Support from local voluntary agencies, not for profit organisations and charities

Listed below are services available from local charities, voluntary agencies, and not for profit organisations offering support with daily living tasks that may not meet the criteria for help from Adult Social Care. They can also help you if you prefer to arrange services privately for yourself or a friend or relative you care for.


Age UK Dorchester – Home Support and Out and about Service, Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, DT1 1PW. Email:

Support is available for people aged 60 and over who live in the Dorchester and Weymouth and Portland areas and the close surrounding areas. Services include:

  • support with domestic chores such as shopping, ironing, and cleaning
  • light garden maintenance (mowing the lawn, planting, pruning, weeding)
  • one to one support with computers, tablets, mobile phones including installation and set-up, tuition on the use of Skype, printer problems, uploading photos etc.
  • sitting service, someone to sit with a relative or friend you care for while you have a break
  • someone to pop-in and check on a relative or friend you care for when you are unable to do so
  • help accompanying you or a friend or relative to appointments or social activities
  • help with de-cluttering, dog walking, help with correspondence and bill paying.


Contact Lucy, Carol or Sarah on 01305 269444 for further details and charges. You can also be referred via a relative or friend, or via a health or social care professional.

Further services available from Age UK Dorchester include footcare, computer help, dementia support, carers support, social clubs and activities, and much more see


Age UK Dorchester – Good Neighbours – volunteers able to help with “one of” practical tasks such as:

  • change a lightbulb
  • change batteries in hearing aids etc.
  • take small amounts of rubbish to the tip
  • do small bits of sewing or repairs
  • retune a TV, help with a computer or tablet
  • reach a high cupboard for cleaning etc.
  • and much more..

Contact 01305 260289 for further details, email:  - service is available to anyone over 50 unable to do these tasks themselves in the Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland areas.


Befriending and Good Neighbour groups

There are also befriending/good neighbour groups across Dorset that may be able to help you with small “one of” tasks around the home or to help you get to an appointment. Further information is available from the Help & Care factsheet “Befriending” – call 0300 111 3303 to ask for one to be sent to you, email: or go online at .


Further information is also available from  check to see what is available in your area.



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