Publications & Information

Swanage2027 Project

The Swanage2027 Steering Group provides the overview, manages the process, and monitors the progress of the Swanage2027 Project.

It reports to the main meetings of the ST&CP and provides Annual Action Plans for the ST&CP AGM.

The Steering Group consists of nominated Swanage Town Councillors, Executive Officers of the Swanage Town and Community Partnership, Swanage Town and Community Partnership elected members and Trustees of the Swanage and Purbeck Development Trust.

Swanage2027 Steering Committee - Constitution & Terms of Reference

Swanage2027 Steering Committee Inaugural Meeting Minutes 27th August 2015


Swanage Town & Community Partnership

Constitution - updated 20th September 2023

Statement of Accounts - Annual Report 2022/23

Statement of Accounts - Annual Report 2021/22

Statement of Audited Accounts - Annual Report 2020/21

Statement of Audited Accounts - Annual Report 2019/20

Statement of Audited Accounts - Annual Report 2018/19

Statement of Audited Accounts - Annual Report 2017/18

Statement of Audited Accounts - Annual Report 2016/17

Statement of Audited Accounts - Annual Report 2015/16

Statement of Audited Accounts - Annual Report 2014/15



Swanage and Purbeck Development Trust

The Trust has recently gained charitable status regulated by the Charity Commission and is now actively involved in community projects. Organisations will be invited to become voting Members of the Trust later in 2015, with an AGM planned for January 2016 to complete the management structure.

The Trust's strategic objectives are:

“To identify, plan and deliver projects which meet local need and fit within a vision of the long term revitalisation of Swanage and the surrounding area and the social well-being of its people”;

“To create an income generating, asset base to guarantee and future viability and sustainability of the Trust.



Please click on the links below for details/updates of:

News - updates

Update on The Centre (previously the Swanage Youth and Community Centre) - June 2017

The internal refurbishment of The Centre was completed at the end of March 2017. After some delay in finalising the terms, the freehold of the property was transferred by Dorset County Council to Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust on 28th March 2017.

The transfer of the freehold enabled S&PDT to complete a Licence to Occupy with Explorers Childcare Group on 1st April 2017. The licence was in a draft form waiting for the completion of the freehold.

Explorers Childcare are utilising the accommodation for an Ofsted approved full time and wraparound childcare facility for children 0-5 years old. It is also being used for after-school clubs and a holiday club for children up to 11 years old.

The childcare use utilises the space for five days per week from 7am until 5.45pm. Purbeck Runners occupy The Centre on Wednesday evenings from 6pm, and SINC (Learning Disability Group), occupy the space on Thursday evenings. Tuesday and Friday evenings are reserved for use by a rejuvenated Youth Club. Applications from Youth Workers are currently being considered, with a plan to reopen the Youth Club in September 2017.

Planning is also in progress for the use of the building on Monday evenings and at weekends. Work has been completed to make the hall acoustically suitable for performance space, large meetings, and conferences etc. In addition to performance space for use by the local community, children’s parties and low-cost weddings are also under consideration. Advertising of availability will commence shortly.

A grant application has been submitted to the Talbot Village Trust to assist with extensive repairs to the roof, and replacement of the heating system in the hall. The application will be considered by the Trust on 16th June. If successful, the work will commence in August 2017.

Mr Bob Foster, Trustee, Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust                       6th June 2017

Swanage and Purbeck Development Trust announcement - September 2016

Stop Press - Swanage Youth and Community Centre saved.

"We have done it! We have taken over the Swanage Youth and Community Centre on behalf of the community. Swanage and Purbeck Development Trust has reached agreement with Dorset County Council and will be taking occupation on 19th September 2016. It will be renamed 'The Centre' for the start of a new era. We will be commencing youth sessions, including the Learning Disability Group, as soon as possible, plus many other activities, as part of our commitment to create a “social hub at the heart of the community”.

We will be inviting sponsors and volunteers to help us with this new challenge. We have already started fund raising, to refit The Centre and to make it more suitable for a wide range of uses. We need to establish an income flow to cover our costs and are actively looking for organisations wanting to hire space in this central location.

We will be giving regular updates on Facebook, and you can visit us and become a friend at our new Facebook page, @swanagecentre. We would welcome your support to make this a successful project for the benefit of the whole community. Please contact us via the contact page. Thank you."

Swanage Youth and Community Centre - Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust's bid submitted to Dorset County Council

In a joint venture with Swanage Town Council, the Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust has submitted a bid to take over the Swanage Youth and Community Centre. The vision is to create a vibrant social hub at the heart of the community, that promotes health, wellbeing, safeguarding and empowerment through the provision of a sustainable programme of youth sessions, learning/training courses, and a range of recreational arts, sporting, and environmental activities and services. There will be inclusive access for young people and the wider community.

Please go to to find out more, and to contact the Trust if you want to give support in any way, for example – general support, donations (money or in kind), funding opportunities, use of the Centre, etc. Thank you.

April 2016 - Update: Former St Mark's Primary School

It is, with regret,  that the Trust reports it is no longer pursuing the purchase of the old St Mark's school because a viable proposition could not be reached with the site owner. It is hoped, however, that many of the activities planned may be transferable to the youth and community centre site.

October 2015 - Proposed acquisition of the former St Mark's School by the Swanage & Purbeck Development Trust

Let's make it reMARKable, aspirational, for the community!

Please click on the link for a copy of Swanage Town Council's letter of support to the proposals dated 26th October 2015.