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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, as well as volunteers. Once you have completed the course you may wish to become a facilitator yourself. 

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


 16th January for 6 weeks  Crane Valley Verwood Surgery Tuesdays 10-12:30
 20th February for 6 weeks  Bournemouth East Collaborative The Old School House, Boscombe Tuesdays 10-12:30
22nd February for 6 weeks  Poole Central The HUB, Poole Dolphin Centre Thursdays 10-12:30
22nd February for 6 weeks  Mid Dorset Dorford Celthntre, Dorchester Thursdays 10-12:30
20th March for 6 weeks  Blackmore Vale  Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury Wednesdays 2-4.30pm

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


To explore your options please

Contact Us

0300 111 3303

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