The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust was founded from an investment by the late Mrs Margaret Dobson. It was intended as an attempt by her to help young people and others with learning disabilities and other special needs to fulfil their potential, both in educational and practical skills.
The Trust seeks to achieve this by making grants to other charities which are providing services with similar aims. Decisions are made by the Trustees after consideration of written applications. Applications are accepted from UK registered charities. The Trustees have a set of guidelines to assist charities who are seeking grants.
There are currently eight Trustees who form the governing body that usually meet at least once a year. The day to day management is vested in the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
All major decisions relating to the grants to be made and the management of the Trust’s investment are the responsibility of all the trustees.
Trustees are selected for their interest in the welfare of young people with special needs and the contributions that they are able to make to the efficient administration of the Trust.
Trustees are elected or re-elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Trustees.
What we support
The focus for the Trust is support of organisations’ for young adults with a learning disability, with the aim of giving them practical skills to better prepare them to be able to lead independent lives.
With limited resources at our disposal, the Trustees will prioritise applications from projects which meet at least two of the following criteria: