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About Dorset Council

From 1 April 2019 the county's 9 councils were replaced by 2 entirely new organisations:

The new Dorset Council replaced 5 district and borough councils (East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland) and the former Dorset County Council, all of which no longer exist. Dorset Council now delivers your local services, working in partnership with parish and town councils.

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council replaced the former Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch Borough Council and The Borough of Poole.

You will be able to identify which council you are in by your Council Tax bill or you can view a map of the council boundaries.

To understand more about the services visit the Dorset Council website.

About Adult Social Care and Housing

Adult Social Care are part of Dorset Council. Adult social care supports people to achieve the important things in ways that are right for them; the activities of daily living, maintaining independence, enjoying social interaction, and playing a part in society. We also act on concerns that an adult is being abused or neglected.

What is Our Dorset, Adult Social Care?

This website has been developed by Dorset Council with the help from voluntary and Community groups and by Dorset residents for Dorset residents. Find out more about our partners.

We would like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who has already been involved for their contributions. We listened to what you wanted and needed to help you stay independent. We hope we are providing an easy to use website of information, advice and guidance and a directory of local services. We want you to be able to navigate the social care and health systems, even when they are complex, and we want you to be able to find support in your local community. We will continue to develop the website with your input, we will add new information and online facilities.

Strengths-based approach

At Dorset Council we are keen to ensure that a strengths-based approach is taken with those who come into contact with our services so that we can provide the right help, advice and support at the right time.

A strengths-based approach is a collaborative approach between the individual and those working with them. The approach looks at an individual’s situation holistically; considering what is most important to them, their strengths and capabilities and their support network, in order to find the best ways to work towards meeting the needs of the individual. Needs can be met in a range of ways, such as:

  • information and guidance
  • technology
  • existing relationships/support networks
  • community resources
  • social care services

Our Dorset NHS

OurDorset.nhs is a partnership of all the NHS and social care organisations working together to deliver integrated care in Dorset.

Our Dorset, Adult Social Care and Our Dorset NHS share the same ambition for everyone in Dorset; to have the best possible health and care ‘outcomes’. In other words, to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives, made possible by good access to high quality, joined-up health and care services.

To find out more watch the videos on OurDorset.nhs:

Integrated care system

Our Dorset: an overview

Primary care networks

Our development partners

We would like to say a special thanks to the following organisations for their support to shape the website:

Help and Kindness provides information, help and support that are available to people living and working in Dorset. There is local service information, local events and activities. Please have a look at their website to see how you can get involved in your community.

LiveWell Dorset is a free service for adults who would like support to change their lifestyle. They have information to help you to stop smoking, increase your physical activity, manage your weight and reduce your alcohol intake.

People First Dorset was set up in 2004, as a user led charity, supporting people with learning disabilities to develop their self-advocacy skills. We achieve the above by providing friendship, fun, support groups, forums, easy read and quality checking services. Our 3 main projects are:

  • Friendship Club – people come together to make and meet friends in everyday settings such as cafes, pubs, bowling alleys
  • Speaking Up – people come together to develop their speaking up skills and talk about the issues that are important to them and effect their everyday lives
  • Quality Checkers - our team of people with learning disabilities visit providers (day services and supported living) to find out what is good and what can be improved

Get in touch for more information or to find out how join in with our projects.

Age UK North, South & West Dorset helps older people when they need them most with information and advice, health and care and wellbeing.

Carer Support Dorset provides information, advice and guidance in your caring role. You might not think yourself as a carer and think what you do is just part of being a parent, spouse, friend or sibling. As a result, you might be missing out on the support that is available.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. They can also offer advice on debt and financial difficulties. Visit the Citizens Advice Bureau website or find your local Citizens Advice.

Prama Life supports older people and carers across Dorset by providing a range of community-based activities, including support groups for people with dementia and their carers, exercise, crafts groups and social clubs.

Dorset Council Library Service provides far more than a book service with hire of DVDs, audio books, e-books, magazines, newspapers and e-comics. You can search for your family history, use the reference resources, access adult learning courses and home education resources. Many also host events, courses and social activities.

Volunteer Centre, Dorset are passionate about all things volunteering! Whether you are looking for a voluntary role, or need volunteers for your organisation, we can help. We believe that there is a volunteering role for everyone, irrespective of age, background, ability, or health and we will strive to find the role that suits you.

Help and Care has a vision of people living the lives the choose. Everything we do is because someone, somewhere, wanted something different and better out of life and we were determined to help them to make it happen. Help and Care offer services across the south coast and promotes dignity and independence for all people, particularly those in later life.