Local Equality Groups
Links to equalities networks and forums.
Dorset Forum for Equality and Diversity (Dorset FED)
Dorset FED promotes equality and diversity in Dorset. It brings together groups that support people who may be disadvantaged because of disability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, or because of rural isolation and poverty. Public service providers with a duty to promote equality and diversity - e.g. local councils Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and the NHS - also contribute to the forum as associate members. For more information please contact Emily Cooter, Organisational Development Officer on 01305 838204.
South West Multicultural Network
This network promotes multiculturalism in Dorset and welcomes members from all black and minority ethnic groups. It offers regular newsletters and social events, including a multicultural celebration day each October. It also provides the opportunity to raise more serious issues, and contributes to various strategic steering groups and committees in the area.
Dorset Race Equality Council
Dorset REC is explicit about tackling racial discrimination and our support for race equality. They take a lead in the community in Dorset in the following areas:
- Dealing with racial discrimination
- Supporting victims of racial discrimination
- Promoting good relations between persons of different racial groups
- Gathering and monitoring racial incidence data in partnership with other agencies
- Offer training to various organisation
- Perform research projects for outside agencies concerning race/ethnic issues
Their Mission Statement is "To work to build a South West where lesbian gay bisexual and trans people can live and work among our neighbours without prejudice and without fear."
Dorset Partnership for Older Peoples Programme (POPP)
Dorset POPP was one of 29 national pilot programmes funded by the Department of Health (DoH) in 2006 to improve the quality of life for older people by making sure that opportunities are put in place locally to promote healthy lifestyles, independence and preventative services and activities. The project is now jointly funded by Dorset County Council and NHS Dorset.
Dorset Association for the Disabled
The Dorset Association for the Disabled, affiliated to RADAR, was set up in 1951 to provide additional services and social amenities for people with disabilities in the county of Dorset. It has always aimed to complement and supplement services provided by statutory welfare authorities, with whom the Association liaises closely.
South West Dorset Talking Newspaper
The South West Dorset Talking Newspaper provides a weekly dose of local news and a talking magazine, free of charge, to people who are either blind or partially sighted.
Weymouth & Portland Access Group
Weymouth & Portland Access Group is a voluntary organisation mostly comprised of people with disabilities. Their aim is to help local people, whether with physical disabilities or sensory impairments, to access services in the area; e.g. shops, restaurants, public buildings, churches, pubs and supermarkets. Also to make sure people using wheelchairs or mobility scooters can get through barriers, down kerbs, etc.
Dorset Blind Association
Dorset blind association is an independent charity supporting people with sight loss throughout the County. They were established in 1918 and celebrated their 90th Anniversary during 2008. Their general Service Provision Policy is to provide practical help and assistance for anyone suffering from sight loss, which enables those people to maintain healthy, independent and socially inclusive living for as long as possible, notwithstanding the impact of their sight loss.