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  • A befriending service for older people in Christchurch.

    • Age Concern Christchurch - Befriending: 01202 488311
  • A befriending service for people in the Gillingham and Shaftesbury areas.

    • Age Concern Gillingham and Shaftesbury - Befriending: 01747 853966
  • If you are feeling worried, lonely or isolated, our volunteers will bring friendship and laughter. Please contact us for further information. Service offered in Sturminster Newton and surrounding villages. Also offering a doorstep service in the same areas to pick up shopping and prescriptions.

    • Age Concern North Dorset: 01258 475582
  • Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely and isolating, particularly if you're used to sharing your home and time with others. A friendly chat on the phone can make all the difference.

    • Age UK - Call In Time Service: 0800 434 6105
  • A befriending scheme for older people in Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset.

    • Kerry Bidgood: 01202 530530
  • A Good Neighbour scheme for anyone over 50 who may struggle with a one off task that a volunteer Good Neighbour could help with. The scheme covers the Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland areas.

    • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Good Neighbours: 01305 269444 or 0300 777 1037
  • Do you like chatting to people? Would you like to have someone to chat to on the phone? We put people in touch with each other over the phone.

    • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Reach Out Service: 01305 269444
  • Supporting you to get out, meet people and make friends.

    • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Reach Out Service: 01305 269444
  • Supporting you to get out, meet people and make friends.

    • Jules Walker: 01305 269444
  • Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and support to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.

    • Bluebird Care - Bournemouth and Poole: 01202 283777
    Inspected by CQC
  • Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and support to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.

    • Bluebird Care - Ferndown: 01202 977200
    Inspected by CQC
  • Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and support to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.

    • Bluebird Care - Purbeck and Wareham: 01929 500515
    Inspected by CQC
  • Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and support to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.

    • Bluebird Care - West Dorset: 01305 236655
    Inspected by CQC
  • Bournemouth Blind Society offers a befriending service to those with a visual impairment who may feel isolated at home.

    • Geraldine Bradley: 01202 546644
  • Do you ever wonder how you will manage to collect your prescription, do your shopping, change a light bulb, or get to your medical appointment? The Bridport Good Neighbours scheme has been set up just to help with such things, and has volunteers registered who may be able to lend a hand.

    • Bridport Good Neighbours Scheme: 01308 420483
  • We offer support to those who need it within the Cranborne Chase villages.

    • Chase Community Friends: 01258 841321
  • We are an award-winning voluntary befriending service for residents in the Christchurch area who need short-term help in times of difficulty or crisis.

    • Christchurch Angels: 01202 989632
  • Communicare has been providing services to the people of Swanage and District for over 30 years. It provides a range of services through carefully selected volunteers. We provide support to meet many needs.

    • Link Volunteers: 01929 477114 - 01929 423587 - 07531 811375 - 01929 427576 - 01929 423918 - 01929 480932 - 01929 288177
  • Would you like someone to visit you for a chat, perhaps to play cards or even accompany you on a walk? Could you do with a helping hand once in a while? Community Angels could be just what you need.

    • Community Angels Volunteer Support: 01305 834866
  • Are you feeling lonely or vulnerable and wish there were someone you could talk to? We have people available in our church fellowship who regularly visit those in the Corfe Mullen and surrounding area who are not necessarily attached to any church, but who just want someone to talk to.

    • Corfe Mullen Baptist Church Befriending: 01202 699729
  • Dorchester Friends In Deed is a church initiative which wants to improve the quality of life for isolated people, especially the elderly, in the Dorchester area by befriending them.

    • Dorchester Friends In Deed: 0800 7313703
  • Our Home Visiting Service provides visits by trained and vetted volunteers to members in their own homes. The service is very flexible and is adapted to each individual member's needs.

    • Dorset Blind Association - Home Visiting: 01202 712865
  • Based in Bournemouth, the Befriending Service offers individual support by trained volunteer befrienders to those with mental health problems. Their 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.

    • Dorset Mind Befriending Service: 01202 315329
  • PramaLife can offer you, as an informal carer, help and support by introducing volunteer befrienders or mentors, to enable you to have someone to support you to access the community, or support and advise you in your caring role.

    • PramaLife: 01202 207300
  • Gillingham Linking Lives is a befriending service operating throughout the Blackmore Vale. It is for those who find themselves alone and requiring some additional support and friendship.

    • Gillingham Linking Lives: 07437 312166
  • Would you like to receive regular phone calls or visits from a friendly, dedicated volunteer? It's an opportunity to talk about things that interest you, or just have a catch-up and a chat.

    • Independent Age - Befriending Service: 0800 319 6789
  • Island Community Action offers a range of befriending services for people living in Portland.

    • Island Community Action - Befriending: 01305 823789
  • LifeLink is a buddy scheme run by Bournemouth People First. It matches people with a learning disability to volunteer buddies, so that they can do things together in the community.

    • Paul: 01202 303765
  • We are an organisation which was set up in 1976 by the members of the Churches in Marnhull, to welcome all newcomers to the village and to offer help and support to those members of the community who may need it - a sort of 'Good Neighbourhood Watch'!

    • Trevor Vaughan: 01258 821636
  • Purbeck Good Neighbours is a volunteer group who can help older people over 50 with small or difficult one-off tasks in their home.

    • Purbeck Good Neighbours: 01929 424363
  • Update August 2020: In response to the COVID-19 crisis we've suspended our regular social gatherings and, with the help of our dedicated volunteers, have set up a UK-wide call companions service. Older people who are feeling alone can receive a regular friendly phone call throughout the crisis and beyond, for as long as they want it. If you'd prefer not to apply online, just give us a call on 0800 716543 (calls are free).

    • Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly): 0800 716543
  • RNIB Talk and Support run telephone social groups for adults with sight loss. You can take part from the comfort of your own home using a landline phone.

    • Royal National Institute for the Blind - Talk and Support: 0845 330 3723 or 020 7391 2218
  • Royal Voluntary Service volunteers provide practical support and companionship to help people get the best out of life.

  • We specialise in helping independent seniors living alone who may not be able to get out and about on their own as easily as they used to.

    • Senior Befriending Service: 07707 983239
  • The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information and friendship to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

    • The Silver Line: 0800 4 70 80 90
  • We offer help to older people to get small or one-off jobs done when they do not have support from relatives or friends. We also offer a befriending service to elderly people who may have become isolated and lonely.

    • Verwood and Three Legged Cross Helpful Neighbours and Friends: 01202 834034
  • Befriending and lunch club for older people in the West Moors area.

    • Sylvia M Barrett: 01202 892902
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