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Condition & health related carers support groups in Poole and East Dorset

About Face

111 Longfleet Road
(Opposite Poole Hospital)
BH15 2HP
Tel: 01202 677340

Email: contact@about-face.info  www.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 Branch (includes Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, and 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 Alzheimers and Dementia contact the office at Suite 4, Branksome Park House, Branksome Business Park, Bourne Valley Road, Poole, BH12 1ED on 0300 123 1916 (enquiries) or 01202 764352 (Admin), email dorset@alzheimers.org.uk or go online at www.alzheimers.org.uk

Poole area

Hamworthy – Memory Café meets every Wednesday between 2pm – 4pm at Hinchcliffe Close, Hamworthy, Poole, BH15 4DY.

Oakdale – Memory Café meets every Tuesday between 2pm – 4pm at Simmonds Close, Wimborne Road, BH15 3EB.

Singing for the Brain - meets every 2nd and 4th Monday 2pm - 3.30pm at St Mary's Longfleet Church Centre, Kingston Road, Poole, BH15 2LP

East Dorset area

Ferndown – Memory Café meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month between 1.30pm – 3pm at the Barrington Centre, Penny’s Walk, Ferndown, BH22 9TH.

Kingston Lacy - Allotment Gardening Group - meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday between 2pm - 3.3pm at Kingston Lacy Kitchen Gardens, Abbott Street, Pamphill, BH21 4EF.

Verwood – Memory Café meets every 2nd Monday between 11.00am – 12.30pm at The Hub, Brock Way, Verwood, BH31 7QE.

Wimborne – Memory Café meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month between 1.30pm – 3pm at the Community Resource Centre, 41-44 King Street, Wimborne, BH21 1EB.

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 or email: admindorset@alzheimers.org.uk for further details.


Arthritis Care – Ferndown

Meets at Ferndown Day Centre, Library Road, Ferndown on the 1st Friday of the month at 7pm. Level access throughout.

Contact details:
Arthritis Care South England Regional Office
First Floor, 18 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD
Tel: 0844 888 2111
Helpline: 0808 800 4050
Email: SouthEngland@arthritiscare.org.uk

Arthritis Care is the largest voluntary organisation working for arthritis sufferers of all ages. It promotes health, well being and independence through services, support, self-help, information and influence, and at local levels provides social contact at monthly meetings. Membership is £26 per annum (£24 by Direct Debit), Concessionary Membership £14 (£12 Direct Debit) – concessionary membership is for students, under 25s, people on low income or benefits. Membership includes 12 month subscription to ‘Arthritis News’ quarterly magazine, discounts on accessible short breaks and holidays and other consumer goods.


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).

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 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

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 (dependent on your choice of hospital).

Diabetes Nurse Specialist

Bournemouth Diabetes & Endocrine Centre (BDEC)
Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Castle Lane East
Bournemouth, BH7 7DW
Tel: 01202 704400 – BDEC Reception
01202 704888 – Nurse Specialist Reception
Email: contactus@b-dec.co.uk www.b-dec.co.uk

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 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, www.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, www.diabetes.org.uk . Information and advice about Diabetes, access to local support groups:

Poole area contact: Bob Moberly – 01202 692473.
Wimborne area contact: Henry Bartlett – 01202 842707

Dorset Association for the Disabled (DAD)

DAD operates branches across the county that give help and information to people with disabilities and to their carers. Volunteers run social and some handicraft clubs, outings, a visiting service to the housebound, and an advisory service to disabled members and
families. Some branches have adapted minibuses manned by voluntary drivers and escorts. See below for details of meetings in the East Dorset area:

Wimborne: 3rd Wednesday of the month – 2.30pm
Allendale Community Centre

Contact: Mrs Claire Cullinane – Tel: 01202 888154 or John Slow – Tel: 01202 884616

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 www.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: enquiries@dmesg.org.uk, www.dmesg.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
LS19 7XY
Helpline: 0808 800 5050
Open: 9am – 4.30pm Monday – Thursday
9am – 4pm Friday

Email: helpline@epilepsy.org.uk , www.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 with brain injuries, also offering support for families and carers. Services include family and carer support, information and advocacy, rehabilitation, counselling, and befriending. Contact Sue Mottram on 01202 606560, email: office@headwaydorset.org.uk , www.headwaydorset.org.uk .

Huntington’s Disease Association – Dorset branch

St Marks Church
250 New Road
West Parley
BH22 8QE

Meets: every other month on the 3rd Saturday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.
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.

For further information contact: Emma Devekey Tel: 01202 537736, email: emmadevekey@hotmail.com, www.hda.org.uk

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 groups are held at:

Christchurch Day Centre, Highcliffe, and meets on every 3rd Thursday between 1.45pm - 3.15pm.

Amberwood House, Ferndown, meets every 2nd Wednesday between 2pm - 3pm.

St Catherines Church Hall, Wimborne meets every 1st Wednesday 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; regular meetings are held for carers of people with MS in the Bournemouth and local area. 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 Officer (Welfare). For further information contact:

MS Society – Bournemouth Branch
The Osbourne 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

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 for East Dorset is:
Christine Orange
Tel: 0844 225 9826

Email: corange@parkinsons.org.uk, www.parkinsons.org.uk

Your local contact for Poole (and Purbeck) is:
Paula Wright
Tel: 0844 225 3760
Email: iswpoole@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: David Saunders, Branch and Volunteer Support Officer on 01202 882022 Email: freework@davidfsaunders.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


The Stroke Association

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

Broadstone Stroke Club

Conservative Club
Tudor Road

Meets alternate Fridays. Purely a social club, but do have guest speakers. Contact Mrs McDavid: tel – 01202 694179 prior to attending.

Ferndown Stroke Club

Guide Hall (opposite Tesco’s)
Ringwood Road

Meets once a month Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm. Guest speakers and therapies available. Contact Robert Yexley on 01202 875264 for more information.

Parkstone Stroke Club

St Peters Centre
Chapel Road
Lower Parkstone
Poole. BH14 0DX
Meets every Wednesday 2pm – 4pm. A fully packed programme of events, social outings and speakers. £6 per year membership. Two buses are available for those who have
difficulties with transport at £4 return fare. Contact Sue Barton: tel – 01202 385515 prior to attending.

Phoenix Group – Stroke Support

Hanham Centre
Hanham Road
Tel: 01202 584203

Meets: 2nd Wednesday of each month between 10.30am – 12.30pm, an opportunity for support and friendship, Stroke education, information sharing, mutual learning. For further details contact: Vicky Piper RGN Community Stroke Care Co-ordinator.

Phoenix Stroke Support Group

Alderney Manor Social Club
Herbert Ave

Meets: 4th Friday of the month between 10.30am -12.30pm to provide support and friendship to Stroke survivors and their carers. Information is available on a wide range of health topics, and general interest speakers are invited to the group. For further details contact Sandra on 07759 751 796.

Verwood Stroke Club

Community Room
Lake Road Surgery

Meets on the morning of the fourth Wednesday of each month, for more details contact the Stroke Association on 0303 3033 100.

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