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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: mlmc.directory@dorsetcc.gov.uk

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  • Through our telephone advice line and our interactive website we provide free peer led information and advice on all issues relating to independent living. We also provide one to one advocacy support in times of crisis. Our services are completely free and totally independent.

    • Access Dorset: 01202 771336
  • Advocare was set up by a small group of carers and former carers to help fellow unpaid family caregivers. Run by carers for carers, Advocare - Caring for Carers is as far as we know the only charity of its kind in the country. We seek to empower unpaid carers to speak openly about their needs and concerns with a free voice.

    • Advocare - Caring for Carers: 01202 737592
  • Information and advice specifically tailored for you. We have collated a comprehensive range of information on our website for adults with autism, parents, family and carers.

    • Autism Wessex Advocacy Services: 01305 213135
  • 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
  • We help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

    • Citizens Advice - Bournemouth and Poole: 03444 111 444
  • 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 is a specialist provider of a wide range of services for people with learning disabilities and people who experience autism.

    • General Enquiries: 0300 303 9001
  • 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
  • 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: 0300 330 5514
  • 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 - Dorchester Office: 01305 251033
  • 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
  • We provide one to one support, help and advocacy for people over 50 who are affected by cancer and for their carers.

    • Dorset Macmillan Advocacy: 0300 012 0256
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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
  • We provide a high quality Conflict and Dispute Resolution Service for the people of Dorset and surrounding counties.

    • Mediation Dorset: 01305 257717
  • 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 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
  • A specialist legal service for carers and those they care for.

    • The Carers Legal Centre: 01794 512345
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