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Carers Catch-Up

Fortnightly Online Open-Meeting that any GMP Carer can join.
Run by DCC Carers Caseworker, Lynne White.
Alternate Fridays at 2pm - 3pm

These meetings were started in the 1st lockdown to ensure that Carers felt able to access the support that had been offered face-to-face proir to the pandemic.

Carers from across The Vale Network join via Teams to chat, offer and request advice, and know that they are not alone.

  • Friday 1st October
  • Friday 15th October
  • Friday 29th October
  • Friday 12th November

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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


Carers Festival - Save the date

25th November 2021. Dorset Council are putting on a whole schedule of events for Carers Rights Day on Thursday 25 November. More information to follow soon.


Carer Support Dorset - Caring Matters

Message from CSD to registered carers:

Twice a year, we send you Caring Matters, a magazine aimed at supporting carers across the wider Dorset area. We would really like your views about the magazine, which is produced in partnership by BCP council, Dorset Council and the NHS.

The last edition of the magazine we sent you included a short questionnaire on the back page – if you still have it, we would be very grateful if you could complete and return it to the address provided. Alternatively, you can complete it online.

Caring Matters Survey

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.


Dorset Carers Reference Group

For some time now there has been an established Carers Reference Group for carers within BCP Council.

Carer Support Dorset (CSD) have been in place since November 2019 and are now well established and doing such great things. CSD, are now looking at starting up and supporting a Carers Reference Group for Dorset Council carers!

A Carers Reference Group consists of a group of carers who come together to represent unpaid carers and have their voice heard in order to shape and develop services for carers. It’s a really exciting opportunity and one that many carers may really value being involved with.

Please share this opportunity far and wide with carers. A poster is attached. Thank you.

Dorset Carers Reference Group

Live Well Dorset Virtual Health MOT 

Live Well Dorset are offering a FREE Virtual Health MOT. During your MOT, they will demonstrate the range of personalised tools and support available, including behaviour change coaching, as well as linking you into the registration team at LiveWell if you're keen to get started with setting yourself some goals.

 Whatever your current health status or age, the Virtual MOT will provide an opportunity for personalised support and advice.

 Dates are limited at present, but more will be added in the future. 

Find out more or book here!



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

  • Wednesday 27th October - 10.30am until 3.30pm
  • Thursday 28th October - 2pm until 7pm
  • Friday 29th October - 10.30am until 3.30pm
  • Saturday 30th October - 10am until 3pm
  • Monday 1st November - 10.30am until 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 3rd November - 10.30am until 3.30pm
  • Thursday 4th November - 2pm until 7pm
  • Wednesday 17th November - 10.30am until 3.30pm
  • Thursday 19th October - 2pm until 7pm

Upcoming Carer Support Dorset Events

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

Physical Intelligence training
Tuesday 12 October, 10am-11am. This course will talk about different hormones, how to recognise them and use them to benefit us.
You need to have completed the Emotional Resilience training before attending this session. 

Virtual Cuppa - An audience with Kim Harbut from Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID)
Wednesday 20 October, 10am–11am. Guest speaker, Kim Harbut from RNID, is coming to talk about hearing loss awareness and how to support someone with hearing loss.

Rethink Mental Health Workshop on Communication
Wednesday 20 October, 10am–11am. A session led by Rethink Mental Illness on how you can best communicate with the person you care for about both of your needs, as well as how to communicate and advocate with professionals on behalf of the person you care for.

Know your rights as a carer
Monday 25 October, 1.30pm-3pm. A session led by Not a Care in the World which will look at what rights carers have and how you can assert your rights as a carer. The training will also explore what stops carers asserting their rights and how you can find solutions to this.

Rethink Mental Illness Monthly Drop-in Session
Wednesday 27 October, 10am-11am. One hour drop-in session with two representatives from Rethink Mental Illness. These sessions will provide specialised advice and support.

Speak out: Assertiveness and communication
Monday 1 November 10.30am-12noon. A session led by Not a Care in the World which will look at verbal and non – verbal communication such as speaking, body language, signs and symbols. You will explore listening skills, passive and aggressive behavioural traits, space and power dynamics and speaking up for your own wants and needs.