About Landport Community Centre

Landport Community Centre was opened in October 2008 by the Landport Community Centre Association and instituted with the objectives of “promoting the benefit of those who live, learn or work in Portsmouth and in particular the neighbourhood of Landport in the Charles Dickens Ward of the city”.  The centre was formally opened on  22nd November 2008 by the football legend Ray Crawford, who himself hailed from Landport.

In July 2019 Landport Community Centre Association (LCCA) signed an agreement with Enable Ability to manage Landport Community Centre on its behalf.  Enable Ability is committed to delivering local services in line with the mission of LCCA for the people of Portsmouth, and to provide solutions to help address social isolation in the area. The centre was given a fresh look and the new partnership was launched formally by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, David Fuller on Sunday 24th November.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth David Fuller, accompanied by his sister Leza Tremorin the Lady Mayoress, formally re-opened the centre on Sunday 24th November 2019.

Meet the Landport team:

Alan Jenkins
Centre Manager

Alan has a wealth of experience in venue and event management locally, as well as marketing, sales, media and PR.

Paula Sambell
Café Manager

Sharon Frostick
Hygiene Officer

Karen Bristow
Inter Activ Skills Lead

Adrian Dunstan
Repair Shop Skills Coach

Maria Jerrard
Café Skills Coach

Miles Fletcher
Repair Shop Skills Coach

Rachel Hannon
IT Training Skills Coach

Steve Bond
What's It Like? Manager

Steve enjoys working with groups of people with very different perspectives and bringing together these different world views into creating a product or service.

Kim Rosic
Crafts & Horticulture Skills Coach

Jack Grant
WIL Skills Coach

Jordan Long
Repair Shop Marketing Skills Coach

Enable Ability is 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.

We run a number of our service projects from the centre including our Inter Activ service designed to help young people with learning difficulties gain work experiences in order to find meaningful employment.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LANDPORT

LANDPORT centres around Commercial Road and encompasses the Guildhall, Civic Centre, Portsmouth and Southsea Station and Commercial Road central shopping area. The district of Portsea lies to the West; Old Portsmouth, Somers Town and Southsea are to the south; Fratton lies to the East and the Kingston Crescent area to the north.

The area and its name derive from both Landport Gate and the fact that that the area was a settlement of Halfway Houses.
Landport Gate was built in 1760 as a new main entry point to Portsmouth from the Dockyard and growing community on the Common. It was most probably designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, though it was not built until after his death. It replaced the original main point of access at the end of the High Street and is still in its original position on St Georges Road.
The ‘Halfway Houses’ were built as overspills from the confines of the Old Portsmouth defensive fortifications and commenced with a series of homes on the road from Landport Gate to the village of Kingston. Residents officially adopted the name Land Port around 1831 to define where they lived (on land next to the port).

Landport was also integral in Portsmouth becoming a city. By 1890 Landport had replaced the old town as the centre of the Borough. The building of the spectacular new Guildhall which opened in that year, marked the transition to city status, formally acknowledged in 1926.

Of course, most famously the English novelist Charles Dickens was born in Landport. Dickens was born on 7 February 1812 at 1 Mile End Terrace where his parents had lived since moving to Portsmouth in 1809. His former home has since been renamed 393 Old Commercial Road and is now the Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum. Landport now sits in the centre of what is known as the Charles Dickens Ward of the city.

Further reading:

https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/lib-portsmouth-encyclopaedia-2011.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landport

Landport Gate

Portsmouth Guildhall