The new LiveWell Dorset Service launched on 1St April 2015, providing information, support and onward referrals for weight management, smoking cessation, physical activity and alcohol.The service is open to anyone living in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset over the age of 18. A team of specially trained wellness advisors will assess each person over the phone and provide brief interventions designed to support healthy behaviour choices. Where required, a programme of support will be offered to help people make and sustain changes to their lifestyle and signpost them to other services.How to signpost people to LiveWell DorsetGive the patient (over 18 years old) an information card with details of LiveWell Dorset or simply tell them about the serviceVerbally advise that they call using the customer number: 0800 8401628 (Freephone) or local number 01305 233105, to find out more.Request a call back from LiveWell Dorset to someone that you are working with (with their consent), to access this support - call the dedicated provider phone line: 01305 233106 – and provide the name, contact details and reason for referral.If you would like some information cards to provide people with an ‘informal referral’ call on 01305 233106 or email Paula Bennetts at; firstname.lastname@example.orgFurther information will be available in the coming months via @LWDorset and LiveWell Dorseton Facebook and www.livewelldorset.co.uk(due to be launched over the next few weeks). This will include more details about the services offered, training and the different ways you can engage with the service.LiveWell Dorset hope to signpost groups like yourselves, from the community and voluntary sector to people who are referred into the LiveWell service. Therefore if you would like to have your information on our database so we can share your service / club / organisation with our customers then please let Paula Bennetts at Dorset Community Action know.Further information about LiveWell Dorset will be given at up-coming Community Lunches in your area. There will also be the opportunity to find out more at the North Dorset Health Focused Lunch, details of which can be found on our website via www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/events/
HOME SUPPORTDo you need a little bit of support to stay independent in your own home?Age UK Dorchester recognises that a little bit of help with day to day tasks can go a long way towards helping older people remain in their own homes for longer. Some of the help our Home Support service can offer:Domestic support: Kitchen & bathroom cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, clothes washing, ironing, changing bed clothes. Gardening: Moderate pruning of trees, hedges and shrubs, planting and weeding, sweeping up leaves, mowing lawns, boarder edging. Other Support: Shopping, dog walking, de cluttering, assisting you with paperwork, filing, paying bills We do not provide: Personal care The service is currently available in Dorchester, Weymouth and surrounding areas and we are trying to expand to include the Bridport area.All staff are fully DBS (formerly CBS) checked.The cost per hour for the service is £12.75 regardless of the tasks undertaken. Mileage for errands like shopping will be charged at 40p per mile. The minimum length of time we can provide is one hour.For more information or a chat about what sort of support you would like please contact Lucy or Carol on 01305 269444.Age UK DorchesterReg. Charity No. 1142519
Could your family benefit from 30 hours of free childcare? All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare, but working parents in Dorset may be eligible for up to 30 hours from April 2017, this is 5 months earlier than it is being rolled out nationally as Dorset is piloting the scheme. These parents will also be the first who can apply for Tax-Free Childcare for children up to the age of 12 years (17 if they have a disability.Each parent must earn a minimum of £115 and a maximum of £100,000 a year. Lone parents and the self-employed may also be eligible. For more details visitwww.dorsetforyou.com/30hoursor contact Dorset County Council’s Family Information Service on 01305 221066.
Benefits Advice Session atAge UK Shop, Bridportan initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits PartnershipAge UK Dorchester and Dorset County Council’s WelfareBenefits Team are working together to help older Bridportresidents to maximise their benefits entitlements.Advice sessions will be held on the first Wednesday in eachmonth, between 9.30am and 12.00 at Age UK Shop, Bridport,and will be strictly by appointment.To make an appointment, please contact our Bridport Shop on01308 424859 or at 16 West Street, Bridport DT6 3QPFuture dates:2nd August, 6th September, 4th October