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Help and Kindness is a trusted organisation based in Dorchester, which works along-side Dorset Council, Public Health Dorset, Volunteer Centre Dorset, Age UK, Citizens Advice and Dorset Community Action. Help and Kindness is a project that brings together information about all kinds of help and support that are available to people living and working in Dorset. There are over 250 listings on their directory, and this is growing. Follow their progress on Twitter #HelpAndKindness If you have a service to offer please contact them.
Alternatively use our Directory to find local activities, groups and services in your area such as walking, book, dance, knitting, craft, board games, bingo and computer groups, or lunch clubs, help in the home and advice organisations and more.
The Work and Health Programme can help you find and keep a job if you're out of work. The type of help you get depends on what you need.
An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition. It covers things like special equipment and fares to get to work if you cannot use public transport. Access to Work can help you to start work, stay in work or move into self-employment.
A new and exciting initiative, delivered in partnership between Dorset Council and social enterprise experts, Community Catalysts, is being piloted in parts of the county.
The 2 year programme offers support to local people to set up and run their own business, offering help at home for older people or others that need some support. The project is focusing on Sherborne Rural and Three Valleys in West Dorset and Blackmore Vale and Winterbourne in North Dorset – all areas where care and support can be difficult to get hold of, due to their rural locations.
As well as helping people to set up new businesses, Community Catalysts can advise existing community enterprises already established in Dorset who are looking to diversify or extend what they offer.
We can help anyone with talents, passion and local knowledge to set up a business. The thing our community enterprises have in common is that they all want to help local people live a good life.
Community enterprises can be set up in a variety of ways, as a sole trader, partnership, small business, social enterprise, charity or voluntary organisation.
To be eligible for support, they must have eight or fewer full-time staff or volunteers and be independent of any larger organisation.
We will build on things that already work well in the community and look to work with people, groups and organisations with strong local knowledge and expertise. The project aims to capture learning and actively use this to improve the way that health and care works for everyone in the county.
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The project in Dorset and a parallel initiative in Shropshire are supported by a partnership with technology company Bronze Labs and their Tribe web platform. The Tribe Project provides an app that matches people who need care and support with local people and organisations who can help.
Community Catalysts have a huge amount of experience helping local people establish community enterprises. Your local Catalyst can:
Community Catalysts can support people who have an idea that could help people in local communities and want to explore it further, or those who are currently running a community enterprise that helps older or disabled people, and who may want to diversify or extend what they do. They can also help people who are interested in starting a new community enterprise.
They would also like to connect with people, organisations, businesses or groups across Dorset who have an interest in building stronger communities.
The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site. It has beautiful beaches and breath-taking walks. It is literally a prehistoric world beneath your feet.
Do remember, though, rockfalls and landslides can happen anytime without warning. Stay away from the edge of cliffs, never lie or sit under the cliffs, and always check tide times. Climbing and digging in the cliffs is highly dangerous to you and others around you.
We are lucky in Dorset to have four country parks: Avon Heath and Moors Valley in the east of Dorset, Durlston in Swanage and Hardy’s Birthplace at Thorncombe Woods near Dorchester.
Each one offers a different experience, from dramatic clifftop walks at Durlston to the Gruffalo Trail at Moors Valley. All sites offer Nordic walking, health and wellbeing walks, including dementia-friendly ones, waymarked trails, visitor centres, cafés and shops, picnic areas and tramper hire for people with reduced mobility.
Stepping into nature runs lots of activities such as walking, singing and arts and craft.
Anyone can take part, though most activities are targeted at residents aged 55 and over and many are dementia-friendly.
Funded by the Big Lottery, the project helps to increase people’s confidence and independence, and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Take part in gardening workshops or gentle guided walks, try rural craft and outdoor cooking, and more. Visit dorsetaonb.org.uk.
If you prefer being indoors, considering visiting an indoor leisure centre.
Search for Dorset Council leisure centres for activities for all ages and abilities, including swimming, gym and exercise classes.
To find out where public toilets including accessible toilets are in Dorset please look at the Dorset Council pages of information here
There are a range of leisure centres around Dorset managed by council. They have activities for all ages and abilities, including swimming, gym and exercise classes. Use the search facility to see where they are and maybe plan a visit to one you have not been to before?
If you are feeling lonely or isolated and would like to meet more people or make new friends, please browse the Directory to find groups near you. Charities, organisations, community groups, clubs and faith groups regularly meet for activities or coffee and cake. You can get involved online, on the telephone or by visiting them to join in and some of them are free. Staying connected and getting involved in your community will help you.
Getting online can open up a new World to people, connecting people to the outside world and helping them to gain a level of independence. Technology cannot replace in-person interaction, but the internet offers people the opportunity to communicate with others from the comfort of their own home.
Skype, video chat and other communication channels such as email and social media can allow anyone to connect with family, friends and groups or organisations. It can also offer education, entertainment or friendship opportunities.
Financial abuse affects millions of people across the UK. If you are scammed you could lose not only money, but also your independence, health and wellbeing
If you require advice on scams we recommend you contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
To report a scam or suspicious activity please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
When out and about, don’t forget to remove all valuables from your vehicle and make sure it’s locked, even if you only leave it for a minute.
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, dial 999. For enquiries that aren’t urgent, dial 101.
Dorset Police is committed to working in partnership with the community and we recognise that by keeping the public informed we can all help to make Dorset safer and make Dorset feel safer.
Uniformed and uniformed Police patrol officers, are on the beat to make the local community feel safe. Their job is to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour, and to reassure people. Please say hello, or talk to them if you have any concerns. To find out about policing in your area look at their website here. Telephone: 101 for non-emergency calls. In an emergency please call 999.
The national Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme is designed to help you stay informed. The council’s food safety inspectors inspect food businesses in Dorset and give them a rating from 0 (urgent improvement needed) to 5 (conditions are very good). Most food businesses display a sticker in their window advising customers of their score.
Dorset Council supports a number of projects which offer advice and incentives to residents and businesses to help tackle climate change.
Find out more about Low Carbon Dorset.
Litter Free Coast & Sea works with businesses, residents, visitors and education providers. Current projects range from helping local businesses move away from single-use plastic to community beach cleans.
Find out how to get involved at litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk
Litter Free Dorset is made up of local organisations, charities and community groups, working together to reduce the impact of litter.
Get involved at litterfreedorset.co.uk