These charities we support :
Dorset Search & Rescue – Dorset Search & Rescue is a team of highly trained volunteers who work with the Police, Coastguard and other emergency services in the search, rescue or recovery of missing persons.Additionally, we provide swift and flood water rescue teams, assistance in the search for significant objects (including crime-based searches) and support to the statutory agencies at major incidents.
The Front skatepark Weymouth – The Front first opened in July 2001, the result of a three-year campaign organised by local parents and young people. The group presented a 5,000+ signature petition to Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, asking for help to provide much-needed extreme sports facilities. The Council donated the disused filling station site on the seafront at Lodmoor, providing the group could raise the funds to develop it as a community skatepark. We provide activities in a safe environment for the inhabitants of Weymouth, Portland and surrounding areas, regardless of age, gender, race, creed, background, or ability with the object of improving the conditions of life of such inhabitants. We need about £1,500 a month to keep it going. We have to pay the rates, bills water and the insurance is about £500 a month. This does not include monies required for renovation. For more info visit.
Westfield Arts College – Westfield Arts College aim to provide a a well rounded education for their pupils, offering the full national curriculum differentiated by their well qualified staff to meet the individual needs of their pupils. Every aspect of the curriculum is brought alive by a programme of additional learning opportunities. Friends of Westfield School are currently raising funds for a new playground. Their current playground area is just a tarmac square with chain link fence around it. Many of the children finding this environment difficult to cope with. Their aim is provide a stimulating, exciting, safe play area. Full cost of this is around £200,000 with them having raised so far in excess of £120,000. For more info visit www.westfield.dorset.sch.uk
Islander’s Youth and Commnuity Centre – We provide a warm, safe and inclusive place for groups such as regular baby and toddler groups, after school clubs, sports and other events for local children. Also a venue for summer fetes, craft fayres and parties. We also hold regular events for the community such as bingo nights and over 50’s clubs.
Our challenges are the constant maintenace such as roof repairs, and updating facilities, and providing equipment for things like our toddler groups.
Eco in Mind (formerly the GAP project) – Dorset Mind, in partnership with Meyers Estate Agents, has created The GAP Project, a way for local people to improve their wellbeing through tending allotments.
The project began life in Louds Mill Allotments, in Dorchester, by offering residents practical support whilst offering a service and a safe space for those struggling with their mental health. A spokeswoman for Dorset Mind said: “We’re proud to see such results and can’t wait to offer the same now to Weymouth residents, providing even more reach for mental health services across Dorset. Anyone with mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing challenges can access the service, which offers opportunities to sow seeds, plant fruit and vegetables, dig, weed and prune, plan new spaces, up cycle pallets into furniture and create wildlife habitats.
The Lantern Trust aims to bring a lasting change in people’s lives through our dedicated service; meeting people’s practical, emotional, and personal aftercare needs. Our ethos is one of social inclusion, and we aim to break cycles of disadvantage and dependency.Working closely and professionally with other agencies is a key aspect of the Lantern’s work. Our customers have a varied range of personal concerns including mental health problems, offending behaviour, addiction, homelessness, and all personal crises.