Who We Support


The Corfe Mullen Carnival is pleased to be able to support the following Charities and Community Organisations.


Harlequin Care is a small Dorset charity which offers Complementary Therapy treatments to Dorset's unpaid Carers.

Our vision: to preserve and protect the health of Dorset's forgotten unpaid Carers.

Caring for a loved one with a life limiting illness can sometimes be difficult, both physically and emotionally. Harlequin Care provides support for Carers, free of charge, through the provision of Complementary Therapy treatments and befriending.

Harlequin Care runs Carers' days throughout Dorset.  These days are an opportunity to meet with Harlequin Care volunteers and other Carers, have a relaxed chat over refreshments and then have a pre-booked appointment with a qualified holistic practitioner from a range of Complementary Therapies, including various Massage treatments, Reflexology, Reiki, Beauty facials and Manicures. There is also a Counsellor available to help Carers who are struggling with various issues.

Each of our day clinics costs £1200 as we need to hire a venue and pay our therapists, so we are in constant need of financial help.

Any resident of Dorset who is caring for a relative, friend or neighbour is eligible to benefit from the services of Harlequin Care.  We have in the region of 70 Carers on our books - a small number of Dorset's 42,000 unpaid Carers!


Please visit the Harlequin Care website for further details.

Ashley’s Birthday Bank is a Dorset Charity, based in Christchurch, set up at the end of 2014 and registered as a charity in April 2015. It provides a vital service for many children and families in the Poole, Bournemouth & Christchurch area.

The charity provides two types of services:

  • Firstly, it provides underprivileged children (up to the age of 16) with a birthday and Christmas present to ensure they do not go without on these special occasions.
  • Secondly, it provides a crisis service for families who have run away from domestic violence, been subject to neglect or abuse, or find themselves going through a financially difficult time. The crisis service provides food shopping, baby equipment, nappies, baby milk, toys, furniture, clothes/toiletries etc to these families to help them through this time.

The charity also works closely with the local refuges, the human trafficking unit, schools etc. Unfortunately, the need in this area is massive and daily requests are received for support - whether that is a referral from a refuge or a school, or through a Social Worker, Police Liaison Officer etc.

To provide these services the charity relies solely on donations.  All staff work on a voluntary basis, so any money received goes straight into providing the support that is required.

Please visit the Ashley's Birthday Bank website for more details.

Dolphin was conceived as a special project by the Rotary Club of Parkstone in 1979 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rotary International. The aim was to provide a specially equipped sturdy, safe boat to give free pleasure trips to disabled persons of all ages and disabilities in Poole Harbour.

Dolphin III is a specially designed boat that offers free trips around Poole Harbour for people with disabilities.

The boat operates every day, except Sunday, from May to September.

Dolphin III is crewed entirely by volunteers, with an experienced skipper in charge of every trip. There are over 40 volunteers on the crew list.

Trips around the harbour last about 2 hours. There is normally a morning trip, starting at 11am, and an afternoon trip, starting at 2pm. When the tides allow, the boat makes a trip to Wareham, to include a fish and chip lunch.

Dolphin III is enjoyed by people with a wide range of disabilities and of all ages. Many passengers are from special schools, care homes and organizations for people with disabilities; individuals also make bookings.

Whilst the majority of passengers come from Dorset and Hampshire, people come from as far away as the Midlands and Scotland. Dolphin III can take up to six wheelchairs and has ample seating for ambulant passengers and carers. The boat has easy access for wheelchairs, with a sturdy ramp between the boat and the pontoon giving level access.

The maximum capacity of the boat is 12 people (including carers).

Over 30,000 passengers have used the boat and the group have asked for our support of £1,000 to help with over-winter maintenance and training cost.

Please visit the Friends of Dolphin website for more details.

Montacute is a specialist school looking after 82 young people with complex learning difficulties or disabilities in the Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset area. Whilst the students have undoubted skills and abilities, they also struggle to overcome profound difficulties. Many are on the autistic spectrum, others have sensory impairment, physical disabilities or high medical needs. All have problems with communication and learning.

When Montacute School was completely rebuilt in 2014/5, the original budget was slashed from £12 million to £5 million: delivering, in effect, an empty shell. The school has worked very hard (with help from donors and partners) to equip the school with the complex equipment needed to enable students to fully engage with learning - safely and with dignity, and now needs to provide a similarly stimulating external learning and sensory environment.

The Step Outside masterplan identifies what is needed to transform the school grounds, and this is broken down into a series of discrete projects. It would be really rewarding if Corfe Mullen Carnival was able to make a significant contribution to one of these projects.

Please visit the Montacute School website for further details.

Forest Holme is an adult hospice based in Poole that provides individually tailored and exceptional hospice care.

Specialist teams help to relieve the suffering of people from across Poole, Wimborne and the Purbecks who are facing a life limiting or terminal illness. Care is provided in a variety of settings such as: a patient's home, in nursing homes, care homes, in hospital, or in Forest Holme itself.

"We make sure we are there for our patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives".

The charity needs to raise £750,000 this year to support all aspects of the hospice, and Corfe Mullen Carnival is pleased to provide a helping hand in this.

Please visit the Forest Holme Hospice website for more details.