Welcome to the Advice Dorset Partnership E-News bulletin. 

The Advice Dorset Partnership covers the geographical / historical county of Dorset, ie the areas covered by the  two new unitaries. It is circulated every two weeks and will bring you news and information relating to the advice sector in Dorset and Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole. The Partnership is supported by Citizens Advice in Dorset (CAiD).

As usual feel free to forward this email to  colleagues and  they can get in touch with us if they wish to go on the list.  If you would like to send anything out via the bulletin,  and for all other enquiries about the Advice Dorset Partnership contact Caroline Buxton: caroline@caidorset.org.uk

Events: Advice Partnership  and other organisations

Save the date: Universal Credit in Dorset – Let’s talk No 3: Thursday 12 September 2019.

This will be another of our popular information and networking days with a mix of presentations and workshops; there will be a chance to hear from colleagues from the DWP, Revenues & Benefits departments and other agencies. If you would like to offer a ‘snapshot’ or run a workshop please let Caroline Buxton know. More details coming soon.

Welfare Benefit Forum: Thursday 27 June, Dorchester –  only a few places remaining

The Advice Dorset Partnership is putting on a day of welfare benefits for advisers and caseworkers: in the morning the Forum will focus on current benefit issues: PIP, ESA, UC update etc, The afternoon session will be run by the Public Law Project on their Benefits Sanctions project. This event is aimed at welfare rights advisers with a grounding in Universal Credit.

There is a small charge for this event in order to cover costs. Drinks, biscuits and fruit will be available all day, but bring your own lunch. Book via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welfare-benefit-forum-tickets-61484725469

Multi-Cultural meet up: Sunday 23 June 13.30 – 15.30 Swanage

Flyer attached: Multi Cultural Meet Up Swanage 23 June 2019_ Flyer

Dorset Healthcare Engagement Events

  • Weds 12 June 6 – 8pm  Dorford Centre,  Dorchester
  • Weds 19 June 6 – 8pm  Boscombe Baptist Church

More information and booking – go to:

https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/join-us/strategy-sessions

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group – AGM: Wednesday 10 July 2019, 9.30am – 11.30am, Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3AP .

Attendees will be able to find out more about how GP services are developing in their area and about the benefits of new Primary Care
Networks. You don’t have to register, but if you want to, follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W6R3SRW

Criminal Justice Forum – 17 July. 9.30 – 2.30, Kinson Community Centre.

This event is organised by BCVS and is also a chance to meet Karen Loftus, their new Chief Executive and share your ideas about the future of their forums. Sophie Ricketts’ (Targeted Enforcement Manager for BCP) update will include County Lines, and Paul Payne will talk about the ‘My Safer Bournemouth’ website.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/criminal-justice-forum-tickets-63381543904

Job Opportunities

There are currently no paid advice-related jobs.

Dorset Mental Health Forum is currently seeking Trustees: https://trustees-unlimited.co.uk/become-a-trustee/5794/trustees-dorset-mental-health-forum

News and useful information

Scams Awareness 2019: Scams Awareness is a yearly campaign which aims to create a network of confident, alert consumers who know what to do when they see a scam. This year’s campaign will take place over two weeks, from the 10th-23rd June.

Whether you’re an individual consumer looking to protect yourself and your family from scams, or an organisation or group representing consumers, your efforts during the campaign are important.

Help us spread the message that scams are crimes that can happen to anyone and we don’t need to be embarrassed if we fall victim to them.

You can find more information and resources here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/our-campaigns/all-our-current-campaigns/scams-awareness-campaign-2019/

Tax Aid / Tax Help for Older People have produced a comprehensive guide which you can download.

The Benefits Training Co is a good source of updates on benefits. They are currently highlighting the exceptions for mixed age couples who may still be able to claim Pension Credit. See https://www.benefitstraining.co.uk/news

And if you want even more detail on current hot topics, AgeUK have just circulated their JUNE benefits update which you can download:

If you want your clients’ experiences to be used (anonymously) to highlight problems, don’t forget about CPAG’s on-line Early Warning System (EWS) which gathers information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across the UK: Follow the link:

http://www.cpag.org.uk/early-warning-system

Training

Managing a Fair Disciplinary Process: a FREE webinar on Weds 26 June 10.30 – 11.30 run by ACAS: This webinar will provide you and your managers with an opportunity to see some of the key elements that go into creating a fair disciplinary process. Includes guidance on investigations, hearings and appeals:

-How an informal approach may be useful

-Conducting investigations

-The companion role to someone in a disciplinary or investigation hearing

-Disciplinary hearings

-Appeals against the original outcome

-Further support available

Register here; https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8552835268396416770?source=South+West+E+Connect

Research and Reports

Breathing Space Policy: The Government has announced its new policy to protect those in debt from interest fees and enforcement for 60 days. Read the Citizens Advice BLOG here: https://wearecitizensadvice.org.uk/3-changes-needed-to-ensure-breathing-space-is-a-success-342889368d9e

The Homelessness Monitor: England 2019 Annual report funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation analyses the impact of economic and policy developments on homelessness. 71% of Local Authorities responding to the survey report an increase in homelessness – but there is evidence that the Homelessness Reduction Act is enabling councils to help more people in need…..read more: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/homelessness-monitor-england-2019

Funding News

Dorset Community Foundation is running the iWill programme for youth social action; this supports volunteering, fundraising and campaigning, as well as skills and confidence-building projects for those who work with young people, particularly from less affluent backgrounds, to develop an appetite for this sort of activity.

Local groups can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 for youth social action projects which last up to a year (they can be one-off events). The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people. Closing date: 31 July 2019.

https://www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org/funds/iwill-programme/

Funding to help reduce your carbon footprint: Free advice and grant funding is available to Dorset based charities, community groups and voluntary organisations (with less than 250 employees) to help with the installation of renewable energy to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

Support comes from Low Carbon Dorset, a Dorset Council led programme funded by the European Regional Development fund. It provides up to 40% funding for all sorts of carbon reduction projects, ranging from simple installations of solar panels, to complex whole building approaches. For more information go to: https://www.lowcarbondorset.org.uk/apply/

DHSC Care and Innovation Fund will open at the end of June to submit an Expression of Interest for projects which show a positive effect on:

  • carers’ health and wellbeing;
  • carers’ ability to manage work alongside caring responsibilities;
  • carers’ ability to take a break from their caring role;
  • reducing loneliness and social isolation.

More info:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/carers-innovation-fund-how-to-apply