Through CRISP (Carers Resource, Information and Support Programme), the Carers Support Service offers a range of support for carers:
- Advice and information
- Help to look after yourself
- Social events
- Help to take a break from caring
- Courses to help you care
- Emergency back-up scheme (Carers in Crisis)
We have worked with local carers across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, and with our other partner organisations to develop a strategic vision called Valuing Carers in Dorset. This sets out what carers think is important for us to focus on up to 2020.
Visit our Carers Centre on
- Tuesday, 2-4 pm
- Friday, 10 am-12 pm
St Ambrose Cottage, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, BH4 8ER
There's a warm welcome waiting if you need some support or just need some time out for a drink and a chat. No need to make an appointment, just come along. Refreshments are provided.
You can also contact the Carers Support Service at the care centre on 01202 458204 during weekday office hours.
Assessing Your Needs
A Carer’s Assessment is when we meet you to find our what help you need. We can do it whenever and wherever suits you.
You can have a Carer’s Assessment even if the person you care for doesn’t have services. It is not a judgement on how well you provide care, it’s just a chance to make sure you get all the help and information available
Carers Information Service
A regular free newsletter with carers’ news and information, the Caring Matters magazine, an A-Z of carers services, and contacts for specialist support.
Join the Information Service online or over the phone.
Carers In Crisis
There's an emergency back-up scheme for carers. It’s free to join.
You may be able to get funding towards equipment or to take a break to help you with your caring role. You’ll need to call Care Direct for a Carer’s Assessment.
Technology to help out at home. For example, movement sensors which switch a light on if someone gets up in the night. This is free.
This takes place on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at: St Osmond's Church Hall, Bournemouth Road Parkstone, BH4 9JG
Befriending for carers. Call 01202 304004 for more information.
Home from Home
A day care service where a host looks after small groups of older people in their home. You can fund this yourself or through direct payments. For more information, call 01202 883503.
An advocate helps you express your views and worries. Help and Care, 0300 1113303
Confidential information and advice for carers. Call on 0300 123 1053
- 8am - 9pm, Monday to Fridays
- 11am - 4 pm, weekends and Bank Holidays
You can also book a call back at the best time for you or fill in an online enquiry form
Information and advice directory for adults in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.
There is someone who can help carers in all Bournemouth GP surgeries and health centres. Ask to speak to the Carers’ Lead at your surgery.