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Help Overcoming Problems Effectively

What is HOPE?

Help and Care are offering a programme to help people living in Dorset struggling with long-term health conditions; build confidence and learn how to manage their condition(s), including mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression, better. The HOPE Programme (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively) is based on a course developed by the University of Coventry to help people cope better with long-term medical conditions.

The programme helps you to focus on you as a person, not as a long-term condition. It helps you to discover new strengths and rediscover old ones to keep yourself well. It also aims to boost your self-confidence and resilience, to help you cope better emotionally, psychologically, and practically with your condition.

Looking to get help?

The course is free to attend and it takes place at various times and locations throughout Dorset. A typical course is 6 weekly sessions, that lasts for 2.5 hours. These are run by trained HOPE facilitators, which include health and social care professionals, and sometimes trained volunteers. 

Course information

The course will help you to:

  • Feel more able to support and share your experiences with others to help you feel less isolated.
  • Feel reassured and able to recognise your own potential and enhance your happiness and quality of life.
  • Feel more confident in dealing with emotional issues such as: anxiety, anger, depression and uncertainty.
  • Increase your ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Discover how to use relaxation techniques to refresh your mind and body.
  • Learn how to make plans and achieve goals that can help you make changes for the better.
  • Use the skills from the course to improve and self-manage your life.

We aim to have between 6 – 12 people on each course to ensure everyone’s contribution can be heard and feeling more of a group. Time on the course will be spent in discussions, fun group activities and sharing information. There will also be some suggestions and ideas to try between each session to build your confidence.

In 2023 we have been led over 12 courses, with more to come. Scroll down to see when our next upcoming courses are.

On each course you will find:

  • A warm, friendly atmosphere
  • Support when you need it
  • General small group discussions on topics such as:
    • Managing fatigue
    • Getting more active
    • Feeling good
    • Goal setting
    • Gratitude Diary
    • Managing stress
    • Communication

Who can attend?

  • Age 18+
  • GP registered in Dorset

Upcoming HOPE Courses


2024PCN Area  Location Day / Times 
2nd April for 6 weeks  Sherbourne Area Raleigh Hall, Sherbourne Tuesdays 10-12:30
15th May for 6 weeks  Westbourne West Cliff Church, Westbourne  Wednesdays 10-12:30
10th June for 6 weeks  Bournemouth North St Andrews Church, Kinson, Bournemouth Mondays 10-12:30
13th June for 6 weeks  Poole Central Evergreen Oak Surgery, Poole Thursdays 10-12:30
14th June for 6 weeks  Blackmore Vale Partnership Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury Friday 10-12:30
20th June for 6 weeks  Weymouth and Portland Portland Comunity Venue, Dorset Thursdays 10:30-13:00
Planning in Progress  South Coast Medical Townsend, Bournemouth  TBC
Planning in Progress Blandford Blandford, Dorset TBC
Planning in Progress Shore Road Parkstone, Poole TBC
Planning in Progress Poole North Canford Heath, Poole TBC
Planning in Progress The Vale Gillingham, Dorset TBC
3rd October  Weymouth & Portland St Aldhelms Church, Weymouth  Thursdays 10-12:30

To hear about digital options available for certain long term health conditions, please click here to be directed to another website. 


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