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Dorset Max Card

Dorset Max Card

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LinkMeUp Dorset is closing

Link Me Up

With regret, the online Personal Assistant register for Dorset called LinkMeUp is closing. Due to unforeseen challenges in finding enough local Personal Assistants, the service has been unable to meet the needs of those registering and so can no longer continue. They would like to thank everyone for the support they received.

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May 2018 Xchange Enewsletter

May 2018 Enewsletter now available

Work is moving quickly on the new accessible play areas at Avon Heath Country Park: new swings, slides and a sensory trail are all part of the developments taking place: read the update in this months newsletter.

Plus: a new look for the Dorset Local Offer; the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra relaxed concert of favourite classics; free Person Centred explained workshops and lots more activities, support groups and other news and updates.

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New online Short Break Care Passport

NEW!! The old Xchange Care Passport has now been updated and simplified for 2017 and beyond. it's easier for you to give your child's details and situation to different organisations. It's easier to create and update online and you can print, email and change it at any time. You can even have a copy sent automatically to Dorset County Council short break providers.

The latest Chatterboxes magazine - celebrating their national award - is now available here.

THE FRIENDSHIP CLUB Diary till Summer 2018 is now available here.

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Short Break Care Passport

Short Break Care Passport

The NEW easy way to tell organisations about your child’s needs. Save it, print it, email it and change it as you need.

Dorset Parent-Carer Council

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Dorset Local Offer

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Carers in Crisis emergency card & key fob

Carers in Crisis Card

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