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Carers Event

  • 6th July 2022
  • 10.30am - 4pm
  • Guggleton Farm Arts
    Station Road, Stalbridge, DT10 2RQ

Open to all carers and those looking for company and in recovery after lockdown.

This Event is not only for all Carers but we are opening it up to anyone who has struggled with lockdown and is finding it difficult to get back out there, we are open all day to pop in for tea and cake and people to chat to. Help and support for those in Recovery and all Carers.

Book 2 hour slot to try macrame, acrylic, water colour, drawing - 11am

Slow stitch, decoupage, drawing, water colour - 2pm.

All free incuding light lunch.

Or just drop in for free tea, coffee and cake,  information, take time to relax and chat. 

Free parking nearby.

Please book your place by contacting Joy Ford: 01305 340045. If you need a lift - contact Joy.


A scarf for Lewy

Dementia Friendly Gillingham would love people in Gillingham, and all the surrounding villages, to start knitting to help us to help ‘Lewy’, wrap a scarf around the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Lewy body dementia is a little-known type of dementia. It can be very challenging to live with and is often misdiagnosed. We want more people to know about Lewy body dementia so that those affected get better support.

We need as many people as possible to get involved with this unique challenge and you can help by knitting a scarf.

It can be any yarn, any stitch and any pattern. It can be any colour, plain or with stripes or spots.

Your scarf should be 30cm/12 inches wide and can be any length (the longer the better). Then pop them in to: Sewards Gillingham Suite & Bed Centre, 5 High Street, SP8 4BP, (down by the river bridge).

Sewards have kindly agreed to be a drop off point, no later than Thursday 11th August.

Jelly Drops

  • Are you living with, or caring for, someone who has dementia?
  • Do you know someone who might benefit from some Jelly Drops?

As long as they live in their own home, or part of a family, in Gillingham or one of the surrounding villages, we will consider them for a donation of some Jelly Drops during the summer months, when hydration is so important.

Jelly Drops are award-winning sweets designed to boost hydration, made of 95% water, designed to increase fluid intake.

Tackling a common dementia problem

From the inability to hold cups to not equating thirst with drinking, many people with dementia no longer feel thirst, The impact of inadequate hydration can give rise to many health problems.
So please let me know if you feel someone could be helped by Jelly Drops.

Contact Anne Kings on 01747 837908.

New Carers Education Course

The Social Prescribing Team at Gillingham Medical Practice and Carers Case Worker from Dorset Council will be running a joint  initiative to support informal carers.

The course will be held at Gillingham Library, will be fortnightly and start on Wednesday 16th February 2pm-3.30pm.

The aim is to support carers to recognise their own health needs and develop ways of improving their well-being. There will be support for physical health problems and looking after your mental health. There will also be time to share with others with lived experience and gain support from skilled workers over tea and biscuits. 

There are still a couple of places so if anyone would like to come along please contact us for more information. 

Kindly supported by Gillingham Library and Waitrose. 

The Social Prescribing team are available to help people with different social , emotional or practical needs to find the right support and improve their wellbeing 

Social Prescribing

The Leonardo Trust – New short breaks service for Carers!

Leonardo Trust are launching a new respite service for unpaid carers (Short Breaks 4 Carers, Time out for you) from 17th May 2021.

They have a lovely 2 bedroom static Holiday Caravan at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, near Bridport which is being offered to carers via referral from health & social care professionals and agencies.

This is a brilliant opportunity for carers to utilise, particularly after a very difficult and tough year. 

Please see attached the leaflet with more information.

Carers Holiday Caravan


Dementia in Farming

Please find attached a pdf of the Farming Community Network (FCN), Dementia in Farming information.

FCN is a national charity providing support to farmers and farming families during difficult times.  There is a ‘Jennifer’s story’ section in the pdf who cares for her husband and demonstrates how FCN supported her as a carer.

FCN Dementia in Farming




Unpaid Carer Advisory Group

Carer Support Dorset are looking for unpaid carers to join a new advisory group. This is an organisation-wide group which includes carers from their sister organisation, Carer Support Wiltshire.
Joining the group will give you the chance to express your thoughts and experiences as a carer, influence services and make a difference for carers in Dorset and Wiltshire.
For more information and to sign up email


Poster showing a group meeting. Text: Why join? Help us to understand how we can best support carers. Influence services and support for carers. Get your voice heard and make a difference to unpaid carers in Wiltshire and Dorset.




Socially Connecting Shaftesbury

Rural Mental Health Matters (RMHM) and Mental Health North Dorset Help and Peer Support are running a Socially Connecting Shaftesbury Project.

This is project is about connecting people living in and around Shaftesbury with all aspects of mental health and wellbeing related support/services, groups and other community organisations available in local and wider pan Dorset areas.

Free to the public 'drop in' project, offering a place for people to pop in for a cuppa and a chat at a fully accessible central location.

The Town Hall
High Street
Shaftesbury SP7 8LY

Upcoming Carer Support Dorset Event

Drop-In with Dorset Carers Hub at 48 South Street, Dorchester DT1 1DQ on Wednesday 25 May, 10am-2pm


To register for any of these events, phone us on 0800 368 8349 or email