Following Dorset Youth Association’s (DYA) inclusion in the national v Pilot Project we attracted a further 3 years of funding.

“We started changing after coming here because we were welcomed and not judged which is pretty good”

The Dorset v Team supported young people aged 16 – 25 years old to find volunteering opportunities. The project was designed to encourage young people with individual support needs to develop their own youth-led volunteering projects based on their own interests, skills and needs. This helped to develop their self-confidence, self-esteem and the ability to gain accreditation whilst running projects to improve their communities.

“Volunteering has given me the chance to try new and exciting activities that I would not have had the opportunity to do otherwise. As a result of this I have now changed my ideas of career options and have decided that I now want to go into youth work or be an event’s organiser”

Staff always focussed on created new and exciting volunteering opportunities and creating links with new partner organisations, local District Councils, Schools/ Colleges and providers of youth support.

During the funding v ran project such as working with the Friendship Club, and ITV Fixers to produce a DVD reflecting on the positive contribution people with additional need can make to their community. They also volunteered with the Bridport Flower Power Project and went on expedition to Machynlleth in Wales.

“The residential has helped me improve my self-confidence”

Impact

Over the course of the 3 year project v inspired over 700 young people toi become actively involved within their community and created over 2000 volunteering opportunities.

Throughout the course of the project v volunteers provided support to partner organisations from Dorset Police to the National Trust.

“…Dorset v has helped tremendously by giving me experience and helping find my career path. Indeed, my employer confirmed that my volunteering commitment played a large part in my recruitment. Without Dorset v I would still be unemployed and on Jobseekers Allowance”