On Friday 20 November, Carer Support Dorset will be celebrating their one-year anniversary of opening with brand-new video content on the www.carersupportdorset.co.uk website, a virtual celebration and by announcing the winner of a cake competition.

Since launch, Carer Support Dorset has helped over 2,000 of Dorset’s unpaid carers by providing support via the telephone, email, the website and via virtual services.

Services include signposting carers to organisations that may be able to give them financial, emotional or practical support. The team can also refer carers for a Carers Assessment via Dorset Council, post out Dorset Carers Cards (giving carers discounts across the county), offer training opportunities and send out regular postal and digital communications to carers.

Carer Support Dorset Manager, Anna Elston, comments:

“We are looking forward to celebrating all of Carer Support Dorset’s achievements over the past year. A particular highlight this year has been the establishment of Virtual Cuppa sessions, giving carers a chance to chat informally with each other and the Carer Support Dorset team on a regular basis. Our ‘Here to Talk’ befriending service, where we match up carers with volunteers for regular telephone calls, and the establishment of free training opportunities for carers on subjects such as mental health and dementia have been well received.”

Judy Walker, Chief Executive of Carer Support Dorset, adds:

“This past year has been a fantastic opportunity for us to raise awareness of unpaid carers across the county. We have been working alongside other leading organisations to improve the lives of carers. It has been an extremely challenging time for carers, particularly with the impact of Covid-19 and the increased isolation that some are feeling. Our aim is to be part of a society which understands and supports unpaid carers and we will continue to strive to achieve this over the coming years.”

If you think that you are a carer, please call Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 or visit www.carersupportdorset.co.uk to find out more.