DYA was established in 1943 to provide valuable support to volunteers in towns and villages across Dorset who had bravely agreed to run youth clubs to keep their children and young people entertained and engaged. Things were very different – World War II was still going on, no television and certainly no Internet.  Entertainment depended on adults supporting their children, and taking a lead to make things happen.  DYA was there to provide the support and help needed to make these clubs happen.  And this support has continued, evolving and changing with time, for over 70 years. With Dorset County Council  stopping funding to their network of youth centres,  many of these centres will now be run by new community groups, all asking for help to set up and provide a safe environment for their children and young people. And in line with this we have seen a 20% increase in membership and requests for help to keep the groups open.

In order to offer information, advice and activities DYA provides a dedicated member of staff to provide support for these groups, but we need to raise at least £30,000 each year to continue to offer this much needed service.

We want the young people to be safe, learn and have fun – just the same as their counterparts in 1943.  The clubs and groups need help with advice on governance, management and constitutions, providing vital police checks, First Aid training, training on health and safety, policies and procedures, planning a successful programme. DYA visits and delivers training to those volunteers running clubs, which helps ensure they are able to spend their time doing what they love best -  running clubs for young people.  

For added interest we also deliver a range of exciting activities and competitions for young people. Clubs and Groups have taken part in our Dorset Talent Show, showing off their singing, dancing and playing skills; The Big Music Project which led to national accreditations in music production and performance; Outdoor Activities including hill walking and canoeing; Sports programmes with archery, non-contact boxing, football and slack-lining.  But we cannot continue this support without funding.

So you know where your support would go –

£5 Provides a template or draft policy for club leaders to use to keep themselves and their young club members safe

£10 Provides accreditation to recognise the volunteering a young person has been doing

£15 Provides an hour of activity for a club or group – a keep fit session or football or guided walk to keep young people active and healthy


If you are able to help with a one off donation or can give on a regular basis please hit the donate button.

Thank you for your support.