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Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you


There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

Dorset Carers

To find out about local support and services for carers visit the Dorset Carers Hub.

Bridport Medical Centre

Carers registration forms are available from reception (or download and print from this page).  Please complete and return your form.

pdf BMC. Carers' Registration Form

Help and Support

  • Bridport Carers Support Group

" The group meets on the first Friday of the month at Bridport Community Hospital in the Health Education Room at 10.15am - 12 noon.  All carers are welcome to come and have a chat and refreshments.  Information books, leaflets are also available.  There are speakers on various subjects.  Ex-carers are also welcome for the help they can give.  For further information please contact M.Wrighton 01308 427494" (February 2017)

  • Bridport Disabled Carers & Friends Club

Meets every Thursday 9am till noon at Vernon's Court Community Room in South Street.  Wheelchair accessible and facilities, tea and coffee etc. Just call in for a chat or advice in a friendly atmosphere.  All welcome.

T: 01308 423620/421213/427819 (2.17)

  • Carers Moving Forward

Are you a carer whose loved-one has had to go into a care home? Do you feel lost, lonely, need information and support but don’t know where to turn?

 Then ‘Carers Moving Forward’ can help.

  • Help & Care

Help and Care is a registered charity working with older people, carers and communities. We are here to provide you with information and advice that will enable you to make decisions and find support that is right for you:    T:0300 111 3303

Support for carers in Dorset 

Help & Care provide training workshops for people who live in Dorset.

  • My Life my care

Information and advice about care and support for adults in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole

Carers Rights Day event report

Bridport Carers Rights Day information and advice event Monday 23 November 2015

Carers’ Rights Day was on Friday 20 November; here in the West Dorset Locality we celebrated the day with a locality event held on Monday 23 November at Bridport Medical Centre. The event provided a drop in gathering together with experts to answer questions on a wide range of topics from looking after yourself to changes being brought in by the new Care Act.

Organisations taking part included:

POPP - the Partnership for Older People’s Programme

CAB - Citizens Advice Bureau

The Alzheimesr Society

Dorset Fire and Rescue Home Safety Team

The Living Tree

A member of the Medical Centre’s Healthcare Team was available during the morning to offer health checks.

Dorset County Council Carers Caseworker

The Clinical Commissioning Group Carers Facilitator


The event was promoted through the local press, Wessex FM, Access Dorset and all Local GP surgeries.


Sadly only a small number of carers attended but those that came found the event helpful. The organisations participating all agreed that it provided them with the opportunity to network and there was always a good buzz in the room.


I would like to extend a big thank you to our GP colleagues who found time to come in and find out more about what is available locally to support carers.


This was our first Locality event and we can work towards attracting more carers with future events.  If you would like to know when our next event will be please contact to leave your contact details.


Elise Ripley

Locality Engagement Lead

West Dorset Locality

NHS Dorset CCG

Bridport Medical Centre

West Allington





Tel: 01308 421896 Carers Rights Day event 2015


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