What is the Dorset Community Response Service?
Our Dorset Community Response service can help you find local support for yourself, your family, friends and those you work with. We provide signposting to support as quickly as possible and we work closely with Volunteer Centre Dorset and the Micro-Providers Network of self-employed carers to help with urgent requests for practical help. The service is run by a knowledgeable and thoughtful team at #HelpAndKindness and draws on thousands of contacts we have with groups, organisations, services and communities across Dorset that provide all sorts of help.
Have you ever considered becoming a Befriender?
Our Community Response service is seeing an increase in the number of enquiries looking for befriending support for someone who is isolated or lonely. Currently there are not enough befrienders to support all the people who would like more companionship.
Befriending offers supportive, reliable and safe relationships with volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. We are not meant to be alone. We all need connection, community and companionship. We may appreciate some time on our own, but that is of course different.
If you want to find out more about giving a little time each week to become a volunteer befriender then please contact Volunteer Centre Dorset who have over 50 befriending opportunities available, with a mix of in person, telephone and activity based befriending. Also, if you are seeking connection in your community then becoming a volunteer befriender could be a great way to meet new people. Contact details – Telephone 01305 269 214 or email email@example.com
Dorset Council and BCP Council are running a survey to gather feedback and experiences relating to transport in the county from 22 January to 3 March 2024.
The survey will cover a range of transport related topics, such as:
- improving transport across both rural and urban areas
- ensuring all ages and abilities can access services
- making it easier for people to be more physically active
- more opportunities for affordable, available and accessible public transport
- helping people feel safer on our roads and on public transport
- reducing congestion and carbon emission
- improving digital and real time information
The link to the survey is below and is available to complete from 22 January until 3 March 2024.
Paper copies will be available at Dorset Council and BCP Council libraries.
As well as the survey, there will be a series of roadshow-style events held at venues across the county for people to share ideas and find out more. Details of the 12 locations, dates and times are provided below:
- Thursday 8 February Blandford Library 10am to 2pm
- Monday 12 February Poole Library 1pm to 5pm
- Friday 16 February Kinson Library 1pm to 5pm
- Saturday 17 February Bridport Library 10am to 2pm
- Monday 19 February Bournemouth Library 2pm to 6pm
- Thursday 22 February Shaftesbury Library 10am to 2pm
- Saturday 24 February Dorchester Library 10am to 2pm
- Monday 26 February Sherborne Library 2pm to 6pm
- Wednesday 28 February Christchurch Library 10am to 2pm
To find out more about the consultation then please see the link below.