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Useful Links/Tools

Your complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help.

Check your BMI to find out if you’re a healthy weight for your height, and get advice on what to do next. This BMI calculator is for people over 18 years old.

Use this tool to enter your blood pressure reading and find out what it means, along with information on how to reduce a high reading.

NHS advice about healthy living, including eating a balanced diet, healthy weight, exercise, quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol.

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

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

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

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

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 & Wiltshire Fire Service | Safe and Well referrals (

0800 038 2323

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

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

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

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

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

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

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