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:

Within all groups there is a focus on transitions and supporting members to build skills to help them in the future.

Activities include:

  • Peer-to-peer support
  • Filmmaking
  • Magazine design
  • Cookery
  • 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.

Chatterbox Magazine

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!

We are a charity and any help you can offer us, whether it be a donation, taking part in one of our fundraising events or volunteering your time, is hugely appreciated. Thank you.

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

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The Chatterboxes

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

Real Stories

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Ben's Story

Ben was bullied at school and suffered with depression. The Chatterboxes helped him make new friends and built up his confidence.

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Medhi’s Story

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.

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Mhairi’s Story

When Mhairi’s relationship broke down she had nowhere to live and ended up street homeless until we found a place for her in our hostel

Contact Us

Get in touch

The Chatterboxes
c/o Townsend Youth Centre
Jewell Road
Bournemouth
BH8 0LT

01202 084984