Help and Support

Details of organisations and local groups providing help and support for specific needs.

Wessex Cancer Trust Online Support

Wessex Cancer Support offers free online services for people and their families dealing with cancer.  Although they currently do not have face-to-face services in the west of the county (they currently offer face-to-face services from their site in Bournemouth), if there is enough demand, they will look to develop a West Dorset site.

In the meantime, to ensure everyone affected by cancer in Wessex can access emotional support, they provide online resources and peer support for you to access at home and in your own environment.

Visit their website to find out how they can support you with a range of free online cancer support services by following this link>>


Wessex Cancer Support
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Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support (ALCS)

ALCS offer a variety of services, from creative activities, holistic therapies, relevant diet and lifestyle information, and different exercise classes, all for anyone affected by any cancer.
They hold cancer support drop-in sessions at  Lyme Regis and Axminster on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) from 10 am to 4 pm at Chard Street in Axminster, with monthly drop-in sessions and other activities in Lyme.

Bereavement Support

Bridport Bereavement Support Group

Meets at Burrough Harmony Centre, The Assembly Rooms, Gundry Lane, Bridport Dorset, DT6 3RL on the 3rd Monday of every month 4pm to 5.30 pm. For more information please call 01308 428 943.  Download a copy of the meeting details by following this link>>

Cruse UK

For more than 60 years, Cruse Bereavement Support has been helping people who are struggling with grief and bereavement. 

Telephone 0808 808 1677


Dorset Open Door

Dorset Open Door supports people who have been bereaved or affected by a death where the cause may be suicide or be particularly traumatic or sudden. 

Telephone 01305 361361

Website Dorset HealthCare : Dorset Open Door

Bridport Bereavement Support Group

Experiencing bereavement is difficult at any time and may have been particularly traumatic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dorset HealthCare University have put together details of support services ranging from emotional support and peer support to practical advice and guidance.  Find out more on the Dorset HealthCare website by following this link>>

Long Term Conditions

Parkinson's Support Group for the Lyme Regis area

A Parkinson's support group is now available for those living in the Lyme Regis area.  It aims to create a group where everyone can relax and share anecdotes, ideas and wisdom in an informal, comfortable and pressure-free environment. 

For more information, email or request to join the Lyme Regis District Parkinsons Support Group on Facebook.