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This page serves as your resource for exploring what services we offer and how you are able to access them. 

Helping you to keep your independence and other self help resources

Safe and Well visit

A Safe and Well visit is a completely free service offered by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service to help keep our communities safer in their homes. Their Safe and Well provision is a good will advisory service to members of the public that meet their eligibility criteria.  During a visit they carry out a room by room check to provide you with appropriate advice and support to keep your household safer from the risk of fire.  They might also make recommendations, such as kitchen safety tips, how to improve the use of electrical items etc.  Following their visit they may signpost you to other agencies or services to help you access the appropriate support that might be required. 

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service | Safe and Well referrals (

0800 038 2323

Age UK 

Age UK provides a wealth of information, support and advice as well as helping to enable independence like exercise classes and combat loneliness. 

Age UK | The UK's leading charity helping every older person who needs us

01305 269444

Help and Kindness  

Help and Kindness is about supporting the grass-roots projects and organisations that work in the community, and making a positive difference to the resilience, sustainability, and sense of inclusion for those who are carrying out this work. Contact them if you are looking for help in your area, they can put you in touch with local groups and networks, care services, advice and advocacy, activities, events, organisations and more. 

Welcome to #HelpAndKindness for Dorset


01305 595958

NHS Inform

Not sure if your problem is best seen at the surgery, pharmacy, ambulance or A&E?  For adults NHS Inform will help you.

Self-help guides - NHS inform

Dorset County - Paragon integrated domestic abuse service

PARAGON (formerly You First) are a specialist team working together empowering change for individuals, families, and our communities. PARAGON is part of The YOU Trust and is their domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking team.

Dorset - Paragon Team

0800 032 5204

Substance Abuse - Dorset

REACH is a partnership between EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP), Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP) and Essential Drug and Alcohol Services (EDAS). They have three hubs (Christchurch, Gillingham and Weymouth), and a number of satellite services, across the county where you can get support.

EDP Drug & Alcohol Service | Dorset & Devon

0800 043 4656

Dorset Supported Self-Management Service

Keeping healthy and feeling well often requires us to feel confident in ourselves and connected to our local community. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do, what’s available and how to connect to it.

The supported self-management service supports people with long-term health conditions to feel more confident in their ability to manage in everyday life.

The Dorset Supported Self-Management Service · Help & Care ( 


0300 111 3303

Apply for or renew your Blue Badge

Request a new Blue Badge or process your renewal.

Apply for or renew your Blue Badge - Dorset Council

01305 221000

Citizens Advice Bureau  

Information, advice and support to help you find a way forward whatever the problem.’ Includes benefits, income maximization, debt, housing, health and care, family and relationships, legal, immigration, consumer and tax. 


0800 144 88 48

Steps 2 Wellbeing 

A free, confidential, NHS service for to people aged 18+.  They provide a service across the county of Dorset and in Southampton for people registered at either a Dorset or Southampton GP surgery. As an IAPT service they accept self-referrals by web  and telephone.

Steps 2 Wellbeing


0800 484 0500

Bereavement Services - Dorset

The bereavement counselling service is based at Forest Holme and provides support and counselling for individuals, couples, children, young people and families before and after bereavement. 

Forest Holme Hospice | Palliative Care Charity

0300 019 8147

Young Carers - Dorset

Their support includes:

  • Providing respite and time out from your caring role, such as organising activities for young carers during school holidays

  • Signposting to any extra support that you as the young carer, or the cared-for person needs such as agencies

  • Acting as an advocate in school if necessary

  • Offering one-to-one support where appropriate

Dorset Young Carers Service - Dorset Council

01305 224379

Cancer Research UK

Free information about cancer care for people who have been diagnosed with the illness and information for the families who are affected.

0300 123 1022

The Dorset Cancer Care Foundation

DCCF is a local charity for the community of Dorset people who are experiencing financial hardship because of cancer.

07593 890 879

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information on Europe’s leading cancer charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families, and carers.

0808 808 00 00

Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK’s top priority is funding research to stop prostate cancer killing men. They’re investing millions to find better treatments and better tests that can spot fast-growing cancers early and could be used in a screening programme to save thousands of lives.

0800 074 8383

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