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 admin@carersupportdorset.co.uk 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. You find out when the next Virtual Cuppa session is on the 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 Carer Support Dorset and we can help signpost you to the closest lunch clubs to you.

Join in groups and meet new people

Natural Choices Dorset– Encourages 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:

  • Health walks
  • Conservation tasks
  • Gardening
  • Nordic walking
  • Nature walks

Dorset Ramblers – have a number of Dorset walking groups, with groups set up across the county.

Health walks with Dorset Council – Led by trained volunteer health walk leaders, these walks are ideal for beginners and offer a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and meet new people. They also offer healthy cycling groups for a range of abilities which can also be booked on their website.

Dorset Mind – deliver a number of support groups and activity led groups, find out more on their website.

In Jolly Good Company offer Step Outside gardening groups which meet every Friday afternoon at Kingston Lacy and every 2nd and 4th Monday afternoon at Woodhouse Gardens in Blandford. Each session is 2 hours long. Activities include gardening, relaxing, chatting and catching up, cutting flowers, harvesting, walking and arts and crafts.

You can also sign up to their newsletter to keep up to date with their latest Jolly Days activities which are currently running outside.

Flourish, Poole offer a volunteering project for approximately 6 months where participants will join a team for one day a week and gain practical hands on experience, skills and knowledge in conservation and horticulture. They welcome disabled people, those living with mental health issues and people wanting to improve their wellbeing. Participants learn new skills, work with others in a team and connect with nature.

Dorset Mental Health Forum offer a range of activities every month from football, gardening, the gym or golf or stay home and connect virtually with our online gaming groups and book club.

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 shaftesburyplus@tricuro.co.uk