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Condition & health related carer support groups in West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland

About Face

111 Longfleet Road
(Opposite Poole Hospital)
BH15 2HP
Tel: 01202 677340 / 07917 400933
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.

The centre is open every Tuesday for any patients and their family & friends wishing to visit the Centre and have an opportunity to talk with other patients or ex-patients who are part of our group of volunteers. Contact name Christine Brienne.

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 – Dorset services (rural) – West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland

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 Dorchester Office, 27 Great Cranford Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3SQ tel: 0300 123 1916 (enquiries) email dorset@alzheimers.org.uk or go online at www.alzheimers.org.uk .
West Dorset

Bridport – Memory Café meets on alternate Mondays between 11am - 12 noon (except Bank Holidays) at St Swithun’s Church Hall, North Allington, Bridport, DT6 5DU.

Dorchester – Memory Café, and Singing for the Brain groups meet on alternate Thursdays between 10.30am and 12 noon at Dorchester Community Church, Acland Road, Dorchester, DT1 1EF.


Weymouth and Portland

Portland – Singing for the Brain meets on alternate Wednesdays between 10am – 11.30am at the Community 2000 Hall, 6 Straits Easton, Portland DT5 1HG.

Weymouth – Memory Café, and Singing for the Brain meets on alternate Tuesdays between 2pm – 3.30pm (contact office on 01202 764352 in advance to confirm venue).

A carers group for people caring for a friend or family member with dementia meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month between 2pm – 3pm at The Acorns, Grosvenor Road, Weymouth, DT4 7QL.

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

Arthritis Care

South England Regional Office
First Floor, 18 Stephenson Way
Tel: 0844 888 2111
Email: SouthEngland@arthritiscare.org.uk

Arthritis Care is the largest voluntary organisation working for arthritis suffers 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 £6 per annum; this entitles members to a copy of ‘Arthritis News’ published bi-monthly, as well as local branch membership.

Connect – the communication disability network

Connect is a charity for people living with aphasia. At Connect we work alongside people with aphasia and their families to develop communication and rebuild confidence
Connect run drop-in sessions for people with aphasia in the Weymouth area at:

Highclere House

Cross Road

Is talking difficult for you? Meet other people with aphasia, relax and be yourself, find support, have fun – you don’t have to talk if you don’t want to. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month between 2pm – 4pm. We are on the bus routes 3, 6, 8 and there is free on-site parking. For further information contact Helen Mann on 020 7367 0864 or email helenmann@ukconnect.rg or visit www.ukconnect.org.

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 West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland. (dependant on your choice of hospital)

Diabetes Nurse Specialist

Diabetes Centre
Dorset County Hospital
50 Bridport Road
Tel: 01305 255342

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

Diabetes UK (South West)

Victoria House
Victoria Street
Tel: 01823 324 007
Fax: 01823 324 550
Email: south.west@diabetes.org.uk

Information and advice about Diabetes, access to local support groups.
Dorset area contact: Henry Bartlett – 01202 842707

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: meconnect@meassociation.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 .

Headway – Dorset

Whitfields Rural Activity Centre
Poundbury Road
Tel: 01305 257990 or alternatively call 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 groups are held at:

Woodmeads Hall, Lyme Regis, every fortnight on a Tuesday between 10.15am - 12 noon.

Abbeyfield House, Beaminster, every fortnight on a Tuesday between 10am - 11.45am.

Willowbed Hall, Chickerell, every fortnight on a Thursday between 10.30am - 12 noon.

For further information contact Hilary Foggo on 01305 269444 or email: h.foggo@ageukdorchester.org.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 services

• 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.

For further details your local contact for West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland is:
Lorraine Bilton
Tel: 0844 225 9828
Email: isw.dorset@parkinsons.org.uk

Parkinson’s UK – Bridport branch support group

St Swithun’s Church Hall
North Allington

Meets: on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Meetings usually involve tea and a speaker. Outings arranged four times a year. For more information before attending a
meeting please contact: Mrs Linda Gould tel: 01297 489202, email: gouldderek@btinternet.com

Parkinson’s UK – Dorchester & Weymouth branch support groups

Dorchester Venue

Magna Community Room
Lubbecke Way

Meets: on the 4th Friday of each month between 2.30pm and 4.15pm.

Weymouth Venue

Binicombe Court
Hamilton Close

Meets: on the 2nd Monday of each month between 2.30pm and 4.15pm.

Self-help groups providing an opportunity for carers and suffers to meet over a cup of tea. A chance to gain information and talk to others who understand. Speakers are invited to talk about issues of interest to people with Parkinson’s and to carers, as well as lighter subjects. For further information contact Branch Secretary Trevor Martin: 01305 813584, email: trevor.martin12@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

Stroke Association Community Stroke Coordinator – West Dorset

Family Support is a visiting service which provides practical information and emotional support for stroke people, their families and carers. Contact Sally Chittick – Tel; 01305 766948, email: sally.chittick@stroke.org.uk www.stroke.org.uk

Bridport Stroke Club

Vernon Court – Community Room
South Street

Meets: Every Wednesday (excluding Jan & Aug) between 10am and 12 noon.

A club for people who have suffered strokes. A chance to meet others who understand and gain information. Opportunities for exercise and help with mobility, art classes,
outings, talks, Christmas Lunch, coffee, quizzes and games. For further information contact: Thelma Skues on 01308 898032.

Dorchester Social Stroke Club

Magna Housing Development (in the lounge)
Lubbecke Way

Meets Thursdays 10.30am – 12.30pm. The programme includes activities such as exercise, arts classes, music, hand massage and outings, as well as advice and information for stroke patients, their families and carers. For further details contact: Jackie Sherfield tel: 01305 257464 or contact the Stroke Association on 0303 3033 100 for more information.

Weymouth District Assoc of the Disabled

A volunteer group run by disabled people for disabled people. Social activities, outings and information and advice for members and their families and carers. An adapted minibus
manned by volunteer drivers and escorts. Meetings include a session of bingo/games and a session with speakers or singers. Closed during August. For further information contact:
Mr Keith Morris – 01305 786920
For transport contact: Alan Hill – 01305 761750.



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