Do you need help being heard?
An advocate can help get your feelings across if you are struggling. Contact Dorset Advocacy for more information.
Do you regularly support an adult, or care for someone with daily tasks, a loved one, or a friend? You may or may not identify yourself as a carer, but the caring you do entitles you to information, advice, and support.
It is really important that when you're caring for someone that you look after yourself too.
This is particularly important at the moment when some people are increasing the amount of unpaid care they provide.
Caring can be very rewarding, but without the right support, it can have a negative impact on your health, career, finances, and relationships. Find out more about all the support available on our Carers Dorset Festival page.
Get advice and support as an unpaid carer from Carer Support Dorset. Ask them for advice or support using this form.
Registering with Carer Support Dorset could give you:
Carer Support Dorset explain how they can help you with free advice and information
Phone Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 4:30pm, Friday 9:30am to 4pm or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leonardo Trust is an independent charity to help people in Dorset who care for a sick or disabled relative or friend, full-time, at home. The Trust may be able to help you with:
Leonardo Trust have joined forces with Connected Living to provide a comprehensive Home Alert Line service for carers. We will provide the following to any recognised carer or the person they care for:
Working in partnership with Connected Living we are offering FREE installation and the first TWO MONTHS FREE for Connected Living – At Home Package. This will include a monitored Home Alarm and Pendant. Connected Living will undertake an assessment with the customer and Carer during the installation. Further funding may be available from The Leonardo Trust for an extended service, additional equipment or a Keysafe if required.
Application is by agency referral form which can be found on the Leonardo Trust website.
The Leonardo Trust is funding PramaLife to provide Telephone Groups for Carers to give people the opportunity to meet and talk together, even if they can't do that face to face. Carers often find it hard to take time for
themselves for a chat, to get information from professionals or support from other Carers - now you can do that from your home phone or mobile phone. For more information contact Keith on 07999 402114 email@example.com or Sue on 07867 354588 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Dorset Community Directory provides a comprehensive list of Carers Support Groups by area in Dorset.
The Help and Kindness website also provides a list of Carers Support Groups in Dorset.
Carer Support Dorset offers a range of training and helpful workshops to help you with your caring role. Contact them for the latest information.
The Carers Trust has free online courses about caring for someone with dementia.
The Recovery Education Centre provides free training courses if you are caring for someone with mental health issues. The courses are mainly held out in the community, so you should not have to travel too far to attend.