We care because they do

It is estimated that over 11% of people in Dorset are caring for someone. With many not recognising themselves as carers these numbers are expected to be much higher.

We help carers to access services, information, education and training, respite, and breaks from their caring role. We ensure they have a voice that is heard and work with health and social care professionals and employers to raise carer awareness and develop best practice.

We are working towards a future where:

Carers have better health and well-being.

Carers can make choices about their caring role and access the right support and services for the person they care for.

Carers needs, their voices and the contribution they make to society are recognised and valued.

We rely on funding from Dorset Council and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, companies, trusts, charities, and many others including those who fundraise or make donations to make a difference to the lives of carers. We are proud to be a network partner of the Carers Trust – the leading national charity for carers in the UK.

Read the NHS England Commitment to Carers

Be Inspired By Those Around You

Sometimes life doesn't go quite as you planned it. 6,000 people become carers every day in the UK. They might be looking after an ageing parent, a disabled child or a partner with a chronic illness. They are the hidden heroes who look after their loved ones.

The difference we make

Who we are

Our vision

To create a caring community where Dorset recognises, values and supports carers.

Our mission

We aim to ensure all unpaid carers in Dorset are supported, have a voice in policy making and their contribution to the community is valued.

Carer Support Dorset is a non-profit service funded by Dorset Council. The service is managed by Carer Support Wiltshire, a registered charity with over 12 years’ experience supporting unpaid carers.