Dorset Signposting Links

Advice Topic Area (A-Z)

Key Organisations

Method of Provision


When playing online gambling games, it’s easy to lose track of time and money and get lost in the game.

Check out our advice and support to stay in control of your gambling.

Alcoholics Anonymous.

Tel: 0800 9177 650

Information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking

Free helpline: 0800 358 3456


If you have a problem with drugs

Talk to Frank for friendly, confidential drugs advice.

Tel: 0300 123 6600. Text: 82111


Tel: 08088081677

Go to their web page to talk to a counsellor online

Guidance to help you understand your options so that you can find the right childcare for you and your child.

Children’s Services

Information for children and families

Cost of Living help

National Help for Households

Dorset Council help for households

Crisis Lines


Tel: 116123

Tel: 0800 1111

Debt Concern

Debt Advice Dorset

Domestic Abuse

Dorset Action on Abuse’s mission is to relieve the suffering and distressof men and women over the age of 16 who are survivors of child abuse.

NSPCC and others have lists of signs that can help you recognise the effects of domestic abuse on children.

Refuge – For women and children.

The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline

0808 2000 247

Employment Advice

Help to find work can be found on Gov.UK
Find a Job – to search for current job vacancies

Job Help – provides hints and tips on applying for jobs and job search ideas.

Kickstart offers a six month paid work placement to 16-24 year olds who are in receipt of Universal Credit. For more information young people should send a journal message from their digital account to their work coach to express an interest in the scheme,

Energy Advice

Check to see if you are eligible for assistance with heating. Warmer Homes is a Warm Home Fund project that provides free gas connections and first-time central heating for the vulnerable.

LEAP Appliances is an initiative to support fuel poor and vulnerable households through the replacement of old, inefficient fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers, washing machines, and cookers with modern, efficient alternatives.

Family Health

Dorset Health Care

Make a change today! Discover healthy recipes, food swaps, nutritional advice, and top tips and activities to help the whole family stay healthy.

Food poverty

Dorset’s Food Banks and Affordable Food Projects; How to get help and how to give help

The Trussell Trust – UK Food Banks

Housing Advice

Housing advice in Dorset

Mental Health

Dorset HealthCare is responsible for all mental health services and many physical health services in Dorset, delivering both hospital and community-based care. We are the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset, and our services continually evolve and develop to meet the needs of the local community.

Nutritional Information

Change4Life resources from Public Health England – focusing on healthy eating and physical activity for children.

Reading and Literacy

Reading and Literacy in Dorset

Warm Hubs

Warm Hubs across the UK

Welfare Support

Benefits help Dorset Council

Youth Services

Youth Clubs