Dorset Youth Opportunity Fund 2012
How was the SEN speaking up forum funded?
Dorset County Council's Children's Services Directorate has been able to identify £86,000 for the Youth Opportunity Fund for the 2012/13 financial year.
Young people will have the power over where money is spent in their local area. In Dorset the decision making will be led by Dorset Youth Council Enables (DYCE) which is supported by youth workers from the early intervention service.
Young people in Dorset are invited to apply for a share of Dorset Youth Opportunity Fund to help improve facilities in their local area and young people themselves decide who is successful.
A small group of Young people with SEN who are representing all young people with additional and complex educational needs across Dorset on a new Council task group, felt they needed a different way to gather the views of those who were unable to attend the meetings.
An application was submitted to DYCE to set up a young people’s forum that will host topical discussions around education, housing, social care & health, employment, social and leisure opportunities and local transport available for those with SEN.
The application was successful and the website will be fully up and running by September 2012. For more information about DYCE or the funding contact
Local Democracy & Participation Worker
Name: Shani Bancroft
Tel: 01305 851062
Fax: 01305 851068
Full details for Shani Bancroft