Free service for the over 50ís in Dorset


14th August 2013

A FREE SERVICE is available to help the over 50's in Dorset to access information and improve facilities in their local area.

Local people working as Wayfinders and Champions for the Dorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) are on hand to provide help to older people.

Ellis Ford is the POPP Wayfinder in Maiden Newton and provides support to individuals or a family member or friend who needs a helping hand to find out about the services and support available locally. Ellis will always try and find an answer, whatever the question.  He has a large list of contacts and information on a variety of topics, including: Fire Service home safety checks, health services, support for carers, home aids, home care, food, transport, benefits and social activities such as lunch clubs.

Julian English is the POPP Champion for Maiden Newton.  Julian is here to listen to older people’s concerns, identify opportunities, work with local organisations and develop activities in local communities. Successful services funded by POPP and supported by Champions include voluntary car schemes, memory cafés, exercise classes, tea dances and walking groups.

Local older people with an idea for a project, service or amenity, or a concern about a service being lost or changed, should get in touch with Julian.

Your POPP Champion is:

Julian English - 07825 206050 -

Your  POPP Wayfinder is:

Ellis Ford - 07825 264346 -

Central Contact Number 01305 548111

About Dorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP)

The aim of Dorset POPP is to encourage and inform people to help to build supportive communities which will enable older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as they wish.  If you are interested in a role with the teams of Champions and Wayfinders in Dorset please contact Help & Care on 0300 111 3303

Dorset POPP is funded by Dorset County Council and NHS Dorset to improve the quality of life for people over 50 and to promote health, wellbeing and independence.

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