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

Advice Partnership Events

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Reduce Energy Costs Training, Thursday 28th February 10am to 12 noon, Bournemouth
Citizens Advice Purbeck are providing this 2 hour course to equip front line workers to support their clients in meeting their energy costs.

Help your clients to reduce their heating costs by learning about:

  • Tariffs and suppliers
  • Benefits like Warm Home Discount
  • How to Safeguard vulnerable people
  • Help with energy debt
  • Local grants to help cover costs
  • Free insulation and boiler Replacement
  • Training in Smart meters

The training is being provided by Citizens Advice Purbeck and hosted by Faithworks CMA team.

For more info and to register your place please click HERE

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

Citizens Advice Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole

Universal Support – Help to Claim Adviser

30 hours per week Face-to Face x 2 posts Fixed Term Contract April 2019 –March 2020- Salary Scale 20-22 £19,430 – £20,661 pro-rata (based on experience)- Annual Leave – 25 days + Bank Holidays pro – rata

Closing Date: 5pm 8th February- Interview Date: 21st February

Universal Support – Help to Claim Adviser

30 hours per week – Phone & Webchat x 1 post- Fixed Term Contract April 2019 –March 2020- Salary Scale 20-22 £19,430 – £20,661 pro-rata (based on experience)- Annual Leave – 25 days + Bank Holidays pro – rata

Closing Date: 5pm 8th February- Interview Date: 21st February

Hate Crime Discrimination Caseworker

Part-time 28.5 hours per week- Fixed Term Contract April – December 2019- Salary Scale 20-22 £19,430 – £20,661 pro-rata (based on experience)- Annual Leave – 25 days + Bank Holidays pro – rata

Closing Date –8th February 5pm- Interviews -19th February- Start date 01/04/2019

Macmillan Caring Locally Welfare Benefits Adviser

18 hours per week- Salary – £9,452 – £10,052 (Actual – dependent on experience)- Annual Leave – 25 days + Bank Holidays

Closing Date – Friday 8th February 5pm- Interviews – 18th February

Outreach Worker
Fixed term contract until 31st March 2020- 30 hours per week- Salary £19,430 pro rata (£15,754.05 actual). Based across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole- Job Share Considered

Closing Date Friday 8th February 2019- Interviews W/C: Monday 11th February 2019

Start Date: W/C 1st April 2019

If you would like further information or to apply please contact Donna Martin, Head of Service Delivery or email donna.martin@citabournemouthpoole.co.uk

Job Opportunities in other Agencies

Please email us if you have a job opportunity you wish to advertise.

News and Useful Information

Citizens Online Switch Dorset: Citizens Online is working with the Digital Inclusion team to build on the existing evidence base to ensure that we know where those most at risk of digital exclusion are located. This will help other agencies to focus efforts and resources.  Read more about the Switch project:  HERE

Universal Credit: Severe Disability Premium

The Government have introduced plans to prevent claimants of legacy benefits who are in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium from moving on to Universal Credit when their circumstances change.  It allows them to continue to claim legacy benefits until they are moved over as part of the managed migration process. This extra extra protection came into force on the 16th of January.  For more information and details of the transitional protection planned for when the managed migration takes place, click here

Domestic abuse specialists to be introduced in each Jobcentre from summer 2019

DWP also commits to training on domestic abuse for all universal credit work coaches as part of package of government-wide measures to accompany draft Domestic Abuse Bill for further information to this click here

 Healthy Homes Dorset: Loft and cavity wall insulation, and energy advice. More information HERE

Other Events and Training

Digital Marketing Clinic for the Charity, Community or Voluntary Sector

GetSet East Dorset is partnering with Bournemouth and Poole CVS to offer a FREE Digital Marketing and Social Media Clinic to those responsible for communication and marketing  in voluntary and community groups to talk through the free marketing training and support on offer through the Dorset Growth Program and agree a bespoke plan of action. It is taking place on 14th February at The Enterprise Hub, 63, Darracott Rd, Southbourne, BH5 2AY.

To book: Eventbrite link

The Volunteer Centre and Dorset Community Action are hosting two Trustee training sessions:

1. Trustee Training Part 1 – Recruiting the right trustees

This 3 hour ‘Bite Size’ course is designed to help trustees recruit new members and support the success and sustainability of their charity or voluntary / community organisation.  The course will ensure participants understand;

  1. What a Trustee is and who can become one
  2. The legal responsibilities of trustees and the role they fulfil
  3. Reasons for recruitment & considerations
  4. Recruiting the right trustee(s) – Who, what & how
  5. Getting the most from a / supporting new trustees or developing a mutually beneficial relationship?

This is the first of two new Trustee Training courses from DCA and VCD designed to support trustee boards provide good governance.  Part 1 of the course is designed for trustees or committee members of all types of voluntary and community groups, from community libraries to pre-schools and lunch clubs. It will provide a useful refresher for existing trustees who have served on boards for many years, to ensure their knowledge is up to date as well as those new to the role.  It will also provide essential tools and information for trustee boards looking to strengthen their board by recruiting the right new members.

Date: 25th February 2019, 9.45am registration for 10am start through to 1.30pm (includes coffee break)
Venue: CLaRC, Wimborne

Cost: £45 pp for voluntary and community groups, £55 pp for statutory groups
Refreshments will be provided.

To book, please click here

 2. Trustee Training Part 2 – Being Effective and Compliant

This 3 hour course is designed to support trustees effectively fulfil their role and provide good governance.  Good governance is fundamental to organisational success. It enables and supports a charity’s compliance with the law and relevant regulations, and provides an environment for fulfilling the charity’s purpose.  The course will ensure participants understand:

  1. Being effective as a trustee and as a board of trustees
  2. Decision making
  3. Being legal
  4. Managing Risk
  5. Identifying and putting in place the right policies and procedures

Part 2 of the course is designed for trustees or committee members of all types of voluntary and community groups, from community libraries to pre-schools and lunch clubs. It will provide practical tools and information to support trustee boards provide good governance for their organisations success.

Date: 27th March 2019, 9.45am registration for 10am start through to 1.30pm (includes coffee break)
Venue: CLaRC, Wimborne

Cost: £45 pp for voluntary and community groups, £55 pp for statutory groups
Refreshments will be provided.

To book, please click here 

Due to popular demand, YMCA Bournemouth is delivering further training sessions in 2019.

LEVEL 3 – FIRST AID AT WORK (1-DAY COURSE)

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM   or  Thursday 13th June 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.    £65 per learner

ACCREDITED FIRE MARSHALL TRAINING (1-DAY COURSE)

Thursday 28th February 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM   or  Wednesday 20th March 2019, 10:00 AM  – 2:00 PM. £40 per learner

LEVEL 2 – PRINCIPLES OF WORKPLACE RISK ASSESSMENT (1-DAY COURSE)

Thursday 14th March 2019, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. £35 per learner

LEVEL 2  – HEALTH & SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE (1-DAY COURSE)

Thursday 21st March 2019, 10:00 AM  – 4:00 PM. £45.00 per learner

LEVEL 2 – MANUAL HANDLING AT WORK (1-DAY COURSE)

Thursday 4th April 2019, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. £45 per learner

LEVEL 2 – PRINCIPLES OF COSHH (1-DAY COURSE)

Thursday 25th April 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. 25 per learner.

LEVEL 3 – FIRST AID AT WORK (3-DAY COURSE)

Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday May 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM. £170 per learner.

Venue for all these courses:The Hinton Room, YMCA Bournemouth, Delta House, 56 Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BS.

If you are interested booking a place onto any of the above courses, please contactHeather Chandler, Business Development and Marketing Assistant at YMCA Bournemouth.  Tel: 01202 290451 Ext: 4005

Email heather.chandler@ymcabournemouth.org.uk

Research and reports

Mental health claimants 2.4 times as likely to lose their benefit on transfer from DLA to PIP than claimants with non-psychiatric condition

University of York research reports that more than 47,000 claimants with a mental health condition lost entitlement between 2013 and 2016

In its research Discrediting experiences: Outcomes of eligibility assessments for claimants with psychiatric compared to non-psychiatric conditions transferring to Personal Independence Payments in England, published in the  British Journal of Psychiatry Open, the University of York analysed government data of claimants moving from an existing DLA entitlement to PIP between April 2013 and October 2016. Click on the link for the full report.

Managing Money on Universal Credit: Citizens Advice has just publishd a report which shows that while changes introduced by the Government since 2017 have started to help people, they’ve only made a dent in the problem rather than fixed it. People face particular problems during the five week wait for a first payment but financial problems can last beyond this. Universal Credit is paid in rigid ways that make it hard for some to budget and leaves little financial wriggle room, and deductions for debt repayments are common. Further changes are needed so that people are paid enough to live on and in a way which reflects people’s lives and how they budget. Read more:

 https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/policy/policy-research-topics/welfare-policy-research-surveys-and-consultation-responses/welfare-policy-research/managing-money-on-universal-credit/

Funding

Wessex Water Money Matters

This grant programme is open for applications, closing date:10th February 2019 , 11:59 pm;  maximum grant awarded:£5,000

Wessex Water believes in helping people to understand financial matters and take effective decisions regarding money, and will fund activities that support financial capability and money management projects for people who face financial difficulties.

Applicants must be based and working in any part of the Wessex Water area (see www.wessexwater.co.uk/aboutus/) which includes: Bath & North-East Somerset, Bristol, Dorset, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, most of Wiltshire, and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire.

Please read the guidelines below before applying for a grant. Click here

To apply online click here.

Dorset Community Foundation is working with Wessex Water to deliver the Wessex Water Community Fund: Funding is available of up to £1,500 for groups working in Dorset to build cohesion and bring communities together. Priority will be given to applications from groups working in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation and/or working to raise awareness of drinking water for healthy living or water saving. Closing date: 13 February 2019.

Read more: here

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has grants of up to £50,000 available for projects that will provide a long-term positive impact to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.

 HERE