Compassionate Dorset is a voluntary animal welfare group promoting compassionate living - particularly for the benefit of farm animals - through local fundraising events and global creative projects. Our main aim is to help end factory farming by empowering consumers to make a difference for animals, people and our planet - simply through our food shopping choices.
We are the local supporter group for our favourite charity Compassion in World Farming which was founded in 1967 by a concerned farmer on a mission to improve the lives of farm animals, and we run the Compassionate Tee-Shop selling our own range of designer t-shirts in aid of Compassion in World Farming*.
We also promote Meat Free Monday and are local contacts for The Vegetarian Society, The Vegan Society and Animal Aid and supported the Viva! campaign to Save Hamish & Dougal.*
Although we are not a vegetarian or vegan group, our 2 founding members are vegan and we respect that many of our members are vegetarian or vegan, but we also have free-range farmers who support us. We therefore believe that we should promote all the options for everyone - from buying higher welfare meat and dairy to improve the lives of the millions of animals currently farmed for food, through to going vegetarian, or vegan as the only way to really know that the food we eat has not caused suffering to animals. We strongly encourage eating less meat and dairy, for the sake of animals, human health and our planet.
Like Compassion in World Farming, we believe factory farming is the biggest cause of animal cruelty in the UK and worldwide. Their sentiment sums it up very simply: THEIR LIVES, YOUR CHOICE.
PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT a registered charity and are only affiliated to other charities as local supporters. Compassion in World Farming, Meat Free Monday, Animal Aid, Viva!, The Vegetarian Society and The Vegan Society are therefore NOT accountable for the content of this website, or the actions of our group.
We regularly have stalls at local events such as county shows, festivals and eco fayres, hold library information displays, Bake With Compassion cake sales, tea parties and film nights. In July 2010 we held our own 'Big Lunch' picnic in Dorchester Borough Gardens. Compassionate Dorset member Sandra Hood also ran the legendary London Marathon in 2011 and raised nearly £1,400.00 for Compassion in World Farming.
Compassionate Dorset is run completely by volunteers and is based in Dorchester, Dorset. We are always looking for more volunteers to help us plan events or just to lend a hand manning stalls or at our street collections throughout Dorset.
We also sometimes get together for shared meat-free meals or 'Compassionate Coffee & Cake Mornings' (which usually include Sandra's legendary vegan-friendly chocolate cake!).
Check out Compassion in World Farming's A-Z of Fundraising Ideas for more ideas and inspiration and let us know if you want to get involved! http://www.ciwf.org.uk/includes/documents/cm_docs/2010/a/az_of_fundraising_actions.pdf
To become a Dorset volunteer please email us: email@example.com.
Because we are such an active group of volunteers, we need more funds to help us continue to run events, have stalls at local festivals, and to fund more creative projects and buy equipment.
You can now support Compassionate Dorset by becoming a paying Member.**
Members and volunteers are welcome to attend Dorset group events and vote at any meetings or AGMs.
All members will receive a regular eNewsletter and special offers by email.
**PLEASE NOTE: This is for membership to the voluntary community group Compassionate Dorset only. We are NOT a registered charity and are only affiliated to other charities as local supporters. Compassion in World Farming, Meat Free Monday, Animal Aid, Viva!, The Vegetarian Society and The Vegan Society are therefore NOT accountable for the content of this website, or the actions of our group.
Please select a membership option below to pay securely online through Paypal (who charge us a 37p commission).
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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP £5.00 per year***
***PLEASE NOTE: Automatic yearly renewal will be set-up through Paypal by direct debit which can be cancelled at any time.
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Please Note: Refunds are not available for any donations.
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP £25.00
PAY BY CHEQUE OR POSTAL ORDER:
Alternatively one-off payments for 1 year's membership or donations can also be sent through Paypal.
Simply 'send money' to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you prefer you can send a cheque made payable to 'Compassionate Dorset' and post to:
c/o 6 West Walks
All monies go through our Co-operative Community bank account in the name of 'Compassionate Dorset'.