we're a new generation young carer charity with an educational approach driven by charitable action.
Our outdoor centre nestled within the vast landscape of Worth Matravers is rich in history, having started life in World War II as part of the pioneering 1st radar station.
The centre has had many names through the ages including The David Donald Field Studies Base and The Poole Dorset Adventure Centre.
Over the years, the centre has provided countless individuals with memories and the opportunity to stay in one of the UK's most beautiful spots to take in the postcard-ready views of a great world heritage site.
Rebecca Turner, a dedicated MYTIME Trustee, has a long family history with the project. Her late father John Howes and godfather Peter Cunningham were the charity's founder members more than 25 years ago.
It was a partnership between the centre and the Dorset Probation Trust's Community Payback Unit that led to the restoration of the buildings and surrounding grounds in 2010 led by the then Chair, Roger Senior.
Soon afterwards, our current Chairman, Matthew Barker, a Trustee in 2010 began looking for a group of people who could specifically benefit from a break at the Centre and MYTIME Young Carers was created.
"I'd been involved with the centre on the board of trustees for some time and felt that we should try to do more with it; give it more purpose. Young Carers are a particular group of young people with specific needs. They are often vulnerable, and I felt that our building and their needs were a perfect fit."
By 2017 MYTIME Young Carers had worked to generate income from the building and community fundraising. Nearly 1000 young people benefitted from time at the centre - either for the day or an extended break.
In October 2019 MYTIME appointed Krista Sharp as CEO. Within months of her tenure, she had to respond to the challenges of Covid-19. In just twelve short months, Krista worked tirelessly with the team to build on our foundations, increase our services, adapt, react and create new ways to level the playing field for young carers.
2020 was a defining year for us all, and as we begin 2021, we are starting the year as a new generation young carer charity.