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Condition & health related carer support groups in Bournemouth 

About Face

111 Longfleet Road
(Opposite Poole Hospital)
BH15 2HP
Tel: 01202 677340 
Email: contact@about-face.info

About Face Foundation for Head & Neck Cancer is a support group providing information, giving support and improving patients and carers quality of life across Dorset.

There is a drop-in session every Tuesday for any patients and their family & friends wishing to visit the Centre between 10am – 1pm, and have an opportunity to talk with other patients or ex-patients who are part of our group of volunteers. There is also a core monthly support group that meets in the evening on the first Monday of the month (except August), contact is Christine Brienne. The general office is open Monday – Friday 10am -4pm contact is Liz Vivian.

After Glow – Support Group following Radiotherapy

The Grove Hotel
2 Grove Road
East Cliff

A support group for patients, family and friends following Radiotherapy treatment. Group members are from across the whole of Dorset. The group can provide friendship, advice, support, information, and interesting talks. Come and join in on the 2nd Monday of each month between 2pm and 4pm. Contact Katharine or Mandy on 01202 448174 for further information.


Alzheimer’s Society – East Dorset (covers Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole & East Dorset)

The society offers a range of services for people with dementia and those who care for them. The services include, Dementia Support Workers and a range of groups. For further 
details and advice about Alzheimer’s and Dementia contact the area office at Suite 4, Branksome Park House, Branksome Business Park, Bourne Valley Road, Poole, BH12 1ED, tel: 0300 123 1916 (enquiries) or 01202 764352 (Admin), email: dorset@Alzheimer’s.org.uk or go online at www.Alzheimer’s.org.uk .

Bournemouth area

Boscombe - Memory Café, every Monday between 2pm – 4pm at Curtis Lodge, 23-25 Knole Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3SY.

Westbourne – Memory Café on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month between 1.30pm – 3pm, and Singing for the Brain on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month between 1.30pm – 3pm both held at West Cliff Baptist Church Hall, Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 9DN.


Christchurch area

Christchurch – Memory Café every 2nd Wednesday between 2pm – 4pm, and Singing for the Brain every 4th Wednesday between 2pm – 3.3pm, both held at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, 67 Purewell, Christchurch, BH23 1EH.

Younger people with dementia, and carers in the East Dorset areas (anyone aged under 70) 
Social dinners at various locations on a Thursday evening from 7pm, and other social activities arranged at various venues across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and East Dorset. Contact  office on 01202 764352 email: admin@dorsetalzheimers.org.uk for further details and to book.



16 Elmtree Road
TW11 8ST
Helpline: 0845 130 2704. Open: 9am – 4pm Monday - Thursday
Email: info@backcare.org.uk 

Local Group: BackCare – Bournemouth & Poole Branch, contact Patricia Bowman on 01202 710308 (answerphone available), mobile: 07505 354764, Email: patriciabowman@ntlworld.com .

BackCare is an independent national charity registered as the National Back Pain Association that helps people manage and prevent back pain by
• Providing evidence-based information
• Promoting best practice in the prevention and management of back pain
• Funding research into causes, treatments and management of back pain
• On-line shop for books and equipment.
• Local support groups and courses

Bournemouth and District Tinnitus Group

East Cliff United Reform Church
Holdenhurst Road (opposite Travel Interchange/ Asda)
Bournemouth BH8 8AW
Tel: 01202 297902
Email: enquiries@bournemouthtinnitus.co.uk
Website: www.bournemouthtinnitus.co.uk

Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 2.15 pm and finish at approximately 4pm. There is no meeting during August. We have a varied programme of speakers at the monthly meetings - some tinnitus related - but others for general interest / entertainment.
Tapes, books and equipment for tinnitus relief available on loan to group members, some equipment are available to purchase. Tea and biscuits provided. Newsletters and the British Tinnitus Association magazine (available quarterly) sent to all paid up members. The group serves an area within approximately a 20 mile radius of Bournemouth and/or BH postcodes. Annual membership is £15.00, of which £10.00 is paid to the BTA as an affiliation fee. There is a Loop system for hard of hearing people. Wheelchair access 
available. For further details contact Sandra Barling on 01202 297902 or Jean on 01202 468480 (tinnitus advice).

Christian Cancer Care – for carers and sufferers

New Hall
Christchurch Baptist Church

Meets: on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.
An informal group where meetings are relaxed and give the opportunity for discussion. Speakers are sometimes invited and social activities organised. For further information contact: Church Office on 01202 487442.

Colostomy Support Group of Dorset (CUPID)

CUPID is a local support group for offering informal ‘get togethers’ for people with stomas or ileo-anal pouches and for their partners, friends, and carers. The group is run by 
trained Volunteer Visitors who are all ex-patients who know what it is like to live with a stoma. Regular bi-monthly meetings are held in the afternoon in the Christchurch and 
Poole areas between 2pm – 4pm, carers, friends and relatives are welcome to come along for tea, chat, and friendly support. Meetings are held at:

Howard Centre Poole Hospital Post Grad Centre
Christchurch Hospital Longfleet Road
Fairmile Road Poole

For further information contact: The Stoma Care Department, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Trust, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, BH7 7DW, tel 01202 704813, email: stoma.care@rbch.nhs.uk or visit website www.stoma-info.org.uk .

Connect – the communication disability network

Connect is a charity for people living with aphasia. At Connect we work alongside people with aphasia and their families to develop communication and rebuild confidence
Connect run drop-in sessions for people with aphasia in the Christchurch area at:

St Joseph’s Centre
67 Purewell
BH23 1EH

Is talking difficult for you? Meet other people with aphasia, relax and be yourself, find support, have fun – you don’t have to talk if you don’t want to. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month between 10.30am – 12.30pm. We are on the bus route for the 1a and 1c Yellow Buses, and there is free on-site parking. For further information contact Helen Mann on 020 7367 0864 or email helenmann@ukconnect.rg or visit www.ukconnect.org.

Diabetes Advice

If you think you may be suffering from Diabetes you should visit your GP who will be able to make a diagnosis or refer you for the necessary tests. Many GP surgeries run clinics for 
those who have been diagnosed with Diabetes to enable patients to monitor and receive information about their condition. Your GP may also refer you to the Diabetes Clinic at a 
local hospital where Diabetes Nurse Specialists are available to offer information, advice and training to people with diabetes and their carers.

For areas Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset (dependant on your choice of hospital).

Diabetes Nurse Specialist
Bournemouth Diabetes & Endocrine Centre (BDEC)
Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Castle Lane East
Tel: 01202 704400 – BDEC Reception 
01202 704888 – Nurse Specialist Reception
Email: contactus@b-dec.co.uk www.b-dec.co.uk

Diabetes UK Careline

A telephone service run by trained counsellors who are there to answer any questions or queries you have regarding diabetes. All calls are charged at a lo-call rate. Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Helpline: 0845 120 2960
Email: careline@diabetes.org.uk

Diabetes UK (South West)

Victoria House
Victoria Street
Tel: 01823 324 007
Fax: 01823 324 550
Email: south.west@diabetes.org.uk 

Information and advice about Diabetes, access to local support groups.


Dorset Lupus Group (of Lupus UK)

Lupus UK
St James House
Eastern Road
Tel: 01708 731251

Dorset Contact – Debbie Steel Tel: 01202 877390 or Janet Bourne Tel: 01202 874303
Email: debbie.steel@dorsetlupus.com 

Self-help and fundraising group for people with Lupus and associated conditions, their carers, family and friends. Access to a range of information and advice about living with Lupus.

Dorset M.E. Support Group

Carol Dadds (Group Administrator)
25 Mariners Way
Tel: 01305 777670
Email: meconnect@meassociation.org.uk 

The Dorset M.E support group is for people suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME providing information, support, and practical advice for people who are affected by Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS). Carers, family and friends also welcome at group.

ME Connect, a national helpline is available on 0844 576 5326 every day between 10am – 12 noon, 2-4pm, 7-9pm staffed by volunteers who provide practical information and support. Alternatively contact by email: meconnect@meassociation.org.uk or visit website www.meassociation.org.uk .


Epilepsy Action

New Ansty House
Gate Way Drive
Leeds LS19 7XY
Helpline: 0808 800 5050

Open: 9am – 4.30pm Monday – Thursday
9am – 4pm Friday
Email: helpline@epilepsy.org.uk

There is a local support group for Bournemouth and Poole who hold meetings every second Monday of the month 7pm – 9pm at:

Bournemouth and Poole Epilepsy Action Support Group
Livingston Hall
Parkstone Christian Centre
Commercial Road
BH14 0JW

Contact Mark or Kamlesh Adams on 01202 861925, or mobile 07833663051. 
Email: eabournemouth@sky.com for further information.

Epilepsy Support Group Poole and Bournemouth

United Reform Church
Longfleet Road
BH15 2HP

Meetings held on the third Thursday of the month between 7pm – 9pm offering an extensive service for anyone with a neurological condition, their carers and friends. Support meetings vary from month to month, offering short talks from invited speakers on various topics. Meetings also give a good opportunity for members to discuss their medical, social, isolation and employment problems. There are also social get-togethers including an annual BBQ and Christmas meal. For further information contact Sheila Danks on 01202 604564 or email sheila.danks@sky.com .
Headway – Dorset

Unit 22 Albany Park
Cabot Lane
BH17 7BX
Information and support services for people throughout Dorset who acquire brain injuries, their families and carers. Services include family and carer support, information and advocacy, rehabilitation, counselling, and befriending.
Sue Mottram on 01202 606560
Email: office@headwaydorset.org.uk 

Huntington’s Disease Association – Dorset branch

St Marks Church
250 New Road
West Parley
BH23 8QE

A self-help branch and support group providing social contact, events and fundraising activities. A chance to gain information and talk to others who understand. Speakers are often invited to meetings to talk about issues of interest to carers. Meets: every other month on the 3rd Saturday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

For further information contact:
Emma Devekey Tel: 01202 537736 
Email: emmadevekey@hotmail.com 

Kings Park Carers Support Group – for carers of people with dementia

Run a rolling programme of 10 week courses for Carers of people with a diagnosis of Dementia. Arrangements can be made for those Carers not able to leave the person they 
care for to attend the 10 week course at Kings Park Day Hospital. For further details contact:

Sue Mitchell
Senior Occupational Therapist
Kings Park Hospital
Gloucester Road
Tel: 01202 705568

Memory Support Groups 

Melodies for Memories

Melodies for Memories sessions offer a wide range of music activities for people affected by memory loss.  The sessions include basic memory exercises, singing along to popular and familiar songs, listening to musicians and performers, and meeting other people with similar experiences. The sessions are run by Age UK throughout Dorset, your local group is held at: Christchurch Day Centre, Highcliffe, and meets on every 3rd Thursday between 1.45pm - 3.15pm.  For further details contact Natalie Betts on 07747533252 or email natalie.betts@ageukbournemouth.org.uk .


Memory Lane

Memory Lane groups are run by Prama Plus Poole (PPP - Prama working in partnership with Age Concern Poole) to support people with memory impairments and their carers. The groups offer an afternoon of social activities, advice and support. Local groups take place at the following venues:

Alderney Community Centre, Herbert Avenue, Parkstone, Poole - meets on a Friday between 2pm - 4pm.

Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Bournemouth, BH10 7LH - meets on a Thursday between 2pm - 4pm.

Longfleet United Reformed Church, Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2HP - meets on a Wednesday between 2pm - 4pm.

Old Rope Walk Community Hall, Blandford Road, Poole, BH15 4AU - meets on a Monday between 2pm - 4pm.

For further information contact Prama Plus Poole on 01202 207300.

MS Bournemouth & District Branch – Carers

Covering the Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, Barton-on-Sea, Wimborne and Verwood areas, MS Bournemouth & District Branch hold regular meetings for carers of people with MS. Carers do not need to be members of the branch you simply need to be someone who cares. Opportunities to discuss topics of interest and some meetings are just for socialising. Meetings are open to carers of all ages.

In addition to the Carers Group Meetings, one to one support is available to carers from the Branch Support Welfare Officer. For further information contact:

MS Society – Bournemouth Branch
The Osborne Centre
Church Lane
West Parley
Dorset, BH22 8TS
Tel: 01202 570300 or 01202 594609
Email: carers@ms-bournemouth.co.uk 

There is also an MS Support Helpline on 01202 579262.

Myeloma UK – Multiple Myeloma

Lychett Minster URC
Dorchester Road
Lychett Minster
BH16 6JF

A Support Group meets once every two months. Meetings are informal, and welcome all patients, carers, family and friends. For more information contact: Marion Summers on 01202 949951 or Linda Skakich on 01202 848370, or email carle@totallyuk.com


Parkinson’s UK - Bournemouth, Christchurch & East Dorset

If you or a member of your family has Parkinson’s, you may need one-to-one support to help deal with the condition. Your local Information and Support Worker can provide:

• Up-to-date information on Parkinson’s
• Emotional support to you and your family
• Information about benefits and help with the application process
• Information about and links to local services
• A supporting voice if you need to complain or are having problems getting your needs assessed.
• Links to other Parkinson’s Disease Society services, such as our Helpline, website, information resources, and local branches and support groups.
For further details your local contact is: 

Christine Orange
Tel: 0844 225 9826
Email: isw.edorset@parkinsons.org.uk 

Other services provided locally by Parkinson’s UK include:

Christchurch Branch – runs the 2nd Thursday of the month and offers you the chance to meet other people in your area, get information and take part in activities. Meetings take place at St Catherine’s Hill Community Hall, Marlow Drive, Christchurch BH23 2RR. For further details contact:

• Julian Hoerder, Branch Chair on 01202 473004 Email: j.hoerder@btinternet.com 
• Or Jane Henderson, Branch and Volunteer Support Officer on 0844 225 3694 Email: bsvo.southwest2@parkinsons.org.uk

Poole & District Branch – Meet at St George’s Church Hall, Darby’s Lane, Oakdale, Poole, BH15 3EU on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. A programme of events and meetings is sent to members. We aim to provide a talk, or entertainment each month. Other services include:

• Bournemouth Solo Group – for people in the Bournemouth area who live alone
• Physio classes: Yoga and Tai Chi for people with Parkinson’s and their carers
• Branch Holidays: Join us for holidays at reasonable prices
• Information sheets – a variety of information about Parkinson’s published by Parkinson’s UK including our quarterly newsletter “Branch Out”.
• Signposting: to other organisations that can help you

For further information contact: Jane Henderson, Branch and Volunteer Support Officer on 0844 225 3694 Email: jhenderson@parkinsons.org.uk

Poole Fibro Pod (Poole & District Fibromyalgia Support Group) and Poole Disabled Club

Support group meets every two weeks on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at:
Parkstone Christian Centre (URC)
Commercial Road
Ashley Cross

For further information contact Sally Speck on sally.speck@btinternet.com

Stroke Co-ordinator – Keep in Touch Service, Bournemouth

Carole Baddeley, tel: 01202 636752
This visiting service provides practical information and emotional support for the families and carers of people who have had a stroke. The service aims to help prepare people for 
the changes that they will have to make as a result of their stroke, to ensure they are able to cope and have a good quality of life as a stroke survivor.
Information and advice clinics held at:

Pelhams Clinic
Pelhams Park
BH10 7LH

Meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 10am – 1pm.
Moordown Clinic, 844 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, BH9 2DS.
Meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 2pm – 5pm.

Stroke Co-ordinator – Christchurch & East Dorset

Contact Vicky Piper tel: 01202 584246 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am – 4pm answer phone available when out of office).

Covering the areas of Ferndown, Wimborne, Verwood, West Moors, Christchurch this service provides information, advice, and support for people affected by stroke, their families and carers. Longer term emotional and social support to reduce isolation and ensure social inclusion. Home visits are offered to assess initial needs and information requirements.

The Stroke Association

Stroke House,
240 City Road,

There are over 60 stroke clubs and support groups across the South West, and many of these independent clubs are affiliated to The Stroke Association. The meetings held by these groups give their members a chance to socialise, share experiences with people 
who understand what they are going through and to take part in activities that can help with their ongoing recovery.
Contact our Helpline on 0303 3033 100 or email info@stroke.org.uk for details of your nearest club or group or check the website www.stroke.org.uk.

Kingsley House Dysphasia Support Group

Kingsley House
21 Coronation Avenue

Meets every Thursday 2pm – 4pm. This group concentrates on helping people who have had a stroke with communication problems. Contact Beverly Turvey on 01425 475998 for more information.

Winton Stroke Support

The Place Next Door Community Centre
Latimer Road
Email: winton@salvationarmy.org.uk 

Contact: Cynthia Walkley: 01202 517989

Club meets on a Friday 10am – 2.30pm, entertainment, games, lunch and refreshments provided. Costs £5 per session with transport provided if required from the Winton area 
only. Client’s need to be assessed by a visiting officer before membership can be accepted.

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