Employment and training

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

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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  • Access Dorset - Build, Cook and Grow Activity Groups

    The groups focus on woodwork, DIY, building maintenance, gardening, growing in our polytunnels and cooking soup or other recipes for use in our cafe.

    • Access Dorset - Build, Cook and Grow Activity Groups: 01202 771336
  • Access Dorset - Horizons cafe

    *Please note the cafe is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic*

    • Access Dorset - Horizons Cafe : 01202 771336
  • AJZ Care - AJ Zion Limited

    We are a local, family-run recruitment agency based in Bournemouth, Dorset. We offer care jobs, support work, cleaning and domestic services. At AJZ Care, our goal is to provide well trained, reliable, committed care workers and support staff whose aims are to create a long term working professional with our clients. We pride ourselves with a high standard of service and therefore we are committed to investing in training our staffs and to undertake any necessary procedures to ensure that we deliver a service that we can personally recommend to our own family and friends.

    • AJZ Care - AJ Zion Limited: 01202 097730, 07483 178800
  • Association of Disabled Professionals

    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:
  • Autism Wessex - Community Support Service

    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
  • Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) - Employability and Skills

    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 (BCHA) - Employability and Skills: 01202 410500
  • Cherry Tree Nursery

    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
  • Community Action Network

    Vacancies for volunteering opportunities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

    • Community Action Network : 01202 466130
  • Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST)

    Supporting work related activity for adults with disabilities in the BCP area.

    • Community Outreach and Support Team (COAST): 01202 797841
  • Crumbs

    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
  • Crumbs - Cook and Learn Workshops

    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.

    • Crumbs - Cook and Learn Workshops: 01202 519320
  • Dorset Community Action - Building Better Opportunities

    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)
  • Enham Trust - Employment and Skills

    Our numerous skills, training and employment programmes help disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages to take control of their lives and succeed in finding work.

    • Enham Trust - Employment and Skills: 01264 345800
  • Hope2Cycle

    Hope2Cycle is a charitable community partnership promoting cycling, recycling, health and wellbeing in the beautiful area of North Dorset and beyond.

    • Hope2Cycle - Shaftesbury Workshop: 01747 851397
    • Hope2Cycle - Sherborne Workshop:
    • Hope2Cycle - Bournemouth Shop: 07530 968506
  • King's Park Allotment Project

    Learn new skills and prepare for work by growing fruit and vegetables for the local community.

    • King's Park Allotment Project: 01202 452755
  • Kitchen Project

    The Kitchen Project prepares, cooks and serves the healthy hot school Meals for King's Park Academy in Boscombe. This unique Project offers adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to be involved in the production and service of healthy school meals.

    • Kitchen Project: 01202 727963
  • Kiwi Education

    If you are aged between 19-24 then our Traineeship Pre-Apprenticeship programme is an ideal way for you to develop important skills and experience that employers are looking for.

    • Kiwi Education: 02380 170380
  • Links to Work

    Links to Work is a voluntary programme that offers a unique service in which you can choose your own tailored support package to help you get back into the world of work.

    • Links to Work: 0800 917 9262
  • Mencap

    Jobs and training services that enable people with a learning disability to find paid employment.

    • Mencap: 020 7454 0454 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • National Career Service

    Principal provider of expert, independent careers guidance for young people and adults in Dorset.

    • National Career Service: 01202 677557