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Help and Support Including Homelessness

Guide to Essential Local Contacts if Your Find Yourself

in Need of Support and Advice

Local Authority

  • Dorset Council
Free advice and assistance if you become homeless due to losing your home or being asked to leave. If Dorset Council cannot prevent a household from becoming homeless, they may have a duty to provide temporary accommodation. Open Mon-Fri 9am –5pm. Phone: 01305 221000 Web: Email: [email protected] Customer Access Point: Bridport Library, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NY Open Mon 10am—5pm, Tues 9.30am-12.30pm, Wed & Fri 9.30am-5pm. Closed Thurs.

Homereach Outreach Teams

  • Julian House
Assertive Outreach Team who go onto the streets of West Dorset, Weymouth, Portland to help people off the streets. Referrals also through Street Link. Phone: 01305 236585 Address: The Lantern, 2, Ranelagh Road, Weymouth, DT4 7JD Web: Email: [email protected]
  •   Shelter
Providing housing advice for those who are homeless or at risk of homeless and supporting those who are struggling with housing. Phone: 0808 800 4444 (8am-8pm Mon-Fri and 9am-5pm Weekend) Web:
  • Dorset Nightstop
For young single homeless people aged between 16-25. You will stay with volunteer host families on a night by night basis, who will provide you with a private room, food, washing facilities, and a listening ear if required. Phone: 01202 525643, Email: [email protected]

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

  • Bridport & District Citizen’s Advice Bureau
Free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of topics including benefits, debt, housing, employment, relationship breakdown, family issues, consumer immigration, health, and court issues. Open Mon, Tues & Thurs from 10am – 3pm, and Weds & Fri 10am-1pm. Phone: 0800 144 8848 Address: 45, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY Website:

Food Provision

  • The Bridport Food Bank
Open to all in need for an emergency food parcel. Continuing use of the service will require a referral for from one of our 20 associated referring agencies. Open 11am-1pm every Wednesday at St Mary’s Church. Also open Monday from 5pm –7pm at Bridport Youth & Community Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport, DT6 3RL Phone: 07443 596096 Address: St Mary’s Church, 56A, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NN Web: Email: [email protected]
  • Bridport Community Kitchen
Open to anyone who needs a hot meal. Offers a variety of free homemade soup and/or meals, tea, coffee and cake. Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am with lunch served from 12noon – 2.30pm. Phone: 07598 683456 Address: Beacon Church, Priory Lane, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3RW

Email: [email protected]

  • Garden Glut & Food Stall
Providing free (or donation) surplus food. Open to everyone and no referral is needed. Every Thursday from 9.30pm – 12.30pm. Address: St Swithin’s Church car park, North Allington, Bridport, DT6 5DU

Food Provision / Clothes Provision

  • Chapel in the Garden – Bridport Community Fridge
Helping people in food poverty, open to everyone to help themselves to food. No referrals needed. Open Tuesday and Saturday from 10am—12noon. Address: Chapel in the Garden, 49, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3JX.
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Email:[email protected]
  • Hopeful Hampers
Provide emergency hampers of tinned/dried and fresh food to families in urgent need of food. Open Mon-Fri 10am—1pm. Address: Hopeful Hampers, Gundry Lane, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3RL. Email: [email protected]
  • Beaminster Food Bank
Families and individuals who need to use the Food Bank do not need a referral. Open Monday 10am-12noon and Friday 10am-12noon. Phone: 07434 654652 Address: Prout Bridge Building, 6 Prout Hill, Beaminster, DT8 3AY Email: [email protected]
  • Bridport Clothes Bank
Rails of clothes are available during Bridport Food Bank, Chapel in the Garden and Garden glut opening times. Email: [email protected]


  • Pilsdon Community
Pilsdon Community Offering a place of welcome and refuge to people of all backgrounds and circumstances whose lives are in crisis, as a result of mental illness, addiction, relationship breakdown or homelessness. Also offers hospitality to wayfarers and the homeless. The community is strictly alcohol and drug free. The Community is a place in which living and working alongside others enable people to give and receive support in a safe environment. Phone: 01308 868308 Address: The Pilsdon Community, Pilsdon Manor, Pilsdon, Bridport, DT6 5NZ Web: Email: [email protected]
  • The Lantern Trust
To help and support services for vulnerable people to Improve their life. Finding the next step and giving people encouragement to move forward. Address: 2, Ranelagh Road, Weymouth, DT4 7JD Phone: 01305 787940 Web: Email: [email protected]
  • Bridport Community Front Room
A welcoming and safe place to speak to a mental health worker or peer specialist. No referral or appointment needed and you are welcome to bring a friend. Open Thursday – Sunday 3.15pm – 10.45pm over 18yrs only. Phone: 07385 290804 Address: The Assembly Rooms, Gundry Lane, Bridport, DT6 3RL.
  • Jurassic Coast PCN— Social Prescribing Team
Social Prescribing is a supported self-management service. Clients are connected to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support to assist with specific issues and to improve overall wellbeing. Open Mon – Fri from 8.30am – 4.30pm . Phone: 01308 428943 Address: Bridport Medical Centre, West Allington, Bridport, DT6 5BN Email: [email protected]
  • Harmony Drop in Centre
For anyone reaching a mental health crisis. Harmony provide a non-judgmental and safe space to talk and be listened to. Services for adults only. Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am -1pm. Phone: 07597 379290 Address: The Assembly Rooms, Gundry Lane, Bridport, DT6 3RL Web:
  • Domestic Violence Support—Paragon
Dorset County – Paragon integrated domestic abuse service. Paragon work with women, men and children. Free phone: 0800 032 5204. Web:
Email: [email protected]
  • First Point Dorset
Providing help to reduce homelessness, poverty, poor physical or mental health, or social isolation. Drop in sessions act as a front door to support in addition to traditional referral routes. Phone: 0330 123 2550. Drop-in session at St Mary’s Church, Bridport, DT6 3NW Wednesdays from 11am-1pm. Weymouth Information Centre, 98 St Mary Street, Weymouth, DT4 8NY Thurs-days. Web:

  • You Trust
Providing housing related support and guidance to people over 16 years of age facing eviction, rent arrears, court action and budgeting issues. You can self-refer to the service via telephone or email, or you can be referred to the service through an agency. Phone: 01305 216230
Web: Email: [email protected]
  • Age UK
Advice and information for people aged 50 plus on social care, housing options, homelessness, money, and benefits Phone: 01305 269444 / 0800 678 1602 Web: Email: [email protected]

Reach Drug & Alcohol Services

Support for people to address drug and alcohol misuse, mental ill health and improve their health and wellbeing. Working in the South West across Dorset and Devon in the community and within prisons. Hubs are located in Weymouth, Gillingham and Wimborne). Weymouth Hub open Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm. Phone: 0800 043 4656 Address: Weymouth Coffee Tavern, 24, High West Street, Weymouth, DT4 8JH Web:


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