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Carer Support Groups run by Carers 

Carer Support Groups run by Carers

Throughout Dorset there are Carer Support Groups run by carers themselves in a voluntary capacity or supported through funding via local authorities, community projects, or charities. These groups give carers the ideal opportunity to meet with other people who fully understand the caring role, are a chance to socialize and meet new friends, and enable members to catch up with and exchange information and advice about caring, or listen to invited speakers who are visiting the group. The groups may meet up in a local café, pub, or restaurant, or arrange to meet each other for a walk, outing or social event. Others meet on a regular basis in local community or church halls and may offer a more structured group with practical advice about the caring role. For further information about groups taking place in your area contact your local Adult Social Care team:

Bournemouth Carers Support Service: 01202 458204

 Dorset Direct: 01305 221016 (East Dorset)


Locally funded support projects and/or support groups for carers within Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch & East Dorset.

East Boro – Sitting Service, Faulkner House, 31, West Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1JS, Tel: 01202 883503, Email: info@ebht.org.ukhttp://www.ebht.org.uk

East Boro provide a sitting service to support carers in their caring role by enabling them to take a break while a fully trained sitter takes care of the cared for person. The service provides staff to care for:

·         Older people

·         People with sensory loss

·         People with learning disabilities

·         People with physical disabilities

·         People with a mental health problem

The sitter can provide companionship, support and personal care, support to access social opportunities or just go out for a walk. Contact office for further details of costs and availability.


FACE – Carers’ Group – meets at the Owen Room, Immanuel Church, Southbourne, Bournemouth on the first Thursday of the month between 2pm – 3.30pm. There is also an evening carers meeting at the Ludo Lounge, Southbourne Grove on the fourth Wednesday of the month starting at 7.30pm. Contact Anita Erskine on 01202 207300.


Faithworks – FOCUS – Befrienders for Carers – Faithworks match carers to volunteer befrienders who can meet up with you for a chat at home or a local meeting point such as a café, or alternatively one of the telephone befriending team can contact you on a regular basis just to chat. For further details contact Faithworks on 01202 429037 or go online at https://faithworkswessex.org.uk/projects/hope-for-carers/befriending/


Prama – PramaLife

Prama run a range of support groups and social opportunities for carers, and older or vulnerable people throughout Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset. The groups range from Carers Support Groups, and Respite Groups, through to Saturday Clubs, Memory Clubs, Pop-In clubs to Specialist clubs for hobbies and interests. For further details about all that’s available contact Prama on 01202 207300 or go online at https://www.pramacare.org.uk/Community_Groups.html .


Prama Carers Groups

Wednesday – 10.30am – 12.30pm Carers’ Café, Alderholt Chapel, 3-5 Hillbury Road, Fordingbridge SP6 3BQ, contact Carol 07867354588 or 01202 207300.

Wednesday – 2pm – 3.30pm (4th Wednesday of the month) St Dunstan’s Church Lounge, Upton, Poole BH16 5JA, contact Bridget on 01202 207310.

Thursday 10.30am – 12 noon (1st Thursday of the month) Barrington Centre, Penny’s Walk, Ferndown, BH22 9TH, contact Carol on 07867354588 or 01202 207300.

Thursday 2pm – 3.30pm (1st Thursday of the month) Immanuel Church, 120 Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH6 3QJ, contact Carol on 07867354588 or 01202 207300.


Friday 10.30am – 12.30pm (3rd Friday of the month) St John’s Church Hall, Wimborne, BH21 1AE, contact Carol on 07867354588 or 01202 207300.

Support for carers via Adult Social Care and local providers

Carers Concession Card Scheme


As a registered carer in Bournemouth, Poole, or Dorset you are eligible for the Carers Card Scheme which gives you access to discounts on a range of goods and services such as:

·         days out and activities

·         travel and holidays

·         health and beauty

·         sport and fitness

·         places to eat and drink


The card will be sent to you when you register as a carer, further information is available from the Carers Centre (see below) or https://www.mylifemycare.com/carers-card or contact 01305 221016.




Carers in Crisis


Carers in Crisis is a free to join service provided by Adult Social Care across Bournemouth, Poole, and Dorset as an emergency back-up plan to help the person you care for. If you the carer are taken ill, have an accident, or are unable to provide your normal level of care due to an emergency Carers in Crisis can provide support. The service call centre is available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, and when contacted staff will put in place actions agreed by you to ensure your cared for person is informed of the situation and that their care needs are met. As part of the scheme you will be

provided with a card and a key fob showing you are a carer, with the call centre number and your unique reference number. In the event of an emergency anyone can contact the call centre on your behalf. For further details contact your local Adult Social Care office to register:

Bournemouth Carers Support Service: 01202 458204

Dorset Direct: 01305 221016 (East Dorset)


Poole Adult Social Care Help Desk: 01202 633902 or email:sshelpdesk@poole.gov.uk


Or you can register online at: http://www.crispweb.org/carers-forms/join-carers-information-service.aspx


General support, information and advice for carers is available from:


The Carers Centre (CRISP)


St Ambrose Cottage

Alumhurst Road



Tel: 01202 458204


Pop-in available on Tuesday 2 – 4pm and Friday 10am – 12pm for Bournemouth and Poole residents. No need for an appointment, just come along. Refreshments provided. Carers Support Service available Monday – Friday during office hours.


Carers Moving Forward – A group for carers whose caring role has ceased. The group offers support to people who are adjusting to changes in circumstances that occur when your caring role ceases. Meets Wednesday 10am – 12 noon, refreshments provided.






Carers’ Social Groups – groups funded by CRISP:


·         Care Free Choir –  Monday 10.30am – 12 noon at St Osmund’s Church, Parkstone, contact Chrissy on 07840976584.

·         Carers Coffee Group – 1st Thursday of the month, between 11am – 12 noon at Pause Cat Café, 119 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1EP – meet up with other carers, and cats! Contact Mandy at Faithworks on 01202 429037 or 07704968338.

·         Carers Reading and Social Group – 1st Tuesday of the month between 2pm -3pm at Rossmore Library, Herbert Avenue, BH12 4HR. Contact Pauline Lawrence on 01202 280441, email paulinegibbons59@hotmail.co.uk

·         Carers’ Social Group – last Wednesday of the month, between 2.30pm – 4pm

at Canfor Heath Library, Mitchell Road, Canford Heath, Poole BH17 8UE. Contact 01202 678955.

·         Coffee and Conversation for Men – 3rd Thursday of the month between 10am – 12 noon at The Leonardo Trust, 5 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AA. Contact Support for Carers at Leonardo Trust on 01202 698325, email info@leonardotrust.org .

·         Coffee for Carers – 2nd Wednesday of the month, between 10am – 12 noon at the Leonardo Trust, 5 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AA. Contact The Leonardo Trust on 01202 698325, email info@leonardotrust.org .

·         Meridian Events – social events for carers only, and/or carers and their cared for person. Two booked events per carer per month £6 per event. Activities range from day trips, theatre or cinema visits, through to meals at a local restaurant, bar or café.


Residents of Christchurch and East Dorset need to contact Dorset Direct on 01305 221016 or go online at https://www.mylifemycare.com/support-and-services-for-carers/carers-information-service.


Help & Care, The Pokesdown Centre, 896 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6DL

Tel: 0300 111 3303, Email:contact@helpandcare.org.uk, https://www.helpandcare.org.uk/


Caring for a loved one or relative can be hard work, so Help & Care are here to support carers in as many ways as we can, be it giving information and advice, advocacy and support, or practical help with home repairs or adaptations. Call 0300 111 3303 for

information and advice or to discuss any concerns you may have, or visit our website for:


·         Factsheets; “Carers’ Rights and Assessments”, “Carers Allowance”, and “Training and Practical Support for Carers”. https://www.helpandcare.org.uk/services/information-and-signposting/


·         Advocacyhttps://www.helpandcare.org.uk/services/support-planning-and-advocacy/


·         Handiworks Plus https://www.helpandcare.org.uk/services/home-and-gardening-maintenance/


You can also pop in to our office if you wish, or call to make an appointment.


Leonardo Trust, 5 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, Poole, Dorset, BH18 8AA

Tel: 01202 698325, Email: info@leonardotrust.orghttp://leonardotrust.org/


Independent local charity to help carers in Dorset who care for a sick or disabled relative or friend at home. Funding available to help with a variety of needs, information and advice about your caring role, access to local services. Contact office for further information.


Support from your GP Surgery

You can also register as a carer at your GP surgery (this is separate to registering with the local authority). Many surgeries have a dedicated member of staff within the practice (sometimes called a Carers Lead) who can advise patients on how the practice can support your caring needs.

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