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Services to help those with care and support needs with training, work experience, employment and how to prepare for work as well as volunteering opportunities

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  • Abilities is an established training provider with over 20 years experience in helping people back into employment. We are a non-profit making charity working closely with local community and businesses to help and support people back into work.

    • Abilities - Blandford: 01258 453540
    • Abilities - Poole: 01202 802606
    • Abilities - Weymouth: 01305 771327
    • Abilities - Yeovil: 01935 312990
  • Groups in Bournemouth run by Access Dorset. The groups focus on woodwork, DIY, building maintenance, gardening, growing in our polytunnels and cooking soup or other recipes for use in our cafe. Open to anyone of any age. Simply come along on any Monday afternoon for an informal look around. The aim of the groups is to boost confidence, learn new skills, enjoy working as a team and increase stamina.

    • Access Dorset - Build, Cook and Grow Activity Groups: 01202 771336
  • The cafe is run by young adults with disabilities. It serves healthy, good value meals and provides an opportunity to socialise with others. Some of our ingredients are home grown in our polytunnels. Eat in and takeaway options as well as al fresco dining in our sensory garden during nice weather.

    • Access Dorset - Horizons Cafe : 01202 771336
  • Principal provider of expert, independent careers guidance for young people and adults in Dorset.

    • Ansbury: 01258 454454 (Blandford), 01202 677557 (Poole), 01305 782180 (Weymouth)
  • We provide a 24-hour answerphone and email service where disabled people can seek advice and support from another disabled person for employment advice, information and peer support.

    • Association of Disabled Professionals: 01204 431638
  • Our aim is to create a world where lipreading is available to anyone who needs it.

    • Ruth Bizley: 01297 442239, 07855 340517 (text only)
  • Our aim is to create a world where lipreading is available to anyone who needs it.

    • Mags Chue: 01308 897543, 07790 811905
  • Our aim is to create a world where lipreading is available to anyone who needs it.

    • Liz Messer:
  • We provide services to people of all ages in their own homes or for the purpose of accessing a community activity or duty such as work, college or day services.

    • Autism Wessex - Community Support Service: 01202 853000
  • Vacancies for volunteering opportunities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

    • Bournemouth and Poole Council for Voluntary Service: 01202 466130
  • If you are looking for volunteer vacancies in Poole, please contact us.

    • Amy Collins: 01202 466130
  • We provide learning and training opportunities for hundreds of people each year, supporting people back in to employment and volunteering opportunities.

    • Bournemouth Churches Housing Association - Learning and Work: 01202 410500
  • A plant nursery providing work rehabilitation in a supportive environment for adults with severe and enduring mental illness. Volunteers benefit greatly from having purpose, meaning and structure in their lives, a crucial step in restoring self-esteem and dignity.

    • Cherry Tree Nursery: 01202 593537
  • A plant nursery providing work rehabilitation in a supportive environment for adults with severe and enduring mental illness.

    • Chestnut Nursery: 01202 685999
  • Supporting work related activity for adults with disabilities in Poole.

    • Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST): 01202 797841
  • From our base in Bournemouth we offer specialist training provision for mixed-ability trainees. We offer pre-employment programmes of learning across sectors including catering & hospitality, administration, leisure and IT to improve skills, confidence, health and employability.

    • Crumbs: 01202 519320
  • This free session is a fantastic opportunity for individuals of mixed-abilities to gain a unique insight into the professional training and support available at Crumbs. You can gain valuable experience of working within a professional catering environment. We welcome trainees aged 18+ from a variety of backgrounds, including those who have experienced mental health issues, learning disabilities, acquired brain injury or stabilized addiction.

    • Ursula: 01202 519320
  • Enabling people with learning disabilities - we offer volunteering opportunities, training, workplace skills and courses.

    • Directions: 01305 762425
  • A social enterprise that provides real work experience and paid work opportunities to individuals with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

  • One-to-one and group coaching to help you to into fulfilling employment of self-employment.

    • Dorset Community Action - Building Better Opportunities: 07585 976383 (for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) or 07974 723087 and 07917 476196 (for Dorset)
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