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The Dorset Max Card

Information about the Max Card including how and where you can use it.

What is it?

The Dorset Max Card is a discount card for disadvantaged children and young people. This includes those registered on the Xchange. The card gives the owner, and one other person, free or discounted access and benefits at a range of venues and organisations across Dorset and beyond.

The card can only be used by the child that the card is registered to so please do not lend to anyone else.

Who can use one?

The card is available to:

 CriteriaHow long is the card valid for?
Group AAll Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole) based young carers, children in care, some care leaversMax Card lasts for the current year and expires on 31 December
Group BAll children and young people who are disabled and registered on  The Xchange (opens in a new window) and living in Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole)The card is age banded and can last for up to 4 years

How to apply for a card

Group A

If you are in group A, a card will be issued through the young carers team or Action For Children.

Group B

You will receive a card when joining the Xchange. If you are the parent or carer of a child or young person who is disabled and you are not yet registered with The Xchange, join online (opens in a new window). If you would prefer, you can email the Xchange Co-ordinator for an application form.

Where can the card be used?

You can use the Max Card to get free/reduced rate entry or discounts at lots of places in Dorset. Our list of participating venues is growing all the time, these include:

  • museums
  • leisure centres
  • activity venues such as Monkey World and the Sealife Centre
  • shops and cafe's

See our list of venues on the scheme (pdf, 833kb) (opens in a new window).

Details of the venues

We recommend contacting the venue for up-to-date details including:

  • opening times
  • price
  • to check the current discounts on offer
  • their provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities

Search the Family Information Directory for information on the venue.

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How you can help make the Dorset Max Card better

If you'd like a venue (not currently on our list) to be part of the scheme you can:

  • let us know and we will speak to the venue about joining
  • tell the manager of the venue and ask them to contact the Xchange Co-ordinator

If you come across a venue who is a member of the scheme but they do not recognise the card, let us know so we can solve the issue. Sometimes changes in staff or ownership can lead to confusion.

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