Dorset Community Foundation launch second edition of The Hidden Dorset Report
Dorset Community Foundation, launched the second edition of their Hidden Dorset Report. The report collates existing research on the overall state of the county particularly focusing on four main themes: Disadvantage & Poverty, Work, Education & Training, Health, Wellbeing & Mental Health and Loneliness & Isolation.
Through this comprehensive report, Dorset Community Foundation aims to inform, encourage conversations and inspire philanthropy to address issues on their doorstep.
Jon Yates, Chief Executive of the Foundation explained: ‘The main findings from the Hidden Dorset Report reveal that we live in a county of contrasts and many local residents, living side by side, are having very different experiences. Just as an example, many older people come to Dorset to retire and enjoy the beautiful scenery whilst some of their peers, a staggering 30% of those over 65, are having to care for a loved one – a role which is often unpaid and brings loneliness and social isolation.
The report highlights disparity – it is about shining a light on local needs in a county which is perceived as wealthy and prosperous. Through this publication we also aim to offer solutions and a way forward – championing community groups and charities in Dorset who address the issues highlighted but are struggling themselves because of funding cuts. The way forward we propose is through collaborative action, strategic giving and targeted philanthropy.’
Some of the key findings were:
- 76,000 people were paid less than the living wage
- 1,781 excess winter deaths between 2012 and 2015
- There are 22 foodbanks in Dorset; the busiest one in Weymouth fed 2,643 people in 2017
The production of the report was made possible because of grants and sponsorship from Barclays, The Wates Foundation and Talbot Village Trust