These are our nominated charities for the 2016/17 season:
Supporters’ Charity of the Year
Diverse Abilities is the only charity that supports children and adults with profound physical and/or learning disabilities, and their families, in Dorset.
The charity was founded in 1955 by Mrs Phyllis Edwards who formed a group of parents, intent on providing better opportunities for their children with physical and learning disabilities. The charity has now grown to support over 700 children and adults in the county.
The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for young people aged 2 to 19, adults with disabilities, and their families through its Children’s Team, Adult Services, Langside School and an Advice Team.
Diverse Abilities is a lifeline to many families in Dorset and aims to give those supported a fantastic life and encouraging future. By providing round the clock care and support, the charity provides the people it supports with everything they need to have an enjoyable and fulfilling life.
Dorset Cancer Care
AFC Business (AFC Bournemouth’s business club) & Chairman’s Charity of the Year
In 2012, the original founders – Eve Went, Pam Jeffries and Leslie May Harrison decided to set up a local charity for the people of Dorset. Each had been touched by cancer, either personally or through friends and relatives, and on their journey, learned much about other people’s needs and concerns, especially the added financial burden caused by their diagnosis.
So, DCCF was born out of a desire to alleviate some of these problems and offer financial support to sufferers and their families.
Having had years of experience fundraising for national charities, these founder members were well placed to set up a charity, which was registered with the Charity Commission in late 2012.
DCCF now has seven Trustees and three Patrons. As a non-profit making organisation, all net proceeds are used solely to provide financial support to individuals and/or cancer groups, organisations, hospices and hospitals in Dorset.
Junior Cherries’ Charity of the Year
Mosaic, is a Dorset wide charity supporting bereaved children, young people and their families. We also support those young people who are facing the death of a loved one and provide training for professionals and agencies working with children. The charity was founded in April 2007 and since that time our counsellors and volunteers have worked with over 900 children across Dorset who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or close relative and who are finding it difficult to understand and express the overwhelming feelings grief can bring. This may mean a change in behaviour, low attendance at school, isolation and many other changes in their lives.
Mosaic offers individual and family counselling and the children are also invited to a Residential Weekend where they can meet others, share their experience, remember their loved one and feel less isolated. Mosaic holds social events throughout the year where families can meet, make new friends and have fun.
We are delighted to have been chosen by the Junior Cherries as their charity and look forward to working together with AFC Bournemouth.
Space Youth Project
Club Charity of the Year
Space Youth Project was started in 2001 by a group of lesbian and gay young people in Bournemouth who wanted a place to meet and get help. We have continued to do this and have expanded and provide safe, non-judgemental environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBT+) young people to meet all over Dorset and as well as one to one interventions if needed. All our work is youth led, facilitated by qualified and brilliant youth workers and equally amazing volunteers. The emphasis is on fun and laughing and enjoying yourself and your life through what can be sometimes challenging times.
Space can also assist professionals, carers, parents and organisations to support their LGBT+ young people – from a quick chat on the phone to developing bespoke training delivered by our young people. We can help everyone be more understanding and inclusive, leading to happier, stronger communities.