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.
Most libraries provide information about local leisure and social facilities. For further information contact your local library or log on to www.dorsetforyou.com
Tel: 01258 452075
Tel: 01747 822180
Tel: 01747 852256
Tel: 01963 362142
Sturminster Newton Library
Tel: 01258 472669
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.
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
Local contacts for social activities
Age Concern – Blandford
4 Nightingale Court
Tel: 01258 458250
Offer a variety of leisure and social activities, volunteering opportunities, befriending, advice and counselling information, a pop-in group.
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:
Tel: 01305 261540
Women’s Institute – Dorset Federation
Tel: 01305 266 366
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 Network for Deaf Students
Ken Carter (CEO)
c/o DEAFAX Technology Centre
University of Reading,
“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:
2 Grosvenor Gardens
London, SW1W 0DH
Telephone: 0207 730 2400/3660
Fax; 0207 730 0020
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
RNIB Talking Book Service
RNIB National Library Service
PO Box 173
Tel: 0303 123 9999
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