In presenting this Chairman’s report for 2018-19 I feel it appropriate that I first pay tribute to the Late Ray Seymour who passed away this last year. He was a Trustee for many years and his wisdom, dedication and friendship will be sorely missed. Ray dedicated his life to the welfare of Young People of Dorset.

The changes to the structure of our Local Authorities have now been implemented and we look forward to working with the new Dorset Council.  At this time of financial restriction it does seem to be appropriate that the statutory and voluntary sectors work hand in hand to maximise the efficient use of available resources. 

It was with some sadness that we had to close and sell our property in North Square. Routes had been a most successful project but we shared it with other agencies who, for one reason or another, were unable to continue using the building. It was not viable for us to be the sole user so the sale was the only real option for us. I am pleased to report that sale has resulted in an increase in unrestricted reserves.

Continued careful planning and fiscal prudence has once again meant that the charity is in a healthy financial position but we face a continuing uncertain future and will need to remain vigilant. The trustees have, and will continue to monitor our viability and efficiency and will maintain an appropriate financial risk-assessment process.

I am grateful to Mr Gideon Daly who has taken on the role of Treasurer and to Mr. David Chalstrey who is our new Vice Chairman. I thank all of our Trustees for their wisdom, expertise and time. We are fortunate indeed to be guided by such people.

Our staff, working under the supervision of our C.E.O. Mr. David Thompson are our biggest asset. We thank them for all their hard work and professionalism. So many young people have a better life because of their work.

We, as a charity, are immensely grateful to the many individuals and other charities that have supported us this last year. We simply couldn’t continue without their generosity.

Do take time to read this year’s report. It describes the work we undertake in line with our core values and objectives

We remain enthusiastic, viable and competent and will continue to do all we can to make a positive change to  the lives of children, young people and families in Dorset.


Allen Knott

Chairman – Dorset Youth Association