Being a carer can be very isolating at times and can leave you feeling very lonely. Our Here to Talk befriending service Our Here to Talk service is now up and running for an initial trial period thanks to funding from Dorset Community Foundation. If you would like a regular, informal chat with a volunteer please call us on 0800 368 8349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add you to our list.
Virtual Cuppa sessions Run regularly, on alternate Wednesdays, our Virtual Cuppa sessions give you the opportunity to meet other carers across Dorset as well as some of the Carer Support Dorset team. We regularly have guest speakers and interactive sessions. To find out when the next Virtual Cuppa session is, please visit our What’s On section. Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many face-to-face services detailed below have been suspended. Contact us on 0800 368 8349 for details of support that is available to you. In addition to the carer support groups that currently run virtually across the county, you may want to consider some of the following ways to meet new people and share experiences:
Community lunches Community lunches can be a great way of meeting new people, to have some food in a relaxed, information environment and often for a very minimal charge. Community lunches take place in locations across Dorset, get in touch with us and we can help signpost you to the closest lunch clubs to you. Getting close to nature
Natural Choices Dorset – aims to encourage and enable people to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing through different activities within the natural environment. Various activities take place across Dorset (including Poole) and include things such as:
Join in with activities From exercise classes, games and music. We can help signpost you to activities that you can join in with. For example, Tricuro Shaftesbury Plus offer activities on most days of the week to help reduce loneliness and isolation in the local community. Find out more at email@example.com