We believe every young person should have someone they can trust
The Chatterboxes’ main aim is to raise awareness of disabilities and create a community which is equal for all whilst being surrounded by friendship and laughter.
You can find out more about The Chatterboxes by watching our promo video here:
We currently have three groups running during the week:
- Monday evenings from 5-7pm
St Johns Church in Wimborne
This project is for young people aged 15-18 years old.
- Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm
Townsend Youth Centre
This is for young people aged 11-18 years old.
- Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm
Pokesdown Youth Centre, Southbourne
This group is for young people aged 18-25 years old.
Within all groups there is a focus on transitions and supporting members to build skills to help them in the future.
- Peer-to-peer support
- Magazine design
- Arts and crafts
- …and much more!
AQA Awards are also completed by members as well as using a peer mentoring scheme throughout our projects.
Young members also deliver awareness workshops/ training in the community, create youth friendly literature and organise community awareness events.
Youth Work Timetable
We run a range of youth projects across Dorset. You can view our full timetable here or contact us on the form below.
The easy-to-read Chatterbox magazine is proudly produced by members of The Chatterboxes four times per year to show the wide range of youth action projects and confidence-boosting social activities the group gets up to. Please click here to view the latest issue or you can access all issues online.
Ambition Quality Kitemark
We are proud to have achieved the Ambition Quality Bronze national kitemark recognising safe, good quality youth provision.
How You Can Help Us!
Donate Directly to The Chatterboxes
You can donate directly to The Chatterboxes at Chatterboxes Donations.
From June 2018 to June 2019, The Chatterbox project supported 129 young disabled people on a weekly basis
The Chatterbox project creates a supportive community hub where friendships are formed and confidence and life skills are developed. Peer mentoring plays a key role in this process.
Video by Alvaro Gonzalo
``The Chatterboxes changed my life. When once I was depressed and disliked my disability, autism, I’m now a multi-award winning autism activist who loves my disability BECAUSE this charity supported me to embrace and accept my autism and taught me skills and self-belief that I never before thought possible.
``Every young person blossoms in The Chatterboxes' care, coming on in leaps and bounds, within the supportive care and structure of this wonderful community.``
Joely Williams, Asperger World
Ben was bullied at school and suffered with depression. The Chatterboxes helped him make new friends and built up his confidence.
Mehdi is now a very successful businessman in Bournemouth but it has been a very difficult journey. A stay at YMCA Bournemouth changed his life.