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We value and support each of our learners, no matter whether you’re on a short evening course or working towards a qualification.

Our dedicated learning support team can work with you to help ensure you have everything you need to succeed. We can offer:

Please let us know about any additional support you may need as soon as possible to help us ensure you get it on time. For more advice on support we can offer, please refer to your learner handbook.

Financial support & concessionary fees

We may be able to support you with travel and child care costs, please contact our customer service team for more details (criteria applies).

Concessionary fees courses are for learners in receipt of certain benefits, or holders of an Access to Leisure and Learning Card. For our full list of concessionary eligibility requirements, please check our finance page. If you’d like to enrol on a course with concessionary fees applicable, please head to our course search and select ‘concessionary fees’ to only see those where it applies.

In addition to concessionary fees, we also offer reduced fees on many of our courses. This depends on many factors, which could include what the course is, any benefits you receive and your income. Check our finance page to see what you could qualify for.

More about Finance

Mental health and wellbeing support

We can offer advice and support to our learners; we can help signpost you to services to support you and improve your wellbeing. Find out more below or in our learner handbook.

Addiction

Organisation Telephone Website Area
EDP Blandford Drug and Alcohol AdvisoryService  

01258 450862

 

http://www.talktofrank.com/

Blandford/

Shaftesbury/Sherborne

Bournemouth Drug and

Alcohol Action Team (DAAT)

 

01202 209463

 

http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/

 

Bournemouth

Bournemouth OpenAccess 01202 552540 http://www.talktofrank.com/ Bournemouth
EDP Bridport Drug and 01308 427195 http://www.talktofrank.com/ Bridport
EDP Christchurch Drugand Alcohol AdvisoryService 01202 482908/

07515 585986/

07515585988

 

http://www.talktofrank.com/

 

Christchurch

CADAS (Ferndown) 01202 868268 http://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/ Ferndown/
Obsessions 0845 3906236   National
Narcotics Anonymous 0300 9991212 http://ukna.org/ National
Alcohol Anonymous 0845 7697555 http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/ National
Cocaine Anonymous 0800 6120225 http://www.cauk.org.uk/index.asp National
Marijuana Anonymous 0300 124 0373 http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org.uk/ National
Sex and Love Addictions 07951 815087 http://www.slaauk.org/ National
Al-anon 020 74030888 http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/ National
Gamblers Anonymous 020 7843040 http://www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk/ National
FRANK 0300 1236600 http://www.talktofrank.com/ National
EDAS Adult Service 01202 733322   Poole
Swanage Group of alcoholics anonymous 01202 296000 http://westdorsetaa.org.uk/ Swanage
EDP Swanage Drug and Alcohol Advisory Service 01929 422777 http://www.talktofrank.com/ Swanage
CADAS (Weymouth) 01305 779706 https://www.mylifemycare.com/ Weymouth
EDP Weymouth Drug and Alcohol AdvisoryService  

01305 760799

 

http://www.talktofrank.com/

Weymouth/Portland

Carer support

Organisation Telephone Website Area
 

Weldmar

 

01258 472405

Blandford/

Shaftesbury/Sherborne

Help & Care Social Group 01202 429478 Bournemouth
Christchurch Rethink 07866 251265 https://www.dorsetforyou.com/ Christchurch
 

Help and Care

Helpline03001113303

01202 416047 (Text

phone)

 

www.helpandcare.org.uk

 

Dorset

Help & Care SupportActivity 01202 771336 Dorset
Carers Walking Group 07866 252046 Dorset
Face 2 Face 01202 855105 www.copingwithchaos.org Ferndown/
Parkinson’s Support for families and carers  

01202 874249

 

http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

Ferndown/Ringwood
Weymouth Rethink Carers

Support Group

07436 790489 Weymouth/

Portland

Portland Rethink Carers Support Group  

07437 790489

Weymouth/Portland

Community & Social Groups

East Street Poets 01305 264056 Blandford
Blackmore Vale

Amateur RadioSociety

 

01747 851260

 

www.radioclubs.net/bvars

Blandford/

Shaftesbury/Sherborne

Blandford &

Sturminster Newton HockeyClub

 

 

01258 459266

 

 

www.blandfordandsturhockey.co.uk

Blandford/Shaftesbury/Sherborne
Blandford Forum Film Society  

www.blandfordfilm.org

Blandford/

Shaftesbury/Sherborne

Dorset Humanists www.DorsetHumanists.co.uk Bournemouth
Bournemouth Social

Circle

http://www.meetup.com/Bournemouth-Social-Circle/ Bournemouth
Bournemouth

SymphonyYouth Chorus

 

01202 423429

 

www.bschorus.co.uk

 

Bournemouth

Project Purple http://www.ageuk.org.uk/ Bournemouth
Christchurchdaytime ladies group TEXT ONLY:

07758278382

 

Christchurch

Bournemouth and ChristchurchFriendshipCentre  

 

01202 874968

 

 

http://www.bournemouthcvs.org.uk/

 

 

Christchurch

ADCAP Social Group 01258 489784 https://www.dorsetforyou.com/ Dorchester
REACH- Dorset Mental Health Forum  

www.dorsetmentalhealthforum.org.uk

 

Dorset

Mindful LivingWalking

Group

TEXT ONLY:

07724800587

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-walking-and-social-

group/

Dorset
Just Good Friends over 50’s Social  

http://www.just-good-friends.co.uk/

 

Dorset

The RingwoodBridge

Club

01623 230752 http://www.bridgewebs.com/ringwood/ Ferndown/

Ringwood

Greyfriars Forum 01425 472805 https://www.greyfriarsringwood.org.uk/ Ferndown/
Painting forPleasure 01725 517723 https://www.greyfriarsringwood.org.uk/ Ferndown/
Do it www.do-it.org.uk National
Zing Community 01202 887106 Poole
Poole Leisure

Painters

01202 693526or

01202 741713

www.pooleleisurepainters.co.uk Poole
Poole Writers Circle www.writerspoole.co.uk Poole
Poole Poetry Group 07948 493970 www.poolepoetrygroup.com Poole
Art Workshop 07766 352062 /

01929 475883

www.artworkshop.org.uk Wareham/

Swanage

Badminton & Table

Tennis Club

07917 473390 https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/ Wareham/

Swanage

Swanage Walking

Group

01202 684135 http://www.swanagewalkinggroup.co.uk/ Wareham/

Swanage

Short tennis for

adults

01202 425175 https://www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/ Wareham/

Swanage

Badminton Group 01929 421806 https://www.dorsetforyou.com/ Wareham/
Autonomy Support

Group

07814 910069 Weymouth/

Portland

Disability

Organisation Telephone Website Area
 

Access Dorset

 

01202 430113

 

www.accessdorset.org.uk

Bournemouth,Dorset and

Poole

Dorset ME Support 01305 777670   Dorset
Dorset Advocacy 0300 343 7000 www.dorsetadvocacy.co.uk/ Dorset
Diverse Abilities Plus

(incorporating Disability WessexAdvice)

 

0300 3305514

 

www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk/

Dorset and

surroundingdistricts

 

 

Autism Wessex

 

01305 213135/01202

483360 (head office)

 

 

www.autismwessex.org.uk

Dorset,Somerset,Hampshire,

Wiltshire

Disability ActionGroup – 01258 268309 www.dt11dag.co.uk North Dorset
Dorset Association for

the Disabled

01305 786920   Weymouth/

Portland

Domestic abuse

Organisation Telephone Website Area
Bournemouth Women’s Refuge- Outreach  

01202 581750

   

Bournemouth

Bournemouth Women’s Refuge- Helpline  

01202 547755

   

Bournemouth

Over the Rainbow 01202 257478/ http://www.rainbowbournemouth.co.uk/ Bournemouth
Butterfly Foundation 01202 463016 https://localgiving.org/charity/bournemouth/ Bournemouth
 

Relate

 

01202 311231

 

http://www.relate-bournemouth.org.uk

Bournemouth

/ Poole/Christchurch

You First Dorset 0800 0325204 http://lifeyouwant.org.uk/service/you-first/ Dorset
Dorset Police DA 01202 222451   Dorset
Women’s Aid 0808 2000 24724 http://www.womensaid.org.uk/ National
Orbit   http://www.orbit.org.uk/ National
Mens Advice Line 0808 8010327 http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/ National
Forced Marriages Unit 0207 008151   National
Women’s Aid/Refuge 24hr helpline https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ National
Poole Refuge- AdviceLine 01202 748488 www.bcha.org.uk Poole
Poole Refuge- Drop-in & 01202 710777 www.bcha.org.uk Poole
West Dorset Refuge 01350 262444   West Dorset
Disrespect Nobody   www.disrespectnobody.co.uk National

Finance advice

Organisation Telephone Website Area
 

Dorset Credit Union

 

01305 268444

 

http://www.firstdorsetcreditunion.co.uk/

Blandford/

Shaftesbury/Sherborne

Bournemouth Borough Council –

Revenue & Benefits

01202 451592 www.bournemouth.gov.uk/ Bournemouth
Christians Against Poverty – 0800 3280006 www.capuk.org Bournemouth
Stour Valley Partnership – Benefits & Revenues  

0845 0344569

 

www.dorsetforyou.com/

Christchurch,

East Dorset,North Dorset

Hope House Debt Advice 01202 470480 www.godfirstchristchurch.org/ Christchurch/
Christians Against Poverty –

Ferndown

0800 3280006 www.capuk.org Ferndown –

East Dorset

Christians Against Poverty –

Gillingham

0800 3280006 www.gillinghamcommunitychurch.co.uk/ Gillingham,

Shaftesbury

Money Advice Service 0300 5005000 www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk National
Payplan 0808 2713843 www.payplan.com National
Stepchange Debt Charity 0800 138 1111 www.stepchange.org National
Christians Against Poverty -Poole 0800 3280006 www.capuk.org Poole
Poole District Council – Benefits& 01202 633114 www.boroughofpoole.com/ Poole
Westwey Partnership – Benefits – 01929 557240   Purbeck
Westwey Partnership – Revenues –

Purbeck

01305 211970

01929 557357

  Purbeck
Christians Against Poverty – 07443 600829 www.capuk.org Swanage
Westwey Partnership – Benefits –

Weymouth & Portland

01305 838416   Weymouth &

Portland

Westwey Partnership – Revenues – Weymouth &Portland 01305 211970

01929 557357

  Weymouth &Portland

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