Welcome to People First Dorset 

  Empowering people with  learning disabilities  

**COVID 19 UPDATE - 3 January 2022**

After reviewing the risks, we have decided to restart events from Tuesday 4 January 2022. IMPORTANT: Please click this link to read our guidelines if you want to come to an event

Our team are working from home, and occasionally the office, and will keep doing their very best to help you. If you have any questions or want to get in touch, please contact us by email: office@peoplefirstdorset.org.uk or phone on 01305 257600.


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What we do
For people with learning disabilities, we change lives by tackling loneliness and social isolation. We challenge discrimination, help improve health and wellbeing, and promote equality by enabling people to speak up and be heard.
How we help
Our projects empower people with learning disabilities to make and maintain friendships while connecting with their community; then develop their communication and speaking up skills, enabling them to become more independent and confident.
There are 1.5million people with a learning disability in the UK.  We estimate c10,000 people have learning disabilities in Dorset, 400 of whom we already support. Can you help us make our community a more equal and inclusive place for all?

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a lifelong significant reduced ability to understand new or complex information, learn new skills and to cope independently. 

With your support we can continue to empower more people with learning disabilities to tackle injustice. If you would like to know more about learning disabilities, please click the link below.


Connect magazines distributed by post

(with more to come)

Telephone calls made through the pandemic

(growing daily)


Zoom sessions since November

(lots more happening)


Our impact

Find out more about the work we've been doing in the last year by reading our Impact Report.

Our solutions

Friendship Club

The Friendship Club is where people with learning disabilities can make and meet friends.  Members choose what they do and where they meet.

Speaking Up

Members come together at Speaking Up groups and speak up, and address, issues important to them. They feed back serious concerns to decision makers such as local authorities and health bodies.

Quality Checkers

The Quality Checkers are a team of people with a learning disability and are experts by experience. They judge the quality of the services against a set of standards. 


For those seeking consultancy support, we have skilled advisors in our team at People First Dorset.

We know many other professionals who might be able help, and would be happy to connect you.


Easy Read

Easy Read is a form of accessible writing that, when combined with good design, makes information clear and easy to read.


We are able to run workshops or smaller projects which address particular concerns our members have. 

Loneliness is associated with physical and mental health problems and poorer quality of life.

(Gilmore & Cuskelly, 2014).

William's story

- in his own words

I only used to have one friend, very little confidence and had hate crime. 


The Friendship Club at People First Dorset changed all that. Thanks to this club I now have lots of friends who I see at events and some I’ve learnt to meet independently. 


I volunteer for the charity like helping raise awareness, I feel good, I’m healthier and I even write a weekly column in our local paper. Life is good now.


Why support us? We have an excellent track record of delivering excellent outcomes to our members.
Find out how you can support people with learning disabilities.

Follow us on Social Media

We keep our social channels up-to-date with current news and events for our followers. Below is a taste of our Instagram page, please get involved by following People First Dorset and giving us a like and a share.

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