Community

In 2015, health practices in North Dorset began a three-year a pilot programme – the only one in the country – to discover whether regular home visits to those aged over 75 years …

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service ‘Do you know a CHARLIE’ campaign aims to helps those vulnerable to fire. More than 6.5 million people in the UK are currently caring, unpaid, for …

Pat moved to Gillingham in 2015 from Corfe Mullen. A widow for 26 years she had become accustomed to living on her own, but as she grew older, she began to need the …

It is one of the hidden social problems affecting Gillingham, Shaftesbury and countless communities across the country. Here RACHEL LOOS looks at the issues of isolation and loneliness in our towns and what …
St Peter's Church Stourton

Villagers at Stourton next to Stourhead are having to raise money to repair St Peter’s Church after lead from the roof was stolen for the second time in seven years. Thieves made off …
Hipp!!Bones Gillingham

When Serena Burgess saw one of the young members of Hipp!!Bones smiling and laughing on a bouncy castle it moved her to tears. ‘She’s in a wheelchair and had to be hoisted up …
Brionne Shaftesbury twinning

Shaftesbury Town Twinning Association recently enjoyed a very successful visit from their twin town of Brionne in Normandy, boosted by beautiful sunny weather. After a first day with their host families, the visitors …
rugbytots Gillingham

A popular rugby play programme for young children is coming to Gillingham. Rugbytots is described as a fun-packed programme where rugby practice is intertwined with aiding crucial motor skills and having fun. ‘Make …
community grants

Grants are available to help improve the lives of people living or working in Dorset, says Dorset Council. Cultural, sporting and community organisations can now apply for money from Dorset Council’s Leisure Development …