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Leisure and Social Opportunities

You may feel that you have some time to spare and would like to take up a sport or gentle exercise, or perhaps meet new people or try a new hobby. Listed below are some local organisations that may be able to advise you.

Libraries – Christchurch

Most libraries provide information about local leisure and social facilities.For further information contact your local library or log on to www.dorsetforyou.com for Christchurch and Highcliffe areas, www.hants.gov.uk for New Milton area.

Christchurch Library

High Street
Tel: 01202 485938
Minicom: 01202 489965

Highcliffe Library

Gordon Road
Tel: 01425 272202
Minicom: 01425 278760

New Milton Library

Gore Road
BH25 6RW
Tel: 01425 613668


Books on Wheels

If you are completely housebound your local library may be able to arrange for a volunteer to bring books to you. Books on Wheels uses volunteers to find out what sort of books you might like to read. Library staff will then choose a selection of books for the volunteer to deliver to your home. The books are collected and returned to the library when they are due. Contact your local library for details.

Mobile Libraries – Christchurch area

If you live in an isolated or rural area you can find out where and when the Mobile Library visits by contacting the Library nearest to you or logging on to www.dorsetforyou or www.hants.gov.uk


Libraries – East Dorset

Most libraries provide information about local leisure and social facilities. For further information contact your local library or log on to www.dorsetforyou.com

Colehill Library

Middle Road, Colehill
Wimborne, BH21 2HL
Tel: 01202 886676

Corfe Mullen Library

54 Wareham Road
Corfe Mullen
Wimborne, BH21 3LE
Tel: 01202 659755

Ferndown Library

Penny’s Walk
Ferndown,BH22 9TH
Tel: 01202 874542

Upton Library

Corner House
Upton Cross
Poole,BH16 5PW
Tel: 01202 623744

Verwood Library

1 Manor Road
Verwood, BH31 6DS
Tel: 01202 822972

West Moors Library

Station Road
West Moors
Wimborne,BH22 0JD
Tel: 01202 873272

Wimborne Library

Crown Mead
55 – 57 High Street (rear)
Wimborne, BH21 1HH
Tel: 01202 882770

Local contacts for social activities

Age Concern – Christchurch

Provides an advice and information office, details of Pop-In centres throughout Christchurch. Minibus transport to Pop-Ins, social outings and shopping trips. A charity
shop in Tuckton sells goods donated to Age Concern Christchurch. For further information contact:

Age Concern - Christchurch

Druitt Hall
High Street
Christchurch, BH23 1AB
Telephone: 01202 488311
Email: ageconcernchristchurch@googlemail.com

Age UK – Bournemouth

Leisure and social opportunities, volunteering opportunities, help with shopping, advice and support, lunch clubs and pop-ins, details of computer courses and two Community Support Centres. Social opportunities include:

Basic Computer Courses – Christchurch, Ferndown and Winton.

Intermediate Computer Classes – Winton

Computer Club – Christchurch

Day Trips/Pub Lunches – to local places of interest (transport provided).

Energetic Walks – 4-5 miles & a cup of tea.

Excursions – various

Gentle Yoga – Bournemouth

Men’s Explorer Group

Activities to bring out the adventurer in you

For further details contact: Jill Coles – Activities Co-ordinator tel: 01202 530530 email:jill.coles@ageukbournemouth.org.uk

700 Wimborne Road
Bournemouth, BH9 2EG
Tel: 01202 530530
Email: Jill.coles@ageukbournemouth.org.uk


Bournemouth and Christchurch Friendship Centre

Iford United Reform Church
Ropley Road

An independent group that arranges social activities, lunch clubs, coffee mornings, pub lunches, short walks and outings etc. Activities arranged at different venues across Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset. For further information contact:

Gloria Godwin-Rudd
1 Woodside Road
West Moors, BH22 0LY
Tel: 01202 874968

Brendon Care Friendship Clubs

We run 9 weekly friendship clubs, staffed by volunteers. For further information and details of future courses contact 01202 722211.

Contact the Elderly

15 Henrietta Street
Tel: 020 7240 0630
Fax: 020 7379 5781
Email; info@contact-theelderly.org.uk

A national charity whose volunteers take small groups of older people from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Ferndown areas on outings once a month on a Sunday. A volunteer driver will collect you at your front door and drive you to the host’s home for tea. For further information contact the local representative Carolyn Dennis on 01202 424482, email: carolyn.dennis1@tesco.net

Kinson Community Centre

Pelhams Park
Millhams Road
BH10 7LH
Tel: 01202 572826

Over 75 clubs, groups and societies use the Centre on a regular basis, something for everyone. The Centre is open seven days a week from 9am – 10.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and Sunday (plus occasional Saturday evenings). The office is open Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm then 7pm – 9.45pm. All regular users of the Centre are asked to become members of the Kinson Community Association (£1 per year). For further details of activities and clubs contact the office on 01202 572826.

Phoenix Legacy

The Phoenix Legacy aim is to enable people over 50 to engage in a more active lifestyle of the mind, body and spirit, through greater involvement in sport, culture and social encounter; and celebrate their abilities and contribution to society. Become a member and find out what you can do differently to stay active today. For further information contact: Rosie Barfoot Tel: 01305 261540, email: rosie@training-for-results.co.uk, www.phoenixlegacy.org.uk .

Poole Poetry Group

Brings together like minded people who wish to write poetry; whether it is for fun, therapy or to be published. An opportunity to learn various writing skills, build confidence and reach out to a wider audience. The group meet mainly on a Wednesday evening from 7.30pm at:

Seaview Community Centre
Croft Road
Poole, BH12 3LD
Telephone 07948493970, or visit their website www.poolepoetrygroup.com for more details.

St Peter’s Wheels Club – for electric wheelchair and scooter users

St Peter’s Church
Church Road
BH14 0NN

Meets once a month on the 3rd Tuesday between 11am -12 noon. Enter St Peter’s Church via the north porch door on Church Road and drive straight into the church. For further details contact Ann Horan on 01202 731336 or the church office on 01202 749085.

Tea Dances - Bournemouth

Kinson Community Centre
Millhams Lane
BH10 7LH

Tea dances at Kinson are held once a month on a Wednesday between 1.30pm – 3.30pm, and are suitable for anyone interested in listening to or dancing to live music. Tickets are £5 per person to include tea and biscuits, free to groups from day centres, residential homes, and carers. For further information contact Sue Buck on 01202 451805 or email:sue.buck@bournemouthlibraries.org.uk to book tickets, or Poole 01202 633971 (enquiries only). Kinson Community Centre is fully accessible for the disabled.

Tea Dances - Poole

Lighthouse Theatre
21 Kingland Road
BH15 1UG

Tea dances at Poole are held once a month on a Thursday (dates vary) between 2pm – 4pm, and are suitable for anyone interested in listening to or dancing to live music. Tickets are £5 including refreshments. Call booking office on 0844 406 8666 for further details.

Women’s Institute – Dorset Federation

County House
Icen Way
Tel: 01305 266 366
Email: dorsetwi@waitrose.com

The Women’s Institute has many clubs and groups across the county. The groups are friendly and welcoming, full of talented women and are always happy to welcome visitors and new members to their meetings. Contact the office above to find out where groups are in your area.


National Organisations

National Network for Deaf Students

Ken Carter (CEO)
c/o DEAFAX Technology Centre
Bulmershe Court
University of Reading,
Email: ken@deafax.org.uk


“Not Forgotten” Association

Help with recreational activities for disabled Ex-Servicemen and women. Provides TV sets for people who are housebound, TV licenses for those in financial need, holidays, outings
and concerts at Ex-Service Care Homes across the country. For further information contact:

4th Floor
2 Grosvenor Gardens
London, SW1W 0DH
Telephone: 0207 730 2400/3660
Fax; 0207 730 0020
Email; info@nfassociation.org

Life Academy

Provides courses to help with planning for retirement and mid-life issues, including concerns about health and wellbeing, employment, finances, housing and leisure activities.

Dr Mary Davies
9 Chesham Road,
Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3LS
Telephone: 01483 301170
Email: info@life-academy.co.uk

RNIB Talking Book Service

RNIB National Library Service
PO Box 173
Tel: 0303 123 9999
Email: library@rnib.org.uk

RNIB’s Talking Books service offers over 16,000 audio books, paid for by annual subscription and delivered directly to your door. Titles are recorded in DAISY format, making them easy to navigate and enabling a whole audio book to be put onto a single CD. A full annual subscription includes the loan of a lightweight DAISY player with accessible controls.There are a variety of ways to choose books and you will have the support of professional librarians. A Talking Book catalogue is available to help you choose titles currently available for loan.

Subscription to Talking Books includes all the titles you read throughout the year. There are two subscription options:

• £82 - Full loan annual subscription – this includes the loan of a Plextalk PTX1 DAISY
• £50 – books only subscription

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