Young Dorset is a registered charity which works with young people within the community, including those who are isolated, disengaged, hard to reach, disadvantaged, who have Special Educational Needs as well as those who are not at risk. We provide inspiring projects and motivational interventions, sporting opportunities, workshops, including cookery and nutrition and access to training and development to give everyone the chance of achievement and success and to enable them to take steps in developing a healthy lifestyle.
For the past year we have been developing a new project centred on the engineering and production of local handmade Yurts - Y.U.R.T; Youngsters Undertaking Rural Training.
The Y.U.R.T project focused on bringing together young people within Dorset (both at-risk and non-risk) to work together as a strong community providing life and employment skills, team work and communication skills with an understanding of sustainability, the environment and forestry. The pilot project gave young people within the community the opportunity to learn how to make a Yurt from scratch using local materials, even harvesting the wood from a local coppice! Our young people prepared the wood to construct a timber frame, providing physical work and development of teamwork and communication skills, they were introduced to planning, carpentry, construction, organisational and methodology skills - all in a practical setting. Through this pilot project our young people gained vital life and employability skills within a practical and non threatening environment as well as having the opportunity to learn trade skills which they can continue to develop. We are now looking to take the pilot project to the next level!
Our idea is the creation of a Sustainable Yurt Village set within the beautiful landscape of Dorset.
Having secured funding of £80,000 for the purchase of land, our Sustainable Yurt Village will be sited within the rural settings of Dorset. The village will home 10 Yurts, cooking facilities, eco toilets as well as washing and shower facilities all set within an eco bund. We will hold open workshops and volunteering opportunities where the participants can learn how to make the Yurts and develop their knowledge on sustainability and forestry. This in turn will bring the community together and provide the opportunity for cross generational engagement. Once the village is 'built' we will promote the opportunity for the public to stay in the Yurts and enjoy the county of Dorset, organise residential holidays and corporate activities, this will bring in funds for the charity to enable it to continue its work within the community and produce more yurts.
In addition, we will offer the use of the yurts to other charities and organisations that support children and young people that have a terminal illness or life limiting condition, so that they can enjoy a respite holiday at no cost.
Our unique village will enable the public to connect with nature and experience staying in a Yurt, showing how people in other countries have lived comfortably for generations without damaging the earth.
The county of Dorset offers something for everyone, from the rolling hills and chalk downlands to beautiful sandy beaches and craggy coastlines with 185 million years of the Earth’s history. With over half of the county being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty walking, cycling and horse riding are popular activities. Water sports are in abundance including fishing, canoeing, kite surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, swimming and, of course, sailing, Weymouth and Portland being the home if the 2012 Olympic sailing. Nestled among the Dorset hills are charming market towns, picture postcard villages, historic houses and gardens, interesting museums, golf courses, paint balling, a vast array of family attractions, multiplex cinemas, theaters, ten-pin bowling alleys, ice rinks and dry ski slopes and an abundance of tea rooms, cafe's, pubs and restaurants. There really is something for everyone!
What the money will be used for
The construction of 10 yurts and the furnishings
The construction of eco toilet facilities
The construction of cooking facilities and purchase of implements and utensils
The construction of washing facilities and showers