Links to Support

Links to Support

To find out what support groups are avalible across the counties go to the tab Current Events 

BCP support

Carers’ Resource Information and Support (CRISP) for Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch

Tel: 01202 128787

Website :


Carers officers / Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT)

• Jo Morphew Carers Officer, West Bournemouth CMHT (Hahnemann and Turbary Park Localities) team number 01202 584440

• Britta Conway, Carers Officer (Purbeck, Wimborne and Christchurch locality) Tel: 01202 858300 (Wimborne CMHT).

• Debra Thistlethwaite Carers Officer, Poole CMHT team number 01202 305062

• Avril Vockins Carers Offiicer, East Bournemouth  CMHT, team number 01202 705557 


Care Free Carers Choir – available via Zoom – Contact Chrissy on 07840 976584



Dorset support

Carer Support Dorset

Tel: 0800 3688349

Website :

Dorset Carers Hub

Tel: 01305 751524

Website :   Home | Dorset Carers Hub


Dorset Council

Tel: 01305 221016


Rethink Carers Support

Will continue to provide 1:1 telephone support for carers,  Rethink have offered to support CMHT’s with touch-lite carers assessment to provide access to respite fund.  Rethink Carers Support will provide information telephone support and navigation to other services where required.  We also accept online self-referrals.

Ingrid:   Service Manager  074849 01532        Working hours Tues to Thur

Pam : 07866 251 265 working hours Tuesday to Thursdays       9:30am – 5:00pm

Ren : 07436 816 039 working hours Monday  to Wednesdays    9:30am – 2:30pm

Olivia:  07483939486  Working hours Wednesday to Friday         0930am – 14:30pm

Dorset and BCP support



Connections are a round-the-clock helpline for people of all ages, anywhere in Dorset, who are experiencing mental health issues and need support. The number offers 24/7 telephone access to mental health advice and support as part of the Dorset Crisis Response Service.
Tel: 0800 6520190

Leonardos Trust

Tel: 01202 698325

They also provide grants for carers to support them with having a break, purchasing equipment etc


Dorset Mental Health Forum

The Dorset Mental Health Forum is a peer led charity. We exist to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental illness by promoting wellbeing and recovery

Tel: 01305 257172


Dorset Mental Health Carers Project

Contact are peer specialists if you are feeling anxious, worried or needing to talk to someone  

Tel: 01305 340045 on Monday,Thursday, and Friday 

01202 373305 on Tuesday and Wednesday

Time to call 10-30am to 4-30pm.      Or email

Support for Veterans In Dorset

With over 58,000 military veterans in Dorset, Dorset Council is reminding current and former members of the Armed Forces, and their families, that support is available for them. Whether they served in Afghanistan, or in other conflicts, news of the withdrawal of military forces has significantly impacted on the wellbeing of many veterans and their families. Through its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and links to health and wellbeing services including charities, Dorset Council is encouraging anyone affected to reach out for support.

Organisations offering support - The following organisations can offer support. All calls are free from a landline unless stated otherwise. At immediate risk of danger to life always call 999.

Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team

The Wellbeing Gateway We will offer an initial meeting with each veteran, family member or carer to establish the kind of help that would be most appropriate for each case. 

Tel: 01202 584428

Op Courage

Op Courage provides a service to ensure members of the Armed Forces community are supported to access services that provide health and social care support.

Veterans’ Gateway

Veterans’ Gateway is a 24/7 first point of contact for all welfare needs. From healthcare and housing to employability, and more. Call 0808 802 1212

Combat Stress

Combat Stress offers specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues related to their military service. Call 0800 138 1619

PTSD Resolution

PTSD Resolution offer free, rapid and effective therapeutic support to Veterans, Reservists and family members. Call 0300 302 0551 (calls cost 3p to 40p per minute)


Welfare, health and support services, for the UK military’s serving personnel, veterans, and their families, call SSAFA on 0800 260 6767

Veterans UK

Part of the Ministry of Defence and offers free support for veterans and their families, call 0808 1914 218


LiveWell Dorset

We are here for your health and wellbeing

Phone us on Freephone 0800 840 1628


Farming Community Network

We are a voluntary organisation & charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community.

Whether the issue is personal or business-related, FCN is here for you. We run a confidential, national helpline and e-helpline which is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm and our volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help. Over 6,000 people a year benefit from FCN’s support and we can help with a variety of issues.

Farming Community Network (

Help line number: 03000 111 999



Information on Dementia

Dementia :: Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (



Supporting People & Communities To Live The Lives They Choose


Our service aims to support people with long- term health conditions and carers to feel more confident self-managing on a day-to-day basis.



Many people living with Dementia feel that having support along their journey will maximise independent living and prevent a crisis. At Help & Care, we are committed to supporting you to live well with Dementia.



Independent advocates help to ensure your rights are upheld and that your views, wishes and needs are heard, respected and acted upon.

Tel:0300 111 3303




Alzheimer’s Society

Anyone affected by dementia can call out support line on 0333 150 3456

Herbert Protocol

Caring for people with dementia or Alzheimer's can be challenging. 

There's a risk they can at some point start to 'walk about'. This may only be into the garden or street for a short time, but some people can get lost and go missing.

So planning ahead to keep them safe is really important.

What is the Herbert Protocol?

The Herbert Protocol is a form that carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person can fill in.

It contains a list of information to help the police if the person goes missing




YOU Trust

YOU: a family, creatively empowering people to thrive in their communities.

The YOU Trust is a charity that has been supporting vulnerable people across Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, the Isle of Wight, and West Sussex since 1985. We work across a wide range of specialist areas from Learning Disabilities to Mental Health and Stalking, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Services and everything we do is about ensuring the people we support can have the life they want.

You can self-refer to the service

Telephone: 0330 123 2550

Carers Direct Helpline (NHS Dorset)

If you need help with your caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to you.

The helpline is open from 8:00am – 9:00pm Monday to Friday, and from 11:00am to 4:00pm, at weekends. Calls cost the same as 01 or 02 numbers (also known as geographic numbers). Helpline number : 0400 123 1053


Age UK

For older people, their families, friends and carers. Helpline open every day of the year, 8:00am – 7:00pm

Tel: 0800 055 6112


LEAP - The energy and money saving service

The eligibility requirements of LEAP are designed to target households that either are already in, or are at risk of falling into fuel poverty. It is open to all types of householders – homeowners, private renters and social housing tenants.
Tel:01202 862717



Care Workers’ Charity

The Care Workers’ Charity was founded in 2009 with the objective of supporting current and former care workers with one-off crisis grants.

We provide crisis grants to people have worked in a paid role in the UK’s care sector and are involved in or support the provision of care. This includes people who have been involved in residential social care, home care, supported living care or day care.

We offer two types of grants, typically limited to £500:

Essential needs grants:

One-off payment towards the cost of an item or a need necessary to sustain the basic health, or to improve a poor quality of life of the person or family – for example, essential appliances, keeping a home warm, essential household requirements or health improvement aid.

Crisis grants:

One-off payment to support someone experiencing an unforeseen or life changing circumstance, such as bereavement, illness or injury and who has no resources to meet associated costs which could include funeral expenses, moving home, travel to hospital expenses, home repairs