carers' resource information and support
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Support for You

We offer a range of support services to help carers, most of which are free.

There are also a number of local support groups which you can contact direct.

There are also a number of support groups aimed at Parent Carers. 

Carers Information Service

Provides: regular newsletter with the latest carers' news and information, Caring Matters magazine, A-Z of Carers services, information about monthly social activities, contacts for specialist outreach support.

If you would like to join, click here, or give us a call on 01202 458204.

Carers In Crisis

Emergency back-up scheme for carers. Free to join.

Carers' Drop-In

There's a warm welcome waiting at our Carers Centre every Tuesday afternoon 2pm-4pm and every Friday morning 10am-12pm. If you need some support, or just need some time out for a drink and a chat, then drop in to the Carers Centre. Refreshments are provided.

No need to make an appointment, just pop in to the Carers Centre (St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, BH4 8ER - we're based behind First Point Connect Day Centre, through the car park, and next door to Christ Church Westbourne)


Befriending for carers. Phone 01202 429037

Beach Huts

Available throughout the year at no charge.

Holiday Lodges

Available throughout the year at Weymouth and Devon, at no charge. Requires completion of a short application form.

Carers Assist

Available in Bournemouth. Free assistive technology for 'peace of mind' at home.

Carers Choir

Pop along and enjoy some joyful singing with the 'Care Free' choir held in St Osmond's Church Hall, Bournemouth Road, Parkstone, BH4 9JG every Monday 10.30am-12pm

Home Safely

A bracelet for people with Dementia which helps the emergency services to contact the carer. Home Safely is free to join. Please contact your local Community Alarm Service according to where the person you care for lives - Poole: 01202 733255 | Bournemouth: 01202 452795 | Dorset: 01305 755800

Young Carers 

Young carers are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. You can find find more information about support here.

Carers Assessment

There are other ways you could be supporting following a Carer's Assessment. This is not a financial assessment or a judgement on how well you are providing care. It's an opportunity for you to talk about how being a carer affects you, and to make sure you are getting all the help and information available to support you.

To ask for a Carer's Assessment, please contact: 

Caring for someone in Poole:

Adult Social Care Helpdesk, 01202 633902


Caring for someone in Bournemouth:

Care Direct, 01202 454979


Caring for someone in Dorset: 

Adult Access Team, Dorset Direct, 01305 221016


Valuing Carers in Dorset 

We have worked with local carers across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, and other statutory organisation to develop a Strategic Vision called Valuing Carers in Dorset.  This sets out what carers think is important for us to focus on, up to 2020


Dorset Advocacy work with Help and Care to help carers secure their rights, represent their views and obtain services they need. Tel: 0300 111 3303

For more information on any of the above, please get in touch, unless stated in the service description.