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I Need Support

We recognise that this is a difficult time for a lot of people, and we are here for you if you need support. We may be able to match you up with a volunteer to help you with shopping, collecting prescriptions, or just have a friendly chat on the phone. There is no criteria you must reach in order to recieve help from us so please do get in touch if you are struggling in any way.

To contact the Volunteer Centre please phone 01305 269214 - please note that our phone line is open 10:30-17:30 Monday to Friday, but if you leave a message we will be able to get back to you outside these times.

Dorset Council have also set up a helpline for all Covid-19 related issues. Please phone 01305 221000, 08:00-20:00 seven days a week. You can also email them on [email protected].

Health Needs

If you feel unwell and need medical advice or care, please contact your GP or phone 111. If you are seriously unwell or are seriously concerned about the health of an individual, phone 999 and ask for an ambulance. 

Financial Help

If you need help with finances, benefits or are out of work due to the Coronavirus crisis then please contact Citizens Advice Bureau on 0344 411 1444. To view more information and contact details for CAB, click here.

Shielded Individuals

If you have recieved a letter from the Government and NHS asking you to self-isolate, then Dorset Council should already be aware of your situation. If you need additional support or information on food parcels then please contact Dorset Council on 01305 221000. If they feel you would benefit from the regular support of a volunteer, they will refer you to us. 

Information for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Area

If you live in the BCP area and need support, please contact 0300 123 7052, 08:00-20:00, seven days a week.

Unsure of who to call?

If you aren't sure who the best person to speak to is, please contact Dorset Council on 01305 221000. They will be able to refer you on to the best service for your situation if they are unable to help you.
If in doubt - always phone someone for help, there are no requests too small and if the service you call can't help, they will know someone who can.


Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
National Lottery Fund