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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.

    • Age Concern North Dorset - Friendship: 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 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 Dorchester - Good Neighbours: 01305 260289
  • 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 Dorchester - Reach Out Service: 01305 269444
  • Supporting you to get out, meet people and make friends.

    • Age UK Dorchester - Reach Out Service: 01305 269444
  • Supporting you to get out, meet people and make friends.

    • Jules Walker: 01305 269444
  • 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: 07443 476798
  • 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
  • Gillingham Link 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 Link: 07437 312166
  • Telephone support service providing social contact for people over 55 living in the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset areas, who are feeling isolated. This is a free service.

    • Help & Care - Telephone Support Service: 0300 111 3303
  • Home to Home Calls provides a daily phone call service specifically for the elderly and the most vulnerable members of our society.

    • Home to Home Calls: 0800 316 8802
  • 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, including companionship, help with local errands, support with pet care, personal correspondence, help with small DIY tasks or perhaps just a friendly phone call or chat over a cup of tea. Unfortunately we are unable to help those who have dementia.

    • 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
  • A befriending service for clients, their families, staff and others in Poole, Bournemouth and East Dorset.

    • Prama Friends: 01202 207300
  • 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
  • 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
  • No two Good Neighbours services are identical but the intention is broadly similar in every case. Namely, to offer the practical help that can make all the difference to older people - whether it's collecting a pension or a repeat prescription, walking the dog or changing a light bulb.

    • Royal Voluntary Service - Good Neighbours: 01305 236666
  • Befriending and home visiting for reading, letter writing and light practical tasks carried out by volunteers in Sherborne and nearby villages.

    • Mike Hatch: 01935 815806
  • The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice 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.

    • Joan Wyrill: 01202 891519
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