Support groups for carers'
Support 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:
Dorset Direct: 01305 221016 for an initial assessment of your needs as a carer
There after contact:
Bridport Social Care Team
St Andrews Road
Tel: 01308 422234
Dorchester Social Care Team
Tel: 01305 251414
Ask for Sheila Biddlecombe Carers Case Worker
You can also call the Social Care and Health out-of-office-hours Emergency Duty Team on 01202 657279.
Carer specific support groups in West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland
Bridport & District Carers’ Support Group
Health Education Room
Bridport Community Hospital
Meets: on the first Friday of the month between 10.15am – 12 noon. Advice, company and information for people looking after someone who is in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. A confidential listening ear, sign posting to information services, meetings are informal and supportive. Social trips available. For further information contact: Marion Wrighton Tel: 01308 427494.
Bridport Disabled Carers and Friends Club
Meets every Thursday between 9am – 12 noon. For further details contact Peter Bowditch on 01308 423620.
Carers Moving Forward
Acland Road Day Centre
Tel: 0300 111 3303
Are you a carer whose loved one has had to go into a care home? Do you feel lost, lonely, need information and support but don’t know where to turn? Carers Moving Forward is a new group for people aged 55 and over who have had to hand over the care of their relative or friend to someone else. The group offers friendship and support to people who suddenly find the help they had been receiving as carers is no longer available, and understand why you may feel abandoned, guilty and confused about what is expected of you now. Members of the group have been through similar experiences and have first-hand knowledge of what you may be feeling. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month and the meeting is an opportunity to socialise with friends, gain information, and listen to guest speakers on topics of interest. For further information contact Help & Care on 0300 111 3303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Carers’ Support Group
Royal Manor Practice
Meets on the last Monday of every month between 10.30am – 12.30pm. Contact: Jo Pearce (Chairperson) on 01305 826479.