signing, PECS

Specific age range
Local Offer

Local Offer


Portage families have access to activity groups run in St Bernards Special school.

Our Portage Practitioners have completed the National Portage Association Portage Basic Training workshop required to deliver the service
Portage Workers have trained in Makaton, safeguarding, PECS :-picture exchange communication system, ELKLAN language builders and sensory integration. Our Senior Portage Practitioner is a National Autistic Society EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus trainer delivering parent programmes to families and carers of children who have a diagnosis of Autism.

Portage Practitioners have considerable experience in working with children with additional needs having worked with students in a Special Educational environment from 3-19 years of age who have an extensive range of difficulties to include sensory impairments, physical difficulties such as Cerebral Palsy, complex speech and social communication difficulties etc. 

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type

This service is listed for your information. Its inclusion on the Family Services Directory does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by Lincolnshire County Council. For more information, go to Terms & Conditions

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