About Us

*** A Big Thankyou ***
to all those people who have raised money or sent donations over
Christmas and also to the growing band of people who make regular
standing orders to DPA, which ensures that we have a regular income.

DPA is a local charity (previously known as DPAG) and was set up 27 years ago 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 grants of up to £200 on request from a care agency (including health visitors, social workers, church leaders, tenancy support, CAB) to those in urgent need. Money given to this charity goes entirely to local people.


1) To gather information on poverty and disseminate this to the local community.

2) To campaign when that might be effective.

3) To run a fund to help people directly when they are in a financial crisis.

4) To set up projects that tackle specific aspects of local poverty


Facts About Poverty In This Area

Where Does Our Funding Come From

Where Do Your Contributions Go

How You Can Help

Useful Advice and Support Services

Churches Together

e-mail for all enquiries: info@dpag.org.uk

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