Since Dorset Youth Association (DYA) was established it has offered support to youth clubs and groups. Throughout the years DYA has changed and developed the services on offer to meet the changing needs of children and young people, volunteers, clubs and groups and many funding providers. Our core of work of supporting these youth clubs and groups continues to be a high priority.

DYA has a legal and moral responsibility to ensure all young people coming into contact with clubs and groups affiliated to DYA, are safeguarded from harm and we take this responsibility very seriously. Therefore we endeavour to provide support for all clubs and groups to ensure that they are able to operate at the highest possible standards.

What services are on offer? See our checklist here

As a minimum DYA will offer;

  • Community consultation and support for volunteers who wish to establish new youth clubs or groups.
  • A dedicated member of staff to visit and support clubs in their communities.
  • Support and advice on writing or updating a constitution, policies, procedures and risk assessments.
  • Health and Safety advice and guidance.
  • Assistance recruiting volunteers.
  • Access to specialist training; e.g. Safeguarding, First Aid (a small charge for some courses).
  • Daytime helpline 09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 09:00 – 16:30 on Fridays.
  • Weekly e-bulletin with information on; youth issues in Dorset, within the region and at a national level, best practice, training and funding opportunities.
  • Access to reward and recognition scheme for youth people and volunteers.
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) support - completed in your community.
  • Access to low cost insurance scheme.
  • Fundraising advice.
  • Affiliation to the national youth charities UK Youth and Ambition.
  • Access to Ambition Quality Standard for youth clubs and groups.
  • A programme of positive activities for children and young people.

All of this for an annual membership fee of just £25

For more information contact us or call 01305 262440


Affiliation Letter

Affiliation Form 2019-20

Affiliation Form 2019-20 [97-2003 word format]

Self Assessment Tool

Self Assessment Guidance