(in the offices above Saxon Print )

Unit 7, Gold Hill House
21 High Street
Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8JE

Telephone: 01747 228009

Office hours:  SDTF Office Opening Times

Other times by appointment, call 01747 228009

About Shaftesbury Task Force:

The Shaftesbury District Task Force was set up in 2001 as a Community Partnership.  The Partnership serves Shaftesbury and the surrounding villages in Dorset and Wiltshire.

For latest accounts:


Shaftesbury & District Task Force

The Task Force is committed to helping the Neighbourhood Plan team with its efforts to produce a plan for the Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas & Cann area.

What we do:
  • Organise public discussions/consultations on community issues
  • Help volunteer groups to access grants, get established and organised.
  • Formulate local action plans and priorities
  • Alert local authorities and others to our community needs, for Shaftesbury and the surrounding villages
Our resources:
  • A part time community resource worker, an office and meeting place.
  • 2,000 hours or more of skilled volunteer time, worth £25K or more a year.
 Some recent projects (2010 -2014) we’ve helped:
  • “Winter Warmer” event – 10 organisations cooperating to give help and advice to elderly people.
  • Neighbourhood Planning Group – raising  £7,500 for professional support
  • “Hope” Projects – raised over £340K for the charity to provide “back to work “ support for disadvantaged people.
  • Motcombe Youth Club – £300 grant for cooking equipment
  • Snowdrop project – £300 towards the lantern procession.
  • New computers for the Swans Yard public access office
  • Motcombe Village Hall – Storage unit
  • Shaftesbury Age Concern – stairlift for their offices
  • Open Spaces Group – support and professional help to the Town Council for green space improvements, Barton Hill, Wincombe Lane Rec., etc.
  • An information service to a network of over 120 local organisations to keep them informed on grant money opportunities.
Some issues still to tackle:
  • Provision of amenities at the “Eastern development” and its integration into the wider community.
  • Leisure and open space needs for the whole area.
  • School and nursery places for the enlarged community
  • The provision of health services for the growing and ageing population
  • Neighbourhood Planning.

The Partnership needs people, groups and organisations willing to offer their skills and creativity, time or resources, but most of all commitment to securing a prosperous and sustainable future for the whole Shaftesbury area and the communities who live and work there.  Please contact Louise on the contact details above if you would like to be involved.