We care because you 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

A society which understands and supports unpaid carers.

Our mission

Improving life for all unpaid carers by listening and meeting needs, providing information to give choices, giving a voice and influence and raising awareness.

Our Values

Our values are that we are carer-focused, creative, have integrity, we collaborate and we empower.

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.

Our Annual Report and Accounts for 2020/21 can be viewed here:

Carer Support Wiltshire Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21



The ‘Our Dorset’ ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and care outcomes, and live healthier, longer and fulfilling lives.

Health and care organisations across the Dorset county area are working in partnership to recognise, support and value unpaid carers of all ages. This includes listening to carers, commissioning and providing support and enabling carers to have a life outside of caring.

These organisations include:

  • Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council including CRISP (Carers’ Resource Information and Support Programme)
  • Dorset Council including partners Carer Support Dorset & Rethink
  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dorset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Hospitals)
  • Help & Care, Leonardo Trust, Dorset Carers Hub and Pramacare

This reflects the vision of Our Dorset (Dorset’s integrated care system) that councils, NHS bodies and the voluntary sector work together to achieve through joined-up health and care services, linking together with community resources to support people and carers to look after themselves and promote their wellbeing.