Car boot sales raise £15,000 for local community groups

Car boot sales raise £15,000 for local community groups

Published by Helen Down at 12:01am 26th January 2020. (Updated at 7:19am 27th January 2020)

The Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund has awarded over £15,000 worth of grants to community organisations in the Dorchester area. 

Dorset Council collects the income from people who hired pitches at the weekly car boot sales. 

These are held on Sunday mornings in Fairfield Car Park in Dorchester. 

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All the income collected is then awarded to local community organisations.

There were many projects and organisations that benefited from the grants, these include pre-school, sports and youth clubs.

Projects for people with disabilities or long-term health related issues also received grants.

'Making lives better'

Councillor Alford said: 

"It's wonderful to award £15,000 to these local organisations.

"We recognise the hard work that they do to make lives better for others.

"Thank you to those who hire pitches at the car boot sale in Dorchester."

Successful organisations include:

  • The Wyvern Credit Union who received £1,500 towards modernising their IT infrastructure
  • Kushti Bok - a Gypsy and Traveller led organisation received £590 towards a Memorial Day to remember the Gypsy Roma Holocaust
  • Dorchester Youth and Community Centre who are supporting a group of vulnerable young people to learn cookery skills
  • 1st Charminster Scout Group (£200)
  • Charlton Down Cricket Club (£300)
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Training (£288)
  • Dorchester Arts (£500)
  • Dorchester and District Amateur Boxing Club (£300)
  • Dorchester Ballet and Dance Club (£200)
  • Dorchester Child contact Centre (£500)
  • Dorchester Community Plays Association (£800)
  • Dorchester Disabled Club (£500)
  • Dorchester Men's Shed CIC (£260)
  • Dorchester Opportunity Group (£500)
  • Dorchester Rugby Club (£664)
  • Dorchester Social Stroke Club (£500)
  • Dorchester Youth and Community Centre (£840)
  • Dorchester Youth Extra (£500)
  • Dorchester Youth Theatre (£600
  • Dorset Blind Association (£250)
  • Dorset MIND (£800)
  • Dorset Search and Rescue (£200)
  • Friends at Broadmayne School PTA (£500)
  • Friends of Dorchester West Station (£200)
  • Home-Start West Dorset (£1,000)
  • Jurassic Coast Raptors (£700)
  • Piddlehinton United Football Club (£100)
  • Puddletown Cricket Club (£200)
  • Puddletown FC (£200) South West Dorset Multicultural Network (£800) Volunteer Centre Dorset (£750)

The 2020 grant programme will be open for applications soon.

You can contact the Communities Team at Dorset Council on 01305 838126 for further details.