Hi Guys and welcome to Young Dorset's food and sports festival we have an exciting day this August bank holiday with lovely foods and differing sports to be tried including Exeter Chiefs Community skill sets and their gauntlet.


Food varying from Sushi, Paella, Wild Boar, Venison, Stone Baked Pizza, Hog Roast, Frozen Yogurts, Sauces and Spices, Vinegars, Pies and Pastries, Vegan and Vegetarian, Local Lamb, Ice Creams, Cakes and Treats, Jam's, Pulled Pork, Fruit Preserves, Fruit Baskets, Cider, Cocktails and Cream teas with much much more....


It's going to be a fantastic event so come on guys, come down for a great day out and have some fun!

NCS History



National Citizen Service:


We would like to introduce you to ‘Young Dorset Charity’ and our National Citizens Service (NCS) project for the summer 2012.

Young Dorset’s NCS Project lasts for 4-5 weeks in the summer holidays as detailed above, and is open to students in Years 11 and 12 (so 16 & 17 year olds). To start the project, we run two weeks of residential activities - one week where we’re camping locally in Dorset, and the other we’re staying in the Lake District. We also have activities for young people to attend such as development sessions with England’s Rugby fullback Danielle Waterman, Olympics Torch and sports event on the 13th July (Poole) and volunteering at Weymouth Olympics on the 9th August to name a few.


The last 2 weeks of the project are spent researching and constructing a community-based project of the young people’s choice, the idea being that they raise money and awareness for a cause or campaign in their local area.

The best bit about Young Dorset’s community project is that young people choose themselves what they would like to do or raise money for! As an example, last year our groups chose to raise money for the Poole RNLI Lifeboat station, Help for Heroes and wrote bids to get money for a new football kit for Turlin Moor Youth Centre worth £800.


Examples of the 2011 successful project and activities can be seen on Facebook at ‘NCS South West’ (please use a space between South and West).

Young Dorset are running two projects this year, with two different start dates so it would be a good idea to take a look at the dates on the itineraries at the website to make sure you’re free for the duration of the project! The start dates are the 9th July and the 13th August, so just pick which one you want to join in by printing, emailing or posting the application forms as found on www.youngdorset.org under NCS 2012.


Please note that the project is only for Years 11 and 12 (so 16 & 17 year olds) young people, and operates on a first come first serve basis with 22 places from 60 remaining. Remember, it’s completely free and a brilliant experience which is also great on your CV!



Unfortunately the Big Lottery has rejected the following project on scoring!

However we would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard identifying the need, the effort given and appolgise - sorry


Young Dorset's Pilot

'Sustainable Youth Programme'


Over the past year and half we have run a pilot of delivering free healthy lifestyles sessions after school for pupils. Each school was given 6 weeks free tuition in their chosen sport with the option of then continuing with the sessions on a paid basis. Many of the schools were unable to continue with paid sessions due to the financial constrains of either the school or the families. Out of 21 schools, only 4 schools/families were able to continue with the paid sessions with numbers dwindling due to finances, we have evidence from schools detailing that although the training was excellent and the pupils really enjoyed them, with the obvious health benefits being seen, they can't afford to continue with the programme.


We have also consulted through informal discussions, with community groups, schools, teachers, children and parents whilst delivering this pilot. Another pilot saw us delivering cookery & nutrition workshops for children and youth in schools and community groups, all thought the workshops were a great success with the schools and community groups wanting the programme rolled out on a larger scale, unfortunately due to the financial costs they are unable to do so, we have evidence of the pilots success.


A recent project we ran was the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme (as seen on Facebook: search for NCS South West). The project saw young people from disengaged and differing socioeconomic backgrounds recognising the need and identified the projects benefits to their community and friends.


We work with County Sports Partnerships and departments about the need for engaging our disengaged youth whereby they recognise the need for developing and engaging our youth in motivating educational projects such as ours.


Therefore from  our research evidence of this pilot we have submitted a Big Lottery bid to help with the identified needs above.  For more information, advise and guidance on how to help or contribute to our research please contact Lisa O'Connor at Young Dorset: loconnor@youngdorset.org


Peter England from the Co-operative presents £500 to Young Dorset's Anna Richardson and James Gregory who would like to say "thanks very much".


30/05/2012 We are sad to hear that unfortunately Peter passed away last week and we would like to pass on our condolences to his family and work colleagues.  We only just met him a few weeks ago and he was an inspiration.

Sponsors & CSR