Welcome to the Advice Dorset Partnership E-News bulletin. The bulletin is circulated every two weeks and will bring you news and information relating to the advice sector in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. If you would like to send anything out via the bulletin, please send it to Sue at: advicedorsetpartnership@gmail.com

For other enquiries about the Advice Dorset Partnership contact caroline@caidorset.org.uk.

Advice Dorset Partnership

Conference on Accessibility: ensuring people can access the advice they need

In Dorchester,  Thursday, 8 February 2018 from 09:45 to 15:45  BOOK NOW!

This conference is organised by the Advice Dorset Partnership, and will identify and develop innovative ways to remove barriers which prevent people accessing services,  with a focus on how can we ensure people can get the right advice at the right time, in a way that meets their needs.

We will have speakers and presentations on a range of issues including:

Digital – Routes to Inclusion, Superfast Dorset – Dorset County Council
Transport Issues – Design and Transformation Team – Dorset CCG
Accessing services – Barriers and minority groups – DREC, and Bournemouth Interpreters
Financial inclusion – Wyvern Savings and Loans
Cyber crime – Dorset Police

Kay Wilson White, a Research and Campaigns Officer with Citizens Advice in Dorset will be presenting the findings from a recent survey of 344 people on digital access issues.

This conference wil be of interest to people working in the voluntary and statutory sectors acorss Dorset Bournemouth and Poole, both front-line workers delivering services and those working at a more strategic level including funders and commissioners.

Agenda:AGENDA 8 Feb 2018

Bookings with more information: here

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

There are currently no paid vacancies. For volunteering opportunities find your local Citizens Advice office here

News and Useful Information

Co-Working at the Community Learning and Resource Centre Hub- Looking for a new work-base?

the Community Learning & Resource Centre Wimbrone has space available now in its Co-working hub. Priced per desk at £155 per month or hot desk with us for just £3 per hour. Further information available here, email Alison Cross or phone 01202 847600

Events and Training

Forum for Equality & Diversity in Dorset (FED) 29th January 2018.

Dorset Race Equality Council (DREC) have organised a forum to take place on 29th January 2018 at Wareham Town Council, East Street, Wareham, BH20 4NS  from 5.30 to 7.30 pm

The confirmed speakers are:

  • Tony McDougal, Communications Officer, Dorset Care Record/Dorset County Council
  • Claire Hodgson, Diverse City
  • Siobhán Davis, Project Coordinator for the Community Credit Scheme , Supporting people with learning disabilities in volunteering

To register e-mail here: or call 01202 392 954

Exposing Rural Poverty: A warm home should not be a luxury. The Warm Homes Campaign report highlights that over a million families face an income shortfall of up to £9,331 per year (£778 per month) to cover basic essentials, including energy. Many vulnerable people will be hit hard, including older people and those in ill-health, on low incomes and living in energy inefficient homes.

There are various schemes to help people in fuel poverty; do these schemes reach those in need in rural areas? How do rural residents top up their prepayment meter with closures of bus services, village shops and Post Offices? How do we balance preserving our listed buildings with making properties more energy efficient? Is a lack of internet access and/or online capabilities also a barrier to lowering energy costs?

Join us at the Dorford Centre to explore some of these questions. Sign up here https://purbeckadvice.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d18797c032ad95c520ca6c80a&id=0e0e2a8fee&e=2f4e05a609)

Poole CVS: There is currently space available on the following training course:

Healthy Conversations – Friday 23rd March

This course is free to attend. If you would like to reserve a space please email Kevin Eaton

Bournemouth CVS: training available

30th January – Introduction to Lottery Funding Training

20th February – Being a Charity Trustee Training

There are places left on this training, More information about this is available from Hannah Rees

Bournemouth CVS: are partnering with the Foundation for Social Improvement to deliver a heavily subsidised training event on 14th March offering small and local charities and community groups. There will be three workshops on key skills: Supporting & Managing Volunteers, Demonstrating Your Impact and Community & Events Fundraising.

All the workshops are taking place at Kinson Community Centre. Spaces will fill up fast and booking is absolutely essential. You can book onto one, two or all three of the workshops here:   Please note, the bookings are being administrated by the FSI and neither Bournemouth CVS or Poole CVS are able to make reservations on your behalf. If you find that the workshop you wish to book onto is full, please contact the FSI directly to be put on the waiting list. Organisations can book a maximum of 2 places per workshop.

Your organisation will need to register with the FSI which is free for groups with an annual turnover of less than £1.5 million. You will be required to make a £15 payment to the FSI for each of the places that you book. After the session has taken place £10 for each of these places will be refunded directly to you. If you do not attend on the day the full £15 payment will be kept by the FSI. If you have any questions about payments or deposits before or after the training please contact the FSI directly. Bournemouth CVS and Poole CVS will have no information at any time about this.

 The workshops will take place at the following times:

·         Supporting & Managing Volunteers – 10am to 11.30am

·         Demonstrating Your Impact – 11.45am to 1.15pm

·         Community & Events Fundraising – 2pm to 3.30pm

Health and Care Forum the next forum will take place on 6th March at Poole Christian Fellowship Hall on Lagland Street in Poole.

The Forum will be a workshop focusing on Ageing Without Children and issues facing over 65’s who do not have children or who do have children but aren’t in regular contact with them.

Booking is essential and if you would like to attend please register via Eventbrite here:

Research and Reports

European Committee of Social Rights finds 175 violations related to health, social security and social protection in 33 countries in 2017 

These conclusions concerned the articles of the Charter relating to the thematic group “Health, social security and social protection”:

  • the right to safe and healthy working conditions (Article 3),
  • the right to protection of health (Article 11),
  • the right to social security (Article 12),
  • the right to social and medical assistance (Article 13),
  • the right to benefit from social welfare services (Article 14),
  • the right of elderly persons to social protection (Article 23),
  • the right to protection against poverty and social exclusion (Article 30).

follow the link to the press release here

Funding opportunities

The Dorset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is now inviting applications for the Safer Dorset Fund Community Grant. The fund has been established to provide financial support to voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver projects meeting one or more of the Police & Crime Plan priorities. Grants of between £100 and £3,000 are available.

To find out more about the grant, see the full terms and conditions and submit an application,  click here