Welcome to Dorchester Poverty Action

DPA is a local charity (previously known as DPAG) and was set up 27 years ago by Churches Together in Dorchester at a time when most people had no idea that there was real poverty in this apparently prosperous area. For those suffering such hidden financial hardship, isolation creates an added burden.

DPA seeks out causes of poverty and ways to tackle them. It makes grants of up to £200 on request from a care agency (including health visitors, social workers, church leaders, tenancy support, CAB) to those in urgent need. Money given to this charity goes entirely to local people.


Donate Your Winter Fuel Allowance To Dorchester Poverty Action

Donate your Winter Fuel Allowance to DPA

This year we are asking people who may not need their Winter Fuel Allowance if they would like to donate it to Dorchester Poverty Action this winter so we can make a big difference to the lives of people in acute need this winter. Click here to donate your Winter Fuel Allowance.


Facts About Poverty In This Area

This appears to be a prosperous area but there are many people who really do need this sort of small-grant help. In a crisis just £200 can help to prevent a young family breaking up or an old person’s health being damaged or a mentally ill person’s future being destroyed.

Where Does Our Funding Come From?

DPA is supported by local organisations and individuals, including the town and country Churches in the DT1 and DT2 area. All its income comes from donations, fund-raising events and local charitable trusts.



Donate to DPA We welcome your donations to enable us to provide financial help to people in poverty in the DT1 and DT2 area. If you're a UK taxpayer you may like to Gift Aid your donations so we can claim back the tax on your gift. Donate your Winter Fuel Allowance to DPA This year we are asking people who may not need their Winter Fue...

Where Do Your Contributions Go?

Grants are made of up to £200 to people living in DT1 and DT2 area who are in financial crisis. Coop gift cards of £10 are distributed through 16 local care agencies to people in acute need.


How You Can Help

You can talk to your friends about the fact that there is real poverty in this area and that it is often very hidden.

How to Get Help from Dorset Support Services

Here you will find information about local support services that might be of interest to you or people you know.


Churches Together

These are the churches in the Dorchester area that support our work :


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Contact Us

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