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Thrive Day Service

We are proud to be a forward-thinking organisation that strives for excellence, providing day opportunities to people over 16 with autism and learning disabilitie. Our staff are highly qualified, trained with many years of experience. Thrive opened in 2015 and we are part of Windward Day Service which was established in 2002. We have 4 further places Windward (Netley Marsh), Spiral Blue (Ringwood), and Helix (Verwood) based over Hampshire, Dorset and the New Forest.

Every day we run activities on-site and accessing the local community helping to develop a variety of learning, sporting and leisure, creative and independent skills. We want you to be involved in the development of this centre so we hold regular committee meetings so you can have your say. We want to support you in the things you want to do – if you have an idea we will give it a go! We offer an award incentive scheme called Citizen Step-Up which encourages you try new experiences, offer a service and try a new skill and then we hold an award evening to celebrate your achievements. We run regular Social Evenings, outings and holidays to further expand our range of social and independence-building opportunities. We also strive to work with a personal centred approach - ensuring to work with you and your parents or carers to best support you whilst you're with us, we also offer a key worker scheme as well as individual support plan to make sure we understand your needs. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Joe Francis or Lily Thorne
Contact Position
023 8026 6203
Windward Day Services

Alternatively you can send an email to:


Where to go

Ground Floor, Speedwell House
Speedwell Close
Chandlers Ford
SO53 4BT
Children's Centre Areas

We are a wheelchair accessible facility over one level so it easy to get around with no steps or uneven surfaces. We have a large toilet with changing facilities including a hoist and bed as well as two more additional toilets We have a variety of activity rooms large and small so you can take part in session or find somewhere quiet depending on what you want to do and how you are feeling We have meeting rooms too so if you need to hold a meeting or see someone from an external agency such a an advocate or your social worker we can help facilitate that too.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am-3.30pm (except bank holidays)
Time of day

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

You can be referred by your social worker, care manager or community nurse.

If you receive direct payments or are self funding you can contact us direct to arrange a time to come and have a look round.

Any Other Notes
  • Communication: We use Makaton, PECS and visual timetables to aid processing and self-expression. Again using our personal centred approach we will support you with your communication
  • Behaviour: All our staff are trained in Positive Behaviour Management and are skilled at preventing and resolving conflict
  • Personal Care: Your dignity is vitally important to us and is always handled with sensitivity. Our staff are able to assist and help you if you need support daily or occasionally             
  • Medication: We are fully trained in administering medication and are happy to help support you if you require medication in the day or in emergencies


  • We can offer places over summer holidays and half terms if you are free when school or college is closed
  • We offer staff support on a 1:4 ratio, or 1:1 or 2:1 those with higher support needs
  • For those who require 1:1 or 2:1 we may be able to support you with any regular activities like physiotherapy or hydrotherapy. 
  • If you live locally we may be able to provide you with transport
  • We are one of Hampshire County Council’s ‘preferred providers’
  • We love having visitors and offer free taster days – come and see for yourself what we’re all about!


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