On this page you'll find a selection of useful organisations, charities and informative websites to help you with any of your queries.
Becoming a carer can affect a person’s finances, social life, education and employment, and general health and well-being. We support all carers in Dorset Council area. We help them to access services and information to make their caring role easier. Our services include:
Support, information and advice
Information on local support groups and carer cafes
Our regular newsletters, keeping carers up-to-date with news, what’s on and services available
Access to the Dorset Carers’ Card – saving you money
Dorset Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offer free, confidential, accurate and impartial advice and support to families living in Dorset and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).
We are a local charity which gives friendship, advice and practical support to families who live in West Dorset. We help parents, with a child under 5, discover, or rediscover, the joy and fun of parenting.
We understand that life with a disabled child brings unique challenges, and we exist to help families feel valued, supported, confident and informed. We support families with the best possible guidance and information.
We want disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs to have full and happy childhoods, to fulfil their potential, and be active within the community. And we want parents of disabled children to be parents first - living ordinary lives.
Funded by Department for Education (DfE), we provide expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. We work to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) is a charity specialising in severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging. Established by a family carer, we work with families and professionals supporting children and adults across the UK.
We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.