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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 is currently being relocated, and the majority of our teams are currently working remotely. Keep your eye on our website and our social media for the latest updates and the release of our new Head Office address. In the meantime, we have charity shops on Trinity Street in Dorchester which is currently acting as our temporary head office, along with our properties on 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, fundraising, income from our charity shops and paid for services (such as home support), 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 David Thorp, 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 2020 our team helped individuals in the community claim more than £970,000 in additional welfare grants and benefits.

  • We help at home

    We offer home support services to help with shopping, laundry, domestic cleaning, gardening and running basic errands.

    This, hand in hand with some regular social interaction helps hundreds of our clients to remain independent.  



  • We Reach Out

    Our volunteer befrienders visit and regularly telephone lonely older people in the community who have no one to talk to.
    During the '2021 lockdown' between January and March 2755 calls were made to ensure the welfare of isolated people by the Befriending team.

  • We provide activities

    Our wellbeing team provide a wide range of activity groups and events, such as coffee mornings, art classes 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.