Families have been involved with Dorset Youth Association (DYA) since the start – from running youth clubs and groups, to transporting children to activities or expeditions, to undertaking parenting programmes or learning skills to influence their children’s decisions. DYA acknowledges the important role families provide, and that sometimes issues between family members need addressing before they can move forward.
The youth clubs and groups supported by DYA are always looking for more volunteers to help run the local clubs. If you are interested in doing this please look at our Clubs and Groups page where the currently affiliated clubs are held and get in contact.
DYA supports individual families through practical support to those nominated to us. This can be anything from helping with morning and bedtime routines to support with confidence building, self-esteem and behaviour management.
We have been delivering a very popular, well-evidenced parenting programme since 2012. Families can attend any programme with their child aged 10 – 14 years, or our adapted younger programme for families with a child aged 6-10 years, to work together through the difficult transition periods in their lives: from childhood into adolescence, and from primary education to secondary education. Currently we are unable to publish dates for the delivery of this programme due to the lack of funding. We continue to apply for funding and have every hope that we will be successful.
Activities and ideas for you to do with your families
Dorset Families Matter – Family Link Worker Service. Working with families to help with practical, emotional and social support to families.
Strengthening Families Programme. It is said that being a parent is the hardest job in the world. As children turn into teenagers many families need some help in dealing with the changes.
“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do” – Charles Duhigg