What is the charity's mission?
To provide young carers with the support, friendship and opportunities
that every child deserves.
What are the charity's values?
Human Rights: Every child deserves a childhood.
Social Mobility: No child’s destiny should be defined by their beginning.
Justice: Young carers support others; it’s time society supported them.
Investment in the Future: A society that fails to encourage and learn from its young carers wastes one of its most valuable resources.
Compassion: Caring for another human being is perhaps the most important job a person can do; the ‘young carer’ title should be the source of pride and the object of respect.
80 Young Carers stayed at our Centre in 2019
There are 400 Young Carers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
100 Young Carers had an activity day with us in 2019
Where it began
Where it began
Our Outdoor Centre at Worth Matravers started life in World War II as part of the pioneering 1st radar station. Since then, it has spent most of its life as accommodation for anyone who wants to benefit from staying in this remote part of Dorset. For many years the building was known as the David Donald Field Studies Base and then changed its name to the Poole and Dorset Adventure Centre.
One of our trustees - Rebecca Turner, has a long family history with the project as her late father John Howes and godfather Peter Cunningham were the founder members of the charity more than 25 years ago.
It was a partnership between the centre and the Dorset Probation Trust’s Community Payback Unit that led to the restoration of the buildings and surrounding grounds back in 2010 led by the then Chair, Roger Senior. Offenders sentenced to unpaid work by the courts worked on the site, under probation service supervision for months and were responsible for the centre being returned to its original condition of the war years. Soon afterwards, our current Chairman, Matthew Barker, who was a Trustee in 2010 began looking for a group of people who could specifically benefit from a break at the Centre and the MyTime Charity was born.
“I'd been involved with the Centre on the board of trustees for some time and felt that we should try to do more with it; give it more purpose. Young Carers are a particular group of young people with specific needs. They are often vulnerable and I felt that our building and their needs were a perfect fit.”
Since then MyTime has worked to generate income from the building and by fundraising across the county. Since 2017, nearly 1000 young people have benefitted from time at the centre - either for the day or an extended break.
MyTime are now also working to extend their work into the community.