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We are an independent charity working across rural Dorset.

Our work is made possible with the support of our dedicated volunteers.

All money raise is spent on local older people.

Who we are

Age UK Dorchester is an independent local charity which exists to enable older people across rural Dorset to maintain physical and mental wellbeing in later life.

We achieve this by providing direct services to enable older people to remain independent and enjoying life, organising activities to create opportunities for an enriched social life, and by working with older people to campaign and have their voices heard.

We've been a part of the local community helping older people for over 60 years. We have 60 dedicated staff and over 200 volunteers helping us to deliver our services and activities.

Where you can find us

Our main office and day centre is based at Rowan Cottage on Princes Street in Dorchester. We also have charity shops on Trinity Street in Dorchester, St Thomas Street in Weymouth, and West Street in  Bridport.

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How we are funded

We rely on your support to keep serving the community. We are supported by donations from the public, income from our charity shops, and some charitable grants. For more information you can view our annual report on the Charity Commissions website.

About our Trustees

As a charity we are governed by a board of trustees. It's their job to provide guidance, additional expertise, and direction to the Chief Officer, who in turn works to deliver on the vision and mission of the charity through our team of staff and volunteers.

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What we do

  • We give advice

    Our trained advisors offer free information and advice to older people and their families. In 2015/16 our advisers helped local older people to claim an additional £1.4m that they were entitled to.

  • We help at home

    We offer home support services to help with shopping, cleaning and gardening. We help over 100 older people to to stay in their own homes by providing a little extra help.

  • We Reach Out

    Our volunteer befrienders visit lonely older people in the community who have no one to talk to. In 2016 our volunteers reached out to over 100 isolated older people older people who would otherwise be alone.

  • We provide activities

    Our centre provides a wide range of activity groups and events, such as lunch clubs, film afternoons and exercise classes, giving older people the opportunity to keep fit, socialise, or learn a new skill.