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A detailed list of local Mental Health Services.

Look below to find Young People and Children. More specific help follows that with everything from Autistic Spectrum to Mental Health at Work to Veterans.

general practices

Social Prescribing Team is often based at the Surgeries and can offer signposting and practical help.  Keith, Jenny, Nicola, Rhonda, Jackie and Claire, are the team for the Blackmore Vale Surgery covering Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton, Marnhull and Fontmell Magna.  Liz Rose is at Gillingham,  Working with them are Health Champions who are volunteers, DBS checked and trained to assist, they have ideas and provide services such as Peer Support Groups and Information Hubs.

Currently Groups are:  Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is a telephone chat group at the moment but hopes to meet again in person soon and for Mindfulness/Meditation (currently on Zoom)contact [email protected] or 07956292962.  

Walking for Health is run at most surgeries and also singing groups online and more.  See your Practice website.

Contact the Social Prescribing team at your surgery for the latest news on groups and events.

See Facebook pages for the Social Prescribing teams:  Gillingham Community Kindness, Shaftesbury Community Kindness and Sturminster Newton and Marnhull Community Kindness.

Also see:

Help and Care

Have a team at the Vale surgeries comprised of Link Workers and Self Management Coaches.  Contact them or ask at Reception for details.

Age UK (North, South and West Dorset) are coordinating requests for help with issues relating to loneliness and isolation, or support in accessing items such as food, cash or medication.

To request help email: [email protected] or call 01305 269444

Each request will be individually assessed and categorised according to the individual’s level of need.

general help

Many of these services have adjusted the ways they provide support in order to help during the pandemic and more solutions are being found every day. Look at the News pages on this website, look at the websites listed and telephone or email the organisations if you are unsure.

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Steps to Wellbeing  

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This is the organisation (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT Service)) in Dorset to which you can be referred or refer yourself for talking therapies and other help.  Have a look at their website for a full understanding of what they do.  After referral you will have an assessment appointment to see what is appropriate for you. 

They also have a “Body and Mind Service” where they work with other professionals to help those whose mental health is suffering because of conditions such as Diabetes, Chronic Pain, Respiratory Conditions, Heart Conditions and Stroke.

Telephone: 0300 790 6828
Email: [email protected]

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24/7 telephone helpline for Dorset

Telephone: 0300 1235440

(See Urgent Page too)

Community Front Room

A Community Front Room is located in Shaftesbury.  This is based at:

Shaftesbury & District Carers (HOPE)
Units 4-6, Plot 25c
Longmead Industrial Estate
Shaftesbury, Dorset   SP7 8PL

Get Directions

It is open from 3.15 – 10.45 pm Thursday to Sunday.  No referral or appointment needed, just turn up and ring the doorbell.

Community Front Rooms (CFRs) are open to anyone over 18 who needs face-to-face support.

They are staffed by mental health professionals and peer specialists (people with personal experience of mental health issues), and are there for you if you are struggling to cope. 

CFRs are welcoming, informal, safe spaces where you can discuss your problems.

Staff will not offer medication or structured therapy, but rather self-management advice and support that helps you find the solutions to aid your recovery.

If the staff feel the CFR is not the most appropriate level of support for you, they may offer you an assessment which may lead to further support from the other mental health services available.

General advice sites

Dorset Healthcare Services

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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[email protected]

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Often known simply as “HOPE” OR THE HOPE PROJECT

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Is an independent charity working for the benefit of those vulnerable and at risk within our community  Their aim is to provide a safe haven for those who need it, with an opportunity to learn new skills, the chance to work and become part of a team.  There is a wide range of projects to help people get out and about, learn new skills, and enjoy themselves including Hope 2 Bake, Hope 2 Grow and Hope 2 Cycle. 

The HOPE Drop-In Centre is a place that supports people with health and wellbeing problems who are at least 18 years old, and is run by volunteers. It is open weekday afternoons from 1 to 4, with the exception of Wednesdays when it is closed. Here you will also find services including:

FREE Telephone Counselling – 07714 550 969, 

Tues 1 pm – 4 pm

Weds 6 pm – 8 pm, 

Thurs 12 noon – 3 pm

Citizens Advice Bureau – C.A.B – sessions by appointment, Computer and internet access and tuition, Arts Group, Hope2doJewellery

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Help and Kindness

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Comprehensive Directory of Organisations, Services, Groups and Clubs in Dorset.  Search by area, type, keywords.

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Shaftesbury Tourism

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Has a great “What’s On’ which includes all local groups etc. and not just events for tourists.

if you subscribe to Mental Health North Dorset part of the monthly newsletter contains a calendar specifically related to mental health

The Headstrong Project

Email: [email protected]

“The Headstrong Project is a Not-For-Profit organisation on a mission to challenge stigmas and raise awareness around mental health. Based in Shaftesbury, they host social events, sports, leisure & creative activities and provide support and signposting via social media.”

Facebook Page



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Dorset Pain Management Service

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“Soaring above Pain”

Mental Health problems often accompany chronic pain.  A multidisciplinary team of Consultants in Pain Medicine, psychologists, psychological therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, therapy assistants  Referral from GP or other primary care practitioner. 

Also PainPals helpline 01202 858 361.  [email protected] run by Peer Mentor, Facebook Group.  Local Groups meet in Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Blandford.

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Participation in arts and culture makes communities feel safer and stronger, adds to health and wellbeing and reduces social isolation.’ (Create, Arts Council England, 2015).

My name is Sue and I have been running Making Space at the Band Hall in Shaftesbury for a couple of years.  Making Space is not about perfecting skills…but a place to connect with your creative, playful self. No right or wrong, no success or fail, no judging.

The sessions are informal, there is a set activity but it’s not obligatory. You can read a book from the craft library, listen to my record collection, from David Cassidy to Tchaikovsky, or enjoy tea and cake.

I really am not biased when I say that everyone who comes along is friendly and welcoming. We share our strengths and learn from each other.

If you would like more information please contact Sue by phone or email. 07794530986. [email protected]


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Dorset Lavender Farm Project

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Fiddleford, Sturminster Newton.  Telephone 01258 471194

“We provide care and support, volunteer placements and skills training for adults and young people of all ability levels, through the range of tasks and activities associated with our horticulture, the manufacturing of crops, woodworking, crafts and countryside skills.”

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Talk This Way

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Talk this way provides you with an opportunity to have a listening ear, just for you.

An additional element is the opportunity to do your talking whilst walking locally, through ‘Walk this way’. If anxious or uncertain about restrictions lifting and would welcome sessions walking from your front door, please get in touch.

Routes can be wheelchair accessible.

Mobile no. 07988398318
(text or leave voicemail for a call back)

Email: [email protected]

Initial consultation: Free

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Dorset Mind

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Dorset Mind believes that everyone experiencing a mental health problem should get support and respect.

Local pioneering charity Dorset Mind educates, challenges mental health stigma and inequality, and promotes recovery by empowering individuals to develop resilience.

Dorset Mind runs support groups, mentoring, counselling and an accredited one-to-one befriending service that helps people regain confidence and build resilience.  You can find details about the support they provide here.

1-2-1 Befriending – Trained volunteers provide 1-2-1 support which helps people increase confidence and self-esteem.

There are no waiting times for these services and you can self-refer via email (found on each page of the Dorset Mind website).  Whilst it might take a little while to match you with a befriender, we offer phone-befriending immediately to help support you.

Another Wellbeing group is held in Sherborne and a Women in Mind group in Blandford as well as others around Dorset.  See Dorset Mind website for details.

See Young people and Mental Health at Work tabs below for more services. 

Social media links:




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Dorset All Age Eating Disorders Service

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[email protected]

01202 492147

Self-referral and parent/guardian referral accepted.

Dorset Local Nature Partnership

Telephone 01305 264620

Natural Choices in Dorset aims to encourage and enable people to improve their physical health and mental well-being through different activities within the natural environment.

Natural Choices is open to all but is particularly beneficial to people who may have been identified with experiencing low risk physical health and/or mental health problems such as those leading sedentary lifestyles who wish to get more active and/or those with low mood, mild anxiety or stress.

Activities such as mindfulness, Park Yoga, gardening, health walks and conservation activities. 

Click on the link below:

Activities in North Dorset

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Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)

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If your mental health problems are more severe you may be referred to the CMHT for adults, which in North Dorset is based upstairs at Abbey View Medical Centre in Shaftesbury.  You cannot refer yourself to this service but will need to see your GP or another professional.

The CMHT (older peoples) Team is based at Westminster Hospital in Shaftesbury.

Website – select “Adult and Older People’s Mental Health Services CMHT”;

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Dorset Mental Health Forum

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Telephone: 01305 257172

A Peer-led charity.  An extremely useful website with loads of information on many aspects of mental health. Based in Dorchester and provides services mostly in West Dorset.

Provides ADVOCACY services for the whole of Dorset except Poole and Bournemouth.

For North Dorset contact Robin Francis on 07969 266972 or email Robin  or Catherine Bramble on 07749 039360 or email Catherine.

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Green Gang

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(recovering Mental Health While Working for the Environment)


Telephone Bob Messer  07419211797

Email: [email protected]

Once a fortnight 10 am – 1 pm.


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Skills & Learning

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A programme of courses specially developed to provide support for people with mild to moderate anxiety or depression.

Call 01202 262300 or 01305 819059.

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The Recovery Education Centre

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The Recovery Education Centre (REC) is jointly delivered by Dorset HealthCare and Dorset Mental Health Forum. 

“The centre co-develops and co-delivers educational based courses focusing on recovery, wellbeing and shared learning, bringing together the expertise of professionals and people with lived experience.”

“Our courses are available to people with personal experience of mental health difficulties as well as carers, friends, family, and supporters including staff and they are FREE to attend.

The focus is on shared learning, self-determination and choice. The REC provides opportunity to explore and understand experiences and to recognise and develop skills and tools which may help in your recovery journey.”


Courses are sometimes held in Shaftesbury, Gillingham or Sturminster Newton as well as a bit further away in Blandford and Sherborne and many in the rest of Dorset.

Titles include: Introducing Recovery; Emotion Management; Mindful Living; Understanding Depression and Anxiety; An Introduction to Asperger’s Syndrome, Understanding Unusual Experiences; Managing and Maintaining Work and lots more.

Specific Help


Autism Wessex – 22 Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1QL

Telephone: 01202 483360

Community Adult Asperger’s Service, Delphwood/Ashdown Cl, Poole  BH17 8WG

Telephone: 01202 605875

Dorset Adult Asperger’s Service

Online chats Tuesdays 7.20 – 8.30 pm. 

Telephone: 07789 521 758 or 07818 073 390 or 07515 881 200

Gillingham Aspergers Support Group

2nd and 4th Tuesday 

7 – 8

Gillingham Library

Drop-in, Bell Street United Church

1st Saturday 12.30 pm

Telephone: 01747 854631

Co-op Funeralcare Bereavement Counselling

Telephone: 01747 858968

The Martinsey Isle Trust

Sturminster Newton Drop in Centre

“Solace for the lonely and bereaved and a place for those who would like some fun or interest in an informal setting.”

Telephone: 01258 475125

Mosaic – children/young people bereaved or facing loss,

BOOBSBreast Cancer Awareness, based in Shaftesbury

Boobs can put ladies with a diagnosis in touch with others locally who have fought or are fighting the battle to provide emotional support.  Informal coffee morning once a month. Private online support through Facebook.

Telephone 07873 326495

Stalbridge SCARS – Stalbridge Cancer Recover and Support Group – established in 2014.

Monthly meeting for a friendly, confidential and comfortable environment, cuppa, cake, Current cancer patients, those that have recovered from cancer and family and friends who may find they also need support to come to terms with the life-changing effects of a cancer diagnosis.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07961 027089,

Carer Support Dorset

Carer Support Dorset is open Mon-Thurs 9.30am-4.30pm, Fri 9.30am-4pm. Call 0800 368 8349 or email [email protected] if you need support or advice on anything related to your caring role.

Lots of information, carer’s podcast.

Here to talk service

To register go online or Tel. 0800 368 8349

Carers Clinics at Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton Medical Centre

Contact Debbie Martin, Carers’ Lead on 01747 856700.  At Gillingham Surgery contact Gemma Collins, carers’ lead on 01747 824201.

Rethink Carers Support Service (Mental Health) Dorset

01305 262771

Rethink Gillingham Carers Group (for carers of people with mental illness):  Gillingham Community Church, The Old Library (opposite Costa) 2nd and 4th Wednesday 10 am – 12 noon

Carers can also access 1 : 1 support.  Please telephone for a chat to find out more details. 

01305 262771

Dorset Mental Health Carers Support Line.  Call a Peer Specialist Carer on 01305 340045

[email protected]

Dorset Carers Here to Talk Service

To register go online or Tel. 0800 368 8349

Or email [email protected]

We are an NCS (National Citizen Service) based in North Dorset, raising awareness for young carers, and supporting the charity ‘the Honeypot Children’s charity’.

Facebook Page

“My Time” Carers support group at Shaftesbury Plus, Trinity Centre, Shaftesbury SP7 8BW

Telephone: 01747 859 120  

2 pm – 3.30 pm Every 3rd Tuesday

Memory Support and Advisory Service


Telephone: 0300 123 1916

Carer Support Wiltshire


Telephone: 0800 181 4118

Somerset Carer Support


Telephone: 0800 316 8600

Carers Trust 

Telephone: 0844 800 4361

Dorset Council

Telephone: 01305 251000

Out of Hours Emergency number

Telephone: 01305 858250

Sturminster Carers Coffee Morning.  Second Wednesday of each month 10 – 12.30 at Stour Connect

Telephone: 01258 472957

The Leonardo Trust 


Carers Assessment Request

Telephone: 01305 221 016 


Counselling for Carers

Telephone: 01305 221016

Requires assessment by Carers Case worker or similar to be accessed.

Short Break Service via assessment by Dorset Council staff.

Care Providers

Bramley Homecare Ltd, Shaftesbury

Telephone: 01747 855844

Homestead Care, Gillingham

Telephone: 01747 228971

Mulberry Court, Gillingham

Telephone: 01747 822241

My Life Living Assistance, Gillingham

Telephone: 01747 826505

Wisteria Care, Gillingham

Telephone: 01747 852107

My Life My Care Directory – Are you ‘cared for’ or care for someone – look and see for help and activities.

My Life My Care Website – Befriending and Good Neighbour services, lunch clubs and meal deliveries, day services, transport, memory cafes,

My Life My Care Blue Badge – Blue Badge information and how to apply.

Safe and Independent living (SAIL) – Signposting. Partnership of respected agencies in Dorset including local councils, police, fire, NHS and voluntary organisations.  Age UK Dorchester

Telephone:  01305 269444

Dorset Council Care And Support

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01305 221016

Somerset Recovery and Wellbeing Alliance

Dorset Accessible Homes Service (DAHS)

Telephone: 0333 003 0010

Email: [email protected]

Dorset Listening Service.  For people over 50 and Carers.

Call Tina Damon on 07969141837 or email [email protected]

Caring Hands at Home

Offers support for people living in Shaftesbury or nearby, in their own home, with tailored services to provide you or your loved ones the very best of care.  Contact Jackie today 07787 517975, [email protected]

Wincanton Carers

Karen Sherman, Tel. 01963 31730.

Somerset Carers Project, Tel. 01935 433013

PramaLife –

FOCUS Befriending and Mentoring can join you up with someone to regularly talk to as a befriender (phone or face to face) or with a mentor who is an experienced carer themselves.

Call the team on 07716 991 618

Email [email protected]

Agincare Domiciliary Care

Covers Shaftesbury, Gillingham and the whole of north Dorset.  Includes 24 hour live-in care.

Horizon Homecare.

County-wide service based in Poole

Bach Flower Remedies, Marnhull

Liz Meyer, Holistic Therapist, Gillingham

Jennifer Pymm Aromatherapy, West Melbury SP7 0BU

01747 855141, 07807 048708

Near Tisbury


Contact Friends of Stour Connect, Stour View Close, Sturminster Newton DT10 1JF

Telephone 01258 471359, email: [email protected]

Alternatively contact Sturminster Newton Community Kindness on Facebook, or via Sturminster Newton Medical Centre Telephone: 01258 474500 or Marnhull 01747 856700 and ask for Social Prescribing Support.


Contact Gillingham Community Kindness on 01747 834330 and ask for Social Prescribing Support or email: [email protected] or see Facebook page 

Or Gillingham Town Council, School Road, Gillingham, SP8 4QR, email: [email protected], telephone 01747 823588


Shaftesbury Community Kindness

Abbey View Medical Centre 01747 856700 and ask for Social Prescribing Support.

To contact Dorset Council call 01305 221000, Mon – Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm. Email: [email protected] Write to: Dorset Direct, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ 

Children’s Services Tel: 01305 221000 Children’s Advice and Duty Service (ChAD) A single point of contact for safeguarding concerns Tel: 01305 228866

 The Adult Social Care Out of Hours Service provides emergency cover and access to essential services when our daytime services are closed. The service also gives information and advice and, where necessary, makes visits to further assess needs and provides services Out of hours call 01305 858250 5pm – 8am Mon – Thurs; 4pm Fri – 8am Mon. 

Carer Support Dorset (CSD) Provides support for adult and young carers of people living in the Dorset Council area, Tel: 0800 368 8349 E-mail: [email protected] or visit

See main Local Support page for information about Steps to Wellbeing and other NHS Services

Shaftesbury Relate – Westminster Hospital.

[email protected], 01302 380900

Private Counsellors and Therapists.   -British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists

You can expect to pay from £40 to £70 for a session.  Some therapists do the first session for free. 

The contact details, type of therapy and other information on the following therapists is available on one of the websites above.

In Shaftesbury

Judith Lask

Jax Beatty

Paula Pyrgos

Clea Stanley

Cinzia Altobelli

Alexander Allfrey

Jane Hawthorn

Ruth Gilbert

Maria Walker

Sally Dhruev


In Gillingham

Marianne Taylor

Sarah Sanger

Richard Anderson

Anita Woods

Anna Macklin

Elizabeth Wareing

Ursula Sunderland

Elements Coaching & Counselling


In Sturminster Newton

Annie Coultas

Leah Lowinger

Bruce Gouren


In Mere

Annie Synnott

Miranda Jackson


In Tisbury

Elizabeth Harcourt

Claudia Businaro

Annabelle Gilham


In Child Okeford

Sarah Jack


In Marnhull

Breathe on UK, The Medical Centre,

Also (business card found in Abbey View Medical Centre)

Morna Spence BSc (Hons) MBPsS, Psychotherapy and Counselling.

[email protected]

Telephone: 07876 746756


Help Counselling – Free and low-cost counselling for adults and young people in West Wiltshire. 

Tel. 01225 767459

Email: [email protected]


David Stanton – Individual and group sessions online and in-person

“ANY issue sensitively and thoughtfully covered by consultant and trainer with more than 40 years’ experience.

Confidentiality assured. Go to 

or call 07584 711488


MEMORY GATEWAY – Memory Services for people living in Dorset.

The Memory Support and Advisory Service working together with the Memory Assessment Service.  Provided by Alzheimer’s Society and Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust working in partnership. 

Dementia Friends


Telephone: 07738 249069 or 01747 852710

Excellent pdf to download – Living Well with Dementia and Memory Loss in Dorset  Shaftesbury memory café -Sturminster Newton – Sturminster Newton – Gillingham

Memory Box

3rd Monday 2.00-3.30pm

Vicarage School Rooms, Gillingham

Free open to all

Contact Revd Andy Muckle

Telephone: 01747  835440

Tricuro Shaftesbury Plus

Trinity Centre, Shaftesbury

“…are aiming to reduce loneliness and isolation within our community”

Monday to Saturday

Programme of activities and community lunch

Telephone: 01747 854959.

Friends of Stour Connect

Memory Café – friendly professional support for those with dementia and their carers.

Singing for the Brain – Gillingham Town Hall

Every Wednesday 2 pm – 3.30 pm.  Please feel free to come alone, or with a carer.

Music and Movement – St Martin’s Grange, The Circle Room, Gillingham.

Every other Thursday 2 pm – 3 pm.  Telephone 01747 834020

Whether sitting or standing you can enjoy and benefit from the gentle movements which are brought to you by Paris Helen.

Magic Table Activity – Tovertafel Table Sessions.

A sitting activity for people with moderate to severe dementia, encouringing them to instinctively participate in order to stimulate both physical and social activity.  The games consist of interactive light animations which are projected on to a table and which motivate the mind and inspire those living with dementia to be active.  The Circle Room St Martin’s Grange 2.00 – 3.30 pm, last Friday of each month.  All are very welcome.  Tel. 01747 834020.

Marching on Group (for men).  Run by MINDFUL.  [email protected]

The ‘Safe Haven’.  The Malthouse Care Home Bay Road, Gillingham, SP8 4EW.

The ‘Safe Haven’ is an alternative, and preferred, place to a police station for someone, who in a public place, and in a state of confusion due to any form of dementia related illness, to be taken to while they wait for a responsible person to be found, or a means to get home.  Tel. 01747 822667.

Dementia UK Admiral Nurses, Helping families face Dementia.

Colten Care Admiral Nurse Team – specialised dementia support to carers, relatives and the local community at Newstone House, Sturminster Newton. 

Practical Advice alongside emotional and psychological support.

DISABLED – Befriending and Good Neighbour services, lunch clubs and meal deliveries, day services, transport, memory cafes – Blue Badge information and how to apply

Safe and Independent living (SAIL)

Signposting. Partnership of respected agencies in Dorset including local councils, police, fire, NHS and voluntary organisations

Age UK Dorchester

Telephone: 01305 269444

Dorset Council

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01305 221016

Dorset Accessible Homes Service (DAHS)

Telephone: 0333 003 0010

Email: [email protected]

Disability Wessex Advice 

Telephone: 01202 718266

Email: [email protected]

DOTS Disability Training.

Independent Occupational Therapy and Training service

Information and advice and signposting.

Call 01202 771336 – 10 am – 4 pm Mon to Fri

Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain/Chronic Fatigue Support Group

At Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury

Every Fortnight.  Contact Debbie Martin on 07738 104905, email [email protected]

Fibro Buddies Support Group, Gillingham

The Community Church Hall 12.30 – 3 pm

Fibromyalgia Action UK is pledged to raise awareness amongst the general public and medical professionals so that everyone with Fibromyalgia can get the help they need.

National helpline 0300 999 3333, or look on Groups on Facebook.

Wincanton Fibromyalgia Support Group

Kathryn Bargery 01963 33855


North Dorset Disability Information Service, Gillingham

Tel. 01747 821010.  Buy/hire new and second-hand equipment, Information and Advice, Free NHS hearing and batteries, volunteering opportunities.

Sturminster Parkinson’s Café

Sturminster Christian Fellowship, The Row, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1AX

11am – 12.30pm on the second Thursday of the month.  Join us for coffee and a chat.  Family and friends welcome.

Parkinson’s Local Adviser – Paula Wright Tel. 0344 225 3760, Mob. 0786 135 824 (North Dorset, Poole and Purbeck)

Email [email protected].  Switchboard 020 7931 8080.

Shaftesbury CMHT (Adult), Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury,Dorset SP7 8DH Tel: 01747 856711

Shaftesbury CMHT (Older Persons) Melbury Unit, Westminster Hospital, Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury SP7 8BD, Tel: 01747 851625

North Dorset Community Resource Team, Peacemarsh Surgery, Marlott Road, Gillingham SP8 4FA Tel: 01747 823035

Crisis Response Service.1700 – 2300 Monday to Friday, 0900 – 2300 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays Tel: 01305 214500. 

Forston Clinic  0900 – 1930 Every Day  01305 361269

Crisis Response & Home Treatment Service, St Ann’s Hospital, 69 Haven Road, Poole BH13 7NL Tel: 01202 609821

Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, 30 Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester, DT1 2ER, Tel: 01305 214500

Early Intervention Service, Seastone House, 49 Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, BH8 4EP, Tel:01202 584336, Email: [email protected]

Eating Disorders Service, Kimmeridge Court, St Ann’s Hospital, 69 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, BH13 7LN, Main service Tel: 01202 492147, Inpatient Tel: 01202 492151, email: [email protected].

The Dorset Forensic Team

Assesses and treats people with severe mental disorders who present a risk of serious harm to others. The team has a range of specially-trained professionals who see people both in our inpatient unit at St Ann’s Hospital, Poole, and out in the community.  We work closely with Police and Probation services, as part of the multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA), and the service can be accessed only through referrals from MAPPA or secondary care mental health services.  St Ann’s Hospital, 69 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, BH13 7LN, Tel: 01202 492066

Inpatient Units (Adult) – 

Linden Unit, Westhaven Hospital, Radipole Lane, Weymouth DT4 0QE, Tel: 01305 787274

Waterston Ward, Forston Clinic, Acute Assessment Unit, Charminster, Dorchester, DT2 9TB, Tel: 01305 361269

St Ann’s Hospital, 69 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, BH13 7LN, Tel: 01202 708881

Chine Ward, St Ann’s Hospital, Female Treatment Unit, Tel: 01202 492090

Harbour Ward, St Ann’s Hospital, Male Treatment Unit, Tel: 01202 492445

Seaview Ward, St Ann’s Hospital, Mixed Assessment Ward,Tel: 01202 492461

Haven Unit, St Ann’s Hospital, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Tel: 01202 492137 (Male), Tel: 01202 492442 (Female)

Twynham Unit, St Ann’s Hospital, Low Secure Unit, Tel: 01202 492152

Inpatient Units (Older Persons)

Betty Highwood Unit, Blandford Community Hospital, Milldown Road, Blandford, DT11 7DD, Tel: 01258 394016 / 01305 361716

Chalbury Unit, Weymouth Community Hospital, Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth, DT4 7TB

Tel: 01305 762525

Melstock House, Forston Clinic, Charminster, DT2 9TB, Tel: 01305 361282

Alderney Hospital (Organic Mental Health), Ringwood Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH12 4NB, Tel: 01202 735537

Alumhurst Ward, St Ann’s Hospital, 69 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, BH13 7LN

Tel: 01202 492098

Kings Park Hospital (Organic Mental Health), Gloucester Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH7 6JE, Tel: 01202 303757

Intensive Psychological Therapies Service (IPTS), Branksome Clinic, Layton Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH12 2BJ, Tel: 01202 584120

Perinatal Mental Health Service, Mother and Baby Inpatient Facility, Florence House, 49 Alumhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH4 8EP, Tel: 01202 584329

Perinatal Community Team, 0900 – 1700 Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 

Tel: 01202 584329

Primary Care Mental Health Services (Psychological Services) North and West Dorset

The Conifers, Poundbury West Industrial Estate, Dorchester, DT1 2PG, Tel: 0300 790 6828

Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) Haven Unit, St Ann’s Hospital, 69 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, BH13 7LN, Tel: 01202 492862

Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Glendenning, 30 Maiden Castle Road, Dorchester, DT1 2ER, Tel: 01305 214521

Nightingale Court, 49 Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth  BH4 8EP, Tel: 01202 584301

Nightingale House, 49 Alumhurst Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH4 8EP, Tel: 01202 584301

LiveWell Dorset is a free health service provided by Dorset Council.  

They can help guide you to a healthier lifestyle through advice and coaching.  

Stop Smoking, Lose Weight, Drink Less, Get Active.  

Tel: 01305 233 105.  

Email: [email protected], Free phone 0800 840 1628

Facebook LiveWell Dorset, Twitter @LWDorset

Free happiness and wellbeing assessment at


North Drug and Alcohol Services

Woodcock Court, Queens Street, Gillingham, SP8 4DZ

Telephone:  0800 043 4656

Gambling Support Service (GSS) South West England 

[email protected] or [email protected]

Clouds House, East Knoyle, Wiltshire.

In-patient treatment for all types of addiction, private, NHS and charity funded patients. 

In addition to treatment for drugs (prescribed and non-prescribed), alcohol and gambling, there is treatment for gaming, sexual and some food related addictions.

StepChange Debt Help

Specialist team to offer extra support if you have mental health problems.

Tel. 0800 188 1111 or call Gillingham Community Church on 01747 825611

Christians against poverty (CAP)

Free debt counselling in your community. 

Tel. 0800 328 0006

Or call at Open House, Father’s House, Shaftesbury.


LiveWell Dorset is a free health service provided by Dorset Council.  

They can help guide you to a healthier lifestyle through advice and coaching.  

Stop Smoking, Lose Weight, Drink Less, Get Active.  

Tel: 01305 233 105.  

Email: [email protected], Free phone 0800 840 1628

Facebook LiveWell Dorset, Twitter @LWDorset

Free happiness and wellbeing assessment at

Download the WaitLess App  which has up-to-the-minute travel info and the latest waiting times at Dorset’s urgent and emergency care services direct to your pone. #WaitLessDorset

Have your say….

Online Comment form for complaints and compliments – Dorset Healthcaare University NHS Foundation Trust.

Email [email protected] or [email protected]  Tel.  PALS Freephone 0800 587 4997, Complaints team: 01202 277024

Need information about a local health or social care service?

Want to know how to raise a concern or a complaint?

0300 111 0102, [email protected]


Stour View Hydrotherapy Pool, Sturminster Newton.

Proven to be effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions including back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, autism, musculoskeletal conditions, rehab following surgery, neurological conditions, strokes, head injury and many more.  Friendly team supervise 30 minute or 60 minute sessions.  No medical referral is required, just book online and pay as you go, or save with a block of sessions.

Members of Parliament

North Dorset – Simon Hoare

[email protected]  •, 01258 452585

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

01305 368900


Blackmore Vale Partnership – Abbey View Medical Centre Shaftesbury, The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Marnhull and Fontmell Magna

Tel. 01747 856700

Gillingham Medical Practice – The Barn and Peacemarsh Surgeries

Tel. 01747 824201

And 01747 834330

Silton – The Surgery

Tel. 01747 840226.

Tisbury Surgery, Park Road, Tisbury, Salisbury SP3 6LF

Tel: 01747 870204

Hindon Surgery 

Tel. 01747 820222

Child Okeford Surgery– The Blandford Group Practice.  

Tel. 01258 860687

If you live in another local area of Dorset try

Dorset Mind’s game-changing workplace training programme, Dorset Mind Works, helps employers support employees with their mental health, reduce presenteeism and is proven to benefit profitability.

Gambling training, advice, information

Free from Citizens Advice for front-line staff, advisers and managers about the risks of gambling and what support is available and free training to organisations to identify harm in their clients and help people get the support they need.

Total Wellbeing Matters

Mental Health Awareness and First Aid at Work training for businesses and individuals.

OVER 50s

Age Concern North Dorset

email. [email protected]

See website for Digital Champion Volunteers, the Digital Hotline – finding out how to get better broadband, getting online for the first time or using new technology such as video conferencing.

Age Concern, Sturminster Newton offers befriending, counselling as well as more practical things to the over 50s

Open 5 days a week 10-2

Telephone: 01258 475582

Age Concern, Shaftesbury

Weds/Thurs  10 – 12

Telephone: 01747 853966

Age Concern Pop-In , The Pavilions, St Martin’s Lane – games, quizzes, pub lunches, outings.

Dorset Listening Service

Call Tina Damon on 07969141837 or email [email protected]

“Our aim is to help and support you to address any emotional difficulties such as:
Depression, Bereavement, Adjusting to Retirement, Loss of independence, Loneliness, Relationship difficulties, Declining Health, Failing Memory, Unresolved Conflicts, Facing the Reality of Death.”

Dorset Support At Home British Red Cross Independent Living Services

For 65 and over, referral from a health professional.

For further information tel. 01305 214430 or 01202 656148.

Email:  [email protected]


Age friendly communities Friendship Line. If you’re feeling lonely, or just a bit out of sorts, then give the PramaLife friendship line a call. A team of volunteers would love to chat with you.
01202 022987, 8 am – 9 pm seven days a week.


Homestart North Dorset -Mothers in Mind  Group for new mums who, for various reasons, are finding life tricky.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01258 473038

Supports struggling families where there is at least one child under 5. 

Shaftesbury Children’s Centre

part of

North Dorset Family Partnership Zone (FPZ)

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01305 224310

If you’re worried about the immediate safety of a child or young person contact our Children’s Advice and Duty Service:

Children’s Advice and Duty Service

Telephone: 01305228866

Counselling for Families

[email protected], Tel. 01302 380900

Disability Family Swim at Stour View Hydrotherapy Pool

A session designed for families with children or adults who have additional needs.  Limited number of people in the pool to create a great alternative to busy leisure centres.

Maternity Matters in Dorset

A new website to help guide you through pregnancy, birth and beyond in Dorset.


Active Play Therapies

Independent occupational therapy service, specialised in working with families with children who have sensory integration difficulties, emotional and mental health difficulties, learning difficulties, picky eating and neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism and ADHD. 

We offer assessments, therapy and training flexibly to families, children, schools and others. We have no referral criteria or age limits (we also see adults with Aspergers and/ or sensory integration difficulties) and will always give honest advice on what services we think would help.

Parents, schools and professionals can refer to us and we will advise on whether our services would be of help. 

Also Health Transition: Support for children to adults so can support a family through the difficult time of transitioning from children’s services to adult services. 

To find a private psychiatrist have a look at:

For general information:

The nearest to our area are in Salisbury including New Hall Hospital, Poole/Bournemouth and Dorchester.

It is also possible to have a consultation online, e.g.

For either appointment costs will be (ballpark) £350 for the first 60 – 75 minute appointment after which a full report and diagnosis (if possible) will be made and £180 – £300 for follow-ups. (Poole Clinic) gives a good guide to what you can expect to pay for Psychiatrists, Psychologists and other therapists.


The Farming Community Network has a representative in our area.  

Kay Gardner 

Telephone: 01258 860209 

Available to anyone who needs help in the farming community.

A bit outside our area  but activities at Rylands Farm, Boyshill Drove, Holnest, Sherborne DT9 5PS.  See Futureroots website for more information.


Adult Social Care, Dorset Council: 01305 221016, Out of hours 01305 858250

For help with living at home, advice about finding and paying for care, how to apply or renew a blue badge, how to report a concern about someone who is vulnerable:

Dorset Council Area Office for enquiries about benefits, council tax

Housing:  01258 454111

Open House, Shaftesbury – Food aid, Benefit advice, Housing Support, Debt and budgeting support, Job Club.  

At Father’s House, Shaftesbury 

01747 852994

Also ‘HOPE’ – See information above.

Open Door, Gillingham Community Church,

Station Road, SP8 4PY. 01747 825611

Drop in for help Mon and Thurs 10 -12

North Dorset Citizens Advice – The Courtyard Newbury Court, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4QX, 

Appointments Mon, Wed 10-3, Friday 10-1 pm

Email: [email protected]

Dorset Advice Line 0344 245 1291

Also 03444111444 or drop in Shaftesbury Library Wednesday 10 am – 1 pm


Sturminster Newton medical centre Monday morning (appointment through reception)

First Point Dorset IPS Service run by You Trust is for people from the age of 16 and they can help with:

Preventing homelessness, housing issues, health and wellbeing, getting out and about in the community, volunteering, training and employment, leaving hospital, daily living, act as an advocate. 

Contact [email protected] or Dorset Integrated Prevention & Support Service on 0330123 2550

Wiseability – The UCan Project is for people in the Dorset area, aged 25 and over who are unemployed or economically inactive. 

It can provide a personalised Support Package to help with work, volunteering, education, training, literacy/numeracy support, social inclusion. 

Telephone: 0300 303 3737.

Dorset Volunteer Centre, 01305 269214

Email: [email protected]

In Wiltshire

Healthy Homes Dorset

Free, impartial energy-saving advice.  Here to help people live in warmer, healthier homes with lower heating bills.  Call 0300 003 7023

Do you feel Safe and Well in your home?

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service offer FREE safe and well advice.  For free safe and well advice or to check you eligibility for a visit see website.  Or Freephone 0800 038 2323.

Weldmar Hospicecare in North Dorset

Day Service at Westminster Memorial Hospital in Shaftesbury on Fridays 10am – 3 pm for those who are approaching the end of their life and/have complex palliative care needs.  Blandford Community Hospital on Fridays.  Offers lots of activities, creative arts, complementary therapies, word games, quizzes and more.  Freshly made to order lunch, fresh cakes and drinks (including wine and sherry!  Lunch is £3 – the rest is free.  Referral from a healthcare professional.  Transport provided if needed.

The Martinsey Isle Trust Art of Living and Dying.

Hopes to enrich life through open, honest and supported discussion around dying, funeral choices and bereavement; and through providing social activities to bring people and other charities together in the local community.  Supported by ‘Safe Journey Home’.

Tel. Judith on 01258 475125.

Employment Learning Hubs,

Gillingham Library, SP8 4UA, Friday 10 am– 1 pm

Lindlar Hall, Shaftesbury, Friday 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

For more information Tel. 01202 262300

StoreHouse Shaftesbury

A community project offering free good quality second hand household furniture and appliances to local families.  Free local delivery.  Eligibility criteria.

Open on Tuesdays at Father’s House Shaftesbury 10 am 2 pm. 

Tel. 01747 852994, email: [email protected]

North Dorset Police

Police website:

To report crimes call 101 or in an emergency 999.

Gillingham Foodbank.

Gillingham Community Church, Station Road, Gillingham SP8 4PY

Tel. 07895 148094, email: [email protected]

Open Monday and Thursday from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

At the foodbank centre we offer tea/coffee, and toys, all within a friendly relaxed environment.  We have time to listen, pray for you if you would like, and arrange for other professional help and advice including counselling, advocacy, debt advice, budgeting, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Steps to Learning Advisors and housing support. 

Somerset Direct – Adult Social Care

Tel. 0845 345 9133

The Vale Community Food Pantry financed by The Vale PCN

Sturminster Newton

Weekly membership of £4.50, members can choose a selection of food with a value of approx. £22.50 each week. The pantry’s purpose is to help people who need a little bit of help top up their weekly shop, and food available will include fresh fruit and veg, store cupboard favourites, bread, dairy products and frozen items.

To apply for membership, follow the link on or email [email protected]

Care at Home


Building Bridges, helping people in Wiltshire overcome barriers into employment or education. 

Call: 01380 732821

Email [email protected]


Julian House.  Charity supporting vulnerable and at-risk people, including supported housing and support for travelling communities. 

Outreach service in Dorset, many services in Wiltshire and Bath. 

Tel. 01225 354650

Email: [email protected] 


Friends of Guys Marsh Prison

Support for prisoners’ families as well as rehabilitation of prisoners.

ThreeSixty Inclusive

Tel. 01202 925657. 

Support for people with learning and/or mental health issues within their own home’s and local communities. 

Working exclusively with people who use either direct payments, personal health budgets or individual service funds (or any combination of those), we believe that flexible funding is the key to designing and building good lives. 

In helping people to develop their skills, to volunteer and, where they want to, move into paid employment we use an academically developed approach known as the ‘Burley Model’.

Magna Housing Association

Provides help and support for Tenants and others such as Home Helps, Gardening, Handymen, Support Advisors, Careline.

Mental Health Chaplaincy Services in Dorset

“Chaplaincy services are available to all patients, visitors and staff across all Dorset HealthCare sites and services.   Ill health often makes people reflect on what is important to them, and chaplaincy is here to meet your spiritual and religious needs – whatever your beliefs. You may wish to speak with someone who understands the language of faith, or talk with someone about things that are important to you. We can make contact with faith communities and leaders on your behalf.  We have ‘spirituality leads’ at a number of sites. The Trust Chaplain visits all our sites and units on a regular basis, and is supported by chaplaincy volunteers.”

Contact the Trust Chaplain – Rev Mike Oates (Chaplaincy Office) at 01202 492072


Hydro mind at Stour View Hydrotherapy Pool, Sturminster Newton. 

Tel. 01258 920020

With dimmed lighting and relaxing music, these 45 minute sessions have been created with your mental health in mind.  Lie back, relax and enjoy some quiet time to yourself in warm water.

Natural Healing Energy

Applied Energy Flow Healing, Reiki, The Honey Healing Method, Counselling with less talking, Meditation classes, Reiki workshops.  [email protected], Tel. 07941 031427.

Jennifer Pymm, Shaftesbury – Aromatherapy and Reiki, [email protected]

Dee Dade, Gillingham – Massage and Reiki, [email protected]

For more yoga, mindfulness etc. see Clubs and Organisations at the foot of this page and keep an eye on the news page.

The Space, Shaftesbury

Yoga, Reflexology, Pilates, Meditation, Breathwork, Aromatherapy, Mindfulness (Nr Tisbury)


Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team (Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust)

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01202 584428

Soldiers’, Sailors’ & Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)

If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a veteran or a military family, and you need help then please don’t hesitate to get in contact

Telephone: 0800 731 4880

Royal British Legion, Coppice Street, Shaftesbury

Telephone: 01747 850898 or 854765

Specialist support for the Armed Forces by web and email.

STARS – Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service – Supporting all survivors on their journey of recovery.

Is a pan-Dorset charity that offers one to one support, free of charge, for anyone at any age or gender who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.

General Enquiries:  01202 308840

Helpline:  01202 308855

North Dorset Women’s Refuge: Tel. 01747 858555

Dorset Refuge for Men, women with teenage boys over 15, LGBTQ+ couples and couples fleeing Honour Based Violence.   Tel. 01329 825930.


YouFirst advisers on domestic abuse.

Tel. 0800 032 5204

extra information

Leaflet Directory

We have a large array of local mental health service leaflets which we are all but happy to share with anyone who is interested.

Please contact us here to make a request

Shaftesbury Who's Who Directory

A list of services available within the Shaftesbury area.

Clubs Directory

A list of clubs and organisations in Shaftesbury and Gillingham

Health Champions

Extra general information for Health Champions

Dorset Mental Health Carers Project
Autumn/Winter Newsletter

The latest from the Dorset Mental Health Carers Project


Become a member and be kept up to date with the news

(approximately monthly email)