It is my privilege to present the Chairman’s report for 2019-2020.

I feel it is more than appropriate that I first pay tribute to our staff as they have continued to show commitment, flexibility and professionalism. Their response to the problems created by the Coronavirus has been exemplary. They have been led so well by Lindsey Halford and Dave Thompson, so on behalf of all the Trustees and indeed the young people of Dorset I wish to place on record our thanks and gratitude for all they do. 

The changes to the structure of our Local Authorities have now been completed. We continue to liaise with them as they assess the needs of young people, and prepare their plan to implement a policy that will maximise the efficiency of available resources. I feel sure that in times of financial restriction, the expertise of charities, such as ourselves, will prove to be both needed and valued.

One of the key functions of the Trustees is to ensure that we, as a charity, have policies and procedures in place that, in so far as is reasonably possible, enable us to deal with problematic situations as they arrive. The Trustees have spent much time in reviewing and updating these policies including a major piece of work on ‘Risk Assessment.’

We have continued to adhere to our policy of fiscal prudence, and I am pleased to report that this means that our charity is in a healthy financial position. Let us, however, be in no doubt that we face an uncertain future and will need to remain vigilant. Funding streams from local organisations will inevitably be reduced as so many of their fundraising events have had to be cancelled. We are so grateful for the donations we receive and in thanking our donors we commit ourselves to using every penny for the benefit of our service users.

I am grateful to my Vice Chairman, Treasurer and all the Trustees. They have a wealth of expertise and give of their time freely. We are fortunate indeed to be guided by such people. 

The year ahead might well prove to be troublesome and we may be faced with having to make difficult decisions. We are, however in good shape and in good heart. I never cease to be amazed and humbled by the energy, commitment and positivity shown by all connected with us. 

May I ask you to take time and read this year’s Annual Report. It describes the work we undertake in line with our core values and objectives.

There is much to do and we shall approach the coming months with enthusiasm. I say with pride that we are still viable and competent. We shall continue to devote our best efforts to help the young people of Dorset reach their potential.


Allen Knott

Chairman – Dorset Youth Association