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Age UK NSWD is an independent charity working across rural Dorset.

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


Who we are

Age UK North, South & West Dorset is an independent local charity that 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 100 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, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester. We also have charity shops on Trinity Street in Dorchester, St Thomas Street in Weymouth, and West Street in  Bridport.

Visit our contact us page

Visit our charity shops page

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 Chief Officer Dave Thorpe, who in turn works to deliver on the vision and mission of the charity through our team of staff and volunteers.

Find out about our trustees

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.

Word of Thanks


They have never needed to ask for help before but in this difficult situation, she couldn’t have asked for anything more – she wants to extend her thanks out to all at Age UK NSWD. 

She said she was incredibly grateful to have our help and to have me call her this morning to check alls okay. She said it makes a real difference to know there is someone there at the end of the phone if she has any problems.  

She was very grateful that there was someone at the end of the phone that she could call on - she thinks AGE UK are great at this. 

She called up to ask for help with the collection of an urgent prescription and it was delivered to her straight away - she was so grateful. 

She said it was so nice to know we were there to support them at this difficult time. 

They are so glad to have someone there to help them at this difficult time. 

She has actually set up a new quarterly Direct Debit to Age UK as she’s been so impressed and grateful for our help and support.  

It has all been wonderful – she had real anxiety at the start of all this but now they have help in place she is sleeping much better. 

She is incredibly grateful – without a service like ours she doesn’t know where she’d be.