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). 

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Events

DREC: Bridport multi-cultural meet up Sunday 8 March 3 to 5pm at the Bridport Youth & Community Centre. A great opportunity to share and celebrate together International Women’s Day! Free and open to all.   BYCC, Gundry Lane, Bridport, DT6 3RL. http://www.dorsetrec.org.uk/blog/

Dorset Community Action: Easy Steps to Successful Bid Writing. Thursday 19 March, 10 -12 at CLARC Wimborne [41-44 King Street, Wimborne, BH21 1EB]. The course will cover:

  • Describing the impact of your project
  • Understanding how to put this information into a funding bid
  • Understanding the secrets to success in writing funding applications
  • Identifying appropriate funders

£30 for DCA members, £40 for non-members. To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/east-dorset-easy-steps-to-successful-bid-writing-tickets-90127155749

Armed Forces Careers and Lifestyle Fair: Thursday 30th April between 10:30 – 14:30 at Kingston Maurward. Bookings for exhibitors are now being taken: any queries, contact  tracy.cooper@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk  phone: 07876791356. Flyer:

Booking form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fW51W7zHYK6OYrjJ-1Ue_xOEQklWt5OWv_PFkhyH2rA/edit

Job opportunites

There are currently no advice-related jobs published on local websites.

News and useful information

Coronavirus: Let’s hope we are not about to enter a very difficult period with Coronavirus……lots of information is available out there, and from an advice perspective Citizens Advice has published information for those who might, for example, need to take time off work to look after a dependent, or what to do if you are unwell but should be attending a Jobcentre appointment. Read more: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

Making mental health services better for young people – Update: In response to feedback from both staff and local people, the deadline for completing the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services survey has been extended to Friday 31st March 2020. https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/mental-health-survey/

Training

See Bid Writing course under ‘events’ above.

Research and reports

Every complaint matters:a thematic review of complaints about charities. This Charity Commission report, published in February, is the first thematic review of charity complaints conducted under the Commission’s 2018 to 2023 Strategy. It is part of their work to hold charities to account, and they say: We hope it will also help to give charities the understanding and tools they need to succeed. In future reviews we may explore other themes.

Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/every-complaint-matters-a-thematic-review-of-complaints-about-charities/every-complaint-matters-a-thematic-review-of-complaints-about-charities

Evidencing the link between the Local Housing Allowance freeze and homelessness: A report to the Local Government Association from Policy in Practice.

The current LHA effectively sits at the 13th percentile of market rents (compared to the 30th percentile it was set at in 2016). … It is estimated that for every 1,000 households experiencing a shortfall between their LHA rate and rent, 44 households will require temporary accommodation.

Read more: https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Evidencing%20the%20link%20between%20the%20LHA%20freeze%20and%20homelessness-Full%20report-pub5Feb20.pdf

Counting on it – Cross sector minimum standards of support for people with mental health problems: Citizens Advice report that essential service markets are not working for people with mental health problems. Previous research found that, where poor mental health reduces someone’s ability to carry out daily activities, they can incur costs of £1,100 – £1,550 each year as a result of inaccessible services, inadequate regulatory protections and lack of tailored support.

In its ‘Modernising consumer markets’ green paper, published in April 2018, the government instructed regulators to identify whether there are benefits to introducing cross-sector minimum standards of support that people with mental health problems can expect to receive from their water, energy, telecoms and financial services providers. This report evidences the necessity of such standards and sets out what form they should take in order to achieve better outcomes for people with mental health problems. 

Read more: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/policy/policy-research-topics/consumer-policy-research/consumer-policy-research/counting-on-it-cross-sector-minimum-standards-of-support-for-people-with-mental-health-problems/

Funding

No updates this week!