Groups to help you express your views, concerns and wishes including mediation

Most advocacy organisations provide services free of charge or you may wish to make a donation.  Please check with a chosen provider if any charges will be made.

If you are a service provider and would like your organisation to be included on the directory, or if you need to inform us of any changes to your current entry, please contact us with brief details: comments.adultsocialcare@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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  • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Advocacy Services

    Do you need help with getting your views heard, getting the services you are entitled to or making your own choices? Age UK North, South & West Dorset may be able to help you.

    • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Advocacy Services: 01305 269444
  • Armed Forces Community Health and Welfare Team

    The Armed Forces Community Health and Welfare Team (AFCT) provides a service to ensure members of the Armed Forces Community are supported to access services that provide health and social care support.

    • Armed Forces Community Health and Welfare Team: 01202 584428
  • Bournemouth People First

    We are a charity run for and by people with learning disabilities. We help each other to speak up, lead change and provide services to local organisations.

    • Bournemouth People First: 01202 303765
  • Citizens Advice - Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

    We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

    • Citizens Advice - Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: 03444 111 444
  • Citizens Advice - Bridport

    We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

    • Citizens Advice - Bridport: 0344 245 1291
  • Citizens Advice - Central Dorset

    We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

    • Citizens Advice - Central Dorset: 0344 245 1291
  • Citizens Advice - Dorset

    We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

    • Citizens Advice - Dorset: 0344 245 1291
  • Citizens Advice - East Dorset and Purbeck

    We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

    • Citizens Advice - East Dorset and Purbeck: 0344 245 1291
  • Compassion in Dying

    Compassion in Dying is the only UK charity that supports people to know and understand their legal rights at the end of life. We are here to help you plan ahead to ensure your wishes will be respected.

    • End-of-Life Rights Information Line: 0800 999 2434
  • Dimensions

    Dimensions support adults with learning disabilities and autism across England and Wales.

    • General Enquiries: 0300 303 9001
  • Disability Rights UK

    We are disabled people leading change, working to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally.

    • Disability Rights UK: 0330 995 0400
  • Diverse Abilities Advice Service

    Advice, assistance and advocacy with disability benefits, creating Lasting Power of Attorney and Advanced Decisions, applying to the Court of Protection for Deputyship, writing wills with trusts for disabled family members.

    • Diverse Abilities Advice Service: 01202 718266
  • Dorset Advocacy

    Dorset Advocacy helps people in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole to speak up, promote their rights and choices, and play a full part in the life of their community.

    • Dorset Advocacy: 0300 3437000
  • Dorset Blind Association

    Our 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.

    • Dorset Blind Association: 01202 712865
  • Dorset Mental Health Forum - Advocacy

    We provide a community based advocacy service for anyone over 18 years of age experiencing mental health problems. We can also help with Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA).

    • Dorset Mental Health Forum - Advocacy: 01305 261483
  • Dorset Race Equality Council

    Dorset Race Equality Council provides members of all Dorset ethnic minority communities with a range of advice for those who experience discrimination and racism.

    • Dorset Race Equality Council: 01202 392954
  • DOTS Disability

    We provide a peer led information, advice and advocacy service, supporting individuals to make their own choices and exercise control over their lives.

    • DOTS Disability: 01202 771336
  • Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

    EASS advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. We provide advice and support, a helpline and letter templates you can download.

    • Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS): 0808 800 0082
  • Healthwatch Dorset

    Healthwatch is the consumer champion for health and social care. The aim of local Healthwatch is to give citizens and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within their locality.

    • Healthwatch Dorset: 0300 111 0102
  • Help and Care Advocacy Service

    Help and Care Advocates work in partnership with the people we support and take their side. We spend time with you to find out what is important to you and what you want to change about your life. We help you to say what you want, get the services you need and achieve your personal goals.

    • Help and Care Advocacy Service: 0300 111 3303
  • Just Mediate - Bournemouth Mediation Service

    Here is an alternative for resolving your disputes without court action and costly legal fees; a quick stress-free process in peaceful surroundings.

    • Just Mediate - Bournemouth Mediation Service: 07930 946915
  • North Dorset Disability Information Service - NORDDIS

    We help people with disabilities living in North Dorset and the surrounding areas, so that they may lead more active and fulfilling lives.

    • North Dorset Disability Information Service - NORDDIS: 01747 821010
  • People First Dorset

    We help people with learning difficulties support each other to speak up and lead change.

    • People First Dorset: 01305 257600
  • Poole Forum

    Poole Forum is a speaking-up group run for and by people with learning disabilities in Poole.

    • Poole Forum: 01202 746040
  • Royal Association for Deaf People - Advocacy

    The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) are partners with Dorset Advocacy to deliver advocacy to Deaf adults living in Dorset.

    • Royal Association for Deaf People - Advocacy: 0300 688 2525 (voice phone) or 0300 688 2527 (text phone), 07749 965727
  • Shelter Advocacy

    Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness - and we campaign to prevent it in the first place. Shelter offers free, expert housing advice to anyone - no matter what their situation.

    • Shelter: 0344 515 1400