For various food banks and other surplus food initiatives see Food Access Help.
Health and Wellbeing
Bridport Community Front Room
Offering face to face mental health support at the Assembly Rooms at Gundry Lane. COVID compliant. A video and telephone service is also available. Opening times: Thursday – Sunday 3.15pm – 10.45pm No referral required. Call 07385 290804 to make an appointment.
Bridport Coronavirus Support Group
A volunteer support group which includes local organisations, groups and individuals who can offer support if you are vulnerable and self-isolating.
Contact: email or telephone 07401 243585.
Harmony Mental Health Drop In Project
A friendly, welcoming, informal service offering peer support, information, signposting and a variety of enjoyable activities to local people who are living with a mental health problem. Opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am – 1.00pm. No referral required. Telephone 07597 379290.
The Cow Shed at number 17 – Grow, Gather, Give
This Allotment Garden in West Road will be a happy place where Bridport Medical Centre patients can be referred in order to increase their wellbeing through growing flowers and vegetables, sharing a cuppa and meeting new people. It will be wheelchair accessible but will also offer projects for people wanting a challenge. Facebook.
Occasional courses on a donation basis aimed at people experiencing stress, anxiety or depression through lockdown. ‘Tools for Positivity’ incorporates bodywork, breathwork, nutrition advice and stress reduction techniques.
- Bridport Community Support Helpline – 01308 808900.
- NHS Dorset Health Care – 0300 123 5440
- Dorset Covid-19 Response Hub – 01305 221022
- Dorset Together Helpline – 01305 221000
- Bridport Citizens Advice Bureau – 03444 111 444
- Dorset Community Action – 01202 847609
- Age UK – 01305 269444
- Dorset Digital Hotline – 01305 221000 (Mon-Fri 10am -12noon)
Access to nature
Bridport Town Council has suggestions of green spaces to visit in the area and links to walking groups: https://bridportandwestbay.co.uk/out-and-about-bridport-green-spaces/.
Asker Nature Reserve Project
Aims to transform an unused area of land owned by Bridport Town Council into a shared community space using sustainable practices to both aid access whilst conserving and enhancing the natural ecology, and promoting well-being, education and quiet enjoyment for all sectors of the local community.
Stepping into Nature
Run by Dorset AONB, the project uses Dorset’s natural and cultural landscape to provide activities and sensory rich places for older adults, including those living with long-term health conditions.
Potential funding sources for local initiatives
Click here for more information on potential funding sources for local initiatives around Bridport.