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
    Advice Surgeries:
    Wednesday 13:00 – 16:00 (Walk-In)
    Friday 13:00 – 16:00 (Appointment)
  • Tel: 01202 771336

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 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.


Our exciting new project focused on supporting young disabled people (16-25) with social, emotional and communication support needs to move closer to work or voluntary work. We meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please contact us for referral information.

GAINS Social Job Club

A friendly and supportive peer support job club supporting disabled people with complex and multiple barriers to work. Please contact us for referral information.

Please contact us for referral information.

Video Production Services

4 dots productions is our video production arm. Our unique knowledge and insight into peoples lives and experiences, combined with our filmmaking skills, means we are able to make particularly authentic video content for anyone that shares our core values of fairness and integrity.

Please visit 4 dots productions for more information or to get involved

Independence Street

A multimedia communications project led by our partner DOTS Disability that raises awareness of our the work we do across the organisation to remove barriers to inclusion and challenge assumptions and stereotypes about disabled people, older people and carers.

Please contact us for referral information.

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