The Advice Dorset Partnership

The Advice Dorset Partnership exists to ensure that the people using advice services in Dorset can access the right advice when they need it. We work together, providing the voice of the advice sector to influence decision-making and supporting organisations to deliver quality advice.

The Advice Dorset Partnership is FREE to all organisations providing advice and support to residents of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. The Partnership brings together organisations to:

  • Provide a ‘voice’ for the advice sector, influencing policy decisions at a strategic level
  • Jointly provide evidence of need, and the impact of advice
  • Take action on behalf of the sector
  • Encourage more effective joint working
  • Provide opportunities to share good practice and network
  • Provide training

An overview of the Partnership

What can we offer?

What are the benefits of joining the Advice Dorset Partnership?

Member organisations will be part of a network of advice organisations in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole with opportunities to share information and good practice, network and support each other and participate in collaborative working, specifically:

  • Receive updates from the Advice Dorset Partnership steering group
  • Have opportunities to take part in collaborative working
  • Receive a fortnightly E-News with news relevant to the advice sector
  • Notification of conferences, forum events and training
  • The opportunity to attend events and training courses (see below)

Organisations must register with the Partnership to access these benefits. You can register here.

Who manages the Advice Dorset Partnership?

The Partnership is managed by Citizens Advice in Dorset, supported by Dorset County Council. The work of the partnership is directed by the Advice Dorset Partnership steering group, made up of Partnership PLUS members and chaired by an independent chair.

Update 2018-19

This year we are not running the PLUS membership scheme BUT we still intend to put on events and training courses over the year for the advice sector. Rather than charge an up-front membership fee, each event will have a charge depending on how much it costs to run.

For example, likely costs are:

  • a Welfare Benefits Forum: £15 per place
  • Briefing/training course run by a local agency :  £20 – 30,
  • Training run by an external agency:  £75 – £100
  • Conference:  £30 – £40

Events will only run if we can cover the costs.

For more information, please contact us.