We will work with residents and partners to build and maintain strong communities where people get the best start and lead fulfilling lives.

What we will do:

  • work to improve the economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of the area
  • support communities to be connected, inclusive, safe and active
  • enable people to feel a sense of belonging and to participate actively in their community
  • aim to increase people’s healthy life expectancy and reduce differences between areas
  • provide additional support to communities with the greatest challenges
  • improve outcomes for children, and focus on narrowing the gap for the most vulnerable
  • keep Dorset connected, with better transport and digital links between communities

How we will do it:

  • work collaboratively with town and parish councils and communities to identify and deliver what they think is important
  • provide an inclusive and accessible directory of community activities to connect people and tackle social isolation
  • help people to claim and receive benefits they are entitled to
  • improve mental health support for children, young people and adults
  • help ensure food available to buy and eat is safe
  • increase the number of people supported by LiveWell Dorset to be more active, maintain healthy weight, quit smoking and reduce their alcohol intake
  • protect people from harm from rogue traders and scammers
  • provide safe and useable cycle ways and footpaths, integrated bus services and community transport schemes
  • provide and maintain access to rights of way, country parks and countryside
  • recognise when the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is better placed to provide a service and support them in their work
  • encourage volunteering to help build communities, reduce loneliness and enable people to learn new skills

Who we will work with:

  • schools, colleges, universities and other training providers
  • residents
  • cultural and sporting partners
  • Dorset Police
  • town and parish councils
  • NHS partners
  • Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • bus companies and other transport providers
  • other councils including Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
  • Sport England
  • Active Dorset 

Strong, healthy communitiesstrong healty communities

85+ year olds in Dorset

Over the next 10 years there will be a 31% increase.

Life expectancy

Dorset’s residents enjoy long life expectancy.


  • Dorset – 81
  • England – 80


  • Dorset – 84
  • England – 83

65+ year olds with Dementia

  • 2019 – 7,900
  • 2029 – 10,200

65+ year olds with long-term health conditions and disabilities

In Dorset, over the next 10 years we will see a 20% increase.

Deprived areas

Dorset has a few deprived areas in national terms, but deprivation is concentrated in certain areas.

  • 10 out of 11 deprived areas are in Weymouth & Portland

Anti-social behaviour in Dorset

  • 10% - Environmental (for example, graffiti)
  • 17% - Personal (for example, a particular group of person targeted for abuse
  • 73% - Nuisance (for example, noisy neighbours)

Workless households

  • 12,900 households in Dorset
  • 12% are households of working age

Regular physical activity (adults)

  • Dorset – 71%
  • England – 66%

Data underlying the infographics is provided by the Research Team. For more information contact research@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. Dorset refers to the new Dorset Council Area that came into effect 1 April 2019, unless otherwise indicated. 

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