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Barclays gives local people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need for work with tools, tips and learning resources from their LifeSkills team. Our local contact is Damian Sims, who you can contact via email at or by phone: 0777 5548267.

British Association for Supported Employment

This national charity aims to support, promote and develop the principles and provision of supported employment.  This is achieved through advice, information, training, regional networks and events.

Business in the Community

Business in the Community works locally, nationally and internationally to help businesses work together and tackle a range of issues.  This is achieved through a range of services, see the link for details.

Centre for Mental Health

Centre for Mental Health supports people with mental health problems through better services and fairer policies developed through research.

Community Action Network

A merger of Poole and Bournemouth CVS to create a network of charities, voluntary groups, community organisations and public sector services working for the good of the local community. The have a volunteer hub where you can search for volunteering opportunities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, find answers to questions you might have about volunteering, and learn more about the many benefits of becoming a volunteer.

Dorset Community Action

Dorset Community Action supports community groups, charities and social enterprises in Dorset.  They help people develop their skills and knowledge. Dorset Community Action has a wide-ranging area of expertise and offers a variety of services including mentoring and consultancy.

Business Disability Forum

The Business Disability Forum supports the fair treatment of disabled people.  The organization’s aim is to develop disability-smart organisations and improve business performance. A range of services are available including an advice serviceconsultancy and a mediation service.

Volunteer Centre Dorset

Volunteer Centre Dorset is part of a national network of volunteers that provides information about volunteer recruitment and management.  It also helps people to find volunteering opportunities.

Guide to UK Benefits

There is also a really handy UK Benefits Guide, which you can see here.  It lists the most significant benefits you could be entitled to.  If you meet the detailed criteria, you should certainly state your claim and receive the support you deserve. If you are unsure of any details or have a question, your local Citizens Advice would be able to help you.

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