Practical help

When you stop caring for a relative or friend, the help you may have had from Adult Social Services to care for that person also stops.  This means that help you may have had with shopping, housework, or equipment for your home will no longer be in place.  If you have an illness or disability yourself, you may continue to need some help.  Contact your local Adult Social Services and ask to have your needs assessed.

• Bournemouth: contact Care Direct on 01202 454979

• Christchurch: Social Services on 01202 474106

• Poole: Social Services Helpdesk on 01202 633902

• East Dorset: contact Social Services Wimborne on 01202 877445

• Purbeck: Social Services on 01929 553456

• North Dorset: Social Services on 01258 472652

• Bridport: Social Services on 01308 422234

• Dorchester: Social Services on 01305 251414

• Weymouth & Portland: Social Services on 01305 760139

Handiworks Plus (available to residents of Bournemouth, Poole, East Dorset, Christchurch and Purbeck)

Handiworks Plus is a home repair services provided by Help & Care for people over the age of 18.  For a small annual fee and a subsidised hourly rate, membership of the scheme provides reliable help with minor DIY jobs around the home.  All contractors are skilled, experienced and police checked. Handiworks services can provide assistance if you move home, attending for a full or half day to undertake a variety of jobs such as fitting curtains, grab rails or additional security products, plumbing, heating, gardening, decorating, electrics.  We can also help you dismantle and re-build any furniture and plumb in washing machines.

A listening ear is always available at Help & Care to discuss your needs and point you in the direction of information and organisations able to help you.

Refresh your driving skills

Drive 55 Plus

Drive 55 Plus provides drivers aged 55 or over with the opportunity to update their driving skills and knowledge, helping them deal with ever changing road conditions, and can reduce the risk of becoming involved in a road collision.  The courses are held during the day, giving drivers an opportunity to discuss issues related to driving and receive help and guidance with things that may concern or worry them.
There are two elements to Drive 55 Plus:

Driver Refresher Course

This is a half day (three hour) course aimed at helping drivers update their knowledge and skills.  No driving is involved.  The group discussions include:

• New driving techniques

• Keeping fit to drive

• Changes in the law and Highway Code

• Motorways

• Roundabouts

Practical Refresher Course (optional)

You will be accompanied by an experienced driving professional, in your own car, on this 90 minute course.  The route usually includes town and country driving; you can also ask the instructor for help with things that bother you, such as parking or reversing difficulties.  The aim is to update and improve your driving skills to reduce the chance of you becoming involved in a collision.  As part of the Road Safety initiative the 90 minute courses are currently available to attend on a “first come first serve” basis.  The car must be taxed, insured for you to drive and roadworthy.  The instructor will also ask to see your licence to confirm that you are entitled to drive.

The popularity of these courses means that booking is essential. To find a course near you contact the Road Safety Team (see below) and register on our mailing list.

Senior Road Safety Officer: Sue Virgin
Tel: 01305 224680


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