It is estimated that over 11% of Dorset’s population* are unpaid carers. They may be looking after their partner or spouse, a relative, a friend or a neighbour. The person they care for could have a physical or mental health problem or have substance misuse issues.

Tracy Rowland

In a bid to make more organisations across Dorset aware of unpaid carers and to make Dorset a more carer-friendly community, Carer Support Dorset have recruited a new Community Engagement Officer, Tracy Rowland.

Tracy has had a lengthy career in healthcare including working as a Registered Nurse through to work with Public Health Dorset and most recently, as a Programme Lead, Primary Community Care Directorate with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

Tracy adds:

“I am delighted to have joined the Carer Support Dorset team. I am looking forward to engaging with organisations to improve the understanding and support available for Dorset’s unpaid carers.”

Any organisations interested in linking up with Tracy and finding out more about support available to unpaid carers should contact Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 or email


* Dorset Council/Census 2011 data