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Support for You

We offer a range of support services to help carers, most of which are free.

There are also a number of local support groups which you can contact direct.

There are also a number of support groups aimed at Parent Carers. 

Carers' Drop-In

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 

Following updated guidance from the Government, we have made the unfortunate decision to postpone any future drop-in sessions at the Carers Centre until further notice.

Please remember, we are here at the end of the telephone if you need any advice or support. Tel: 01202 458204.Thank you,The CRISP team

There's a warm welcome waiting at our Carers Centre every Tuesday afternoon 2pm-4pm and every Friday morning 10am-12pm. If you need some support, or just need some time out for a drink and a chat, then drop in to the Carers Centre. Refreshments are provided.

No need to make an appointment, just pop in to the Carers Centre (St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, BH4 8ER - we're based behind First Point Connect Day Centre, through the car park, and next door to Christ Church Westbourne)

Does your GP know you are a carer?

Your GP practice will be able to help you to look after your health better if they know you are caring. A confidential note can be placed on your records that will help your doctor look after your health.

They can also try to support you with convenient appointments that fit in with caring and offer you a free annual flu vaccination.

You can let you GP surgery know you are a carer by downloading this helpful form. Complete the form and hand it to a member of staff at the surgery (such as a receptionist).  Your GP surgery will also have a ‘Carers Lead’ who will happy to support you.

Befriending and Mentoring

Supported by PramaLIFE. Tel: 01202 207300

Carers Assist

Free assistive technology for 'peace of mind' at home.

Home Safely

A bracelet for people with Dementia which helps the emergency services to contact the carer. Home Safely is free to join. Please contact your local Community Alarm Service according to where the person you care for lives - Poole: 01202 733255 | Bournemouth and Christchurch: 01202 452795 

Young Carers 

Young carers are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. You can find find more information about support here.

Valuing Carers in Dorset 

We have worked with local carers across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, and other statutory organisation to develop a Strategic Vision called Valuing Carers in Dorset.  This sets out what carers think is important for us to focus on, up to 2020

Advocacy

Dorset Advocacy work with Help and Care to help carers secure their rights, represent their views and obtain services they need. Tel: 0300 111 330

Looking after family or friends after they leave hospital

If you are caring for someone who has returned from hospital and needs ongoing care or support with day-to-day life, you may find reading this leaflet on the GOV.UK website helpful. 

Online Learning with The Recovery Education Centre

The Recovery Education Centre is a jointly delivered by Dorset HealthCare and Dorset Mental Health Forum. 

They co-develop and deliver courses focusing on recovery, wellbeing and shared learning. 

They have developed a programme of online learning opportunities. Find out more here

Online Learning with the Red Cross

The Red Cross are providing free Digital Learning Sessions to support people with the first aid skills to help them in an emergency and also to help build resilience and coping skills. Find out more here. 

Older male carers 

In conjuction with a group of older male carers, Bournemouth University Public Involvement in Education and Research group and Healthwatch Dorset, we have produced the 'Older male carers - A guide for older male carers written by older male carers' booklet.

When caring comes to an end

Looking after someone is a huge part of life, but it is inevitable that your caring role may change over time. You may not be able to look after the person you care for at home, or there may be a time when you have to think about life after the death of the person you cared for. Whatever the circumstances, our 'When caring comes to an end' booklet may help.

The Dementia Discussions

The City and Hackney Carers Centre have shared their free Dementia Discussions toolkit. There is a question and answer series and a toolkit with practical information and advice. You can find out more information here. 

For more information, unless otherwise stated in the descriptions above, please get in touch.