Health (specific condition) related Support Groups

There are national and local health related charities and service providers who support locally based patient and/or carer support groups. Some are run directly by local people affected by some long-term conditions and some are run from a head office/call-centre who sign post callers to a locally based representative. Below are details of services offered in the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch & East Dorset area.

Cancer Support

About Face, The About Face Centre, 111 Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2HP, Tel: 01202 677340, Email:

A local independent registered charity set up to give help and support to patients experiencing head and neck cancer, and their families and carers. Group support and one to one support is available from volunteers who have already experienced cancer. Support is offered to people throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and East Devon.


After Glow – post - radiotherapy support, Greenhouse Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3AU.

A support group for patients, family and friends following radiotherapy treatment. Group members come from across Dorset, and the group provides friendship and support, information and advice, and a chance to socialize. The group meets every 2nd Monday of the month between 2pm – 4pm. For further information contact Mandy on 01202 448790.


Christian Cancer Care, Christchurch Baptist Church, Beaconsfield Road, Bargates,

Christchurch, BH23 1QT, Tel: 01202 487442 – Church Office – Mon, Tues, Fri 9.30am – 5pm, Wed, Thurs – 9.30am – 1pm. Email: within website

Christian Cancer Care is a group of people who have at some time in their lives experienced cancer or have cared for someone with cancer. The group offers mutual support to people affected by cancer and a chance to gain information and advice about what services are available to you locally and nationally. There are also many opportunities to socialize with others who understand what it is like to live with cancer.


Colostomy Support Group of Dorset (CUPID)

CUPID is a local support group offering informal “get togethers” for people with stomas or ileo-anal pouches, and their families, friends, and carers. The group is run by trained volunteers who are all ex-patients and who know what it is like to live with a stoma. It is an opportunity to meet up, exchange information, and socialize. The group meets at:

Bournemouth Group: Iford Baptist Church, Old Bridge Road, Iford, Bournemouth, BH6 5RG, Tel: Beryl Andrews -  01202 483303.

Poole Group: Lounge Room, Longfleet Baptist Church, 138 Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2EX, Tel:  Jenny Pipe - 01202 740440

Contact coordinators for full details of times of meetings.


Dorset Macmillan Advocacy – is delivered by Help & Care in partnership with Dorset Advocacy. It supports people in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset who are over 50, and are affected by cancer. Also supports carers (of any age) of anyone affected by cancer. For further details contact 0300 012 0256, email: or go online at .


Dorset Myeloma Support Group

An established support group for people affected by Myeloma and their carers. The groups meets at The Barrington Centre, opposite Tesco in Ferndown, on the last Friday of the month at 2pm. Parking is available in Tesco’s carpark. For further information contact Jacqui Holmes on 01202 603605, or email: . Information is about Myeloma is also available at or by calling 0800 980 3332.


Lewis Manning Hospice Carers Group, Lewis Manning Hospice, 1 Crichel Mount Road, Poole, BH14 8LT, Tel: 01202 708470, Email within website:

The Lewis Manning Carers Group offers support to you and the person you care for at any stage of your cancer journey. The group is an opportunity for carers to meet regularly and share experiences with others who understand, a chance to share information and develop social networks.


Dementia Support

If you are caring for someone who has dementia or who you think may be developing a dementia related condition you should first speak to your/their GP or social worker/care manager about your concerns. They can then refer your cared for person to the Community Mental Health Team – Older People (CMHT-OP) who can assess the situation and then put in place further support and services to support the person you care for, helping you in your caring role. Contact: Bournemouth CMHT-OP Kings Park Hospital,01202 705568, Christchurch CMHT-OP Fairmile House 01202 858158, East Dorset 01202 639560, Poole CMHT-OP 01202 305115.


Alzheimer’s Society – Dorset

Alzheimer’s Society run a variety of services throughout Dorset for people affected by dementia, their families and carers. Groups range from walking groups, memory cafés, groups for younger people affected by dementia, singing for the brain groups, to name but a few. Most groups are run by a facilitator and take place at local cafés, restaurants, or pre-arranged places to meet up. The groups are an ideal place to meet up with people who understand what it is like to be living with dementia, an opportunity to get information and advice, and a chance to socialize. The venues may change from time to time so to be sure of finding a group in your area contact Alzheimer’s Society – Dorset on 01202 764352, email: or go online: .

Further information about coping with dementia is available nationally from the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.


Melodies for Memories

Melodies for Memories Groups offer a range of activities that benefit people with memory loss and their carers by offering the opportunity to meet up and enjoy music with people who understand what it is like to be affected by dementia.  The sessions are run by someone who is trained in music for people with memory problems, exploring different types of well-known music and songs. For more information about groups taking place near you contact Judith Livingstone 01202 530530 or email , or visit  .


Memory Support and Advisory Service

A Dorset-wide Memory Support and Advisory Service designed to meet the needs of people affected by dementia, their families and carers. People can self-refer or be referred by their GP. The service is run by the Alzheimer’s Society across Bournemouth, Poole, and Dorset. Services include:

  • One-to-one support
  • Memory Cafés
  • Training for carers
  • Pop-up groups for people living with dementia and carers
  • Supporting the creation of dementia friendly communities

For further information contact 0300 123 1916 or email .


Diabetes Support

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 diabetics 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. Below are details of the local contacts:

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

Bournemouth Diabetes & Endocrine Centre (BDEC), Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, BH7 7DW,Tel: 01202 704400 – BDEC Reception, 01202 704888 – Nurse Specialists, Email:

For areas Poole, Swanage, Wareham and East Dorset (dependent on your choice of hospital)

Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Diabetes Centre – Philip Arnold Unit, Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB, Tel: 01202 448060 – Reception, Tel: 01202 448063 - Nurse Specialist, .


Diabetes UK

Specialist advice and information about living with diabetes. Details about local support groups and regional offices, option to join national on-line forum, up to date research and information about living with diabetes. For further details contact:

Diabetes UK Helpline on 0345 123 2399, Email:


Diabetes UK (South West), Victoria House, Taunton, TA1 3FA, Tel: 01823 448260

Email: .

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


Parkinson’s UK – Poole & District

The Poole and District branch of Parkinson’s UK offer information, support, and friendship to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. Regular social activities and exercise classes are also available, offering the opportunity to meet other people affected by Parkinson’s in your area. Groups available include:

Bournemouth and Poole Younger Persons’ Group – for working age people affected by Parkinson’s, meets last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at various venues. Contact Susan Hawes on or Jane Henderson, Volunteer Co-Ordinator on 0344 225 3694 .


Bournemouth Drop-in Group – meets at the Hotel Miramar, Grove Road, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AL on the second Wednesday of the month between 2pm – 3.30pm. For further information contact Jane Henderson, Volunteer Co-Ordinator on 0344 225 3694

Local Social group – call 01202 946888 or email


Other useful Parkinson’s contacts:

Parkinson’s Nurse advice line 01202 448012, email

Local practical help and advice contact Paula Wright on 0344 225 3760, email

Volunteering enquiries: Jane Henderson, Volunteer Co-Ordinator on 0344 225 3694

Parkinson’s UK Helpline: 0808 800 0303


Stroke Support

Stroke Association, Stroke House, 240 City Road, London, EC1V 2PR

Helpline: 0303 3033 100, Email:

Information and support for people affected by Stroke, T.I.A/minor strokes. Details of current research, links to local services to help with recovery, and information for carers of Stroke survivors, details about local meet up groups.

Stroke Assoc Groups in Dorset include:

Dorset Community Stroke Service, 844 Wimborne Road, Moordown, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2DS.

 Stroke Co-Ordinator – contact Timi Kohalmi on 01202 636752 or email: .

Information, Support and Advice – contact Tracy Palmer on 01202 636752 or email

Communication support – contact Faye Wright on 01202 636753 or email: .


Dorset Speakability Group, Longfleet Baptist Church, 138 Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2EQ. Contact: Patricia Scott on 01202 735 552, Email:

 A support group for people affected by Aphasia and other communication difficulties following Stroke or other neurological conditions. Meets on Wednesdays between 11am – 1pm.


Kingsley House Dysphasia Support Group, Kingsley House, 21 Coronation Avenue, Bournemouth, BH9 1TB.

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.


Wimborne Stroke Support Group, Wimborne Scout Hall, Station Road, Wimborne, BH21 1QU meets monthly on a Wednesday between 10.30am – 12.30pm.


Winton Stroke Support, The Place Next Door Community Centre, Latimer Road, Winton, Bournemouth, BH9 2PP, Tel: 01202 517989, Email: Stroke Support Group meets on a Friday between 10am – 2.30pm, entertainment, games, lunch and refreshments provided. A small charge is made to cover costs. For further information contact 01202 517989.

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