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Charities we support

Diverse Abilities Plus

Diverse Abilities Plus supports 500 children and adults living with profound physical
and learning disabilities in Dorset. Their children’s team offer overnight breaks; support in families’ own homes; after school clubs; and holiday clubs for children with disabilities and their siblings. They also run Langside School – a specialist school for children with very profound and complex disabilities. Diverse Abilities Plus’ day opportunities centre and supported living service provides dedicated 24/7 support for adults with disabilities. The charity’s experienced team of staff and volunteers provide invaluable advice for disabled people and their families.


This life-sized safety village includes a full size road, house, park, beach, train and railway station and is built inside a warehouse. The charity's aim is to reduce the number of children killed and injured in preventable accidents on the roads, in the home and at play.

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Dorset Wildlife Trust is the largest conservation charity in Dorset with over 25,000 members. We are committed to ensuring that there is a secure future for Dorset’s nature - its distinctive wildlife and natural spaces. We use a sound evidence base, influence and wide practical experience of land management and marine conservation to inspire, inform and engage people in Dorset.

Julia’s House

Julia’s House is the only children’s hospice charity in Dorset dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across Dorset and Wiltshire. They offer regular respite sessions at our hospice in Corfe Mullen, Dorset, and in families’ own homes in Dorset and Wiltshire. We also run events for siblings and mums and dads – we support the whole family.

Bournemouth Hospital Charity

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals provide health care for the residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and part of the New Forest with a total population of around 550,000, which rises during the summer months. The Bournemouth Hospital Charity aims to raise £2 million each year to plug funding which cannot be supplied by the NHS alone. The hospital’s aim is to be the hospital of choice for the local community by putting patients first whilst delivering the best quality health care they can. To do this they rely on fundraising and support to enhance the patient experience and to ensure that they can provide the very best. We at SBW supply water for those participating in both the March for Men and Twilight Walk for Women events.

Bournemouth Natural Science Society

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is a registered charity whose aims have little changed since its formation in 1903: to promote study, interest and enjoyment in all branches of the Natural Sciences and History.

Avon Tyrrell

As a leading outdoor learning venue, the UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre at Avon Tyrrell is dedicated to the continuous development of young people. Let us help you create adventures that realise potential and leave you with incredible memories. Through an extensive range of adventure, outdoor learning and tailored programmes, we recognise and reward achievements made outside the classroom, providing the opportunity for everyone to ‘Experience, Learn and Develop’.

Life Education Wessex

Life Education Wessex is a children’s charity working with the community and schools to help children make vital healthy choices in life. Specially trained educators using mobile classrooms create a memorable environment to deliver a series of age appropriate health education programmes about the harmful effects and risks of eating badly, smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is responsible for over 50 wildlife reserves representing more than 6,000 acres of valuable wildlife habitat.

New Forest National Park

The New Forest was designated a national park in 2005 to give this outstanding landscape the highest level of protection and to preserve it for the nation to enjoy for generations to come.

WaterAid - Water for life

WaterAid is a leading independent organisation which enables the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. WaterAid
works in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region and campaigns globally with it's partners to realise the vision of a world where everyone has access to these basic human rights.

Space Youth Project

Space Youth Project has been around since 2001, starting with one group based in Bournemouth. Over the years, Space has evolved. Space is built of seven groups, a number of services, a strong team and board of trustees and of course the thousands of young people and members we've helped over the years.

Our Mission

  • Encouragement: To inspire young people with the courage and confidence to be proud of their uniqueness. 

  • Understanding: To provide support, help and guidance with sympathetic awareness and open mindedness. 

  • Trust: To be consistent, honest and respectful. 

  • Love: To care passionately about the well-being of young people, knowing when to be tough and when to be kind. 

  • Equality: To believe that all young people have equal worth and equal rights and to work towards a more inclusive society where homophobia and transphobia does not exist.

Autism Wessex

Founded in 1968 by parents of children with autism, Autism Wessex is the regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Our help is varied and far reaching. We provide three main areas of support:

  • Portfield School for education, residential and respite care

  • Community Wessex for social care services

  • Advocacy and Advice services

Our services are available to anyone who needs it - people with autism and associated difficulties, families and professionals. Anyone affected by autism can rely on
us for support.

While there is no cure for autism, we believe that with appropriate education, support or care and by making the world an easier place to understand, the impact of autism can be reduced and people with autism can be active citizens enjoying maximum independence and a good quality of life.

Bournemouth 2026 Trust

Bournemouth 2026 Trust is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.  Our purpose is to make a lasting and worthwhile difference to the overall quality of life in Bournemouth. 

Our charitable objectives include regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas by all or any of the following means: creation of training and employment opportunities; provision of housing; protection or conservation of the environment; prudent use of resources; and, developing capacity and skills of disadvantaged communities.

Round Table Children’s Wish

Round Table Children’s Wish is a registered, charitable company dedicated to granting ‘handcrafted’ wishes for children and young people with life threatening illnesses.

We pride ourselves on our supportive and caring approach to the granting of wishes. We do our best to make sure that every wish has been ‘handcrafted’ in its own special way so that it meets the needs of each, individual child, young person and their wider family circumstances. No two families are the same so why should the wishes be!

Cherry Tree Nursery

The charity was set up to provide sheltered work rehabilitation, in a supportive but realistic working environment, for people with severe and enduring mental illness. There is no upper age limit or restrictions on the time that people can stay at SWOP. The charity’s aim is to create a loving community for people who often feel frightened, lonely,
isolated and powerless.

Cherry Tree Nursery produces more than 100,000 high quality garden plants every year and is well-known in the local community for its friendly atmosphere.

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Journalists can contact the Press Office on 01392 443020 or via email


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