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). 

As usual feel free to forward this email to  colleagues and  they can get in touch with us if they wish to go on the list.  If you would like to send anything out via the bulletin,  and for all other enquiries about the Advice Dorset Partnership contact Caroline Buxton: caroline@caidorset.org.uk


Dorset Community Action: Trustee Breakfast Club. Thursday 12 March, 8 – 9.45 am, Sturminster Newton. The session will look at Core Funding, full cost recovery and investment, and is FREE thanks to support from Ward Goodman and Church House Investment.   https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/eventbrite-event/trustee-breakfast-club-12th-march-2020/

FOLLOWED BY…..10-2 by Focus on Rural Dorset, a partnership event with DCA, the Volunteer Centre Dorset, Ward Goodman and Church House Investment. This will showcase successful rural Dorset initiatives, primarily focusing on some of the exciting projects across North Dorset. The aim of the event is for groups and individuals to meet and share ideas, raise awareness and celebrate the amazing work going on around the County.


Advance Notice: Diverse Dorset Day – Saturday 18 April Dorchester Borough Gardens: This family friendly event is organised by Dorset Race Equality Council to recognise and celebrate the diverse population of Dorset. The invitation is open to organisations and individuals from across the county  who support those with the protected characteristics of the 2010 Equality Act. The link is to further information on the event, and the option to support it via crowd funding: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/diverse-dorset-day


There are a number of vacancies listed on CAN’s website including roles at Faithworks Wessex, Bournemouth YMCA, EDAS Essential Drug and Alcohol Service and a Youth Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Dorset. follow this link: http://bournemouthcvs.org.uk/Job%20Vacancies.asp

Dorset Community Action: Supporting Enterprise Coach 30 hours/week worked over 4 days, to support the most hard to reach groups into employment and training. Fixed term until June 2022, closing date 5 March. Read more: https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/new-job-advert-supporting-enterprise-coach-bbo/

News and useful information

Dorset Council survey – VCSE Grants: don’t forget to respond to the survey by 11 March 2020: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/consultation.aspx?consult=159a88ce-e8e9-430d-9348-d5e229212c37

EU Settlement Scheme: Citizens Advice support available across the BCP area – see flyer:

and outreach sessions across the Dorset Council area over the next few weeks:

Where When Time
Saturday 29 February 10 – 12
Parish Centre
Tuesday 3 March   12 – 3
Bridport Citizens Advice Friday 28 February
Friday 27 March
10 – 3
10 – 3  
Thursday 27 February
Thursday 12 March
Thursday 26 March
All 1 –  4
Saturday 28 March 10.30 – 12
Swanage Children’s
Tuesday 10 March   10 – 1
Thursday 5 March
Thursday 19 March
2 – 5

Tax Help for Older People’s February update focuses on penalties for late filing of self-assessment tax returns, and some of the reasons that may be used to appeal against penalties (eg. a health issues, software failure, and fire or flood – not perhaps quite so unlikely this year…..?):

Benefits Training Company – February News: Follow the link below for updates on possible changes to Bereavement Benefits for cohabiting couples, and lots of other snippets/links, including the potential effect of February 29th on Universal Credit assessment periods:

Anyone whose assessment period started  on the 29th/30th will find they have a short month, followed by one which starts on 28th February. As at Christmas, it may be worth reminding employers to report the ‘normal’ pay date if they bring a pay day forward due to a non-banking day.


LawWorks[a charity committed to enabling access to justice through free legal advice] has podcasts and slides on various topics such as Universal Credit, Introducing the Tenant Fees Act, etc: https://www.lawworks.org.uk/solicitors-and-volunteers/resources/lawworks-podcasts?utm_source=LIP+Network+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=4813c6d37a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_03_10_33_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_902274d6ac-4813c6d37a-96646257#pod-04

Contact details updated for Diverse Abilities: Tel: 0300 3305514, Langside School, Langside Avenue, Poole, BH12 5BN:
Diverse Abilities is an independent, not for profit organisation working together with families to help meet the needs of local people, of all ages, with physical and learning difficulties.The Advice Team can help with disability benefit forms and appeals, and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Available to people with disabilities of all ages
Email: advice@diverseabilities.org.uk<mailto:advice@diverseabilities.org.uk>


Dorset Community Action:

North Dorset bite-size training: Trustee Roles and Responsibilites, 3 March 10 -12: https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/eventbrite-event/north-dorset-bite-sized-training-trustee-roles-and-responsibilities/

Research and Reports

UK Poverty 2019/12: Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s annual report: “For a decent standard of living, we all need security and stability in our lives – secure housing, a reliable income, and support when things get difficult. For too many of us, there is no such security. Millions of people in the UK are struggling to get by, leading insecure and precarious lives, held back from improving their living standard…… in particular you are much more likely to be in poverty if you live in certain regions, live in a family where there’s a disabled person or a carer, if you work in certain sectors such as accommodation and catering or retail, or if you live in privately rented housing”. For summary and full report follow this link: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/uk-poverty-2019-20

Citizens Advice blog on ‘negative budgets’: A recent survey found that the proportion of people we help with debt who have a negative budget has grown from under a third (32%) in 2016, to nearly 2 in 5 (38%). Increasingly, our debt advisers are helping people who simply don’t have enough money to cover the costs of essentials such as rent, utilities, and food, let alone start repaying their debts Read more: https://wearecitizensadvice.org.uk/negative-budgets-are-a-growing-problem-7faa1372ffe


Healthy Communities Together – LAUNCHING: The King’s Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) are joining forces to support genuine partnership-working in local areas between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. The Healthy Communities Together programme will offer up to £3 million of grant funding and £850,000 of leadership development support to place-based partnerships.

The programme will enable partners to develop their relationships, to identify and agree what they need to work together more effectively to ensure the involvement of organisations working across communities, and to collaboratively create a plan to deliver meaningful change.

The programme is formed of two phases. In phase one, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding from TNLCF and a package of learning and development support from The King’s Fund for up to nine months to develop their partnership and a project plan to improve health and wellbeing that they would like to take forward. 

At the end of this phase, each site will be invited to apply for phase two of the programme including funding of up to £450,000 and ongoing learning and development support for a maximum of three years.

You need a partnership in place and to submit a short form to check eligibility by 27 March 2020. Read more: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/the-healthy-communities-together-programme#section-1