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PRESS RELEASE: Rotary Club Funding for DMYH

Rotary Club Second Round of Funding

Dorset Mind has announced today that it has received an additional £5,000 grant from local Rotary Clubs. This will help provide essential services as part of its hugely successful ‘Dorset Mind Your Head’ mental health programme that supports young people, their parents and teachers across Dorset.

“We are passionate about effecting change in our community. So, helping children and young people’s mental health through supporting Dorset Mind Your Head provides the perfect opportunity. There has never been a greater demand for a programme like Dorset Mind Your Head. According to recent NSPCC research, one in eight young people experience some form of mental health condition.  The numbers are alarming but thankfully, Dorset Mind is doing a superb job at alleviating some of the distress children and young people experience. The future belongs to them, and it’s our obligation to support them in every way we can.”

Mike Dwyer, Bournemouth Rotarian and Assistant Governor

Dorset Mind Your Head

Over the past 12 months, the Dorset Mind Your Head programme has provided over 140 sessions at twenty schools, and has reached over 12,000 children and young people, and their parents and teachers.

Dorset Mind Your Head offers a comprehensive programme of services. These include workshops, PSHE lessons, staff training and assemblies, as well as one –to-one support sessions, peer mentoring and parent tea and talk sessions. It also delivers a dedicated support group to help young people who are at risk of non-attendance. In addition, mental health drop-in support groups, one-one counselling, a young ambassador programme and one-to-one befriending complement the programme.

“We are so grateful for this second round of funding as it will go a long way to enable us to prevent mental health conditions from developing, as well as being able to intervene early and help young people to develop resilience. Our aim is to help young people live a life that’s mentally healthy.”

“At the heart of what we do is collaboration and co-production. We work very closely with both school leaders and young people to develop and shape our programme to ensure it is relevant, effective and aspiring. We also wanted to add a huge thank you to the schools and young people who have participated in the programme so far.  Reaching more young people who are in need is so important to us.”

Anna Powney, Head of Children and Young People’s Services at Dorset Mind

Get Involved

Dorset Mind Your Head is actively seeking for new inspiring people to join their team. Current vacancies include support group co-ordinators, befrienders and volunteers.

For more information about our full portfolio of services across Dorset and how to get involved with Dorset Mind Your Head, please visit Whether you are a young person looking for information about mental health, or you are a parent or teacher that wants to know more, we can help you. Alternately, please email

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