You are not alone as a carer, support is available. You may be looking for different groups that can support you and give the you the chance to talk to other carers who understand your situation. There are many carer support groups across Dorset both online and face-to-face.

Below is a list of regular carer groups. Please note, groups are subject to change and its best to check with the coordinator on up-to-date times and dates. If you have a group you wish to add, email

If you want further help understanding the support available to you or to talk through your options give us a call on 0800 368 8349 to talk to one of our friendly carer advisers.

You can also see our upcoming training, groups and events on our what’s on page.

Age UK run a number of events and activities suitable for older carers and/or those who are receiving care. View what they offer here.

Rethink Mental Illness run many carer groups in Dorset, including walks and talks and young carer support. View them all in one place here.

North Dorset

Carers art club

Meets at Cross Keys, Sherborne at 10am-12noon every other Wednesday

To find out more call Mark on 07989306322

Blandford carer support group

1st Thursday of each month starting 1st June 2023, 10:30 – 12:30

Meet in The Parish Rooms, The Plocks, Blandford Forum DT11 7DW

To find out more contact

Blandford Group Practice Wellness Walk-in Clinic

Last Tuesday of each month, 10:00 – 12.00

Meet in The Crown Hotel Sealy Suite, West St, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ

For more information please contact the Blandford Group Practice directly

Blandford Rethink carer support group

Meet regularly in Blandford, contact Olivia Steven on 07436 790489 for more details.

Carers cuppa and catch-up on the north Dorset/Wiltshire border

Meets every other Friday, 2pm-3pm, currently online.

To find out more, contact:, or

Gillingham carers peer support

This Rethink group relaunched in November 2023 and is looking for new members. The group meets every second Wednesday of the month at 10.00am at Gillingham Community Church, Wessex House, 8 High Street, Gillingham, SP8 4AG. For more details email

Shaftesbury carers peer support

This Rethink group meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at Fathers House, Christy’s Lane, Shaftesbury, SP7 8PH. For more details email

‘My Time’ carer support group

Based in Shielings, The Avenue, Sherborne and meet the first Thursday of every month 2-3.30pm.

Call 01935 816321 to find out more.


East Dorset

Wimborne & The Purbecks carer group

This group meets once a month at different venues in Wimborne and The Purbecks. For more information please contact:

Carers Sing Together

An afternoon of singing favourite songs at The Leonardo Trust 1.30pm-2.45pm
2022 dates are 7 March, 4 April, 9 May and 6 June.
Contact Caroline Pugh by email or phone 07984 828642 to book.

Carers café – Alderholt

Meet every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10.30am – 12.30pm, at Alderholt Chapel.

Call 01425 655155 to join.

Parent carer coffee morning 

Meet at St Mary’s Church, Ferndown on the 2nd Friday of each Month, 10am-12noon

Parent carer coffee morning 

Meet at Verwood Youth and Community Centre, last Friday of each Month, 10am-12noon

Carer support group

Meet at Corfe Mullen Library on 2nd Friday of the month.

Contact Peter Jones on 07856 579750 to find out more.

Ferndown carers group

Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 10.30am at Barchester Kings Park Care Home, Ferndown.

To find out more, email

Stress Busters carers group (Ferndown)

An informal drop-in session for carers who are supporting someone with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Parkinson’s.

Last Tuesday of the month 2pm – 3:30pm @ Beacon Café at St Mary’s Church (Church Rd, Ferndown BH22 9EU).

Contact: Janet Capp – 01202 875495 – or Kath Money – 01202 892518 –

Carers group in Wimborne

Meets 3rd Friday of the month from 10.30am-12noon at St John’s Church, Wimborne.

To find out more, email

Oakley Friends

Group of Carers and ex Carers of Dementia patients based in East Dorset. Meets on the last Wednesday of each month at The Canford Magna Centre.

Contact Judy Barnes on 01202 021705 or Ann Nicoll 01202 690554 to find out more.

Upton carers group

Meets on every 4th Wednesday of the Month at St Dunstan’s Church Lounge, Poole.

To find out more, phone 01202 207310 or 07867 354578 or email

Carers in Mind based in Poole

Fortnightly meetings, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month 1pm-3pm, currently online.

To find out more, contact or you can find out more on the Dorset Mind website.

All Things Bright and Beautiful afternoon service

Afternoon service followed by tea and cake. All welcome but particularly suitable for those living with dementia or any kind of special need. Tuesdays 2.30-3.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Church, Church Hill, Swanage, BH19 1HU. For further details contact: Bridget on 01929 426188 or Revd Ian Bird, Team Rector on 01929 422916.

South Dorset

Carer and client social 

A space for clients and carers to meet once a month.  Access to a pool table, darts and a skittle alley, as well as access for an informal drop-in service to chat with a professional from Rethink or the START mental health team.

First Wednesday of the month at the Victoria Hotel, Dorchester at 3pm

Weymouth and Portland carer group

Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11am-12noon, currently online.

To find out more, contact

Weymouth carers group

Meets 3rd Tuesday of month 11am–1pm at Bethany Hall, Weymouth.

To find out more, 07766 529297

Weymouth carers peer support

A long-established and thriving registered group run by Rethink which meets every Friday at 10.30am-12.30pm at Lynch Lane Garden Centre, Lynch Lane, Weymouth, DT4 9DN. If you would like to know more please email:

Portland carers group

Meet the last Monday of each month (excluding bank holidays) 10.30am– 12.30pm at Weston Room at Easton Methodist Church, Portland.

To find out more contact, Jo Pearce on 01305 826479.

Parkinson’s carers group – Weymouth

Once a month, Weymouth Conservative Club, second Friday in the month, 10.30am-11.30am.

To find out more contact Jane Dare 01305 815173

Carers Time – Corfe Castle carers group

Last Monday of each month, 10am – 12pm

Corfe Castle Village Hall, 67 East St, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5EE

Wyke Regis and Portland carers group

A group for carers in the Wyke Regis and Portland area which meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10.30am-midday at Billy Winters, Portland Road, DT4 9JZ.


West Dorset

Dorchester Connect carer’s meetings

Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month: between 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Garden Room at Dorchester Connect, Acland Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1SH.

Call 01305 269073 to book your place.

Sing Together 

Not specifically for carers but carers fee is waivered and you can attend for free. Every Monday 10.30am – 11.30am at Dorchester Town Hall.

Run by Dorchester Arts, phone 01305 266926 or email

West Dorset carers support group

Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11am-12noon, currently online.

To find out more, contact Sheila Biddlecombe on 01305 251414. You can also find out more on the Lyme Regis Carers Cafe website.

Bridport carers coffee morning

Informal coffee morning to chat with other carers, feel free to drop-in for as long as you’d like to.

2nd Thursday of each month, 10:30am at Coffee#1, 35 East St, Bridport DT6 3JX

Rethink carer groups in Bridport and Dorchester

The Bridport group meets on the first Thursday of every month between 3.30-5.00pm at The Chapel in the Garden (enter via Rax Lane), DT6 3JL.

The Dorchester group meets every Thursday at 10.30am-12.30pm at the snug in the Vivo Lounge (opposite the market), 23 Weymouth Avenue, DT1 1QR.

For more information about both of these groups please contact

Rethink walks and talks

Rethink organises walks and talks throughout the year in Thornecombe Woods. This provides an opportunity for carers to meet, get some physical exercise among nature’s beautiful woodlands and improve wellbeing. For some walks and talks a forest bathing guide is provided. For more information, contact

Age UK Bridport Forget-Me-Not dementia support group

*Opening Thursday 14 March 2024*

Drop in every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month between 1.30-3pm for activities, guest speakers, games and a warm welcome. £2.50 per person. Bridport Connect, St Andrews Road, Bridport, DT6 3BJ.

Drop-off point available and there is public parking available locally.