The Advice Dorset Partnership

The Advice Dorset Partnership exists to ensure that the people using advice services in Dorset can access the right advice when they need it. We work together, providing the voice of the advice sector to influence decision-making and supporting organisations to deliver quality advice.

The Advice Dorset Partnership is FREE to all organisations providing advice and support to residents of Dorset and Bournemouth Christchurch and  Poole. The Partnership brings together organisations to:

  • Provide a ‘voice’ for the advice sector, influencing policy decisions at a strategic level
  • Jointly provide evidence of need, and the impact of advice
  • Take action on behalf of the sector
  • Encourage more effective joint working
  • Provide opportunities to share good practice and network
  • Provide training

What are the benefits of signing up to the Advice Dorset Partnership?

Organisations will be part of a network of advice organisations in both Dorset Council area and the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area, with opportunities to share information and good practice, network and support each other and participate in collaborative working, specifically:

  • Receive updates from the Advice Dorset Partnership steering group
  • Have opportunities to take part in collaborative working
  • Receive a fortnightly E-News with news relevant to the advice sector
  • Notification of conferences, forum events and training
  • The opportunity to attend events and training courses (see below)

Organisations can register with the Partnership by contacting Caroline Buxton, at Citizens Advice Central Dorset.

Who manages the Advice Dorset Partnership?

The Partnership is managed by Citizens Advice in Dorset, supported by Dorset Council. The work of the partnership is directed by the Advice Dorset Partnership steering group, made up of key staff from organisations including Age UK N S & W Dorset, Citizens Advice, Shelter, Dorset Race Equality Council and others.

The steering group reviewed its Strategy in May 2020 –  looking ahead at the next 4 years but also factoring in the implications of the Covid19 pandemic. This is how the strategy starts – and you can access the full document  below:

Everyone has one focus as of now: working together to support our communities in these most exceptional times. The current Covid-19 outbreak is having an unprecedented impact on people’s lives, and this is likely to affect information advice and guidance services in a number of ways. The Advice Dorset Partnership, collectively through its Steering Group and the entire membership, is well placed to assist the needs of our communities at this challenging time. Areas where these needs exist include:

  • Increased need for advice on the range of new measures introduced to mitigate the impact of the shutdown.
  • Advice agencies offering services in different ways (web-based, email, phone, video calls) and working to meet the particular challenges for helping the most vulnerable clients.
  • Managing more people “in crisis” as measures impact almost all aspects of daily living, especially for the more vulnerable
  • Agencies that use volunteers facing a significant dwindling of the workforce.
  • Reduced opportunities to apply for renewal or new funding opportunities particularly those that need partnerships to be developed.

Update 2022

During 2020 and 2021 we had to restrict our activity due to Covid19, but we did commit to a weekly E News bulletin to keep the sector up to date,  and with changes and policy initiatives coming thick and fast this was much needed! From April 2021 we resumed our fortnightly E News, still full of useful updates, and we are now beginning to plan some events and training courses – though these are likely to be via Zoom. Keep an eye on the  E News for more details.

For more information, please contact us.

Events 2022

Cost of Living Crisis – how can I help my service users? Thursday 30 June 2022, 2 – 5pm, via Zoom

This online (zoom) FREE event is organised by the Advice Dorset Partnership, and is aimed at frontline staff in advice and support agencies across Dorset and BCP. There will be presentations from Citizens Advice, Age UK, Faithworks and others. It will include information on:

  • Understanding what Government support there is
  • Accessing grants
  • Maximising income – including ensuring people are getting all the benefits they are entitled to
  • Money saving ideas – social tariffs and other tips
  • Support provided by local agencies and projects

Book via eventbrite.