I am a carer and need support

Carers, whether professional or family members, face a myriad of challenges in their crucial role of providing care and support to individuals in need.

One primary challenge is the emotional toll, as carers often witness the physical and mental struggles of those under their care, leading to feelings of empathy, stress, and sometimes, burnout.

Balancing caregiving responsibilities with personal and professional commitments poses another significant challenge, potentially leading to fatigue and a neglect of one’s own well-being. Financial constraints can also be an issue, especially for family carers, as the costs associated with medical care, medications, and other essential needs can be substantial.

Additionally, the lack of formal training and resources may leave carers feeling ill-equipped to address the complex and evolving needs of those they care for. Despite these challenges, carers play an invaluable role in the well-being of individuals who require assistance, highlighting the importance of recognising and supporting their efforts.

On this page, there are links to care support organisations and resources.

The Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole & Dorset Care Services Directory includes:

Details of local care providers, Guidance on what support services are available, and Information on how to access social care in your area. To get your free copy of the Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole care guide, please call: Care Choices Ltd on 01223 207770 or download a copy by following this link>>


Bridgit is an online tool that allows people to explore free well-being, employment, finance and care advice and events, local and national support services, and training opportunities.

People can also build their own ‘self-care plan’. It’s all available any time of day and without registering first.

Follow this link to access bridgit, Online Support (bridgit.care)

People who prefer not to or cannot go online can call Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 to discover the free support and help available.


Carer Support Dorset supports all unpaid carers, from 5 years upwards, in Dorset. Their aim is to create a society which understands and supports unpaid carers.

They help carers to access services, information, education and training, respite, and breaks from their caring role. We ensure they have a voice that is heard and work with health and social care professionals and employers to raise carer awareness and develop best practices. Carer Support Dorset | Supporting Carers in Dorset