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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole & Dorset Adult Care and Support Services Directory - this link has lots of useful information:

There is a wealth of information on  about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent 

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing & carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

0300 123 1053
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends.

Local Information and Support Groups

  • The Hadleigh Practice Carers Lead is: Christine Foster - you can contact her on 01202 - 696514 or email: if you would like more information.
  • The Hadleigh Practice Carers' Group meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Methodist Church, LOwer Blandford Road, Broadstone between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.  Come and enjoy a chat and support from other carers.  Find out information about benefits, leisure facilities, holidays and respite care.  For more information, please complete the Carer's Registration Form or contact Lyn Davis, Carers Co-ordinator, via Christine's email 
  • Upton and Lytchett Carers Support Group, contact Carol Davies (Prama) on 01202 207300 or 07809 224000
  • Carers' Information Service for carers living in the Poole Borough Council area.  Poole Social Services have an information service on 01202 633682 or please visit their website at, select 'Social Care and Health', then 'Carers'.  Social Services work with carers of all ages.  It has an information service that will send you a regular newsletter about services, support and outings for carers.
  •  Help and Care for carers living within the East Dorset Council area.  Information on carers' services is provided through 'Help and Care' on behalf of Dorset County Council.  They can be contacted on 0300 111 3303 or please visit their website at 
  • Information & Advice about Care & Support for adults in Dorset can be accessed on Dorset For You - for Dorset County Council area or My Life My Care - for Poole, Bournemouth & Christchurch council areas

Local Social Services

  • If the cared for person lives in Poole, contact: 01202 633902 Social Services Help Desk
  • If the cared for person lives in Bournemouth, contact: 01202 454979 Care Direct
  • If the cared for person lives in East Dorset, contact: 01305 221016 Social Services, Dorset

Details of carer events:

Carers sing together and MAS dementia workshop

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

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