Please view useful information on some of our partners websites:
Help and Kindness provide 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 affect their everyday lives.
Quality Checkers - our team of people with learning disabilities visits providers (day services and supported living) to find out what is good and what can be improved.
Please get in touch for more information or to find out how to join in with our projects.
Age UK North, South & West DorsetToo many older people feel they have no one to turn to for support. Age UK exists to help older people when they need them most with information and advice, health and care and wellbeing. Look at their website for the nearest branch to you.
Carer Support Dorsetprovide information, advice and guidance in your caring role. You might not think of 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. Contact Carer Support Dorset for more information.
Citizens Advice Bureau CAB’s 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 their national 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.
Library Service Browse miles of books, surf the internet and work in comfortable spaces. Libraries provide far more than a book service with the hire of DVDs, audiobooks, 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. Contact us to find out more.
Help and Care has a vision of people living the lives they 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.
Our Dorset.nhs is a trusted site, a partnership of health and social care organisations including NHS, Dorset Council and BCP Council, working together to deliver Integrated Care Systems. The ambition of Our Dorset is for everyone to have the best possible health and care outcomes. Living healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives. Our vision is for everyone to have access to high quality, joined-up health and care services, available when and where they are needed. In short, we are working together for people to have healthier, fulfilling lives supported by sustainable health and care services. To watch a video about the Integrated Care System click here. To watch a video about Primary Care Networks click here.
The Homelessness Prevention and Advice Team specialise in preventing homelessness and providing housing advice to those who are at risk of becoming homeless, or are homeless, including rough sleepers.
Dorset Council does not have its own housing stock but relies on Registered Providers to accept nominations to their properties via the housing register. The Housing Solutions Team oversees the management and assessment of applications from households to join the Housing Register, which is known as Dorset Home Choice.
NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the commissioning organisation for the whole county of Dorset. It’s a membership group formed of all 89 GP practices in the county. Our mission is to support the people of Dorset to lead healthier lives. Our principal work is to plan, develop and buy health services on behalf of the local people. Supporting people in Dorset to live healthier lives. Commissioned and provide services include Continuing Healthcare, Medicines Management, Patient Choice and Patient Transport Service.
Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. You can find information on their Public Health England such as health campaigns, policy, current virus statistics, guidance and health news information.
NHS Helping you take control of your health and wellbeing. The NHS stands for the National Health Service. It refers to the Government-funded medical and health care services that everyone living in the UK can use without being asked to pay the full cost of the service. These services include: Visiting a doctor or a nurse at a doctor's surgery. Their website has apps, information and advice for your health and wellbeing.
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust merged on 1 October 2020 to create University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust. This follows approval by both trust boards of directors and councils of governors on Tuesday 15 September 2020. Read more news articles from The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust news articles or Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust news.
Department of Health and Social Care – DHSC supports ministers in leading the nation’s health and social care to help people live more independent, healthier lives for longer. See their website to read about their responsibilities, priorities and more about what they do.