Acts Fast's aim is to ensure that other parent/carers are free of the guilt, shame and isolation experienced when their child discloses sexual abuse and to reduce the impact of the trauma. Support groups available. Drop-in sessions are held in Poole and Dorchester.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Autism Wessex is founded in 1968 by parents of children with autism. Autism Wessex is the regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
BCHA's Ignite Programme provides relaxed workshops for people aged over 19 who are unemployed or at risk of losing their job. Ignite will help people improve their self-belief, break free from benefit support and get back in to work.
Dorset Mind 1-2-1 Befriending service offers individual support by trained volunteer befrienders to those with mental health problems. The aim is to improve the quality of life of clients by helping them to regain confidence and social skills so they can become self-sufficient again.
Bipolar UK helps those affected by Bipolar via support groups and one-to-one mentoring.
Body Positive Dorset is an organization set up to offer advice, practical support, counselling and information helping those people whose lives are affected by HIV.
YMCA believes that every young person should have someone they can trust. They offer services that include YMCA youth forum and peer mentoring.
Carers in Mind is a monthly support group held in Poole to help carers take a break from caring and focus on self-care. It provides an opportunity to gain support through talking to people who have similar experiences. The group is open to anyone who is a carer and would like support with improving their mental health.
The Community Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) provides information, advice and support for people with alcohol or drug problems and for their families. Counselling, treatment & community detox. Staff team includes specialist nurses, social workers and a clinical psychologist. Only GPs, health care staff or social care staff can refer to this service.
Coping with CHAOS are a local charity offering support, information and friendship to families caring for a child/young person with a disability or special educational needs. Services are provided for families living in East and West Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society's care of bereaved people.
This organisation provides advocacy across Dorset for people with learning, physical or mental disabilities. Dorset Advocacy provides a person-centred approach to protect peoples rights and ensure equality of opportunity is gained.
This charity provides a range of practical help and support services for people who are blind, partially sighted or suffering from serious sight loss, across the whole of Dorset.
This family information service provides free, impartial information and advice on childcare, children's centres, early education, funding and family support.
Dorset LGBT Equality Network is a voluntary sector community group which aims to increase awareness of LGB&T issues amongst the public. The network also acts as a forum to discuss LGB&T issues and develops educational campaigns to influence changes in NHS understanding and interaction with LGB&T service users.
This service provides community based advocacy for anyone over 18 years of age that experiences mental health problems.
These Social Groups are inclusive and offer people the chance to socialize in a friendly atmosphere. There is a range of activities that people can join in. There are no age restrictions. Groups are currently held in Boscombe, Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester.
The Footprints Project mentors men and women who are leaving prison or serving a community sentence and are returning to Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire. We aim to reduce the risk of re-offending by helping our clients to re-integrate into their local community.
Help & Care is a registered charity that supports people and communities to live independent and fulfilling lives, for as long as possible. We are here to provide you with information, advice and support that will enable you to take control and make decisions to live your life the way you want to.
Kushti Bok provide support and advocacy for the Gypsy Roma Traveller Community.
Mediation Dorset provides a high quality Conflict and Dispute Resolution Service for the people of Dorset and surrounding counties.
Mind Out is a safe, confidential and accepting space for LGBTQ+ people experiencing mental health issues and offers recovery-based peer and staff support. Each session involves a guided relaxation or mindfulness exercise, time to share experiences and concerns, followed by discussion workshops based on group members' requests.
This Dorset charity offers support to bereaved children, young people, parents and carers. Mosaic provide individual support and offer children and young people the opportunity to meet others and share their experiences (depending on circumstances there may be a fee to pay, please contact the charity to discuss.)
Support for those diagnosed with MS in the South and West of Dorset; providing access to specialsit support and information.
My Health, My Way provides support from specially trained health coaches who work with young people on the areas where they need help. It helps to build skills, knowledge and the confidence to start taking control of a health condition, rather than letting it control you.
This NHS service in Bournemouth provides advice, support and information for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Over the Rainbow provides a range of services including counselling, peer support and 1 to 1 or group training.
REACH YP understands that talking about drugs and alcohol can be a sensitive matter and appreciates how important it is to feel that you are in a safe environment, where your questions will be answered and you can receive the help you need. In REACH YP we make no judgements about you, we are just here to help, offering a confidential, drug & alcohol service for under 24's who live in the county of Dorset.
Relate Counselling is the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year we help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships.
Dorset Mind's Restore Eating Disorder Services aims to deliver support and empower people to start their recovery journey. Staff help people to tackle the effects of eating disorders and eating-related issues. Many people continue to experience stigma and self-stigma, which is gently challenged by encouraging people to talk openly about eating related issues in a safe, accepting and non-judgemental environment. We offer support groups, mentoring and counselling.
The Safe Partnership Limited is a national charity which aims to help victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse across England and Wales. They secure the homes for victims of domestic abuse, they provide safe rooms and sanctuaries, and they also run a free healthy relationship programme for young people.
If you need emotional support, Samaritans can help you on 116 123 (free) or 0330 0945717 (local call charges apply). There are local branches of the Samaritans in Weymouth, Yeovil and Bournemoth with trained volunteers that reflect the communities that they operate within.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. The local service in Dorset is based at Bournemouth Triangle.
Space Youth Project is a group for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or just unsure. They meet weekly throughout Dorset and provide the opportunity to meet other people and make new friends, chat, go out, plan events and have fun.
STARS is a pan-Dorset charity that offers free 1-2-1 support, for anyone of any age or gender who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.
A free, confidential, NHS service for people aged 18+. It provides psychological support across Dorset and Southampton for people registered at a Dorset or Southampton GP surgery. As an IAPT service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), they accept self-referrals online and by telephone.
The Leonardo Trust is a charity that help people in Dorset who care for a sick or disabled relative or friend. The aim of the Trust is to provide for the special needs of the carers and to advise about respite and relaxation. They also host coffee mornings for carers.
If you are struggling to cope with life and feel yourself approaching a crisis point, you can attend The Retreat. It's staffed by mental health professionals and peer specialists (people who have their own lived experience of mental health issues). The Retreat offers out-of-hours support and advice on self-management.
This is an informal advice, information and drop-in centre for young people, based in Blandford Forum, Dorset. Treads focuses on the problems and issues that local young people face daily. It provides free, unbiased and non-judgemental help and advice to people up to the age of 19. It also helps those up to 25 who have Special Educational Needs.
Victim Support (VS) is the independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Our specialist teams provide individual, independent, emotional and practical help. It enables people to cope and recover from the effects of crime.
The group's focus is to educate people about common mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression. We teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms as well as finding helpful ways of coping with them. The group offers peer support and helps to reduce stigma by normalising conversations about mental health.
Women in Mind provides a safe, secure and understanding environment for women with mental health problems to support each other. Opportunity is provided to talk about feelings and share experiences. Each week a chosen topic is discussed. Groups are held in Bournemouth and Blandford.