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Southern edition

Summer 2019

Dorset Council News

Welcome to your first edition Your councillors How to get in touch Health and wellbeing ... and much more from around Dorset 1

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Welcome Welcome to the first edition of our new residents’ magazine for the new Dorset Council. On the following pages, you’ll find information on some of the services we provide.

Like councils around the country, we face many challenges. There is huge pressure on our budget, so we need to work efficiently for the residents we currently serve, and for Dorset’s future generations. This is an opportunity to work together across the political spectrum and create a ‘can do culture’ in the council, putting communities first and making a lasting difference in Dorset. Whether it’s waste and recycling, planning homes and infrastructure, maintaining roads, or adult social care and children’s services, you, rightly, expect us to provide highquality local services, whilst protecting our environment. With reduced funding from central government, we have a lot to achieve. But this is our opportunity to embrace change and create a council fit for the 21st century. Four versions of this magazine have been produced. These cover the northern, southern, eastern and western areas of Dorset and the cost of designing, printing and delivering the magazine is entirely funded by advertising. We’re planning two more editions between now and March 2020 and we’re considering whether to continue beyond that. Please help us decide by completing our survey on page 36.

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How to contact us


Your councillors




What to do with household waste

12-13 Planning and homes 14

Broadband, economy and learning


Our climate change commitment

20-21 Your local news 26

Young people


Dogs, keeping safe and food hygiene

32-35 Health and wellbeing special 36

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We hope you enjoy reading Dorset Council News and I look forward to working with residents and my council colleagues during Dorset’s next chapter. Councillor Spencer Flower, Leader of Dorset Council Cover image - Dorset students finding out about careers in construction.

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How to contact us Website Our website,, is the best place to check for the service you need. We keep the site updated with any changes. You can go online to check your rubbish collection day, find a planning application, get travel alerts, renew library books, apply for jobs, pay your council tax and much more. You can get clear information and services on any device, including laptops, smartphones, desktops or tablets. If you visit our old website you’ll be automatically redirected to

By phone or in person Before you call, check if you can find what you need online at This is usually the fastest way to find the most up-to-date information. If you still need to get in touch, please use the following contacts. Telephone 01305 221000 for enquiries about: • adult social care • blue badges • libraries • schools

• bins and recycling • children’s services • roads

Telephone your area office for enquiries about: • benefits • elections • housing • building regulations/ planning

• council tax • environmental/public health • parking • licensing

All our local area offices are open. You may need to make an appointment, so please try to telephone before you visit. 4

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Eastern Allenview House, Wimborne BH21 1AG 01202 795096 Northern Nordon Lodge, Blandford Forum DT11 7LN 01258 454111 Southern - Wareham area Westport House, Wareham BH20 4PP 01929 556561 Southern - Weymouth area Commercial Road, Weymouth DT4 8NG 01305 838000 Western - Dorchester area South Walks House, Dorchester DT1 1UZ 01305 251010 Western - Bridport area Mountfield, Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport DT6 3JP 01305 251010 If the service you need isn’t listed or you’re not sure who to contact, call your local office and we’ll direct you to the right department.

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Your council – working for you The first election to Dorset Council was held on 2 May 2019 when 82 councillors were elected to represent 52 wards. Councillors are your voice in local government. Their role includes representing the needs, priorities and aspirations of the people of the Dorset Council area. If you would like your local councillor to help you with a particular issue, or if you have a question for them, you can get in touch using the details on our web pages.

How the council is made up

Conservative Green Independent Labour Liberal Democrats

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As well as your local councillor, you may wish to contact a member of the cabinet who is responsible for a particular area of work: Spencer Flower – Leader / Governance, Performance and Communications





Peter Wharf – Deputy Leader / Corporate Development and Change


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Tony Ferrari – Finance, Commercial and Assets Graham Carr-Jones – Housing


Gary Suttle – Economic Growth and Skills





Andrew Parry – Children, Education and Early Help Laura Miller – Adult Social Care and Health



David Walsh – Planning


Ray Bryan – Highways, Travel and Environment Tony Alford – Customer, Community and Regulatory Services Find all the details on our web pages at

Your councillors

1. Beacon Jane Somper (Conservative)

8. Chesil Bank Mark Roberts (Conservative)

2. Beaminster Rebecca Knox (Conservative)

9. Chickerell Jean Dunseith (Conservative) John Worth (Independent)

3. Blackmore Vale Pauline Batstone (Conservative) 4. Blandford Nocturin Lacey-Clarke (Conservative) Byron Quayle (Conservative) 5. Bridport Dave Bolwell (Liberal Democrats) Kelvin Clayton (Green) Sarah Williams (Liberal Democrats)



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15. Dorchester East Stella Jones (Liberal Democrats) Molly Rennie (Liberal Democrats) 16. Dorchester Poundbury Richard Biggs (Liberal Democrats) 17. Dorchester West Andy Canning (Liberal Democrats) Les Fry (Independent)

11. Corfe Mullen Mike Barron (Liberal Democrats) Paul Harrison (Conservative)

18. Eggardon Anthony Alford (Conservative)

12. Cranborne & Alderholt David Tooke (Liberal Democrats) 13. Cranborne Chase Piers Brown (Conservative)

7. Charminster St Mary’s David Taylor (Liberal Democrats)

14. Crossways Nick Ireland (Liberal Democrats)


10. Colehill & Wimborne Minster East Janet Dover (Liberal Democrats) Maria Roe (Liberal Democrats)

6. Chalk Valleys Jill Haynes (Conservative)

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19. Ferndown North Cathy Lugg (Conservative) Mike Parkes (Conservative) 20. Ferndown South Rod Adkins (Conservative) Julie Robinson (Conservative)


33. Sherborne East Jon Andrews (Liberal Democrats)



34. Sherborne Rural Robin Legg (Liberal Democrats)

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35. Sherborne West Matthew Hall (Liberal Democrats)



36. South East Purbeck Cherry Brooks (Conservative)





37. St Leonards & St Ives Ray Bryan (Conservative) Barry Goringe (Conservative)


38. Stalbridge & Marnhull Graham Carr-Jones (Conservative)





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40. Sturminster Newton Carole Jones (Conservative) 41. Swanage Gary Suttle (Conservative) Bill Trite (Conservative) 42. Upwey & Broadwey Howard Legg (Liberal Democrats)



39. Stour & Allen Vale Robin Cook (Conservative)

43. Verwood Toni Coombs (Conservative) Spencer Flower (Conservative) Simon Gibson (Conservative)

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44. Wareham Beryl Ezzard (Liberal Democrats) Ryan Holloway (Liberal Democrats) 45. West Moors & Three Legged Cross Mike Dyer (Conservative) David Shortell (Conservative)

21. Gillingham Val Pothecary (Conservative) Belinda Ridout (Conservative) David Walsh (Conservative) 22. Hill Forts & Upper Tarrants Sherry Jespersen (Conservative)

27. Melcombe Regis Jon Orrell (Green)

46. West Parley Andrew Parry (Conservative)

28. Portland Susan Cocking (Independent) Rob Hughes (Independent) Paul Kimber (Labour and Co-operative)

47. West Purbeck Laura Miller (Conservative) Peter Wharf (Conservative)

29. Puddletown & Lower Winterborne Emma Parker (Conservative)

48. Westham Ryan Hope (Liberal Democrats) Gill Taylor (Liberal Democrats)

24. Lyme & Charmouth Daryl Turner (Conservative)

30. Radipole Pete Barrow (Liberal Democrats) David Gray (Liberal Democrats)

49. Wimborne Minster Shane Bartlett (Liberal Democrats) David Morgan (Liberal Democrats)

25. Lytchett Matravers & Upton Alex Brenton (Liberal Democrats) Bill Pipe (Conservative) Andrew Starr (Liberal Democrats)

31. Rodwell & Wyke Brian Heatley (Green) Clare Sutton (Green) Kate Wheller (Labour and Co-operative)

50. Winterborne & Broadmayne Roland Tarr (Liberal Democrat)

26. Marshwood Vale Simon Christopher (Conservative)

32. Shaftesbury Town Derek Beer (Liberal Democrats) Tim Cook (Liberal Democrats)

23. Littlemoor & Preston Tony Ferrari (Conservative) Louie O’Leary (Conservative)

51. Winterborne North Andrew Kerby (Conservative) 52. Yetminster Mary Penfold (Conservative) Find out more at


Keeping Dorset on the move This will be another busy year for Dorset Highways. We’ve received a grant of just over £14 million from the Department for Transport to maintain our network of roads, footways and bridges, including £757,000 to prevent potholes from forming. We use state-of-the-art technology to decide which roads need work. Using high-definition cameras, we survey the network for cracking, potholes and subsidence, then we grade each road and prioritise repairs. This year, we’ll be resurfacing strategic roads and local C and D class roads. We’ll also be continuing work to patch the most damaged C and D class roads, which will help to prevent bigger, more expensive repairs in the future.

Roads for the future As well as repairing roads, we make sure that roads in good condition will stay that way for longer.

Potholes are caused by water freezing and thawing, so by sealing roads against water damage using our triedand-tested surface dressing treatment we keep the potholes at bay and restore skid resistance. Look out for the two gully emptiers and five jetters, which the drainage crews use to keep water off the roads.

Action against potholes Even with this significant investment, we’ll still need to fix around 18,000 potholes this year.

We’re also investing in sealing footways and replacing damaged signs and faded road markings.

Major projects on the way Major construction work this year includes replacing the three flood arch structures that form the A357 Durweston causeway. We’re also working on proposals to improve four junctions through Gillingham as part of the Gillingham Growth Package, with money from the Government’s Growth Deal.

Dorset Highways has six gangs dedicated to fixing potholes across the network, using a mixture of traditional methods and cutting-edge techniques. We make sure we use the right type of repair for each defect so we can use resources efficiently.

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What to do with household waste If you sort waste that can be re-used or recycled before you put it out for collection, not only does it help protect the environment, it means tax-payers pay less in treatment costs and Landfill Tax. Your waste services are provided by Dorset Council employees operating as the Dorset Waste Partnership.

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Visit to find out about: • • • • • • •

Our garden waste collection service Your nearest household recycling centre Your local carton, foil, textile and waste electrical banks How to report a problem Bulky waste collections Your bin collection day and calendar Where your waste goes

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• Cooked and uncooked food (including bones, tea bags and egg shells)

Home composting (uncooked food), or food waste bin

• Paper (including newspapers and magazines) • Cardboard • Plastic tubs, pots, trays and bottles (all colours) • Tins, cans and aerosols

Recycling bin

• Glass bottles and jars (all colours, lids left on)

Glass box

• Used household batteries*

Battery bag

• Garden waste

Home composting, garden waste bin (subscription service) or household recycling centre The following should NEVER be placed in a recycling bin

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• Plastic bags, packaging and film* • Crisp packets* • Sweet wrappers* • Disposable nappies • Broken glass • Polystyrene • Tissues and paper towels • Pet food pouches

Rubbish bin

• Food/drink/soup cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak) • Paper cups

Carton recycling bank (otherwise place in rubbish bin)

• Foil* (make sure it scrunches)

Foil recycling bank or household recycling centre (otherwise place in rubbish bin)

• Clothing/textiles*

Textiles recycling bank or household recycling centre

• Waste electricals (laptops, phones, tablets etc)

Household recycling centre or waste electricals bank

The following should NEVER be placed in ANY household or rubbish bin

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• Needles (placed in sharps box)

Pharmacy or needle exchange

• Hazardous waste (such as paints, oils, chemicals and low energy light bulbs)

Household recycling centre

*Please visit for a list of non-profit organisations that collect some of these items. You can also enquire with your local supermarket or school. Find out more at


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To find out more or to make a donation to the DCH Charity Chemotherapy Appeal please contact us on 01305 253215, email or visit:

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New plan for Dorset

Better housing, better lives

A new Local Plan for Dorset will be prepared by 2023. It will cover issues such as how to protect our outstanding environment, where housing could be built, how we can boost the economy and what infrastructure, including schools, we need.

Where you live can really affect your health and wellbeing. In England alone, poor quality housing is estimated to cost the NHS £1.4 billion a year.

Getting local people’s input to the Dorset Local Plan is important to us and we are looking at the best ways to involve people in shaping the plan. The new Local Plan for the Dorset Council area will eventually replace the plans created by our previous district and borough councils. Keep up-to-date at

Neighbourhood plans Neighbourhood plans are being developed all around Dorset. With a neighbourhood plan, communities can create planning policies that will be used in deciding planning applications. Neighbourhood planning allows communities to come together to have a say on the future of the places where they live and work. The process is led by town or parish councils, or by a local forum in areas without a town or parish council. Find out more at 12

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That’s why Dorset Council is thinking differently about how to use the land we own. We’re developing new accommodation and services in Dorset through a programme called Building Better Lives. Our first project is in Bridport, where we’ll develop new nursing and dementia care homes, extra-care housing, supported living and affordable housing for key health and care workers. In another exciting project in Wareham, we’re delivering new health and GP services, extra-care housing, supported living and affordable housing.

Your housing register application If you’ve applied to our housing register, the creation of the new Dorset Council won’t affect your application.

Supporting landlords If you’re a landlord, you can get support through Dorset’s Landlords Partnership. The partnership recognises responsible landlords who manage good-quality accommodation to a high standard.

Before, when you applied to join the housing register the decision depended on your local council’s housing allocation policy. This process and the local policies will remain in place until Dorset Council develops one policy covering its entire area. This is likely to be in 2021. The council will ask for the views of applicants, town and parish councils, housing associations and other interested parties when designing the new policy. In the meantime, please contact your usual Housing team and keep them up to date if any of your details change.

Should landlords be licensed? Landlords in parts of Weymouth could be licensed under a scheme to improve the way housing is managed and raise the living standards of vulnerable people. The idea was suggested by the Melcombe Regis Board, which was set up to tackle inequalities. Life expectancy in Melcombe Regis is 10 years lower than in other parts of Dorset and poor-quality housing is a factor.

It’s free to join and benefits include a 10% discount on licensing fees for houses in multiple occupation.

Under the scheme, only landlords who meet a “fit and proper person” test will qualify for a licence.

Apply to join at

At Dorset Council we’re now considering whether or not to introduce the scheme in Melcombe Regis, so we’ve carried out a survey to see what people think. You can find the results and more information at


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Superfast broadband: it’s the Norm Have you spotted a friendly new face around Dorset? Meet Digital Norm, the character who has been showing people how easy it is to switch to superfast broadband and save money at the same time.

Big steps for employment site Dorset’s second-largest strategic employment site, the Dorset Innovation Park Enterprise Zone in Winfrith, is now even more attractive to businesses. For companies wishing to expand, the site’s new Local Development Order means the planning process can now take fewer than 28 days. It also makes it clear up front what can and can’t be developed on the site. Dorset Innovation Park is an advanced engineering and manufacturing cluster of excellence for the South West, building on strengths in marine, defence, energy technologies and cyber security. As part of the investment by the council and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, new starter workspace units have been built, and the site has been given Enterprise Zone status. Benefits of Enterprise Zone status include reduced business rates, simplified planning and full fibre broadband for businesses locating to the site. For information about the workspace units, call Sibbett Gregory on 01202 661177.

We created the campaign with government funding and Norm has been appearing in town centres, local newspapers, on council buses, social media and in an online animation. Most Dorset premises can now get superfast fibre broadband and over half of homes and businesses have switched. These faster, more reliable connections mean everyone can be online at the same time, downloads will be quicker, and you’ll get TV, films on demand and video calling without that annoying lag. To upgrade to the faster speeds, you’ll need to contact your internet provider and ask to switch to fibre broadband. If you need help using computers or the internet, phone 01305 221048 and we’ll match you with one of our Digital Champion volunteers. Already online? Watch Norm in action at

What’s next after GCSEs? There are lots of education, work and training options available for young people, including: 14

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• full-time study in a school, academy, further education college or with a training provider • full-time work or volunteering combined with accredited training • an apprenticeship or traineeship There’s also a lot of support available to help young people make the best choice for them. Find out more at

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What we are doing about the climate emergency? At their first meeting on 16 May, councillors voted to declare a state of climate emergency for the Dorset Council area. Dorset Council already has a programme in place to help protect our environment. This includes offering advice to businesses, communities and public sector organisations on reducing carbon emissions, complying with national planning regulations and building energy-efficient schools. However, we need to do more and be more ambitious. Therefore, we are in the process of setting up a cross party panel of councillors and officers to consider representations from partner organisations and the community to develop a programme that puts sustainability at the heart of our organisation. Visit

Patrol officers on the beat

Love your library Dorset Libraries offer much more than books to borrow. They offer information, advice, guidance, free use of computers and space for learning. Clubs and groups also meet at libraries across the county, so whether you’re two or 102, why not meet people, make new friends and get involved with an interest or hobby? Find out what’s happening in your local library at

Weddings in Dorset Just got engaged or planning on popping the question? Our registrars are here to help you plan your perfect ceremony at over 100 licensed venues across Dorset. We’ll work with you on all the details, not just the legal bits. To find out more or to get in touch, check out

Uniformed patrol officers, Karoline and Sam, are on the beat in Weymouth working hard to make the local community feel safe. Their job is to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour, and to reassure people. They have been focusing their bike and foot patrols on the town centre, the Esplanade, the train station and the Rodwell Trail. Please say hello, or talk to them if you have any concerns or send an email to They are employed by Dorset Council under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. The scheme is supported by Dorset Police, the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, British Transport Police, Dorset Council and Weymouth BID.

Discover the stories of Dorset The History Centre in Dorchester celebrates and preserves the rich history of Dorset. It’s a local studies library and archive covering Dorset, including Bournemouth and Poole, where you’ll find everything from council records to personal collections. We’re open Tuesday to Friday and every other Saturday, and we’re always looking for volunteers. Visit 18

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Orienteering for everyone Nearly 8,500 people travelled 76,377 miles last autumn while playing Beat the Street in Weymouth and Portland. The project, funded by Public Health Dorset, turned the town into a game where people earn points as they walk, cycle and run around. It was such a success that we want to keep the momentum going. We’ve helped set up three permanent orienteering courses in Nothe Gardens. They’re for everyone to enjoy – and they’re free.

New life for Weymouth Quay A total of £3.79 million has been secured to transform Weymouth Quay. The Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project will breathe new life into the area and create a centre of excellence for enterprise.

Town council open for business Weymouth’s new town council opened in Commercial Road on 1 April and is already working hard. The town council is responsible for the town’s stunning beach and promenade, award-winning parks and gardens, historical monuments, public toilets, cemeteries and allotments. It also manages community development work and civic activities. As Jane Biscombe, Weymouth Town Clerk, says: “We’re here to serve our town and the people who live, work and visit here. Weymouth is a beautiful place with much to be proud of and more to look forward to.” Local residents can also access frontline services provided by Dorset Council from this building. 01305 239839 @WeymouthWTC 20

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The money will come from the Coastal Communities Fund. It was won by Weymouth’s Coastal Community team, which includes Dorset Council, Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce, Weymouth Bid, Weymouth Area Development Trust, Weymouth College and other business representatives.

Free central heating You may be able to get free central heating after £1.7 million was secured from the National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund. Whatever your income, free gas central heating could be on offer if you live in Melcombe Regis, Littlemoor, Underhill, Westham East, Westham North, Westham West and Weymouth East. In other parts of Dorset, you may be able to get help if you’re on a low income. Gas or LPG Boiler Upgrade Grants could also be on offer, and loft and cavity wall insulation grants are available wherever you live. To apply visit, email info@ or phone 01305 550556/ 0800 002 9060

Your local Wareham office Just one small change Our customer services team at our Wareham office will be pleased to help you.

The Purbeck Pledge is about having fun while making small, positive changes to our lives.

Westport House is open Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 4.45pm, and on Fridays 8.45am to 4.15pm. If you don’t know who to speak to about council services go to or call the team on 01929 556561

Individuals, families or colleagues pledge to make a change to help them feel better. This year’s pledge is to ‘Get Outdoors, Boost Wellbeing’. It could be as simple as walking round the block, or spending time in the garden. Or you could try something new, such as mindfulness. To get involved, visit

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Purbeck Rail summer services Work continues towards a regular rail service between Swanage and the mainline at Wareham. Final testing is under way, the crew trained and a new inspection pit is being built at Corfe Castle station.

We’re looking for people from all walks of life to become foster carers. You can foster full-time or for short breaks and we offer generous fees and allowances. All you need is to be over 21 and have a spare room. Purbeck resident Amanda Jones has been fostering for 10 years. She says: “More people need to consider fostering, but we have a lot of myths to de-bunk. Most importantly, people need to realise that you’re not expected to be the perfect parent – it’s not possible! Safety, love, patience, space, food and clothing is all most children want.” Visit

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Purbeck Local Plan public hearing A public examination of a plan for part of Dorset covered by the former district of Purbeck will take place this summer. The hearing sessions will be held at Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham. They are open to the public and are an important part of the preparation of the Purbeck Local Plan, which will help to shape future development in the area. At the hearing, an independent inspector will probe into issues relating to the plan and its preparation. For more information, including timing and dates of the hearing sessions, please visit Purbeck-local-plan-review Find out more at


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St Jude’s Care is an exceptional Award-Winning provider of home care throughout Dorset We specialise in Domiciliary Care by the hour in the areas of Weymouth, Portland & Dorchester. This can be for personal care, companionship and reassurance, assistance with meals and medication and help with domestic tasks or shopping. We also provide a Hot Meal Delivery Service providing freshly


cooked meals delivered to your home on china plates, ready to eat. Available in the Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester postcode area of DT1 only. St Jude’s Care are specialist providers of 24 x hour Live-In Care, throughout Dorset. This is a real alternative to a Nursing Home and enables you to remain independent, enjoying the comforts and familiarity of your own home.

Our care provision is managed by a team of dedicated Care Managers who are experienced Nurses or Social Services specialists. They are at hand to assist and ensure that your care constantly evolves to meet your changing needs. Our carers provide award-winning, dignified and person centred care and enjoy making a difference to you or your loved ones.

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Why not take an imaginative stroll and enjoy becoming a ‘Searcher and Finder’ looking for Squirrels and Fairy Doors around the magical pool and the surrounding tranquil woods and heathland. The Teahouse will welcome you with Coffee, light lunches, and delicious Cream Teas served with Homemade Scones. Then visit the unique Gift Shop before entering the fascinating world of the Wareham Bears. Furzebrook Road, Nr. Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AR Adults £7.50 • Seniors £6.50 • Children under 16 admitted FREE Dogs welcome but must be on leads.


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We want all children and young people in Dorset to be safe, healthy, happy and to have a good education. Our Family Partnership Zones bring together professionals from different organisations to help children, young people and their families. This includes youth work, family support and children’s centres. Visit

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with transport, attendance and trying to make sure enough school places are available. We give pupils the chance to play musical instruments and to take part in activities such as water sports, climbing and camping at our outdoor education centres. We also team up with employers, sixth forms and colleges to make sure children and young people know about the learning and career opportunities available.

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Nearly 77,600 children and young people in Dorset

If a child or young person is a carer themselves, looking after an ill or disabled relative, we support them so they can still enjoy their childhood. We support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This includes education, transport and things like short breaks, which allow children to have fun outside their home and gives carers some much-needed time to themselves. See what help is available at

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All about dogs in Dorset When you’re out and about with your four-legged friend, you might notice that rules about dogs in public places are different across Dorset. In some places dogs are welcome. In others they’re either not allowed or they must be kept on a lead. However, owners must clear up after their dogs across Dorset. That’s because we take into account local people’s views when we decide on our policy. The rules are displayed on signs so you can check. For information on strays, fouling, nuisance dogs and microchipping, type in your postcode at

Stop the scammers Do you want to learn about scams? Then join the Friends Against Scams, a scheme championed by Dorset Council Trading Standards. Financial abuse affects millions of people across the UK. If you’re scammed you could lose not only money, but also your independence, health and wellbeing. Yet most people don’t report it. Friends Against Scams gives you the knowledge and confidence to talk about scams, to spot and report them, and to support people who are affected. Visit

Luckily, Dorset is a safe county, and the council works with organisations such as the police to keep it this way.

How to read the food safety score

We’re a member of the Dorset Community Safety Partnership, which is committed to reducing crime and the fear of crime, and to tackling the causes of crime.

Do you know how hygienic your favourite restaurant is? The national Food Hygiene Ratings scheme is designed to help you stay informed.

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The council’s food safety officers inspect food businesses in Dorset and give them a rating from 0 (urgent improvement is needed) to 5 (conditions are very good).

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Stay secure this summer When out and about, don’t forget to remove all valuables from your vehicle and make sure it’s locked, even if you only leave it for a minute. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, dial 999. For enquiries that aren’t urgent, use the Do It Online service at, or dial 101.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Are you intrigued by the fascinating history of Swanage, its geology, links to the dinosaur age, its stone and fishing industries, its people, the role of smuggling and later the growth of the railway and tourism in Swanage? What about our links to famous authors and artists? Do you know the origins of Purbeck Stone, Marble and our world-famous Blue Clay? Want to find out more? Want to get involved?

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HOME SUPPORT IN YOUR AREA Your local Age UK charity provides a trusted Home Support Service in and across many areas of Dorset. If you are over 65 and need support in your home or perhaps you know a family member or friend who is struggling to maintain their independence, then your local Age UK charity can arrange a bespoke service to help. Our Home Support service includes: • • • •


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We are delighted to be staging four professional productions in its first We are delighted to What be staging four professional in its first season as a venue. a lovely way to spend aproductions summer evening with a season as a venue. What a lovely way to spend a summer evening with a chance to meet Mr Darcy! chance to meet Mr Darcy! • Thursday 4 July - Cranford • Friday 26 July - Comedy of Errors • Thursday 4 July - Cranford • Friday 26 July - Comedy of Errors • Saturday 25 Aug - Pride & Prejudice • Sunday 31 Aug - Mr Magnolia • Saturday 25 Aug - Pride & Prejudice • Sunday 31 Aug - Mr Magnolia Please bring a rug or seating, the show will go on, whatever the weather! Please a rug or seating, show will or goaon, whatever the weather! HOLMEbring Gardens open for a prethe show stroll picnic at 18.00, the HOLME Gardens open for a pre show stroll or a picnic at 18.00, the performance will start at 19.15. performance will start at 19.15.

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An action-packed summer holiday programme includes sports camps, junior paddle boarding, trampolining and water safety sessions. Extra Big Splash inflatable fun sessions for all the family will be held in the swimming pool. Bookings open on Monday 24 June.

There’s plenty of summer fun happening at Blandford Leisure Centre. Make a splash in the swimming pool, try the Nordic sauna, the gym or a fitness class or join one of the activities going on in the sports hall. blandford-leisure-centre/

Dorchester It’s all go at Dorchester Sports Centre this summer. There are first-class swimming and fitness facilities including a 50-station fitness studio, a PRAMA studio, a new group cycle studio and a 3G sports pitch. Our active kids programme over the summer includes pool inflatable sessions, PRAMA kids, trampolining, learn to dive and much more.

Weymouth A huge range of activities are on offer at Weymouth Pool and Fitness Centre this summer. There’s a state-of-the-art gym, a full range of fitness classes and two pools for aquatic adventures. weymouth-swimming-pool-andfitness-centre


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Sherborne Children aged six to 14 should head to the Gryphon Sports Centre for summer holiday action. The centre also has an air-conditioned cardio and resistance training gym, a fitness studio and classes from circuit training to Zumba. There is also an indoor sports hall and outdoor facilities including a six court multi-sports area, full-size pitch and a range of grass pitches.

Wareham and surrounding areas Purbeck Sports Centre offers flexible, affordable fitness in a lovely countryside setting. Membership starts at £27 a month, with indoor swimming, a modern gym and a big choice of exercise classes. The sports centre’s swim school is open to all

children aged 3 years and over, from complete beginner to advanced. Don’t miss the sizzling summer activities programme, starting 24 July. purbecksportscentre

Fun for children with disabilities There’s a host of fabulous activities in community venues across the county for children who are disabled. Check out Artz+ Sportz+.

Enjoy Dorset Dorset is a beautiful county, and summer is the perfect time to explore. Discover our country parks, our 3,000 miles of rights of way and the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast right on your doorstep. After all, spending time outside and being close to nature is scientifically proven to be good for you.

Walk for health Our free guided Walks for Health are gentle, fun and suitable for all, whatever your health needs. They’re usually flat (so they’re buggy-friendly) and last for 10 to 45 minutes. Some walkers are recovering from illness or injury while others just want to rebuild their fitness in an easy and fun way.

As Jo Hollands, volunteer walk leader, says: “There’s no such thing as ‘too slow’ or ‘not fit enough’. We always have two guides so you can go at your own pace” Visit

Go Jurassic The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site. It has beautiful beaches, breath-taking walks and plenty of fascinating fossils. It is literally a prehistoric world beneath your feet. Do remember, though, that the amazing coastline looks the way it does because of erosion. Rockfalls and landslides can happen anytime without warning, so stay away from the edge of cliffs, never lie or sit under the cliffs, and always check tide times. Climbing and digging in the cliffs is highly dangerous to you and others around you. Visit

Find your perfect spot We’re lucky in Dorset to have four country parks: Avon Heath and Moors

Valley in the east of Dorset, Durlston in Swanage and Hardy’s Birthplace at Thorncombe Woods near Dorchester. Each one offers a different experience, from dramatic clifftop walks at Durlston to the Gruffalo Trail at Moors Valley. All sites offer: • • • • • •

Nordic walking Various health and wellbeing walks, including dementia-friendly ones Waymarked trails Visitor centres, cafés and shops Picnic areas Tramper hire for people with reduced mobility

Discover the best of Dorset From local attractions and events to the best beaches and countryside spots, find out what to do this summer at

LiveWell Dorset Activity Finder With so much choice, it’s sometimes hard to know where to explore in Dorset! To find cycling and walking routes of all lengths visit

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Young people and mental health Dorset Young Researchers, a group of teenagers, has been asking 11 to 18 year-olds about their mental health and emotional wellbeing. They spoke with more than 5,300 young people. 45% said homework and exams were two of their biggest stress points. They also said things that help their mental health include:

We’re listening

In Dorset we have a number of services that young people can use when things are not okay. You don’t need a referral and there are no waiting lists. Kooth offers free, confidential advice and support for emotional health issues. You can access Kooth on the internet from any device.

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• having safe spaces • talking to friends and family • spending time with pets and animals • getting exercise The young researchers will work with the council, schools and health services to improve the support that’s available.

Your health and wellbeing LiveWell Dorset supports you on your journey to a happier, healthier you through FREE advice and coaching. Want to become more active, lose weight, quit smoking or drink less alcohol? Talk to them! Visit

Schools think differently about health We’re helping Dorset schools improve the health and wellbeing of the whole school community, by funding creative approaches to physical activity. More than 60 schools applied to Public Health Dorset’s Whole School Approach Fund and 47 were successful. We were looking for creative ideas that went beyond buying PE equipment or setting up sports clubs. Projects that won funding will be built into the school day and include forest schools, mindfulness sessions and the Daily Mile. 34

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Chat Health is a confidential text messaging service run by school nursing teams to help young people with all aspects of physical and emotional health.

It was easier to talk to a professional. I felt safe and I trusted them The Chat Health service is available Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Text 07480 635 510 If you’re concerned about your child, go to Dorset’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services website. It’s a one-stopshop for anyone needing help and advice with stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Visit

The local NHS and councils work together to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone who lives and works in Dorset. This partnership is called Our Dorset and its aim is to give you the best health and care services possible. You may also have heard it called the Integrated Care System, or ICS.

Why not join the Our Dorset team? There are opportunities across Dorset, from apprenticeships to a career as a doctor, midwife or nurse, or in social care and support services. Visit the website to see how you could make a difference Or to find out more about the work of the partnership visit

The right care when you need it When you become ill or need medical help, using the right service for you can save you time and help us manage our resources better. People in Dorset are cared for by a range of services including GP practices, dentists, pharmacies and opticians, three acute hospitals, 13 community hospitals and a range of community and mental health services.

There are minor injuries units and an Urgent Treatment Centre in Dorset, where you can get urgent care for things that aren’t life threatening. You may also be able to get a GP appointment out of hours by calling 111. The ambulance (999) and telephone advice services (111) are provided by South Western Ambulance Services NHS Foundation Trust.

All healthcare services work with adult and children’s social services provided by Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. And don’t forget the informal carers and the voluntary and support organisations that work across Dorset. Find the best service for you at Find out more at


Dorset Council News Survey We hope you have enjoyed this first edition of our new residents’ magazine. There is no cost to residents; the design, printing and distribution are covered by advertising. We will publish two more editions - this autumn and next spring - but are considering whether to continue beyond that. Please answer some questions to inform our decisions and post your answers to Communications, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. If possible, please complete the survey online at How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements

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Dorset Council News - Southern edition (Issue 1)  

The first edition of Dorset Council's residents' magazine. The two centre pages include local news covering the southern area of Dorset

Dorset Council News - Southern edition (Issue 1)  

The first edition of Dorset Council's residents' magazine. The two centre pages include local news covering the southern area of Dorset