Pavilion in the Park (PiPs)
Project Category: Registered charity
The Alcohol Education Trust is a Dorset-based charity that works nationally helping 500,000 young people in 2,100 schools, youth and sports clubs make safer, healthier choices, improving their resilience and life chances each year.
Until now we have operated out of a garden garage and in 2019, our 10th Birthday, we have been given the wonderful opportunity to build a family and dog friendly café, community hub, disabled loos and office on The Great Field at Poundbury, a new development on the edge of Dorchester with 33% social housing. The café will help fund The Alcohol Education Trust’s vital work as well as offer youth training, employment and volunteering opportunities.
Pips café and community space will be at the heart of Poundbury within walking distance of 5,000 school children and their families. It will have an environmental and youth focus, but be welcoming to all. We will be as single use plastic free as possible using compostable takeaway cups, offering free drinking water and using local produce.
The café and community centre will ensure that the Park is used much more by providing two public loos (one disabled access) and a hub for families and young people to meet in the heart of a green space with various activities for differing ages. Loos will enable people of all ages to stay longer, the café will provide shelter and warmth/shade and sustenance in all weathers and provide a focus for the Park. The community space will provide a flexible space for activities such as arts and crafts, holiday clubs, voluntary groups and clubs as well as for private events and training.
The AET will be enhancing its remit by facilitating diversionary activities for young people in particular. Boredom and lack of things to do is linked to negative risk taking including early and problematic alcohol consumption. The building will also encourage healthy lifestyles and will also support the AET’s remit to deliver training to all professionals working with young people in the provision of engaging interactive and effective life skills education.