The LiveWell Dorset Service provides 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 Dorset  Give the patient (over 18 years old) an information card with details of LiveWell Dorset or simply tell them about the service Verbally 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; paula.bennetts@dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk Further information will be available in the coming months via @LWDorset and LiveWell Dorset on Facebook and www.livewelldorset.co.uk.  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/
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HOME SUPPORT Do 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 Dorchester Reg. Charity No. 1142519
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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 visit www.dorsetforyou.com/30hours or contact Dorset County Council’s Family Information Service on 01305 221066.
Age UK Dorchester … would like your Time! Age UK Dorchester is looking for volunteers for its own shop in Bridport, which raises vital funds to support our much- needed services for older people throughout the area What do shop volunteers do? The volunteer role includes:  Serving customers, sorting stock, pricing items for sale     What will I get out of it? You will:  Make new friends, learn new skills and build confidence, be part of a fantastic team, receive agreed expenses, and support a great cause in the heart of your community What is expected of me? Retail experience is essential.   Be a good communicator, and reliable. Competent at till work.   A full day is preferable, but half days can be worked. Some lifting is involved. If you feel that this very satisfying position is for you, please contact Marilyn Hewitt on: 16 West Street, Bridport, DT6 3QP 01308 424859  mhewitt@ageukdorchester.onmicrosoft.com
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Warming up Dorset! Do you struggle to keep your home warm or worry how you will afford your energy bills this winter? Contact Healthy Homes Dorset for free, impartial advice about keeping your home warm, using your heating system, understanding your energy bills and making energy saving improvements – if you’re eligible for loft or cavity wall insulation it will be free! We will also register you for power cut support, a handy service to be on if you experience a power cut in your area.  Our advice can be given through home visits as well as over the phone.  Fire safety alarm and appliance checks can also be organised in partnership with Fire and Rescue for eligible residents.  If you, or someone you know, would benefit from speaking to a trained energy advisor, then get in touch. Call: 0300 003 7023   email: help@healthyhomesdorset.org.uk  Internet: www.healthyhomesdorset.org.uk Healthy Homes Dorset is a service provided by Dorset County Council, funded by Public Health Dorset and managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy in partnership with Evolve Home Energy Solutions.
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