Welcome to the Advice Partnership E News Bulletin

The Advice Dorset Partnership covers the geographical / historical county of Dorset, and is circulated every fortnight, to 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

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce Forum – Thursday 14 November – 4.30 – 6pm in Bournemouth: Trustee recruitment and retention. To book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bctc-forum-trustees-recruitment-and-retention-tickets-74082868855

Citizens Advice in Dorset AGM: Monday 11 November 12.30pm at EDHT, Allandale House, Wimborne BH21 1AS. This will be prceded by a short EGM to adopt revised Memorandum and Articles of Association. The AGM invitation is here:

Job opportunities

Citizens Advice Central Dorset: Macmillan Welfare Benefit Co-ordinator: Citizens Advice Central Dorset is responsible for the delivery of the Dorset Macmillan project. Last year we helped our clients to gain over £3 million in benefits. The role is exceptionally busy and requires a proactive individual who is highly skilled in communicating with the public, clinicians and stakeholders. The post holder will be based in Dorchester and will co-ordinate the service and support the Macmillan Advisers across Dorset to achieve the service objectives.

28 hours/week, £16,569 pa (actual). More details:

News and useful information

The Illegal Money Lending Team’s summer newsletter can be found at the link below, featuring updates on recent prosecutions and POCA projects.

http://www.stoploansharks.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Summer-Newsletter-2019-2.pdf

To arrange free training for groups of 10 or more contact Lin Fisher: mailto:lin.fisher@birmingham.gov.uk

Every Mind Matters: Public Health England and the NHS have launched a new website – Every Mind Matters. This shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs. The launch follows 18 months of planning and local and regional piloting, developed with clinical and academic experts, national mental health charities and input from people with experience of poor mental health. Follow the link:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Bournemouth University resources: videos where people speak about their experiences – carers, long-term health issues, substance use etc

As part of the PIER partnership [Public Involvement in Education and Research] work to embed service user and carer perspectives into health and social care education, BU have created and collated a number of resources, including academic and research-based publications, videos and audio recordings for use in Higher Education and in practice.  Follow this link to some short videos which could be useful for team meetings etc:

https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/about/our-faculties/faculty-health-social-sciences/public-involvement-education-research/our-resources

Universal Credit statistics by region, can be found here:

http://dwp-stats.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=8560a06de0f2430ab71505772163e8b4

Training

‘Loan Sharks’: To arrange an in-house course from the Illegal Money Lending Team contact Lin Fisher (see also above item under News): mailto:lin.fisher@birmingham.gov.uk

Research and Reports

Citizens Advice: How well is conditionality working in Universal Credit? This recent blog highlights some of the issues UC claimants face such as getting a commitment tailored to their personal circumstances. CA evidence was submitted to the Social Security Advisory Committee, and the blog contains a link to their report:

https://wearecitizensadvice.org.uk/how-well-is-conditionality-working-in-universal-credit-8c3a4c138a0c

Resolution Fund briefing – A Fraying Net: Young people have fared poorly in terms of their incomes, earnings and housing prospects in recent years. In this context, the state safety net is of central importance to those young adults who are unable to look to their families, or elsewhere, for support, if they are to avoid being left behind. This report, commissioned by the Health Foundation as part of its Young people’s future health inquiry, reviews the state-provided financial safety net available to young adults, and how it has changed over time.

It finds that young people have always relied more on benefits than working-age adults. But this gap has narrowed over recent decades, as governments have increasingly deprioritised welfare support for young people. Read more….. https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/a-fraying-net/

Funding

Nationwide Community Grants: Grants of up to £25k, closing date 22 November 2019. The funding is for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home.
  • Helping people in to a home.
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment.

Nationwide will part-fund project costs of over 50% of the total project cost, but organisations must be able to secure the remaining project costs within two months of the award. More info:

https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-programmes/nationwide

MHCLG via Homeless Link: Cold Weather Fund 2019 Grants of up to £25k, closing date 6 December 2019.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are providing up to £1 million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless Link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter.

Priority will be given to organisations providing support for specific groups such as vulnerable women, LGBT, couples, or pet owners. Grants must be for one or both of the following purposes:

  1. To provide additional accommodation to rough sleepers during the period 1st December 2019 to 31st March 2020. By additional we mean additional to what is already being commissioned by the local authority. This can be either shelter beds or other accommodation.
  2. To enhance the support provided in or complementary to existing commissioned shelter beds to reduce the level of returns to the street for people sleeping rough accommodated in shelters and to help secure long-term move-on from shelters.

https://www.homeless.org.uk/connect/blogs/2019/oct/11/2019-cold-weather-fund-application-guidance