A festival of free events on 25 November

Celebrating and uniting unpaid carers across Dorset 

Unpaid care can be providing emotional support, carrying out everyday household tasks like shopping and cooking, or taking someone to medical appointments. 

Our festival is made up of 2 live events and 30 digital sessions. It celebrates Carers Rights Day by bringing together unpaid carers and organisations across Dorset. Caring for your future is the focus of these events.

We want to help you as a carer by:

  • making you aware of your rights
  • making sure you know where to get help and support
  • raising awareness of your needs

Both unpaid carers and professionals are welcome along.

Search, tag and share #carersdorsetfestival on social media.

Digital sessions

Our free online sessions run from 9am to 4.30pm, with presentations from more than 20 organisations across Dorset and keynote speaker, Dame Philippa Russell, Vice President of Carers UK.

There are 30 sessions throughout the day offering advice and support, connecting you with other unpaid carers and providing resources to download.

Call the Dorset Digital Hotline on 01305 221048 if you need help accessing the digital sessions.

Browse the sessions below and sign up on Eventbrite

9am to 10am

10am to 10.30am

10am to 10.30am

4.05pm to 4.30pm

Face to face events

Carers event at Dorset Museum

Attend our carers event in person at the Dorset Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Book online or call to book on free phone 0800 368 8349 (Carer Support Dorset).

The event is from 10am to 3pm and sessions include:
  • 11am: Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and wife Tiggy, co-patrons of Carers UK
  • 12.30pm: meet Carer Support Dorset
  • 1pm: Care-Free Carers Choir
  • information stands from Carer Support Dorset, Rethink, Dorset Parent Carer Council and Dorset Libraries
  • a look at Technology Enabled Care products
  • refreshments and goody bags on a first come, first serve basis
There are limited spaces for the presentations so we will give priority to unpaid carers. Access to the event, free entry to the museum, information stands and refreshments is open to everyone.

Parking is at Top O' Town and Trinity Street pay and display car parks. There is no parking on site. 
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Kinson Community Centre: 10am to 3pm

Attend our carers event in person at the Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Millhams Road, BH10 7LH.

This event is organised by CRISP (Carers Resource Information Support Programme) and BCP Council. To book a place, phone 01202 572826.
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Watch on a big screen at your local centre

Join us to watch our carers festival on a big screen while enjoying a cuppa with other carers in Weymouth or Sturminster. Ask care caseworkers questions and get refreshments and a goody bag while stocks last. 

Book a place:

  • Weymouth Connect - call 01305 760583 to book
  • Stour Connect, Sturminster Newton - call 01258 472957 to book
Thank you to all the organisations taking part and to our main sponsors Dorset Museum, Carer Support Dorset, MYTIME and The Leonardo Trust.
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