We, with your help, have raised enough to build a cafe, community space and office for the AET!


After nine years of operating out of a garden garage, we are thrilled to announce that we have achieved the fund raising needed to begin the build of a bespoke community space, office and café for the AET ! Our new home, PiPs will be on The Great Field, Poundbury, serving as our head office with a training space enabling us to support young people across the South West. Please read more about our vision and plans, including a revenue generating café here: https://lnkd.in/g6JA3w4 .

We will begin building Spring 2020 and aim to open late Summer! This wouldn't be possible without the amazing support of the local community, Dorset Council, Dorchester Town Council, Sport England, National Lottery, Clothworkers Foundation, Yarlington Housing Association, The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean charity, The Pocket Parks Fund, Waitrose Community Matters, Dorchester Round Table and Rotary, Women who Dine, Dorset Food and Arts Festival and all those amazing people who supported us via Crowd Funding! We are also deeply grateful to The Duchy of Cornwall and CG Fry Builders for their invaluable support too! What a happy day!

We still have £23,000 to raise for the decorating and furnishing and fit out of PiPs café and community space. We will be decorating and fitting it out ourselves, so if you would like to help as a volunteer or have a skill/service or furnishings to offer, that would be fantastic, please contact Helena via helena@alcoholeducationtrust.org

Comment from Mike Foley, Head of Dorchester Thomas Hardye School

'The café space and community space will be a wonderful addition to the local area. Young people at the school have long requested such facilities and this is borne out by your own research with focus groups. It provides a safe and welcoming place for youngsters in this age group to meet and I am excited by the range of activities you are considering. This age group are particularly vulnerable to the lure of the pub because there is nowhere else to go to meet friends and socialise. I am confident that the investment in these facilities will make a distinct and sustainable difference to the lives of young people for many years to come'.

Comment from Travis Verkaik, young person from Dorchester

'In my opinion, having a café, loos and an inside area alongside the new parkour facility on The Great Field will enhance the use of the equipment. People would be able to stay longer at the facility without getting bored or running out of things to do; people will be able to get refreshments while using the equipment and stay hydrated; people will have somewhere to take shelter in case it rains while using the equipment and lastly, people using the equipment will have somewhere to meet friends or have a meeting point to start using the equipment with each other.

At the moment I feel like there aren't a lot of options for young people to do in weekends and holidays that are friendly for the younger generation in Poundbury. Having this facility would encourage a friendly and good place for the youth to go and even something new to get involved with at the parkour equipment'.

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