Being a carer can sometimes feel like you are in it alone, but we are here to support you. We have a range of services that can be tailored to fit your needs as a carer including our phone line, regular training opportunities, events, a befriending service and specific support for young carers.

We offer:

Read more about all the benefits you can access when you sign up with Carer Support Dorset below.

Phoneline

We have a dedicated team of Carer Advisers who can discuss your caring role and the effect it has on you either by phone or through email. They are there to listen to you, and can offer support, advise, information and guidance.

We can also refer you to a number of services, including onto Dorset Council for a Carers Assessment,or other services that other support.

Our phone lines are open Monday-Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm and Friday 9.30am–4pm.

Here to talk

If you are feeling lonely and want someone to talk to, Carer Support Dorset’s Here to Talk befriending service offers regular phonecalls with one of our volunteers on a weekly or fortnightly basis. This provides one-to-one support to help build your mental wellbeing and help reduce your feelings of isolation. These can be arranged at a time that fits around you and your caring responsibilities.

If you are interested in being connected to one of our friendly volunteers, phone us on 0800 368 8349, (Monday–Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 9.30am-4pm) or email admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk

If would like to volunteer as a befriender you can find out more on our volunteering page.

Regular newsletters

We send out regular newsletters through the post or via email to keep you up-to-date. This means you will have information on local events, services and updates that can be of use to you as a carer all in one place.

Training

We offer regular, free training on a range of topics specifically for you as a carer.  You can see our upcoming training on our what’s on page.

Recent workshops have included: Caring for someone with Dementia, coping with different challenges involved in caring for someone with mental ill health as well Emotional Resilience training which aims to support carers to understand themselves better and find new ways to cope.

We have also had one-off training sessions on scam awareness, sleep tips, arthritis, and caring for someone with hearing loss.

If there is training you think we be of use to you as a carer then we would love to hear from you.

What’s on 

Virtual sessions

We offer regular virtual ‘in converasation with’ sessions with guest speakers and with our Carer Advisers. These are a chance to take a break and chat over a cuppa. You can see our upcoming sessions on our what’s on page.

what’s on

Dorset Carers card

When you register with us, you will receive a free Dorset Carers Card which gives you access to amazing discounts all across Dorset including at cafes, shops, attractions and professional services.

To see the full up-to-date list of places across Dorset to use your card, visit the Carers Card website.

The Carers Card scheme is run by My Carers Card. Once issued, your Dorset Carer Card is valid for five years.

Events

We have regular, free events to offer carers a break from their caring role. Our most recent events include a pampering session, quiz night and art workshop. Keep an eye on our What’s On pages for upcoming events

what’s on

Information Hub

Our Information Hub is a great starting point for finding information as a carer. It provides information and signposts on topics such as financial support available to carers, helpful tools and services when caring as well as information specifically on certain medical conditions. All the information is in one place with easily accessible links to the most relevant websites and organisations for you.

Information Hub

Young Carers

We offer support for young carers too.

A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who looks after or helps to look after someone. It might be your mum or dad, grandparent, brother or sister or a close relative. This often means doing things like cooking, cleaning, shopping, giving medication or just talking and helping when the person you care about is feeling sad.

If that sounds like you, we can offer specific support and information for you as a young carer on our young carer website.

This includes future planning, school and caring and balancing employment as a young carer.

YOUNG CARER WEBSITE