Dorchester Poverty Action
DPA is a local charity (previously known as DPAG) and was set up in 1990 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 financial grants (max £250) to help local people (DT1 and DT2 only) in a crisis. Referrals must come from a helping agency (eg Citizens Advice, health or social worker, tenancy support, etc) who knows the circumstances. Throughout Covid and now the cost of living crisis, the charity has continued to support local individuals and families. During the 2022-2023 financial year the grants distributed have increased by 47% compared to the previous year. Money given to this charity goes entirely to local people.