Young Person’s Support

This list of support services will help you to find online or in- person support in your area that may suit your needs and interests

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Access Dorset: an organisation run by and for disabled people, older people and carers. We’re building a community where everyone gets treated with dignity and respect, where we support one another, grow together and make a difference. 

Access Mental Health Dorset : Dorset HealthCare provides a range of services to help people through their illness and towards recovery. We aim to empower you, or your loved one, to achieve your goals and lead a fulfilling life.

ASCape: a support group for autistic and socially anxious young people aged 0-25 and their families

Autism Unlimited: exists to support and empower autistic children, adults and their families. We partner with them to find solutions and provide educational and life skills training.

Carers Support Dorset: We have a range of services that can be tailored to fit your needs as a carer including our phone line, regular training opportunities, events, a befriending service and specific support for young carers.

Coping with Chaos: We provide for children and young adults with complex, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and challenging behavior that cannot easily access other resources and play schemes. We also provide help and support, information and advice, friendships, and short-term respite care for families and carers who look after a child or children with disabilities.

Dorset Mind your Head: Dorset Mind Your Head’s mission is to help the children and young people of Dorset live life mentally healthy.

Dorset Youth Association: Improving the quality of life for children and young people in Dorset

Education, Employment, Training and Re-engagement Team: Our team supports young people aged 16 to 18 (up to the September after their 18th birthday) who live in Dorset and who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) with: education, employment, training and re-engagement

Kooth: is a moderated community offering self-help articles and tips

Sibs: For brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults

Support Line: have links to a wide variety of national support services

The Listening Ear: is a local charity offering counselling to children and young people throughout BCP (up to age 19) 

The Mix: The Mix supports young people with issues from mental health concerns to drugs, and homelessness. 

The Sleep Charity: A sleep charity recently recommended by Dorset Mental Health Support Team in Schools

The Xchange: The Xchange is a news and information network for families with children and young people who are disabled in the Dorset Council area

YoungMinds: YoungMinds is leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. If you are a young person and need urgent help with your mental health, text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support. If you are a parent or carer worried about a young person, call the Parents’ Helpline on 0808 802 5544.


Are you, or someone you know, in need of safeguarding or well- being support? Use the link below to access local services that can help:

* Dorset Police

* Reporting a Concern

* Dorset Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHs)