Community Directory



Afro Caribbean Lunch Club

Second Friday of each month                                                                                

African and Caribbean over 50's Lunch Club which meets on the second Friday of each month and the current venue, dates and location are on the Facebook page.



Gambian Association    

1st Sunday of every month at Springbourne Library

Community Group          



Provides meetings and social opportunities for people from the Gambia living in Dorset                 


Nigerian Community in Dorset 



A not for profit community networking group for Nigerians living in Dorset


Umoja Arts Network

Arts Network                                                                                    

Contact: 07733934648


Arts Network raising the profile of African Caribbean Arts & Culture



Bournemouth Chinese School   

Every Sunday 1 – 4pm   

Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue

Bournemouth   BH9 1TW             

Contact:  0800 246 1681


Promotes Chinese language and culture in Dorset; teaching Chinese languages in Mandarin and Cantonese to children and adults. Children activities running after school include: Kung Fu, Art, Costumes, Dance, and Chinese children poems. And other activies for older people and adults.                   


Bournemouth Thai Language School      

Language school              

Mrs Piyanan Tepnarin   

8 Albercourt​, 18 Florence Road 

Bournemouth   BH5 1ER             

Contact: 01202 300916


Bournemouth Thai Language and Culture School provides an opportunity for children and young people from mixed heritage families (Thai – English) to meet socially and explore Thai culture and language.                               


Dorset Bengali Association         

Community Group                                                                                          

Contact:  07505727486             


Aims to improve, advance and promote services to mainly Bengali women and children, holding regular sessions to enable women to get together, running a swimming class etc.


Dorset Indian Association           

Community Group          

Contact: or


Promotes social cohesion through events            


Dorset Kerala Community          

Community Group          

Contact:  Manoj Pillai, President  07960357679


Offers community gatherings, Malayalam language classes, dancing lessons. Supports events including Poole Indian Mela.                   


Filbrits Community (Filipinos)  

Community Group          

Flat 5 The Avons, 9 Avon Close     

Bournemouth   BH8 8SB             

Contact:  Carmelo Pavia San Juan  07533340646                  


Support group for people from the Philippines living in Dorset                    


Hindu Women's Association

Contact: Mrs Bharati Joshi

3 Woodcocks crescent


BH 7 7JW



Indian Cultural Association Dorset


Aims to coordinate all the activities from the various Indian groups in Dorset


South Dorset Buddhist Group   

Weymouth Thurs eve

Religious group

Contact:  Sati Sati/Barbara Cohen  01305786821     


Meetings include chanting, meditation, readings, discussion, tea and are suitable for all levels of interest               


Tibetan Buddhist Centre             

Religious group                      

167 Shelbourne Road    

Bournemouth   BH8 8RD              

Contact: Sakya Thubten Ling  01202538108



Provides a quiet sanctuary for holding regular meditation and Buddhist philosophy sessions. There are annual visits from authentic Tibetan Sakya Lamas offering teachings and talks. Termly programme of events.



UK Nepal Friendship Society                                     

Flat 3 Chislehurst, Grosvenor Road              

Bournemouth   BH4 8BH              

Contact:  07811 269 454


The UK Nepal Friendship Society is a projects-driven organisation supporting the voice of the UK Nepali community, including in the Bournemouth/Dorset/Poole area. It can provide signposting and representation support to Nepali community members on access to public services, the NHS and discrimination & prejudice issues.  Locally it works with different partners, including particularly Unity in Vision (pan-Dorset largest multicultural communities organisation) particularly on community initiatives and cultural & arts displays and cookery workshops, etc..        



Dorset Centre4Us

Contact:  07515 935461

We are a group that wishes to develop the capacity and skills of socially disadvantaged communities, particularly, but not exclusively the polish community, in the county of Dorset. We aim to ensure that community members are better able to identify and meet, their needs and participate more fully in society. We do this by promoting activities to foster understanding between people from diverse backgrounds.


Hungarian Story Times

Fortnightly Fri and Sat from 10 am - 12 noon                      

Reading group  

West Howe Library         

Cunningham Crescent, West Howe

Contact:  Mate Marjanucz, 01202 573665           

A story time session for Hungarian babies and toddlers  


Polish Magazine                              

Ground Floor, 11 College Place              

Southampton    SO15 2FE            

Contact:  02380 634 283


Magazine for Polish speaking people in Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex & Berkshire                       


Read to me Mummy, Read to me Daddy (Poczytaj mi mamo, poczytaj mi tato)   

Reading group                  

Bournemouth Central Library, Bournemouth                                                   



Book club for Polish speaking children of school age     


Romanian Community Group    

Community Group          

364 Holdenhurst Road  

Bournemouth   BH8 8HB              

Contact:  Andreea Bostan  07792829263


Group aimed at helping Romanians overcome the cultural clashes and difficulties of blending in with the UK lifestyle. It will also help UK Citizens understand some of the many unique customs that Romanians have.


SZKRAB Polish Speaking Family Group  

Every Friday morning at the Old Town Childrens Centre 

Community Group                          

Old Town Children's Centre, Poole                   

Contact:  01202 261969


This group is for Polish speaking families to meet and offer each other peer-support living and working in Poole. EAL volunteers attend the groups offering advice, support and guidance with language and there are toys and activities for children under 5.


GYPSY, ROMANY AND TRAVELLERS                                                                                                                                  


Community Group and Registered Charity

Contact:  Betty Billington-Smith  07557127559



Kushti-Bok is a Dorset based group of like-minded people who work to be a voice for Romany Gypsies and Travellers.      


 Southern Gypsy Council 15

 Contact:  Margy Penny

Tel: 07521 943486




Association of Jewish Refugees

Support Group                                                                                 

Contact:  020 8385 3070


The AJR provides an extensive range of social and welfare services, and grants financial assistance to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution living in Great Britain.                 


Bournemouth Jewish Representatives Council

Umbrella Organisation  

Contact: Paul Solomon  01202 802807


The Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council (BJRC) is an umbrella organisation for all Jewish groups and activities that take place in the Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas.                           


Bournemouth Reform Synagogue

53 Christchurch Road    

Bournemouth   BH1 3PN             

Contact:  Maurice Michaels  01202 557736


Place of worship and centre for the Jewish community in Bournemouth                


Hannah Levy House      

Jewish care home - not exclusively Jewish                                    

15 Poole Road  

Bournemouth   BH2 5QR             

Contact:  01202 765361


Residential Home in Bournemouth offering specialised Person-Centred Care for Jewish Senior Citizens, as well as senior citizens from the wider community


Wessex Liberal Jewish Community

Religious Group

Contact:  Rabbi Rene Pfertzel


@W_LiberalJews M9     

We aim to be: a sincere, egalitarian and inclusive Jewish community and not just a community of Jews.                  


Bournemouth & Poole Holocaust Memorial Day Committee

Community group           

Contact: Lynda Ford Horne                                                                                                                         



MULTI CULTURAL                            

Bournemouth Interpreters' Group CIC

Service Provider              

C/o Poole CVS  

Beech House,  28-30 Wimborne Road

Poole    BH15 2BU           

Contact:  Alan Marshall  07818420522


A not for profit group providing interpreting and translation services                       


Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards

Not-for-profit organisation

Contact:  Nanzy Sebata  07950438472


Not-for-profit organisation starting up to celebrate the contribution of people from ethnic minority communities to Dorset life and economy.


It's All About Culture (IAAC)

Community Group

Contact:  Denise Wootten  07392707598


• Dedicated to improving community cohesion and social inclusion in Boscombe and the surrounding areas, through multicultural food, arts and music events • promote sustainable relationships between people of different cultures, creeds, nationalities, languages and backgrounds • celebrate positive understanding of the different cultures across the wider community •educate each culture about other fellow cultures present here in our community •involve and cooperate with as many cultures, groups and individuals as possible, thereby helping to eliminate barriers to social cohesion and inclusion                  


South West Dorset Multicultural Network

Service Provider

West Dorset District Council

58/60 High West Street

Dorchester         DT1 1U7              

Contact:  Mona Elkotory


The South West Dorset Multicultural Network (SWDMN) aims to end the isolation felt by people from Black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in South West Dorset. This service is open to all. Please contact the group for more information on events taking place.


Unity in Vision

Community Group

Contact:  07957448671





Ahmadiyya Muslim Association               

Bournemouth Branch    

51 Richmond Park Avenue          

Bournemouth   BH8 9DN



Bournemouth Islamic Centre and Central Mosque

Place of Worship             

4 St Stephen's Road       

Bournemouth   BH2 6JJ

Contact:  Majid Yasin   01202 557072


The centre is established to promote the benefit of the Muslim community in Bournemouth by promoting religion, advancing education, relieving poverty and distress and by providing facilities for protection of health and recreation with the aim of improving the conditions of life of the community. The centre operates for the benefit of all Muslims irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, country of origin or age.


Dorchester Islamic Centre

Place of Worship                             

The Commercial House

The Barracks     

Bridport Rd        

Dorchester         DT1 1RP              

Contact:  07713279497


DIC was formed to serve the spiritual and cultural needs of the Muslim community. We strive to live by the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah (sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him) which promote a peaceful and harmonious society for all.                              

SOUTH AMERICAN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Mexicans in Bournemouth

Community Group          

Contact:  07904935003                             

Mexicans in Bournemouth is a page to bring together compatriots from all over Mexico with the intention of sharing, supporting and helping each other.         




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