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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

Getting out and about - things to do

There are many activities taking place across Dorset to help you to get out, meet people and socialise.

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Volunteering is a good way for you to share your own skills, learn new ones and contribute to community projects.

Learning new skills

The University of the Third Age (U3A) offers retired people a chance to study many subjects including: art, languages, music, history, crafts and computing.

Health walks

You may want to consider taking part in regular short guided health walks that take place every week throughout Dorset. These free walks offer a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and meet new people as well as keeping you fit and healthy.

Memory loss and dementia

Memory cafes are a great way for those living with memory loss and dementia to meet with others in a social setting.


Libraries in Dorset do much more than lend books. They have a range of events and opportunities to meet people, such as reading groups, craft and chat groups and computer learning groups. 

Details of your local library and what is on offer, including the Home Library Service.

Day centres

Day centres are a popular place for activities during the day.


Meetup is a free website that can help you make friends and form small social groups with people who share your interests. You enter in the hobbies that interest you and the website then searches for people who live nearby and share your hobbies. You can decide whether to get in contact and make friends with them, and maybe go together to events taking place locally.

If you need help getting online, we have details of organisations across Dorset who can help you to learn how to use computers.

Get help to use a computer

Digital Champions help and support people in their local community to use the internet and gain basic online skills.

Find a Digital Champion

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