Projects and Services

Self Advocacy

We develop self-advocacy in three stages. It starts by coming together, followed by speaking up and then leading change. Our members come together at our Friendship Club, a supported social network which connects people to each other and their communities.


We designed it to overcome isolation, loneliness, poor health and lack of confidence. Members then speak up at our 8 local Speaking Up groups, where they raise concerns, seek solutions and develop communication skills. 

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

Our Speaking Up groups are where members learn to speak up about issues important to them. It could be love, friendships, staying safe, housing or getting a job.


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.

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. 

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. 

For more information of any of our projects please call us on 01305 257600 or email:
People First Dorset

2 Herringston Barn, Herringston, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9PU

Tel: 01305 257600


Registered charity: 1106963

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