Local Organisations and Support Groups

Baileys Mental Health Resource Centre

131 Barrack Road
BH23 2AW
Tel: 01202 496267

For information and advice about mental health issues in Christchurch and East Dorset contact Sue Butler, Deputy Manager on the above number.  The Richmond Fellowship
East Dorset Carers Group meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00pm.  For further information, contact Susan Reeves also on the above number.


Dorset Mind

8 Stratfield Saye
20-22 Wellington Road
Bournemouth, Dorset
BH8 8JN 
Tel: 01202 551660
Tel: 01202 551660 
Email: contact@dorsetmind.uk 
Website: www.dorsetmind.uk

Pioneering and fast-growing mental health charity Dorset Mind educates, challenges stigma and inequality, and promotes recovery by empowering individuals of all ages to develop resilience.  Dorset Mind delivers talking therapy support groups, counselling and an accredited one-to-one befriending service that helps people regain confidence and social skills.  The charity also provides mental health programmes for schools and youth groups called 'Dorset Mind Your Head' that supports young people, parents and teachers.  Dorset Mind's game-changing workplace training programme, 'Dorset Mind Works', helps employers support employees, shape culture and benefit profitability.  At Dorset Mind's foundation are 140 dedicated volunteers who offer their time for free.  Join their movement.


Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland Community Services

5 Downes Street
Tel: 01308 459762 (answerphone)
Service Lead:  Debra Rodin (mobile 07918166168)
Email: debra.rodin@rethink.org

A support service offered to people who are experiencing mental health difficulties, their relatives and carers covering Bridport and locality.  For further information, contact Pauline Sparkes, Services Manager.  

West & North Dorset Service Lead:  Debbie Latham (mobile 07779031157)
West & North Dorset Carers Service Lead:  Karen Giles (mobile 07866252046)

Employment Services:  Oasis Kiosk, Borough Gardens, Dorchester – Information on all services for CMHT (Community Mental Health Team), CRP (Community Resource Team) or Self Referrals and Confidence for Work Course.


Dorset Mental Health Forum

29 – 29a Durngate Street
Tel: 01305 257172
Fax: 01305 261049
Email: admin@dorsetmentalhealthforum.org.uk

The Dorset Mental Health Forum is a local peer led charity, which exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental illness by promoting wellbeing and recovery, influencing local service provision and providing a range of specialist peer led services.  Services include:


  • Consultation and Representation – of lived experience of mental health problems and local mental health services.

  • Wellbeing and Recovery Partnership – peer representatives and specialists work in partnership with statutory colleagues and mental health professionals, to change the culture of mental health services and transform experience.

  • Dorset Mental Health Advocacy – assistance with a range of rights matters

  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy – for people subject to the Mental Health Act

  • WorkWise – employment support coordination, helping people with and towards employment.

  • Sports and Leisure Activity Programme – peer led community activities for everyone’s mental and physical wellbeing

  • Peer Support Groups – mutual support and shared experience.

  • Positive Approach Shop – Blandford

  • Support and advice to local peer led groups

Obsessions Together – Dorset OCD Support Group

Support Group meetings are held on alternate months on a Wednesday evening between 7pm – 9pm at the following venues:

Eastgate Lodge
Poole Park
104 Parkstone Road

The Hanham Centre
Hanham Road
BH21 1AS

Information, advice and support about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Contact 07837179760 for further information (mobile manned by Action Group Members).

Poole Richmond Fellowship Community Based Service

Eastgate Lodge
Park Gate
Parkstone Road
BH15 2SF
Tel: 01202 684759
Email: poole@richmondfellowship.org.uk

Richmond Fellowship Poole provides recovery focused groups’ and one to one support for mental health Service Users throughout the area of Poole.  The groups vary from allotments, conservation work to Wellbeing & Recovery courses, however the range of activities are led by the needs and wishes of the current Service Users.

This service is available to adults over the age of 18 who are currently under a Community Mental Health Team within the Poole area. The service operates five days a week in various locations in and around the local area supporting Service Users and their Carers.
Referrals must be through a Mental Health Service.

Poole Richmond Fellowship Mental Health Carers Group

Eastgate Lodge
Park Gate
Poole Park
Parkstone Road
BH15 2SH
Tel:  01202 749658

Meets: 2nd Wednesday of each month between 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

A friendly informal support group for carers, relatives and friends living in Poole, caring for those with mental health difficulties aged 18 – 65.  Every alternate meeting, a speaker talks on a wide range of mental health and carers issues.  Other meetings are for general discussion and support. An ideal opportunity to meet others in the same situation.  There is no charge to attend the group.  For further information contact:

Sam Bevis
Senior Support Worker
Tel: 01202 684759
Mobile:  07786191192

Positive Support Group

Homelands Hall
Kings Ave

A support group for people with depression and their carers, the group is run by the group members.  Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Contact the co-ordinator Russell for further information on 07931410264



1 Durrant Road                     
BH2 6LE                               
Tel: 01202 551999 (Bmth)         
Email: Bournemouth@samaritans.org   
24 hour helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (National)
Minicom: 08457 90 91 92 (National)
National email: jo@samaritans.org     www.samaritans.org


13 King Street
Tel: 01305 771777
Email: Weymouth@samaritans.org
24 hour helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (National)
Minicom: 08457 90 91 92 (National)
National email: jo@samaritans.org

Weymouth Developments

Rethink Community Resource Team
5 Carlton Road
Tel: 01305 766193
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 3.30pm
                          Friday – external activities held
                          Sunday – external activities held

3 Mental Health Workers as well as volunteers providing social support, either one-to-one community support or support at home.  A Volunteer Support Group, Sunday Lunch Club, and Service User Group are all supported and facilitated by Rethink.  Other services include: a Men–Only Swimming Group, a Sports Group, and Conservation Group.

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