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Support groups and services if you care for an adult

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If you regularly care for an adult, you may need support at times. There are plenty of services and support groups available to you as a carer.

Support services

BCP Carer Support 

BCP Carer Support is our carers support service. The website has information about:

  • looking after yourself, including taking a break from caring
  • social events
  • courses and training
  • Carers in Crisis - an emergency back-up scheme for if you are suddenly able to provide support
  • Carers Information Service - a bi-monthly newsletter with information on carers services, events and updates throughout the year

FOCUS Carer Support Scheme

FOCUS offers a befriending or mentoring scheme to join your up with someone to talk to as a befriender, or with a mentor who is an experienced carer themselves.

SWAN Advocacy

SWAN helps you express your views and concerns about services.

Learning disability carers representation

Minstead Trust support carers of people with learning disabilities to share their experiences.

Leonardo Trust

Leonardo Trust is an independent charity to help people in Dorset who care full-time for a sick or disabled relative or friend at home. They may be able to help you with:

  • funds for a short break
  • help in the home including cleaning and gardening
  • replacing a broken washing machine or tumble dryer
  • funds to help you learn something new

GP services

You should tell your GP you are a carer, as they will be able to help you with:

  • information about support available to carers
  • understanding the risks to your health from caring
  • more convenient appointments, so that you can manage your caring responsibilities while still looking after yourself
  • free annual flu vaccinations

Support groups

Our Adult social care directory has information about support groups for carers in the area.

Social events

Visit our BCP Carer Support social activities and volunteering to find out what social events and activities are happening in the area.

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