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New Forest Connects

Your #NewForestConnects page is here to provide you with signposting links, resources, FAQ’s and good news stories from the New Forest area to help guide your group or organisation through the coronavirus emergency and to provide you with the tools you need to support your users and community.

Good News Stories

There are incredible stories we are seeing coming out of New Forest. Of individuals, groups and businesses coming together to care for the most vulnerable of our community during this crisis. Click the links below to read more.

Surprise for Young Carers!

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Volunteers in New Forest parishes raise spirits with scarecrows!

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Funding is available for voluntary organisations offering essential transport

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Charities and non-profit organisations invited to attend the New Forest Virtual Funding Fair

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The below links will help you easily signpost your users to any other services they may require.

Help and Support Directory

Community First’s Help and Support Directory is an easy to use directory of local community services. It has been created to help people connect with support services and community groups where they live.

Pharmacies in Your Area

Use this link to find a list of pharmacies in your area, and those that can be found online:


Mental Health


Domestic Abuse




What should I do if I am worried about a child or adult at risk?
Speak to your volunteer supervisor about your concerns. If that is not possible, you can contact:

If the concern is about an adult – contact Hampshire Adults’ Health and Care
Online contact form
or call – 0300 555 1386

If the concern is about a child – contact Hampshire Childrens Social Care – 0300 555 1384
Out of Hours – Hampshire Adult and Children’s Services 0300 555 1373

Hampshire Constabulary
Emergency Number 999
Non emergency no. 101

You will find a link to a Safeguarding Guide on the ‘Resources’ menu on the right of this page, or click here.

Your Local Council

Connect to Support Hampshire


Below is a collection of questions our team are frequently asked and the answers to those questions. You may find useful information relevant to your group or organisation here.

I want to start a group up but have no idea where to start?

Please see our website and look for Groups and then Resources-here is the link-

You can also go to the Charity Commission website if you are interested in starting a charity at –

Please get in touch if you would like more help at

I need funding for my group how do I go about this?

You can contact us directly and we can conduct a Funding search on your behalf.
Alternatively there is a lot of information on our website at –

We need Volunteers to help run our group or, I am interested in Volunteering, how can I find out what is available in our area?

For the answer to both these questions please see our website at or see Our team will be pleased to help you.

Your Team

Meet your #NewForestConnects team

Liza Smith

Community Development Officer


Debbie Grace

Voluntary Sector Engagement Manager

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We’ve created and collated a series of toolkits and guides that provide information and guidance across a broad range of issues including for those working in response to covid-19.

Need some help or advice?

Whether you need to know how to find local support groups or who to turn to for advice, our searchable Help and Support Directory is an easy to use list of Hampshire Community Services.

Start your search