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Fifty Plus Forums

Dorset Fiftyplus is an association of the independent groups known as ‘fiftyplus forums’ that are voluntarily run by, and for, people over the age of 50 in rural Dorset.

Fiftyplus forums aim to positively influence the planning, development and delivery of local services to older people. They provide information, consultation opportunities plus a valued social and communication network for many isolated older people.

Dorset’s fiftyplus forums have all officially signed up as a Friend of their local Age UK.

Latest Forum Contacts

Age UK- Dorset Friends

Dorset’s 2 Age UKs, 10 Age Concerns and 1 Friendship Centre have entered into a working partnership and become official friends of Age UK.  While all are independent charities and provide a diverse range of services, they all share the same aim of promoting the wellbeing of all older people, aiming to make later life an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

They work within 2 clusters of West and East Dorset:

West includes the Age Concerns in Blandford Forum, Chancery House (Bridport), North Dorset (Sturminster Newton and District), Shaftesbury and Gillingham, and Wareham.  Also included is the Bridport Friendship Centre.  They liaise with Age UK North, South & West Dorset.

East includes the Age Concerns in Christchurch, Ferndown, Poole, Upton and Lytchett Minster,and Verwood. They liaise with Age UK Bournemouth.

Services across Dorset

You can find our centres for services and activities around Dorset.

North Dorset:

Age Concern Blandford Forum provides pop-ins, outings, information & advice. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 1pm, 01258 458250

Age Concern North Dorset (Sturminster Newton and District) provides lunch clubs, outings, access to information & advice, befriending and practical support. Monday to Wednesday 10am to 1pm, 01258 475582

Age Concern Shaftesbury & Gillingham provides outings, pop-ins, shopping service, befriending, hospital transport, information & advice, lunch clubs. Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 12pm, 01747 853966

South and West Dorset:

Chancery House (previously known as Age Concern Bridport) provides a day centre for the elderly and those with dementia/memory loss, lunch club, hairdressing, bathing facilities. Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 9am to 3pm, 01308 424357

Bridport Friendship Centre provides social meetings, trips and lunches. 01308 424557

Age Concern Wareham provides 'Helping Hands', a volunteer driving scheme and befriending service. 01929 556655

Age UK North, South & West Dorset – Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, 01305 269444