THANK YOU for taking the time to visit the Dorset Abilities Group (DAG) Crowdfunder page, we are really excited to have been selected by Crowdfunder, Wessex FM and Dorset County Council to be part of their 'Projects that Matter' initiative.
We are hoping to raise £10,000 to continue and grow our Saturday Youth Project. The aim of our Saturday Youth Project (SYP) is to provide an inclusive weekend youth provision for young people (12-21) with special educational needs and disabilities.
Who are Dorset Abilities Group?
Dorset Abilities Group (DAG) are an independent day service for young people with disabilities and additional needs. Based in Weymouth and formed by husband and wife, Luke and Gemma Tomlin. DAG has been running for over 3 years and provides much needed, valuable and person-centred support for over 100 people.
In addition to providing accessible and responsive services, that meet the diverse needs and choices of the people they support daily, DAG launched a Saturday Youth Project in 2018 so the service they provide could also be accessible to ages 12 - 21.
DAG believes that it is their person-centred approach, that has really captured the attention of the vulnerable people they support, their parents & carers (who had previously struggled to find a suitable day care provision) and the community.
DAG’s VISION To enable people to reach their full potential and live an inclusive life.
DAG’s VALUES Dorset Abilities Group’s values are to build community by respecting diversity and promoting equality, being inclusive, having fun and encouraging innovation.
How will crowdfunding help DAG to create places to go and things to do for the young vulnerable people in the community?
We are hoping to raise £10,000 to continue and grow our Saturday Youth Project in 2019 — If we are able to raise 50% of this total, Crowdfunder will match our fundraising with another 50% to help us reach our target.
The aim of our Saturday Youth Project (SYP) is to provide an inclusive weekend youth provision for young people (12-21) with special educational needs and disabilities.
The SYP currently runs once a month and previous activities have included;
- Independent living and life skill activities
- Social Enterprise - Tuck by Truck operations i.e. handling money, date checking, stock taking etc
- Fun team building exercises
- Sensory needs related arts and crafts
- Attending local sporting/music events
- Circus training
- Cinema & Bowling visits
If we were fortunate enough to reach our target, money raised from this crowdfunder would be used in two ways;
1. Increase the frequency of the SYP to fortnightly with the possibility of a monthly week night session of ‘DAG Youth Project’ to be introduced.
2. Expand DAG's current projects to SYP ie Social & Horticulture This valuable project helps to support mental and physical wellbeing. Group members spend time outdoors at the allotment planting, growing, maintaining and harvesting crops which are either used in our Cooking School or taken home to cook. The whole ‘ground to table’ cycle provides our Group Members with a real sense of achievement.
We had a very successful crop on our plot last year and at the end of the Summer we were able to secure a much larger plot for 2019! We have plans to make this space more accessible for our group members so more of them can attend and benefit from the project.
We would like to raise money via this crowdfunder to;
- Make the allotment more accessible,
- Purchase a summer house, new garden tools, garden furniture (including picnic benches & parasols to provide shade) and equipment for a sensory garden.
If you have made it to the bottom of the page, thank you very much for your time. If you would like to find out more about Dorset Abilities Group and the activities and projects we have on offer, please checkout our Facebook page;