Carer Support Services

Unpaid Carers

 There are many information and support services for unpaid carers both locally and nationally. Explore the links below to find out more.

Carers Support Dorset

Carer Support Dorset help unpaid carers to access support and services to assist them with their caring role.

BCP Carers Support

Offer a range of support services to help carers, for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

Do I need a Carers Assessment?

Every Carer is entitled to a Carers Assessment.

The Leonardo Trust

The Leonardo Trust is an independent charity set up in 2001 to help people in Dorset who are voluntary carers for sick or disabled relatives or friends.

Other support services

Explore resources of helpful local and national information and support services related to all aspects of health and wellbeing.

Help & Kindness

Help And Kindness connects people who need help with those who can offer it in Dorset.

Carers UK

Expert information, advice and support for unpaid carers.

NHS Social Care & Support guide

A directory of information for Carers including how to access carers assessments, practical tips on caring, helplines, benefits information, respite breaks and much more. 

Carers ID Card

A Carers ID Card is simple way of verifying your status as an unpaid Carer whenever you need to.

The Dorset Carers Hub

They support unpaid carers who go that extra mile to help their loved ones and friends every day.

Bridgit Online Support Tool

The Bridgit Online Self Help and Assessment Tool has been designed to help you access online help with everything you need in your caring role in one place.

Parent Carers

Parent carers seldom feel like “carers”. They are first and foremost parents, but being a parent of a child or young adult who needs additional support means you are a carer – and there is help available for you too.

Explore the links below for support available for Parent Carers.

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Local Offer

Find out about help available for children and young people (from birth to 25) who have SEND.

Dorset Parent Carer Council

DPCC is run by parents & carers for parents & carers of children and young people age 0 – 25 with special educational needs or disability (SEND) who live in Dorset

Preparing for Adulthood guide