What We Do

Helping vulnerable and marginalised people.

The Lantern Trust is an independent registered charity that was founded in 1983 to help vulnerable and marginalised people in the Weymouth and Portland area.

The Lantern Trust aims to bring a lasting change in people’s lives through our dedicated service; meeting people’s practical, emotional, and personal aftercare needs. Our ethos is one of social inclusion, and we aim to break cycles of disadvantage and dependency.

Working closely and professionally with other agencies is a key aspect of the Lantern’s work. Our customers have a varied range of personal concerns including mental health problems, offending behaviour, addiction, homelessness, and all personal crises.

We aim to meet these needs through a wide range of services including advocacy, crisis response, front line practical assistance and welfare benefits, housing and accommodation support and help through the Lantern Trust’s assisted rent deposit scheme.

Our ethos throughout our work is to empower the individual and always encourage personal choice and responsibility. The building of lasting trusting relationships with our customers is the foundation on which all our work is built, the Lantern continues to be a place where laughter, friendship and hope are very apparent.

Our customers remain central to all that we do. We believe that support should be something that we are all able to access when we need it most.

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The Lantern Trust exists to finally let you be listened to so you can get the right help, find your next step and be encouraged until you’re ready to move on.