Useful Links

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Action on Elder Abuse

Action On Elder Abuse Helpline:

Freephone 0808 8088 141 (Calls to a free phone number may be charged)


Adfam’s vision is a United Kingdom where every family member facing problems with drugs or alcohol will have access to a range of specialised services.

Age UK

Age UK - here to help more people love later life.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse. We work to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to increase the range and quality of services available to people with alcohol-related problems.

Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.


This is an international HIV/Aids charity providing information/education.


Best Treatments

BestTreatments is the only website that rates thousands of health and medical treatments, based on how well they work. You'll know the best way to lower your blood pressure, manage your child's asthma and ease your back pain.

BBC News Health

Bipolar UK

Blandford Heart Forum

Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children Board

Bournemouth Mental Health Service Users Forum

The Resource Centre, Peer House, 9 Shelley Road, Boscombe, BH1 4HZ
Tel: 01202 393510   e-mail:

Bournemouth Social Services

Bournemouth University

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV

Country-wide directory of sexual health clinics.

British Dietetic Association

The British Dietetic Association, established in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians.

British Heart Foundation

The BHF is the largest independent funder of heart research in the UK.

British National Centre for Physical Activity and Health

BHFNC is committed to developing and promoting initiatives that will help professionals stimulate more people to take more activity as part of everyday life.


Care Quality Commission

Carers Forum

East Dorset Mental Health Carers Forum

Carers Direct

NHS Choices 'Carers Direct' offers comprehensive information, advice and support for carers.

Chiropods (Podiatry/Chiropody Services)

Contains Information about Chiropods and the services it provides.

Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base

This is a one-stop source of all information on health outcomes generated by NCHOD.

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.

Custom Wristbands

They provide in-depth cancer information as well as free custom cancer wristbands for most major cancerous diseases and remind people to take the necessary steps for detecting the disease in its early stages. They help non-profit cancer organisations to spread their cause with free custom wristbands to raise awareness.


Dementia Connect!/search

Dementia Connect is Alzheimer's Society's new and improved dementia services directory for anyone affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With over 4,000 listings of local information, support and services, it's the most comprehensive and easy-to-use online directory of its kind.  

Department of Health

Provides health and social care policy, guidance and publications.

Depression Alliance

A national charity providing information and support for people affected by depression and their carers.

Direct Gov

Health and Wellbeing

Dorset Advocacy

Portfolio House, 3 Princes Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TP

Dorset Cancer Network

This website contains information on cancer and related topics.

Dorset Drug & Alcohol Advisory Service (DDAAS)

Community based non-statutory service offering support and advice around drug and alcohol related issues. Point of referral for associated services and provides after care services and support . Also outreach service offering support and education to young persons between 11-25 years old.

Dorset County Council

The Dorset For You Partnership is made up of a number of local councils working together to give people easy and effective access to local government information and services.

Dorset Mental Health Forum

29-29a Durngate Street, Dorchester, DT1 1JP
Tel: 01305 257172   e-mail:

Dorset MIND

11 Shelley Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH1 4JQ

Dorset Police

The website provides an overview of the work undertaken by Dorset Police as its strives with communities and partners to make Dorset an even safer place to live, work, study and visit.

Dorset Race Equality Council

The Link, 3-5 Palmerston Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4HN
Tel: 01202 392954

South East Dorset Service User Forum (The Network)

Baileys, 131 Barrack Road, Christchurch, BH23 2AW
Tel: 01202 496267   e-mail:

Dorset Safeguarding Children Board

Dorset Social Services


The National Alcohol Helpline


Drop Cigarettes is an online portal of help and resources geared to kick the habit of smoking in a painless and simple manner. 


Early intervention in psychosis - IRIS


FPA (Family Planning Association)

We're a sexual health charity.  We give straightforward information, advice and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.

Talk to Frank

For free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day talk to FRANK.


Green Gym

BTCV Green Gym offers people an alternative - the opportunity to improve their fitness by involvement in practical conservation activities such as planting hedges, creating and maintaining community gardens, or improving footpaths.

Guide Dogs

The charity Guide Dogs will not rest until blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. To find out more about Guide Dogs go to


Healthy Eating

Weight Wise

The Weightwise website has been developed and is managed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), the organisation that represents registered dietitians in the UK.

The Food Standards Agency

Eatwell is the Food Standards Agency's consumer advice and information site.



Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) is a neurological condition of unknown cause defined by increased intracranial pressure (ICP) around the brain without the presence of tumour or disease. 

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate

Independent Safeguarding Authority

Information Sharing Pocket Guide

Institute of Psychiatry

The Institute of Psychiatry provides post-graduate education and carries out research in psychiatry, psychology, and allied disciplines, including basic and clinical neurosciences.

IRIS - Early intervention in psychosis


Life Cycle UK

The Light of the World – offers free pet care, primarily a dog walking service to the elderly and disabled.

Light of the World

Life Cycle UK's vision is of healthy individuals, inclusive communities and an unspoilt natural environment.

Live Well

NHS Choices advice

Lupus for healthcare professionals

This site is intended for healthcare professionals as a useful source of information on the diagnosis, treatment and support of patients with lupus and related connective tissue diseases.


Manic Depression Fellowship

Provides support, advice and information for people with manic depression, their families, friends and carers.

Marie Curie

This website is for anyone looking for information about the charity's work with cancer patients and their families across the UK.

Medication, Choice &

The choice and medication website offers people information about medications used in the mental health setting to help people make informed decisions about medication.

The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice

The Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice has now been officially published. It is available online at

Mental Health Behind the News 

NHS Choices information page for Mental Health

Mental Health Foundation

Help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems.

Mental Health Care

Reliable and up-to-date information about psychosis for family members and friends.


Mental health charity providing national information, legal service and local support groups.

My Health My Way

Self-referral long term health conditions support.

My life my care

If you find it difficult to live safely and independently in your home, you can find help here. Our solutions offer information and advice to help you make informed choices about living the life you want.


National Framework for Mental Health

National service framework

Department of health document outlining how the national service framework addresses the mental health needs of working age adults up to 65.

Necrotising Enterocolitis

Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a life-threatening bowel condition which mainly affects premature babies.


NICE is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.

NICE Evidence pages

These pages provide access to full text NHS related documents and access to the national databases, electronic journals and electronic books.

NHS Choices

NHS Direct

This site connects you to local NHS services in England and provides national information about the NHS.

NHS Networks

NHS Networks is a new initiative and website to connect leaders and innovators across the NHS with each other and with policy formers - joining networks up across geographies, sectors, professions and government.

No Panic

The relief and rehabilitation of people and their carers suffering from panic attacks, phobias and OCD.

No Secrets

Guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse.

North Dorset County Council


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Action

OCD Action is the largest and longest serving UK National Charity for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

Overeaters Anonymous 

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating, binge eating and other eating disorders. 


Patient and Public Involvement in Health (PPI)

The PPI Forum has been replaced by LINks (Local Involvement Networks).

Pippa Project

The PIPPA (Physical Information for Psychiatry PAtients) Project is intended as a desktop information portal for people with mental illness and their carers on the most common physical health issues they are likely to experience.

Please Ask

Please Ask

If you or someone close to you is going into hospital, you may have loads of questions. This website will help you become an informed patient and one that worries less.

Poole Borough Council

Everything about Poole Borough Council

Poole Mental Health Service Users Forum

Eastgate Lodge, Park Gates, Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2SF
Tel: 01202 749903   e-mail:

PPI Forum

Help & Care, The Pokesdown Centre, 896 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6DL

Purbeck Project

This page is an online resource "Making Purbeck Healthcare fit for the future."


Rethink Mental Illness

Richmond Fellowship

Purbeck Local Office, 19 Bonnets Lane, Wareham, BH20 4HB

Formerly the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, Rethink is a national voluntary organisation which provides support to and campaigns on behalf of people with severe mental illness, their families and carers.

Royal College of GPs

THe RCGP is the academic organisation for general practitioners. Its aim is to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the ‘voice’ of general practitioners on education, training and standards issues.

Royal College of Nursing

The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Aims to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness.


Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

Aims to improve mental health services through research, evaluation, development and training.

Saga Magazine


Seeks to change attitudes about mental illness. Campaign for improved rights and care through research. It provides a national helpline.

Sexual Health

NHS Choices sexual health pages offer comprehensive information and advice on all issues relating to sexual health.

Sexual Health Network

The Sexual Health Network is dedicated to providing easy access to sexuality information, education, support, and other resources.


Sibs is the UK organisation for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults. It supports siblings who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition. Siblings have specific needs that require attention at different stages of their lives, including relief of isolation, information, and strategies for coping with the situations they find themselves in. Sibs’ aim is to enhance the lives of siblings by providing them with information and support, and by influencing service provision throughout the UK.

Society of Sexual Health Advisers

The SSHA is a professional organisation for health advisers working in departments of genito-urinary medicine and sexual health.

Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association

Steps 2 Wellbeing

A website about common mental health problems including depression and anxiety disorders.

Stroke Association

The Stroke Association is the only national charity solely concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages.

The Samaritans

Sainsbury Centre

Offer confidential emotional support 24 hours a day to people in crisis and in danger of taking their own lives.

Service User Forums

Blandford Heart Forum

Bournemouth Mental Health Service Users Forum -The Resource Centre, Peer House, 9 Shelley Road, Boscombe, BH1 4HZ. Tel: 01202 393510   e-mail:

Bournemouth Alcohol and Drugs Service Users Forum

Carers Forum

East Dorset Mental Health Carers Forum

South East Dorset Service User Forum (The Network) - Baileys, 131 Barrack Road, Christchurch, BH23 2AW
Tel: 01202 496267   e-mail:

Poole Mental Health Service Users Forum - Eastgate Lodge, Park Gates, Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2SF
Tel: 01202 749903   e-mail:

PPI Forum - Help & Care, The Pokesdown Centre, 896 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6DL

West Dorset Mental Health Forum - 29-29a Durngate Street, Dorchester, DT1 1JP
Tel: 01305 257172   e-mail:


Sustrans is a charity that works on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport.


Think Child, Think Parent, Think Family

Together: Working for Well-being

A leading national charity working for well-being. It supports people with mental health needs to get what they want from life and to feel happier.


West Dorset General Hospitals Trust

You will find information here about services what to expect from a visit to hospital. There is also information about how to become involved in patient and voluntary groups as well as fund-raising.

Where's Your Head At?

A website from the Children & Young People's Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.

Working together to Safeguard Children

A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children