Dorset Youth Association has always worked hard to champion the involvement of young people in fundraising, including those with additional needs. Year on year the success of youth fundraising has continued, and as a progressive model we will continue to develop it within the future.

  • Working alongside young people from the 4 most deprived wards of Weymouth, Portland and West Dorset we worked on a number of projects;
  • We conducted consultations with hard to reach young people and helped them to develop plan to maintain communication of ideas between youth leaders and Weymouth, Portland and West Dorset Borough Council.
  • We worked with young people and were successful in raising nearly £10,000 from the Clore Duffield Foundation for a youth led pilot project. This created a community of readers within a voluntary and statutory youth club in deprived and isolated wards of Dorset.
  • We were successful with a bid to the Inspired by 2012 Health and Wellbeing Legacy Fund for £20,000 to provide a Project Coordinator for Weymouth, Portland and West Dorset.

These projects were valuable in promoting sustainability for the bids as the young people will be taking on more responsibilities and attracting more funding.

This work also helped to engage with young people who had no experience of fundraising or volunteering but the enthusiasm to…

“…prove to people we are not rubbish but can help”

Young Graduate Heritage Workers

We were successful in raising money for a unique partnership with the South Dorset AONB project, Artsreach, Bincombe Primary School and St Frances Church, Littemoor. This Partnership provided free heritage activities for families in Littlemoor.

Within this project we were able to employ young people who have worked on the Walking in Their Shoes project as ‘Young Graduate Heritage Workers’. By gaining experience and developing skills through Walking in Their Shoes these young people have used their passion for heritage to lead them to employment. The position of ‘Young Graduate Heritage Workers’ will help local Primary School students to create an interactive geocache heritage trail on part of the ridgeway located near their School and the Littlemoor estate.