Support groups for carers'
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:
Poole Helpdesk: 01202 633902
For a Carers Assessment and access to services
Bournemouth & Poole Carers Team 01202 458204
For details of carers training courses, support groups and carers social events.
Dorset Direct (East Dorset) 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.
Carer specific support groups in the Poole & East Dorset area
Alderholt Carers Support Group
Meets: 3rd Wednesday of each month between 10.30am – 12.30pm. For further details contact: Mrs Gogin on 01425 652870.
Ferndown Carers Support Group - Prama
St Marys Church Hall
A support group run by Pramacare for all carers in the Ferndown area. The group meets on every 1st Thursday of each month from 10.30am – 12pm. For further details contact Sharon Boyle (Pramacare) on 01202 207317 or 07867 354588.
FOCUS (friends offering carers understanding support)
FOCUS works in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole for local carers who feel lonely or isolated. Volunteers are recruited, trained and matched to carers, offering befriending support in the form of a phone call, visit, outing or some form of regular contact. For further details contact:
35 Palmerston Road
Tel: 01202 304004
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.faithworkswessex.org.uk
Home from Home day respite service – East Boro Housing Trust
East Boro Housing Trust
31 West Street
Dorset BH21 1JS
Tel: 01202 883503
Fax: 01202 883503
Home from Home provides reliable day respite for carers of older people (aged 55+) in Bournemouth, Poole, and Lytchett Minster.
Each person is matched to a “Host” who is fully trained, insured, CRB police checked and whose home has been safety assessed, thereby allowing the carer some time to themselves with the peace of mind their friend or relative is in a safe environment enjoying
a range of different social activities and a home cooked meal. For further details contact Service Coordinator Sam Way.
St Leonard’s Carers Group
St Leonard’s Hospital
Meets: the first Wednesday of the month between 1.30pm – 3pm. This group caters for Carers looking after an older person living in the Wimborne, Ferndown, Verwood and West Moors area. The group offers information, mutual support and advice. For further information contact: Doreen Haskell Tel: 01202 584211
Upton and Lychett Carers Support Group - Prama
St Dunstan’s Church Lounge
A support group run by Pramacare for all carers in the Upton and Lychett Minster areas. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 2pm – 3.30pm. For further information contact Sharon Boyle (Pramacare) on 01202 207317 or 07867 354588.
Verwood & District Carers Support Group
Lake Road Surgery
Meets: 1st Monday of the month between 2.30pm – 4.30pm. An information and support group for Carers that wish to meet others in an informal setting. For further information contact: Group Organiser – Carolyn Polden on 01725 517272 or Brian Russell on 01258 840127.
West Moors Carers Group
A group for all local carers to meet for advice, information and support, and social activities. The group meets every first Wednesday of the month from 10.30am – 12 noon.
For further details contact Jane Songhurst at the West Moors Group Practice tel: 08445769443.
Wimborne Carers Support Group - Prama
St Johns Church
A support group run by Pramacare for all carers in the Wimborne area. The group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month between 10.30am – 12pm. For further information contact Sharon Boyle (Pramacare) on 01202 207317 or 07867 354588.