Sexual Violence Awareness Week - in the Bournemouth Echo

STARS organized various events during Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week to improve access to support and education. Read about it in the Bournemouth Echo. Read more

Sky Divers raise £12,860 for STARS

Eighteen sky divers took to the skies in 2022 and raised a whopping £12,860 for us! We are so grateful! Read all about it here. Read more

STARS Dorset Receives Seven Year  Contract to Continue its support of  Sexual Violence Survivors across Dorset

We've been awarded a seven year contract to continue to provide our much needed  Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service across the county. Full details here. Read more

STARS Dorset Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2023

STARS Dorset will be closed from 4pm on Friday 22nd December until 9am Tuesday 2nd January 2024. Here are a list of support services that are available during this time. Read more

STARS Dorset Receives Funding to Help Children and Adults Affected by Domestic Abuse

STARS Dorset has received funding from both BBC Children in Need and the National Lottery to expand its services in order to help support both children and adults who have been affected by domestic abuse. Read more

STARS Dorset achieves service Quality Standard for its work with male survivors of sexual violence

STARS Dorset has recently gained accreditation for its work with male survivors of sexual violence and achieved a male service Quality Mark for both its Counselling Service and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service. Read more

STARS Dorset on BBC Spotlight June 2020

A recent feature on STARS on BBC Spotlight about the work we do and the support we have continued to offer during COVID-19. Read more

STARS Dorset launches its first Crowdfunding Page

STARS Dorset has been chosen as one of the projects supported by the Aviva Community Fund. We have set up a Crowdfunding page, our FIRST EVER,  and we're asking the local community to pledge their support and help us raise funds to ensure our services are available to all those who need our support across Dorset during these unprecedented times. Read more

STARS Dorset opens a new centre in West Dorset

Due to the increasing demand for its services STARS Dorset opened a new centre in Dorchester, West Dorset. The charity currently has its main offices in Poole and the new centre will mean its services will be more accessible to clients in the west of the county. Read more

Make a Difference in 2023 and 2024

Make a Difference in 2023 and 2024. We are looking for volunteers to help deliver a variety of frontline services for the charity across Dorset. The roles we are looking for include: Helpline Listeners, Counsellors, Admin Support and Events Volunteers. Read more

The Rise in Domestic Abuse Across the South - BBC Spotlight Programme

A BBC Spotlight report on the rise of domestic abuse across the south. This report mentions STARS Dorset and the work we do with those who have suffered from sexual violence. Some of the content you may find distressing, so please only watch if you feel strong enough to do so. Read more

STARS Brand wins Creative Impact Award at Dorset Business Awards

Global Brand Communications won the Creative Impact Award at the Dorset Business Awards for creating the STARS brand. We could not be more thrilled, so deserved for all the hard work they put in and for really taking the time to understand our work, our team and our clients and creating an amazing brand. Read more

Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard

STARS Dorset have achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work they do with volunteers. Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers. Investing in Volunteers aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by volunteers. Read more

STARS Dorset Counselling Team Wins Volunteer Group of the Year

Congratulations to our amazing Volunteer Counselling Team who were Awarded Volunteer Group of the Year 2019 by the Volunteer Centre Dorset . Thank you so much for all you do, you guys are amazing! Stars Dorset benefits from the support of over thirty incredible volunteer counsellors offering therapeutic support to our clients. If you would like to be part of our award winning team email [email protected] . Read more

AFC Bournemouth Donates £1000 to STARS Dorset Children and Young People Service

STARS Dorset are hugely grateful to have received £1000 from AFC Bournemouth’s half time Cherries Community Draw. The much needed funds will be spent specifically on the work the charity does with Children and Young People across the county. Read more

Sky Diving Team raises £4500 for the charity

Our sky diving team raised £4500! The brave group of supporters took to the skies at Go Sky Dive in Salisbury and each one bravely jumped from 10,000ft and helped raise the fantastic total. The team, made up of the charity’s volunteers, counsellors, employees and those who have seen the great work the charity does, each had their own reasons for bravely jumping and the charity is hugely grateful. Read more

Volunteers Week

We just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers and let you know about all the volunteering opportunities we have at STARS Dorset. #volunteersweek Read more

STARS is launched

Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre has changed its name and will become known as STARS, an acronym on its new name, Sexual Trauma And Recovery Service - Dorset Rape Crisis. The new name was the clever idea of one of the charity's volunteers with the aim of encouraging more people across the county to engage with the charity and the support it offers. Read more

Wellbeing Workshops

STARS Dorset was awarded funds by the Tampon Tax Fund which was used to launch a series of six week Wellbeing Workshops throughout 2019 which consist of Yoga, Art and Sound Healing sessions. The workshops will run from February to November. Read more