The Advice Dorset Partnership is a group of agencies that provide information, advice and guidance across geographic Dorset, covering the Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council areas.

The Partnership was set up in 2016, following the production of the Dorset Advice Strategy 2016 – 2021 (produced for the then Dorset County Council by Citizens Advice).  

There are over 50 partners involved in this partnership and lead partners are represented on the Steering Group by senior officers from organisations including: Citizens Advice, Dorset Race Equality Council,  Age UK, and Shelter. Dorset Council is also represented.

The Advice Strategy was reviewed in May 2020, at a time when we all found ourselves in a new and challenging situation due to the Covid19 pandemic. However the objectives of the Partnership remain as relevant and vital as ever, and we continue to work to: 

  • Support a joined up advice sector with all partners maximising their ability to participate, collaborate and contribute.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge of front line teams.
  • Provide accurate and relevant information to all front line teams in a timely and concise manner
  • Encourage the development of sustainable and transparent funding processes, embedding accountability and value for money.

We believe if we can do these things, then the outcomes for those needing our services will be:

  1. More people will get the right advice when they need it.
  2. People will benefit from a ‘no wrong door’ culture with improved inter-agency signposting and referral.
  3. Fewer people will get to a crisis point and require more costly interventions by statutory services.

Our focus in 2020 and 2021 has been to continue to support the sector; thi included bringing out a weekly E News bulletin for most of tthe time to keep track f the numerous polic chnages that were introduced. We are now continuing to work with partners, statutory and other, to support the recovery process. This will be the focus goingforwad. The full  Review is below. 

A short history: The Partnership developed from the Connecting Advice in Dorset project, which was an Advice Services Transition Fund project funded by the National Lottery through the BIG Lottery Fund, adn which ran form 2013 5to 2015. .

The purpose of the project was to ‘develop and strengthen an integrated network of advice agencies in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole areas, enabling providers to deliver a more efficient and comprehensive service to clients’.