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Support groups for carers'

Carer specific support groups in the North Dorset area

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

As a carer you have a right to ask for an assessment of your needs. It is important that your health and well being is maintained and that you are supported in your caring role.
Each local authority has a Carers Co-ordinator or Case Worker who is able to offer help, information and support. For further details contact your local Social Services office for further information about caring, details of training courses, support groups and carers social events:

Dorset Direct: 01305 221016 for an initial assessment of your needs as a carer

You can also call the Social Care and Health out-of-office-hours Emergency Duty Team on 01202 657279.

Blandford Carers Group

Durweston Village Hall
Church Road
DT11 0QA

A support group for carers in the Blandford Forum area. Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month between 2pm – 4pm. Membership £2 per month. For further information contact Peter Collins on 07772850003 or 01258 459215 or email bFordcarer@gmail.com .

Friends of Blandford Hospital

Milldown Road
Blandford Forum
DT11 7DD
Tel/Fax: 01258 450095
Email: friends.blandford@dorset-pct.nhs.uk 
Website: www.friendsblandford.org

Contact Lisa Deverell – Volunteers Coordinator for more information.

Friends of Blandford Hospital offer practical support to patients and carers by means of transport, shopping, dog walking, gardening, befriending. They are also able to fund subscriptions to RNIB Talking Book Service, and offer practical and volunteer support to local health groups. Contact Lisa Deverell – Volunteers Coordinator for more information.

North Dorset Carers Support Group

Melbury Room
Westminster Memorial Hospital
Abbey Walk

Meets: on the last Tuesday of the month at 12.30pm for lunch followed by the meeting between 2pm – 3.30pm. A support group where carers are able to have a light lunch and an opportunity to gain information. Speakers are often invited to meetings to talk about issues of interest to carers. For further information contact:

Sarah Withell – Carers Caseworker on 01935 814104 or Hannah Swan on 01747 475266

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