The Wareham and District Development Trust (WDDT)
was established in 2002 by a group of volunteers who wanted to help
turn good ideas for community projects into reality.
WDDT serves Wareham and the surrounding communities in
It aims to develop
new uses for buildings or land, which meet recognised needs in the
local population, particularly for disadvantaged groups.
Run mainly by
volunteers, the Trust has already developed various projects in
Wareham, and raised more than £250,000 in grants, donations and by
WDDT is a "Can-Do"
organisation, keen to raise funds and turn more good ideas into
community projects which benefit local people.
To promote general
charitable purposes for the benefit of the community of Wareham and
the surrounding area, and to provide relief from poverty and
disadvantage and to advance the education of its residents of all
ages; and in particular to provide opportunities for the
aforementioned residents to participate fully in the life of their
community in ways which address and alleviate social and economic
To promote the
benefit of the inhabitants of Wareham and the surrounding area by
the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time
occupation of such persons who have need of such facilities by
reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or
social and economic circumstances or for the public at large in the
interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the
condition of life of the said inhabitants.
WDDT is governed by a Board of Trustees,
all of whom live or work in its area of benefit. Most Trustees are
elected by the Members, some are co-opted to fill gaps in
representation, skills or experience, and the District and Town
Councils each make nominations to the WDDT Board. The Board meets
about eight times per year and each Trustee is also expected to take
an active part in the Trustís projects.
representatives from Wareham Town Council and Purbeck District Council
help us maintain links with these important local bodies. However, we
are definitely non-political - apart from these representatives you
can't be a member of our Board if you hold any other elected political
Current Trustees are:
Philip Daubeny (Chair)
Harold Forbes (Treasurer)
Cllr. Mike Lovell
Cllr. Nicola Wiggins
. . but we always need more Trustees
*Town or District Council representative
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registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee in April 2002
(Registered Company No. 4411253 ), and was registered as a charity the
following September (Charity Registration No. 1093843).
What is a Development Trust?
Is it a
Yes, it is a
charitable company limited by guarantee, which means that it is a
legal entity in its own right.
How is it
By a volunteer Board
of Directors (called Trustees by WDDT - see below left) most of whom are
elected by Members.
Is it a new sort
have been going for at least 30 years and there are around ten in
What is it for?
specialise in projects which are for community benefit and meet
What sort of
projects can a Development Trust run?
particularly good at projects which involve premises or property, and
they can employ staff.
Why is one needed
for Wareham and District?
To turn some good
ideas into excellent projects!
How was WDDT set
WDDT was developed
from a steering group, originally set up to help safeguard the future
of Online @ Wareham. Every step of the way, we have been supported and
Dorset Community Action
- and we definitely could not have done it without them! Thanks DCA!
you want to know more about Development Trusts in general, click
to go the
Development Trusts Association website (which should
open in a new window)