Edition: Wednesday 24th May 2023


Opportunity for new members to join the Our Dorset Public Engagement Group

NHS Dorset looking for people with lived experience of Dorset’s geography, demography and diversity to join the Our Dorset Public Engagement Group (PEG). 

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a member you can find out more at Public Engagement Group – Our Dorset and complete the attached expression of interest form by Wednesday 14th June 2023.

They are also seeking a chair of the Our Dorset Public Engagement Group (PEG). Please fill out the expression of interest form accordingly if this is something you would be interested in.

Expressions of Interest will be considered by representatives of Our Dorset partner organisations. 

Find out all about the Our Dorset PEG here: Public Engagement Group – Our Dorset


Dorset Council launches round 4 of the Household Support Fund

Round 4 of the Household Support Fund (HSF) reopened for applications at the beginning of May for low-income households in the Dorset Council area.

The support will be in the form of supermarket vouchers. Citizens Advice will be allocating this fund on behalf of Dorset Council and vouchers will be issued to households who meet the eligibility criteria within 6 – 8 weeks.

Dorset Council households will be able to apply if they have:

• an annual household net income of less than £30,000 and

• savings of less than £16,000 and

• not applied for a previous HSF payment within the last 6 months

Find out more and how to apply here


Do you know someone who needs help with their TV license?

The BBC have announced a range of support options available to people with their TV license. They just need to complete a short online form which has been created by a number of partner agencies, designed for folks to get the most appropriate help in three simple steps.


Join Recreate Dorset as a Trustee and support them to grow!

Recreate Dorset, formerly Bournemouth 2026 Trust is a Community Land Trust and a Development Trust. The Trust’s vision is for a sustainable Bournemouth which has thriving, inclusive communities in which all groups have a voice. They are also behind TOSH (The Old School House – Boscombe), and they are on the hunt for new Trustees.

If you or anyone you may know would like to contribute to the organisation at an exciting time in its development and want to find out more about what it involves, please download the application pack.

If you would like an informal chat or any more information, please email [email protected]. DEADLINE for submissions 31 May 2023.


Dorset Mind want to #GetDorsetTalking about mental health!

In June, they will shine a spotlight on the impact of trauma and living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at their NEW community conference.

Taking place on Friday 16th June, 11am-2pm at Dorchester Community Church

This event is FREE

Sign Up Here


Community Mondays at TOSH

Every Monday between 10am and 1.30pm, The Old School House (TOSH) offers a welcoming and comfortable space for the community to gather and socialise. Whether someone wants to catch up with friends, meet new people, or simply relax and enjoy
 some peace and quiet, they’ll find a friendly and accessible atmosphere here.


Training opportunity

Join the Dorset Innovation Hub’s training ‘Fundamentals of Innovation Adoption’ to build knowledge
 and develop skills in frameworks and tools to make your innovation adoption journey successful.

Visit Eventbrite to book a place or contact [email protected] for further information.


Community Lounge and Kitchen @ Wimborne Community Centre

Dorset Community Action have launched their new community lounge and kitchen at Wimborne Community Centre.

Open every Tuesday 12pm – 3pm and will provide free information about how to grow, source, prepare, cook and store food. Lunch will be prepared together at each session.

If you know of anyone who could benefit from the Community Lounge, please refer them into us. Email Jayne on [email protected]

Edition: Wednesday 24th May 2023

Headline : Telling Stories to Change Your Life

CoCreate invite you to join and share their next free short writing course at Bournemouth University.  ‘Write Your Future Self’ is a five week creative course, exploring creativity and story-telling to support individuals on their journey of recovery and change.

The course starts on 8th June and takes place on Thursday evenings 6.00-8.00pm for five weeks. Places are free but limited, and participants should attend all five sessions.

The course is led by Professor Hywel Dix (Bournemouth University), and experienced arts and mental health practitioner Gemma Alldred (CoCreate Dorset).  

The focus will be on storytelling and creative writing, as a way into thinking about managing or making change, and will especially be of interest to anyone you work with who might be thinking about making a change in their working life, education, relationships or pace of living.

Being creative in a supported and relaxed group setting, enables participants to explore their own creative voice, develop confidence, learn new skills and meet new people. 

CoCreate work inclusively, if you have any questions around the suitability of the course and have access needs you’d like to discuss, please contact them. 

Sign up here

Email: [email protected]

Call Gemma: 07957689568


Headline :  Carer’s Week is 5- 11 June – get involved!

Carer’s Week takes place between 5-11 June and is a time when charities, organisations and communities come together to show support for the millions of unpaid carers in the UK.

At our latest Network for Supporting Disability we met Tracy from Carer Support Dorset who are hosting a range of events for unpaid carers throughout Carer’s Week. From cream teas, to events for young carers, and a roadshow at Dorset Museum on 7th June – find out more here

To join our next Network for Supporting Disability on 5th September,  click here


Headline : Safeguarding – information at your fingertips

BCP Council Safeguarding Adults Board have a website chock full of important information about all aspects of Safeguarding for adults with care and support needs. Safeguarding is defined as ​‘protecting an adult’s right to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect. An adult has a right to have their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs considered when any action is planned.’

On the website there are tabs with information to identify the 10 different types of safeguarding – did you know there were 10? Can you list them? Find out more here

It also shares what to do if someone discloses abuse to you and how to report it – Information here

Under the website’s Learning and Development tab there are some downloadable resources, some in Easy Read, with useful information on a range of concerns such as hate crime, sexual assault and domestic abuse. And there’s lots of information for professionals, including 7 minute learning slides, under The Workforce tab

This website is being updated and will be relaunched in coming months, as a joint website with Dorset Council Adult Safeguarding Board. Any ideas for improving the site would be much appreciated.  Please email our Engagement Lead, Hannah Rees, with your suggestions by 19th June,  [email protected]


Age Friendly Community

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are working towards becoming an Age Friendly Community as recognised by the World Health Organisation.

An Age Friendly Community is where:

“Older residents help to shape the place that they live. This involves local groups, councils, businesses and residents all working together to identify and make changes in both the physical and social environments, for example transport, outdoor spaces, volunteering and employment, leisure and community services.” (Centre of Ageing Better, 2022)

If you would like to hear more about Age Friendly Community work you can sign up to the monthly newsletter here http://eepurl.com/ins9LA

If you would like to know more or join the network of Age Friendly partners please contact Heather by email [email protected] or call 01202 126723

Edition: Wednesday 17th May 2023

Dorset Blind Association’s Motor Show is this Sunday!

Dorset Blind Association’s FREE Motor Show will be taking place on Sunday 21st May at Lulworth Castle. The showground will be open to the general public from 11:00. Expect a family fun day with live entertainment, kids’ fun area, food stalls and local craft and handmade produce stalls, as well as the chance to view some classic cars.

Funds raised help the charity support the 30,000 or more blind and partially sighted people across Dorset. By attending this event you’re helping to maintain the service they provide in our local area, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation.

For more information about the Dorset Blind Association Motor Show

Call: 01202 712865

Email: [email protected]

Visit: dbamotorshow23.eventbrite.co.uk


Training Providers Needed!

Some of the Housing Associations' Charitable Trust (HACT) team are coming together for a day of team building and training on 27th June. As their organisation works with older people in the community and housing associations, they are interested in finding training on subjects such as community facilitation, resident engagement, conflict resolution, co-production, and strategic thinking.

If you’d like to find out more and offer your services, please contact Paramjot Kaur ([email protected]), Age Friendly Social Housing Programme Manager.


Do you need data first aid?

Are you struggling to make your volunteer spreadsheet do what you want it to? Do you know you have great data but not sure how to make it visually appealing or tell the right story for your supporters or your board? Need an expert to compare your data to other sources, or analyse a survey of your beneficiaries?

Pro Bono Economics (PBE) is a charity which can provide other charities, voluntary organisations and community groups with quick, easy, pro bono support from a dedicated volunteer economist to help with ad hoc data needs. That might include data analysis or visualisation, spreadsheet tasks or short pieces of research and analysis.

PBE have availability to help right now. Tell them what you need on their website so they can match you with the right expert.

Data protection is the responsibility of individual organisations using the service and must comply with their UK GDPR responsibilities. CAN does not endorse or sponsor any commercial product, service, or activity.


Do you work with someone who is looking to improve their mental health by connecting with others?

It can be difficult for people with poor mental health to connect with others. Dorset Mental Health Forum run a plethora of sport and social events across Dorset which are delivered by people with lived experience who understand first hand how difficult it can be.

Opportunities include social cafes, football, nature walks or a gardening group. All open to anyone to attend. The aim is that the person will find somewhere to fit in and feel comfortable without judgement.

Full programme details can be found on the poster or take a look here.


Support for young people affected by covid

Please promote widely – new FREE online programme to support wellbeing for young people affected by covid /long covid starts on 7th June.

Run by Hope for the community and NHS England, the programme aims to enable young people to:

  • connect with others

  • increase confidence and motivation

  • gain stability and strength

  • build helpful habit

Book and find out more here


RNIB – Pre-employment Service

Did you know that the RNIB have a pre-employment service which provides support to individuals experiencing difficulties with their sight (not just registered blind) getting into work.

There is a wide array of support available which can be accessed through their helpline – 0303 123 99 99. If you’d like to know more contact the new Employment Adviser for Dorset, Kerry Chotty ([email protected]).


Preventing leg and foot ulcers in Dorset and improving the care that people receive

NHS Dorset are launching a view seeking survey to gain feedback from people who currently have or have experienced a leg or foot ulcer. They also want to hear from people who provide care for those who have a leg or foot ulcer. Please spread the word…

Their aim is to seek your views and experience to help them:

  • Understand what matters to you about the care you receive or give for leg/ foot ulcers

  • Hear your opinion about how working together healing of leg / foot ulcers can be improved

  • Hear your views about how working together there can be a reduction in the risk of a leg / foot ulcers coming back once healed

This is an exciting opportunity for Dorset’s Leg and Foot Ulceration Services to work to improve the care that people receive and prevent ulcers from recurring.

Please find the survey here plus more information on their webpage.

People can also request a paper or easy read version of the survey please email [email protected]  

The survey will be open until Friday 2nd June 2023.


Unheard Voices –Heard!

Coinciding with Refugee Week in June, BEAF Festival 2023 want to support unheard voices and those who have had to flee their homes. Stories of hope, resilience, friendship, and alternative realities will be presented at BEAF Festival 2023.

There is so much taking place including:

Julia Kochetova x Fine Acts are exhibiting a series of photographs and stories shedding light on the civilians who left their previous lives behind and volunteered to protect their homeland in Ukraine.

  • Anders Birger is presenting a time capsule that is addressed to his imaginary great-great granddaughter, imagining a future where his descendant, Clara, finds herself living as a migrant.

  • Participants from Recreate’s Seeking Refuge workshops are working together to create a large communal cyanotype, stitching together the stories and journeys of all those who have fled their homes and communities.

Don't miss these incredible stories!

SAVE THE DATE: BEAF Festival, 16-25 JUNE 2023


Develop Green Fingers in The Orchard Garden

Over the next two years The Orchard Garden, at the front of The Old School House (TOSH) in Boscombe, is to be re-designed, built, grown and enjoyed by the community. TOSH are starting to find out from the community what they’d like in the garden and need your ideas to help make The Orchard Garden in to a beautiful, relaxing space for all to enjoy.

Workshops are available to learn about the project and share ideas. Participants will have the opportunity to learn gardening skills and be part of a community initiative.

Email: [email protected] to find out more and get involved!




Edition: Wednesday 10th May 2023

Walk for your wellbeing this May 

May is National Walking Month; the best time to start walking more and increase your daily step count. By walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, you can improve your heart and lung health, prevent arthritis-related joint pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and maintain a healthy weight.

LiveWell Dorset is encouraging people to get outside and make the most of a good walk and enjoy the beautiful county we live in. Walking is the perfect way to give yourself a boost and build on the amount of physical activity you do.

LiveWell Dorset has walking top tips, routes and groups, accessible walks, and more to motivate you.


Want to know more about contracting with the public sector?

The Cranfield Trust have the next webinar in their “Essentials to Excellence” series: The Art of the Deal – why buying and bidding are two sides of a coin taking place on Monday 15 May from 12 – 1pm. All you need to know about tendering, negotiating and contracting!

Register for free today!



"We Are Limitless” is a new youth-led video collaboration between @SENDiass4BCP and @SendiasBathnes.

The project provides a refreshing new perspective, told directly by young people-their stories the way they want them to be heard.

You can watch the three videos created by young people for young people here.

Read more about the project here.


Steps2Wellbeing launch new website

Steps2Wellbeing has launched a brand new website – making it easier than ever for people to independently access mental health

Steps2Wellbeing is an NHS Dorset HealthCare talking therapy/counselling service, which enables anyone across Dorset to refer themselves, without the need for a GP appointment if they are experiencing anxiety/depression.

The new website means there are many more ways to get in touch – including through Wysa, an AI powered digital assistant.

Read more here


Space Youth Project announce their next Family Day

Previously known as ‘Trans Family Day’, the Space Family Day is set to take place on Saturday 20th May 2023 in Dorchester.  The topic of conversation at this event is Transitioning. These events are for trans-gender and non-binary young people and their families. Please note that family members are welcome to attend without their young person, where necessary.

Request further information and submit a booking form by  Monday 17th May by

Calling Beth on 01202 205279


Emailing [email protected]


Dementia Friendly Cinema at Poole Lighthouse

Dementia Friendly film screenings take place every month at Poole Lighthouse, and they’re not exclusively for people with Dementia

 and their carers – all are welcome. Expect a relaxed atmosphere, hot drink and biscuits, an interval, a warm welcome and the occasional, spontaneous, sing along! Visit the website for dates and films!

Tel: 01202 280000

Email: [email protected]


Have you heard of the Fishermen’s Mission?

We are lucky enough in Dorset to have a dedicated Mission Area Officer, Hayley Hamlett, in the Mission who provides support to active and former fishermen, sea going staff working in the aquaculture industry, along with migrant fishermen working on UK fishing vessels. They provide a wide array of support to fisherman and their families.

Read more here