If you live in Dorset, are aged over 50, and looking for FREE information, help is at hand

Have you ever wanted to find out something, but not been sure where to turn? The role of the ‘Dorset Wayfinders’ is to provide information signposting to older people in Dorset who seek information; specifically where it supports the promotion of health and independence. There is Wayfinder coverage across the whole of Dorset. Information Signposting

Removing the Confusion

Many older residents in Dorset, when looking for help, find the system confusing and difficult to find their way around; Dorset POPP Wayfinders are a sort of ‘first stop shop’ who can be contacted to help you make a start. They have a vast amount of local knowledge and will signpost you in the right direction. This is a free service and there are no hidden charges; the scheme is funded primarily by Dorset County Council and the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. The Wayfinders can make referrals on your behalf to a range of statutory and voluntary services, e.g. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service who can, as appropriate, provide free faulty fire alarm replacement. For your health and well-being, referrals can be made for specialist medical assessments, and to organisations that can support people in areas such as sight and hearing impairment, or stroke and dementia management. The Wayfinders have many links to groups that supply support for carers too, and they can put you in touch with the right people. If your problems are financial, you might be referred to specialist advisors for help, especially with benefit entitlements. Wayfinders also have good knowledge of local community groups and activities which can provide opportunities to get out more and make new friends.

Managed by Bournemouth based Help and Care, the Wayfinders work flexibly within specific local communities around Dorset. They work ‘out in the field’ in a range of locations such as Dorset libraries, GP surgeries, community groups and at various local events in order to help people more easily find them and ask for help. I work for the Wayfinder programme in the Purbeck area. Here are some of the villages where you will find me:

  • Arne including, Stoborough, Ridge and Worgret
  • East Stoke including Stokeford, Holmebridge and West Holme
  • East Lulworth including Cockle
  • West Lulworth including Burngate
  • Church Knowle including Furzebrook, East Creech & Cotness
  • Corfe Castle including Kingston, Norden, Woolgarston & Ailwood
  • Worth Matravers including Harman’s Cross & Instow
  • Langton Matravers including Knitson
  • Studland including Glebeland Estate and Brownsea Island
  • East Holme including Rookery Corner
  • Coombe Keynes including Kimbert’s End
  • Kimmeridge including Gaulter Cottages
  • Steeple including West Creech
  • Tyneham including Worbarrow (no residents)
  • Bere Regis including Shitterton
  • Affpuddle & Turnerspuddle including Briantspuddle, Throop, Brockhill, Pallington, Waddock and Clouds Hill
  • Bloxworth including Newport, East Bloxworth and Woodlake
  • Chaldon Herring including East Chaldon, West Chaldon and Tadnoll
  • Morden including East Morden, West Morden and Whitefields
  • Moreton
  • Winfrith Newburgh including East Knighton
  • Wool including Bovington and East Burton

You can find me out and about in Purbeck community meetings, or visiting people who need help. If you live in a Purbeck village or hamlet, and are looking for information, please contact me on 07971 338662. If I’m unable to take your call please leave a message with your name and phone number, and I will return your call as soon as possible.