carers' resource information and support
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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

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)

Focus

Befriending for carers. Phone 01202 429037

Carers Assist

Available in Bournemouth. 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: 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

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.

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