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Condition & health related carer support groups in Purbeck

 About Face

111 Longfleet Road
(Opposite Poole Hospital)
BH15 2HP
Tel: 01202 677340
Email: contact@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 Poole, Purbeck 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 Alzheimer’s and Dementia contact the office at Suite 4, Branksome Park House, Branksome Business Park, Bourne Valley Road, Poole, BH12 1ED, tel: 0300 123 1916 (enquiries) or 01202 764352 (Admin), email dorset@alzheimers.org.uk or go online at www.alzheimers.org.uk

Swanage – Memory Café meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month between 2pm – 3.30pm at the Baptist Church, 160 Victoria Ave, Swanage, BH19 1AZ.

Wareham – Memory Café meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month between 10.30am – 12 noon (except Bank Holidays) at the United Reform Church, Church Road, Wareham, BH20 4HH.

Younger people with dementia, and carers in the Rural Dorset areas (anyone aged under 70)
Coffee mornings The Engine Room, Poundbury Garden Centre, Peverll Ave, Dorchester, DT1 3RT meets once a month on Monday between 10.30am - 12 noon. Trips out are arranged for Wednesdays between 10.30am - 12 noon. For further information and to book contact the office on 01202 764352 or email admindorset@alzheimers.org.uk .


16 Elmtree Road
TW11 8ST
Helpline: 0845 130 2704. Open: 9am – 4pm Monday - Thursday
Email: info@backcare.org.uk

Local group: Dorchester & District BackCare (DDBC) meet quarterly in the Children’s Centre, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester. The meetings are held in the mornings between 10am – 12.30pm, refreshments are provided, and are for anyone who has a back problem, carers, and anyone interested in back care. Books, equipment, dietary and pain management advice available, along with benefit advice. Social events and meals out also arranged. Contact Maureen Morton on 01305 823341 or email: maureenmorton@btinternet.com for further information.

Blackmore Stroke Club

The Remembrance Hall

Meets: on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month between 10.30am – 2.15pm. A self-help group that organises speakers, quizzes, and social activities. Speakers are often invited. Physio is available for stroke suffers and lunch is also available. For further information contact:

Mrs C Davies
Tel: 01747 853428
Email: BarMrsh@aol.com

Blackmore Vale Disabled Group

Volunteers run a social club with occasional outings and an advisory service to disabled members and families. Meetings are held in Sturminster Newton on the last Friday of the month, 12 noon (with lunch). For more information contact: Mrs Judith Bennett – Tel: 01258 471623.

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 Poole, Swanage, Wareham and East Dorset (dependant 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
Website: 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
Website: www.diabetes.org.uk

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

West Dorset Support Group area contact: Henry Bartlett – 01202 842707 – this group covers Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, West Dorset, Weymouth areas.
Carers could also use the Yeovil group contact: Julie Sanderson – 01935 851066

Dorset Association for the Disabled

D.A.D. 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 meetings in Purbeck and North Dorset areas:

Shaftesbury: 1st Friday of the month – 7.30pm
Trinity Day Centre
Contact: Mrs Janet Lowe – Tel: 01747 854957

Wareham: 1st Tuesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Carey Hall, Mistover Road, Carey
Contact: Brian Bashley – Tel: 01929 553419 or Martin Adams – Tel: 01929 554194

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
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

The Dorset ME 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 .

Headway – Dorset

Whitfields Rural Activity Centre
Poundbury Road
Tel: 01305 257990 or alternatively contact 01202 606560
Email: westdorset@headwaydorset.org.uk

Information and support services for people throughout Dorset who acquire brain injuries, their families and carers. Services include family and carer support, information and advocacy, rehabilitation, counselling, and befriending.

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 group is held at:

Wareham United Reform Church, Wareham, and meets on every 4th Thursday between 1.45pm - 3.15pm.  For further details contact Natalie Betts on 07747533252 or email natalie.betts@ageukbournemouth.org.uk .

MS Society – Wareham and Purbeck

Advice, support, information for people with MS, their families and carers. Able to offer a listening ear, advice about housing adaptations, equipment, mobility equipment, respite care, occasional transport to care appointments etc. Meetings every 4th Thursday of the month, outings once a month on a Sunday. Holiday accommodation also available. For further details contact:
Heather Fairweather
Tel: 01202 622146
Email: mspurbeckuk@yahoo.co.uk

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 service

• A supporting voice if you need to complain or are having problems getting your needs assessed.

• Links to other Parkinson’s UK services, such as our Helpline, website, information resources, and local branches and support groups.

Parkinson’s UK – Purbeck

For further details your local contact for the Purbeck area is:
Paula Wright
Tel: 0844 225 3760
Email: iswpoole@parkinsons.org.uk


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

Swanage Stroke Club

Swanage Day Centre
107 High Street
BH19 2NB

Meets on the third Saturday of each month from 11am-3pm. There are upwards of 40 members who also meet between meetings and go on a number of social trips around the area. The Beach Hut (No. 22) on Swanage Sea Front becomes a daily meeting place for members during the summer months. For more details contact the Stroke Association on 0303 3033 100.

Swanage Disabled Club

Volunteers run social and some handicraft clubs, outings, a visiting service to the housebound, and an advisory service to disabled members and families. Meetings are held in Swanage on alternate Mondays 2pm – 4pm:
Handiclub - Catholic Hall, Rempstone Road
Happy Circle – Queens Mead Hall, Queens Road
Contact: Mrs Daphne Saville – Tel: 01929 425241


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