Skills and Learning
Skills and Learning have launched an exciting programme of courses taking place at the Dorchester Library and Leaning Centre.
See attached poster for a list of courses, and visit their website to register: Courses – Skills & Learning Adult Community Education (skillsandlearningace.com)
Community Litter Picks
Support the work of this year’s Great British Spring Clean (GBSC) by joining Dorchester Town Council on one (or both!) of their litter picks taking place on Fri 8th March & Thurs 14thMarch from 10am-noon. We will meet you at the Borough Gardens bandstand – and provide all the equipment you will need as well as advise on spots to pick at.
Alternatively we can loan out equipment at any time of year for groups of up to 30!
To get involved with the GBSC, or to borrow equipment, please email email@example.com or call 01305 266861.
Nature Buddies Network
Stepping into Nature (SiN) are setting up a Nature Buddies scheme where specially trained volunteers enable others to overcome barriers to taking part in nature based activities.
A new toolkit has been launched: Nature Buddies – National Academy for Social Prescribing | NASP (socialprescribingacademy.org.uk)
On the 20th Feb SiN are hosting a free 1 hour workshop for people that work in Dorset who refer or signpost people to support services to find out more about the scheme.
For information and to register, go to: Shape the referral pathway for the Nature Buddy Network in Dorset Tickets, Tue 20 Feb 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite
The Hope Programme
Help & Care are running a free self-management course of 6 sessions aimed at helping people to improve their wellbeing and quality of life if they are living with a long-term health issue.
The course, which is being held in Dorchester, starts on Thursday 22nd Feb. For more details of how to book click here
Local organisations Dorset Open Door, Dorset Mental Health Forum and Mosaic are offering people of all ages support in the form of a drop in bereavement café. These free weekly sessions are for anyone who would like peer to peer support to help with feelings of loss; it also provides a chance to talk to others who are in similar situations.
The sessions will take place on Thursday 25 January & 1 February: 4.30pm to 6.30pm at the Dorset Mental Health Forum, 29-29a Durngate Street, Dorchester, DT1 1JP.
There is no need to book, but for more information you can call the Dorset Healthcare Team on 01305 361361 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health support for young people
For young people looking for help with their mental health and wellbeing, or people supporting them, there are 2 new initiatives to help you find trusted sources of support.
Dorset Youth Association have curated a number of local and national organisations at:Young People’s Mental Health Hub (dorsetyouth.com)
There are also sections on their website on a range of different topics aimed at children, young people, and families to help them find activities and assistance.
In addition, NHS Dorset have brought together a range of different apps certified as trusted that can be used by young people: Young People’s Mental Health Apps – Our Dorset (orchahealth.com)
Health App library
All the apps in the new NHS Dorset Health App Library have been tested (assessed) by the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA).
Try the Train
South Western Railway have developed a scheme to help make travel more accessible, especially helping individuals who are less confident using the railway.
Trained Community Ambassadors will support individuals and help them develop the skills they need to travel independently.
For more information go to: Try the Train | Community and Station Adoption | South Western Railway and to book a Try the Train experience get in touch by contacting Paula at email@example.com