Dorset Youth Association

Dorset Youth Association

The Society of Dorset Men has given £350 to the Dorset Youth Association, to support it’s work in helping local young people in need. Founded in 1943, the DYA advises and helps those under 25 who are vulnerable, homeless or in desperate need. Trained advisors talk to young people about debt, housing, education and health, both physical and mental.

The cheque was presented by Andy Prowse, Vice Chairman of The Society of Dorset Men at the DYA’s advice and information centre, called “Routes,” in North Square, Dorchester. The Society has supported many local charities and organisations in 2011, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Dorset Echo Christmas Toy appeal, the Dorset County Hospital’s Mammography Appeal, Julia’s House at Corfe Mullen and the Dorset County Museum- to buy more Thomas Hardy manuscripts. Thomas Hardy OM become the second President of The Society of Dorset Men in 1907. Sir Frederick Treves GCVO had been elected President on the society’s foundation in 1904.

Society of Dorset Men Vice Chairman Andy Prowse comments: “The Society is particularly pleased to support the long-established Dorset Youth Association, so it can continue its outstanding work with local youngsters- especially in the winter. I had no idea so many local young people were in such need and our donation will help continue the good work.”

Routes is a young peoples advice centre, which provides information and guidance to vulnerable young people in Dorchester and surrounding villages. Youth Workers give practical and emotional support- helping young people move on in education, employment, training or volunteering. The aim is to enable young people to reach their full potential, to become productive and valued members of their community.

Last year 486 young people asked for help, many of them had housing related issues, with some being homeless. The main work at Routes addresses issues such as basic life skills, benefit advice, housing support, communication issues, family relationship breakdowns and basic finance training- including debt management.

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