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Self Referral & Support

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NHS Choices

Use the Health A-Z to find the condition you are interested in;  you will find links to charities and support groups:

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Dorset Healthcare

Useful links - A-Z directory:

Local - Services/Support in Bridport/West Dorset 



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Cancer Support

  • The Living Tree

Self-help support group for people who have experienced cancer and for their families/carers.  Links to other local support groups on this site.

  • New-Man Prostate Cancer Support

       01308 458222 - email

  • Rising Voices

Jo O'Farrell 01308 427851

  • Stepping Out

Cancer rehabilitation referral scheme at Bridport Leisure Centre. 


  • WD Cancer Support Group

Wendy Francis 01308 424435.  Alison Green 01308 868472

Care and Support

  • Carers

Go to Carers Page

  • My life my care

Information and advice about care and support for adults in Bournemouth Dorset and Poole.  "If you find it difficult to live safely and independently in your home, you can find help here. Our solutions offer information and advice to help you make informed choices about living the life you want."

  • Pathways to Care

Co-ordinates both Bridport and District Good Neighbours scheme, providing help where needed and Hopeful Hampers, food for those in need. 

Good Books, Gundry Lane, Bridport

01308 420483

Children and Young People

  • Wessex Healthier Together

Improving the health of children and young people


  • Chancery House

Day care places available: referrals not necessary.  Trained carers in Dementia Care.

Chancery Lane, Bridport, DT6 3JT

01308 424357


  • Memory Café - Bridport

       For people with dementia and their carers  01305 259740

Venue Address: St Swithuns Chruch Hall, North Allington, Bridport. DT6 5DU

Café times of opening: 11.00am - 12.30pm. Monday fortnightly

Name of Co-ordinator: Melanie Gale Telephone: 01202 764352. email:

Domestic Violence and Abuse

  • Dorset for You - links

       Where to get help for victims:


  • Bridport Hearing Club

Social group meeting first Monday of each month 2pm - 4pm.

Venue: Good Books, Gundry Lane, Bridport

01308 862608


  • Bridport Heart Support Group - The Hearties

Roger Lewis 01308 456706

Living with a Health Condition

  • My Health My Way

Personalised support:

Mental Health

  • Bridport Moving On Group

A social club for people who have suffered from mental illness.

  • Harmony Drop in Centre

Centre for mental health and wellbeing.  10am - 2.00pm. Monday Wednesday, Friday.

Bridport Youth Centre. 

Joanne Seward, facilitator: 07597 379290


  • Hughes Unit Support Group - HUGS

For people with mental illness and their carers

Simon Williams: email:

  • Steps 2 Wellbeing

Free talking therapies service for people experiencing low mood and anxiety - for aged 18+.   Self referral - 01305 367051:


  • British Red Cross.  Mobility Aids Loan & Sales

0845331 3331

01305 214430. British Red Cross, Unit 5, Parkway Farm, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AR


Older People


  • Bridport and District Support Group

Sexual Health and Contraception

  • Cash

(Contraception and sexual health) 0300 303 1948 - clinic on Thursday afternoons in Bridport.

Young people friendly service: Keep Love

  • The GUM Clinic

(Department of Genitourinary Medicine) - held on Wednesday afternoons in Bridport. 01305 762682


  • Bridport & Area Blind Club

A social club for the visually impaired - meets twice a month at the United Church at 2.30pm.

Local organiser: Ian Ibbotson. 01308 898484. email:

or Ann Cook: 01308 427915


  • Bridport Stroke Club

Weekly meetings: Full details on web link below:


  • Bridport and District Good Neighbours (Pathways to Care)

       Help with collecting prescriptions and getting to medical appointments. 01308 420483

  • Hospital Transport - Patient Transport Services

Patient transport services (PTS) supports those people registered with a GP practice in Dorset who need assistance when attending a pre-booked appointment with a clinic or hospital. Find out more about the service by visiting: .  If you are eligible for patient transport please call direct: Telephone 0300 777 5555

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