Being a carer can be very isolating at times and can leave you feeling very lonely.

In addition to the carer support groups that run 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 us and we can help signpost you to the closest lunch clubs to you.

Getting close to nature

Natural Choices Dorset – aims to encourage 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

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