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Rights and citizenship

You might be interested in the following rights and citizenship information

Access Dorset

Access Dorset is a user led organisation and registered charity, run by disabled people, older people and carers. We work to remove the physical, attitudinal and communication barriers that exist and are faced daily by us.

Diverse Abilities

Diverse Abilities is Dorset’s disability charity supporting children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities. The Advice Team offers assistance to people who may struggle with complicated issues or situations, questions and forms in relation to disability benefits and legal matters including lasting power of attorney (LPA), deputyship and wills with trusts.

Dorset Police

Would you like crime prevention advice and tips on areas such as protecting your home and property? Do you want to contact Crimestoppers to provide anonymous information? Do you need station opening hours or other contact details for police services in Dorset?

Dorset Race Equality Council

Registered charity who raise awareness and promote equality between people of different ethnic backgrounds. Are you looking for help or advice with racial discrimination? Do you need information or training on race equality?

Dorset Ramblers Association

The Dorset Ramblers are dedicated to protecting footpaths and other places to which the public has a right of way or access on foot. Find out about Rights of Way, report a problem in Dorset or an adjacent county. Get information on membership and how to take part in walks.

Dorset Safeguarding Young People Board.

Are you looking for information about young people’s rights? Advice and support for children and young people, parents, carers, and people working with children. The board is made up of representatives from statutory, voluntary and community organisations.

LGB&T Dorset Equality Network

Acts in an advisory capacity with private, public and third-sector bodies with regard to the safety and freedom from prejudice of LGB&T people in Dorset.

Rights of way

Dorset Council information on all aspects of Countryside, Coast and Parks, including rights of way, access to beaches, dog walking and children’s play areas.

Space Youth Project, Dorset's LGBT+ youth project

Space Youth Project runs regular youth groups all across Dorset, in Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, Weymouth, and Sherborne, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning young people. As well as offering one-to-one support, family support, school-based workshops for primary-age children and training for professionals.

Information last updated 03 April 2019

National information

Citizens Advice

Check the Consumer section for advice on buying on the Internet, returning goods, rogue traders, choosing and comparing energy suppliers etc.

Law Society - find a solicitor

Search the database of registered solicitors, and find further guidance about paying for legal services, specialist solicitors, lawyers for businesses etc.

Legal aid

Find out about Legal Aid, eligibility criteria and how to claim it.

UK legislation

Search the official portal to the full text of all legislation from 1988 to the present day.


Register to vote or apply for vote by proxy.

Which? Consumer rights

Find sample letters, step-by-step guides to how to place a complaint and guidance on relevant legislation.

Write to them

Get help in identifying and writing a message to your local councillor, MP or MEPs.