People First Dorset was set up in 2004, as a user led charity, supporting people with learning disabilities to develop their self-advocacy skills. 


We achieve the above by providing friendship, fun, support groups, forums, easy read and quality checking services. People with learning disabilities should be assured of their independence, their ability to choose, and their inclusion in community life. This requires confidence, communication skills and the ability to challenge.

Our Projects

Our projects begin by supporting people with learning disabilities to meet regularly in a variety of settings; to make friends or talk about issues important in their lives. This improves people’s confidence and communication skills, reduces social isolation, increases independence, supports better health and wellbeing, builds resilience and develops people’s ability to speak up and challenge decisions.  We work to remove the barriers people with learning disabilities sadly still encounter in society, and strengthening their voices. 


We currently directly support around 450 people with learning disabilities, and work alongside many other organisations, carers and professionals. We have an excellent reputation in the local community, as well as nationally, for the work we do. 

User Led

People with learning disabilities are involved in every level of PFD. We have a strong, effective board of 7 trustees, one of whom has a learning disability. Our Management Committee of 7 individuals, all of whom have a learning disability, work alongside the board, and have collective responsibility for overseeing operations and strategy. Of our twelve staff, three have a learning disability. We have 20 people with learning disabilities who volunteer for People First Dorset, alongside another 18 volunteers. 


We continue to develop ways in which people with learning disabilities lead our decision making, and increase the number of people with learning disabilities employed in the organisation. 

Our Grant Funders

We couldn't do the work we do without the support of our amazing funders. Thank you to all of the organisations below for funding us with a grant.

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