Making a difference through life changing activities

We have strength and depth of knowledge, experience and understanding of the issues that comes from being a member led organisation. All of our services put disadvantaged disabled people, older people and carers at the heart of what we do. We make positive change happen and support people to lead fulfilled and inclusive lives.

Our activities are geared to supporting people to identify and overcome barriers to independence and social inclusion. We encourage self-help strategies and nurture peer support approaches to enable, empower and build self-resilience. We want to bridge the gap that young disabled people experience in transition to adulthood, between unemployment and employment and between ill-health and self-management of health conditions. Our key services include:

Free Information, Advice and Guidance Service

Provided by staff and volunteers with lived experience of the barriers faced by disabled and older people.

  • Telephone Advice:
    10.00 – 4.00 Monday – Friday
  • Tel: 01202 771336
    Email: enquiries@accessdorset.org.uk

The Bridge

The home of Access Dorset and our community resource. We provide a home for DOTS Disability, Double Act Disability Theatre, Bournemouth Older People Forum, Bournemouth Parent Carer Group and Addaction. Available for event/party hire.

For more information and booking terms and conditions please follow this link.

Help through Crisis

Help Through Crisis Advocacy Project

A five year Big Lottery Funded project providing advocacy and case work support to disabled people facing extreme financial/housing hardship.

Please contact us for referral information.

Horizons Cafe

Horizons Cafe

Welcome to the Horizons Cafe! Open every Wednesday from 12.00 – 2.00 serving amazing, healthy, and great value food. The cafe is a vocational training project for disabled folk. The cafe is open to all and is friendly to all, including people living with dementia.

Please contact us for more information or just pop in!

Sensory Garden

Sensory Garden

Why not visit our stunning sensory garden, relax and unwind! Open daily between 9.00 and 5.00. No appointment needed and unless it’s a Wednesday (when the Horizons Cafe is open!) you’re welcome to bring your own sandwiches. Thank you to the Talbot Village Trust for generously funding our Award Winning Garden
Please contact us for more information.

Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk

Join us for Walk and Talk! A gentle and accessible walk, fresh air and the sounds of nature can all inspire and lead to a sense of well-being. Our next walks are on 22nd November and 6th and 20th December. With 20th December being the last Thursday of the month hopefully everyone at walk and talk will be able to join us back at The Bridge for our festive gathering afterwards. For more information please call Romany on 01202 771336

Cook

Every Monday 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Soup making, baking, café skills, catering

More information? Ask Romany at Access Dorset. 01202 771336

£2 pay as you go

Dorset Police Strategic Consultation Service

Our project that ensures that Dorset Police Strategy, Policy and Procedure is informed by the views of local disabled and older people.

Please contact us for more information or to get involved

Community Safety Service

Access Dorset is a Third Part Hate Crime Reporting Centre and as an outcome of a Community Safety project previously funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation we have created a very useful Community Safety Toolkit. To report a hate incident or hate crime in confidence please contact Access Dorset. You can view our toolkit by following this link.

Our Funders and Supporters

The Valentine Charitable Trust