Innovate Dorset


Welcome to Innovate Dorset, specialists in helping children and young people re-engage with many forms of education, work and training. Working alongside BCP and Dorset Council, we offer an Alternative Provision to mainstream education in a variety of exciting and engaging projects across Dorset and surrounding areas.


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Agile & Responsive

Able to move quickly and easily we pride ourselves on responding to the needs of our customers, creating the bespoke package, and delivering the intervention they need.

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Professional & flexible

We recognise the need for a quality provision in alternative education, we have therefore recruited a flexible team of experienced professionals with a wide range of skills and knowledge to deliver our bespoke service.


Mentoring & Befriending Service

Introducing a positive adult role model into a young life can have a substantial impact,

increasing confidence, building self-esteem, practising social and life skills.

Learning Mentoring

Our interim service is well known and respected for offering a supportive package working to reintegrate the participant back into fulltime education, find employment or go on   to further education

XLR8 +16 Project

Our successful +16 project offers a supportive path and package for young people not ready to access further education or employment. Gaining the confidence and skills they need to move onwards.


Our Mission is to bring practical education, both formal and informal, to children and young people crafting lifelong learning skills. 

By choosing to pursue a nurturing approach to encourage participation in our sessions, we engage with children and young people at a level they can easily connect with adults and their peers. 

Recognising and cultivating their potential, striving for adventure and excellence, in a safe environment, supported by a wealth of creative and proficient adults.


With so many successful engagements, we believe in finding the right person for the right job.   We don't always get it right the first time, but we pride ourselves on being responsive when we know something isn't working, and sometimes a small change can make a big world of difference.

Regardless of the situation, we like to start at the beginning. Nobody knows and understands their child better than Parents; we will make the time if and when appropriate to meet with parents and their child to make a fuller referral.

We encourage children and young people, along with our team, to try new things and to approach challenges and actively seek support if needed so that nobody feels left behind.

It is crucial that children, young people, and team members feel valued and not alone. We encourage constant communication and support within our team to make sure we create a positive working environment.

We aspire to inspire and empower children and young people referred to us, to reach for and exceed their goals - whatever they may be.