Covid-19 Update | What it means for us…
and how you can help

Like many other charities across the country we are trying to truly understand the impact the global pandemic will have on our organisation and our future whilst redesigning our services to provide remote support to those people in need.  We are extremely grateful to the understanding shown by funders who have allowed us to reshape some of our project work to ensure we can continue to help young people during these difficult weeks and the months to come.

We anticipate a significant reduction in our income as a result of the cancellation of fundraising events which will add to an already considerable funding target (the result of the end of a number of grants and funding streams coming to an end) and we are concerned about the potential funding gap after the worst of the crisis is over and the world tries to recalibrate.

The Board of Trustees continue to review the financial situation but we are fortunate to have reserves and will be drawing on these in months to come.

So, what can you do?  At present we need to increase our ability to provide one to one support – particularly for young families.  We appreciate that these are worrying times for everyone and any donation, no matter how large or small, would be very much appreciated.

You can donate online through localgiving.  OR, if you shop online why not choose the Rendezvous as your charity of choice for ‘give as you shop’ apps such as Amazon Smile or Easy  Fundraising.   It’s the retail industry’s equivalent of Gift Aid.



We are a charitable organisation, completely independent of any other body and trusted and valued by the local community.  We are reliant on regular support from that community and long standing local funders together with grants from other trusts and foundations.  Without their ongoing generosity we could not provide our services

although with more organisations seeking local funding in the area fundraising continues to be ever more of a challenge.

>> Donate online via Localgiving

No matter how large or small, whether a one off donation or regular monthly direct debit, a regular weekly commitment to help in the coffee bar or an ad hoc offer of help we are extremely grateful for all the support we receive.

What we achieve…
We work hard with few resources to provide our services which are delivered by qualified and experienced counsellors and youth workers and an army of volunteers whose support is invaluable.  Together we work with over 350 young people each year, providing 700 hours of counselling and emotional support – including nearly 20 hours one to one support delivered each week in local schools500 hours of learning and exams, 30 outreach sessions working with the most hard to reach young people in Gillingham and 200 drop in sessions.  Young people feel better about themselves; stop self-harming, improve relationships, get to the root of the problems and are kept safe because of the work of our youthworkers and counsellors.  They are persuaded and supported to stay in school or re-engage, helped to find accommodation, resolve benefits issues, improve their ability to care for their babies or address substance misuse.  People find jobs and go to college because of us.  The list goes on because every one is different but every one is the same – they are all young people in need of someone to help them. 

And what does this mean in terms of cost?
It costs around £160,000 per year to run our organisation.

  • Course books and examination entry fees for one learner (Maths) – £25
  • An assessment home visit to an isolated young mum needing struggling to cope – £35
  • Course books and examination entry fees for one learner (English – 3 papers) – £75
  • A six week programme of emotional and mental health support  – £180
  • Annual exam centre accreditation status with OCR – £500
 Donation Online – click the button below and donate using Local Giving.



Donation by cheque:  please make cheques payable to Youth Resource Services and send them to Helen Da Silva Wood, The Rendezvous, Under Cheap Street Church, Cheap Street, Sherborne  DT9 3BJ.  If you would like to talk about your donation and what it might be used for then do please get in touch with Helen direct.

There are lots of ways in which you can support the Rendezvous and the young people who use it.

How you can support the Rendezvous:

  • make a regular monthly or annual contribution – here
  • make a one off donation
  • join the Friends of the Rendezvous – find out more here
  • volunteer your time as a mentor to a young person, help work with young people generally in the coffee bar or provide additional administrative support  – find out more here
  • offer goods and services – contact Helen, the Chief Exec
  • organise a fundraising event in aid of the Rendezvous – contact  Bob Eccleshall, Chair of the Friends
  • remember us in your will

One fun-loving member of staff even raised sponsorship by taking part in the annual London Naked Bike Ride which was definitely beyond the call of duty!