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Alcohol Education Trust reveals plans for a new community space

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Published at 10:50am 14th November 2018. (Updated at 11:24am 14th November 2018)

The Alcohol Education Trust has revealed plans to build a café office and community space for young people on The Great Field in Poundbury.

The trust works to educate youngsters about the dangers of alcohol.

They're half way through raising the £120,000 needed for the project.

The trust has operated out of a garden garage in Frampton for the last ten years.

During that time the AET has supported over 1000 schools, youth and sports clubs and ½ million children EACH year with its training, resources and regionally based experts free of charge - at a cost of under 50p a child.

'A café and parking'

The AET will be providing public loos for those using the park and, to ensure that the building is revenue generating for the charity, a café forms part of the cricket style pavilion building. The café will be family orientated and will offer youth employment and training opportunities.

Ben Murphy, Estate Director for Poundbury commented;"The Duchy of Cornwall is delighted to see the Alcohol Education Trust is well on its way to securing the funding required to build a Pavilion on the Great Field in Poundbury, opposite the new play facilities and Parkour equipment the Duchy will be installing in late spring 2019.

"The results of our public consultation told us there were not enough facilities or activities for young people on this side of Dorchester and so we welcome this opportunity for the AET to become established in Poundbury, in a facility that will provide space for youth groups and the wider community to hire. The community also told us they would like to see Public WC's on Poundbury, and this building will also provide those facilities."

Sir Oliver Letwin MP for West Dorset commented; "The AET is doing absolutely marvellous work, and has proved its worth in rigorous independent evaluations over a considerable period.

"This can really change lives for the better. It will be wonderful for them to have a sustainable and versatile space on The Great Field on Poundbury"

Helena Conibear CEO of The Alcohol Education Trust commented: "The Alcohol Education is half way to raising the £120,000 needed to finance the build of 'Pavillion in the Park'. CG Fry builders are supporting us by generously building at cost, making this an achievable sustainable project for the charity."

"The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Charitable Trust have just made a wonderful contribution of £10,000 taking us to our half way fund raising mark."

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