2018 Charities

Each year the carnival selects local charities or organisations to be the beneficiaries of the carnival activities and fundraising. By taking part and supporting carnival events you will be helping to ensure our continued help for the organisations below.

Open House Shaftesbury

Open House, a ministry of Father’s House Shaftesbury, is a community drop-in service open every Tuesday from 10am until 2pm.

Within a friendly “coffee shop” environment, a number of different services will be offered, including but not limited to:

  • Emergency Food Aid provided by Foodbank. We are able to provide clients with food parcels. We are also able to provide food vouchers where necessary.
  • Benefit advisor: We have professionally trained benefit advisors. These advisors will be able to advise which benefits clients are entitled too, help make benefit applications and help with benefit appeals.
  • Housing Advisor: We will have trained housing advisors to help clients make an application for social housing, help support with issues such as overcrowding and anti-social behaviour.
  • Debt Counselling and support: We have fully trained CAP money coaches able to give clients budgeting advice. We will also be able to provide basic debt support or signpost to specialist debt coaches.
  • Job club: we will have a dedicated team available to offer support with job issues including CV writing, applying for jobs, interview techniques and other skills necessary for effective Job searching

All services will be free and confidential. All service will be offered through trained professional staff.



Shaftesbury & District Carers Association

Reg Charity No. 1129439

We are an independent charity working for the benefit of those vulnerable and at risk within our community. Our aim is to provide a safe haven for those who need it, with an opportunity to learn new skills, the chance to work and become part of a team, and even to progress into paid employment if this is what the individual wishes.
Since beginning years ago as a Drop-In for others to come and socialize, we have expanded to include a wide range of projects to help people get out and about, learn new skills, and enjoy themselves. Whether your interests lie in cooking, gardening, mechanics, crafts, arts or jewellery we have something for everyone. And we’re still expanding!
Our steadfast founder Eileen and her diligent staff are always looking for funding for new projects, as well as ideas to fund the current projects. We were fortunate to be awarded a substantial grant from the Big Lottery Fund which has allowed us to set up gardening and cooking enterprises, as well as giving the Charity a formal office.
The local health authority was helpful in obtaining funding for a cycle repair enterprise which has seen great success.
However, we are always on the lookout for extra funding sources and gratefully accept donations – whether its monetary or a bike that’s been out-grown. We especially welcome anyone willing to give their time to volunteer.
Anyone interested in donating to, or volunteering with any of these projects should contact the office on 01747 851397.


Working through community-based volunteer groups, Read Easy offers a free, friendly, flexible approach to learning to read for any adult who either can’t read at all, or who lacks confidence with reading.

Our Gillingham and Shaftesbury Group began at the end of 2014 and we were up and running with coaches and a few readers by March 2015. The whole project was pioneered by Jenny Pope who had been with Read Easy as a coach in Dorchester from very early days.
Our geographical range is approximately those towns and villages in the SP7 and SP8 post codes. But people in several of the villages and towns outside those post codes might find that we are their local group, people in Wincanton, Mere, Stalbridge, Marnhull and Sturminster for example.



We are about to embark on a major playground re-development project.  Much of the existing play equipment is rundown and in urgent need of replacement and is sited in an area that can become very muddy.  Whilst the school does have a super playing field, this can also become very wet and muddy so it is only usable during the drier months.  This means that there is only a small playground area for our 180 pupils to play in for much of the year.

The school fully recognises the benefits of playtime for children’s wellbeing and learning and is committed to re-developing the playground to encourage play.  The school has asked the PTA to raise £10,000 towards the total cost of redeveloping the playground so that is can be transformed into a more creative space.  So far, we have raised almost £8,000 towards this target through a variety of events including school gate sales, movie and disco nights (which have been very popular and hugely enjoyable for the children) and a Barn Dance and Silent Auction which was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by the school staff, parents and friends who took part.



Shaftesbury Youth Club is a voluntary run youth club.  We currently have over 70 members who come along and enjoy the activities we provide.We provide a service to the youths aged between 9-16 years, to Shaftesbury and surrounding areas.
Drop-in sessions run all year round, including all school holidays.
Not only do we offer a range of support and guidance, we also offer activities including sports, crafts, cooking & lots more.  Or if they don’t want to do any of those they are more than welcome to just to chill with their friends.