Verwood Connect is based in a spacious building in the centre of Verwood, close to many local amenities such as shops, cafes, a gym, cinema and parks. The centre has its own secluded garden and use of the community centre garden next door.
Facilities, activities and services offered
There is a seasonal programme of activities tailored to support individual clients with varying needs and goals. The service enables clients to participate in a variety of activities within and outside the service, including: swimming and hydro swims; local walks; crafts; furniture upcycling/shabby chic; cooking and baking; golf; gardening; sailing; sports and gym; photography; cognitive skills; music appreciation and cycling.
There are regular outings to sporting events; to the theatre and to the Knotticat and Dolphin boat, as well as to activities in the local community such as walks; shopping and eating out. Clients regularly attend a lunch club in the local community.
The service holds theme days and parties to celebrate festivals, sporting events and royal occasions. They hold concerts and join Tricuro’s Ferndown Plus service for musical events.
The service has a fitness room; two changing rooms and showering facilities and a sensory room.
Support to carers
The service holds regular carers’ coffee mornings. Signposting, advice and guidance is provided, and the service offers daily respite attendance to support carers. The service is involved in a new joint carers support group in conjunction with local GP surgeries.
Verwood Connect is open 9.30 am to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday. It is closed at weekends and bank holidays.
Various meeting rooms are available to hire, as well as the fitness room, kitchen, shower and changing rooms and the sensory room. Charges and further information are available on request.