Where it began
Our Outdoor Centre at Worth Matravers started life in World War II as part of a radar station yet, 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. 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 trustees got involved and were looking for a group of people who could specifically benefit from a break at the Centre.
“I'd been involved with the Centre on the board of trustees for sometime 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.”
Matthew Barker, Chair of Trustees, MyTIME
Since then MyTIME have worked to generate income from the building and by fundraising across the county. In 2017, over 100 young people have benefitted from time at the centre - either for the day or an extended break. And this is set to grow into 2018 and beyond.
MyTIME are now also working to extend their work into the community.