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Universal Credit in Dorset – Let’s Talk!

This event will be on Friday 8 June, 10am to 3.30pm at West Dorset District Council in Dorchester.

Are you working with people who are claiming Universal Credit? Do you want to know more about how UC works, some of the problems and solutions, and what help and support is available? Then this event is for you!

Most of Dorset Bournemouth and Poole have now had ‘full service’ Univeral Credit for 5 months. Whilst for some people, UC is working well, there is a significant number who face a multitude of difficulties making and managing a claim. The resources of local services, both statutory and voluntary, are being stretched trying to deal with complex issues faced by some of our most vulnerable residents.

We are very keen to ensure we are all working together as effectively as possible to meet these needs and to improve the roll out of UC. Citizens Advice in Dorset is working with the Dorset Councils Partnership to support the sharing of experiences, expertise and learning. .

This event will be a chance to get an update on how UC is working, and what support is available locally, We will have speakers from DWP, local authority,the voluntary sector, and members of the Advice Dorset Partnership. The day will be a mix of presentations and workshops -a full programme will come out nearer the time.

Places will be free, with hot drinks and light refreshments available (bring own lunch).

This event is available to book on Eventbrite here.

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

Citizens Advice Bournemouth and Poole-Head of Service Delivery

Full Time, Salary scale 34 – £30,153pa,  Annual Leave – 25 days  + Bank Holidays

Read more: Advert – Head of Service Delivery B&P May 2018

If you would like further information please contact Emma Lee, Business Development Manager, 07766 660742 or email emma.lee@citabournemouthpoole.co.uk

Closing Date – Friday 1stJune 2018, Interviews w/c 11thJune 2018,

For Volunteering opportunities find your local Citizens Advice office here

Other job opportunities

Two interesting opportunities at Dorset County Council:

Grants Monitoring Officer<https://jobs.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/business-policy-administration-dorset-county-council-grants-monitoring-officer-dorchester/25713.job>

Dorset Care Record Engagement Officer<https://jobs.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/health-social-care-dorset-county-council-dorset-care-record-engagement-officer-dorchester/25649.job>

News and Useful Information

Local Government Re-organisation

As you’ll be aware the next 12 months are going to be a period of change as we go through the local government  re-organisation process. The attached presentation gives an overview of the process and timescales:

LGR Update Programme April 2018 – 1

Events and Training

Francis Clark Charity Seminar: 22 May 2018, 9.30 – 1 at Bovington Tank Museum. Focus on ‘building a sustainable charity:

More info and booking form here

Borough of Poole – Social Care Learning and Development Team have courses available for a small fee or for free, all bookings must be made via the CPD Online/Poole Workforce Development site here

Courses currently available include:

22 May 2018 Essential Safeguarding Adults Skills 1 day

12 June 2018 Safeguarding Adults for Managers of Provider Services Update 1-day Safeguarding Adults for Managers of Provider Services must be attended first (this update is required after 3 years)

Research and Reports

Anther useful  report on the impact of Universal Credit has been produced by the Trussell Tust: Left Behind – Is Universal Credit truly universal? Read more: Here

Funding opportunities

The TDS Foundation fund projects  to promote knowledge of Landords’ obligations OR  Tenants’ rights and responsibilities. Read more here

The Woodward Charitable Trust make small grants to organisations working with children facing exclusion, disabled people,  prisoners, and for community cohesion work Read more here

Open Reach Community Fibre Partnership: “This is an exclusive grant that’s available to communities whose Openreach co-funded fibre infrastructure serves a school or registered charity that doesn’t has speeds of less than 30Mbps.” Read more here

Illegal Money Lending Team -Stop Loan Sharks: 2018/19 grant round now open for grants of up to £5,000 to raise awareness of Load Sharks.  Details and application form: Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund application form – 2018.-2019 V2 this funding is only available until 30th June 2018.

The Macdougall Trust, as you’ll have read in previous editions,  can award grants of up to &250 (£350 under exceptional circumstances) mainly for household or essential items. They are not able to pay off debts. Applications need to be supported by an adviser or other frontline worker, and payment cannot be made directly to the applicants, so your organisation needs to be able to accept and disburse monies on behalf of clients. If required, they can write cheques to Argos and Dorset Reclaim.

They have now updated their application form:   Here