Welcome to the Advice Dorset Partnership E-News bulletin. 

This is the fifth bulletin of the new season. The Advice Dorset Partnership continues to cover the geographical / historical county of Dorset, ie the areas covered by the  two new unitaries. It is circulated every two weeks and will 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

Events: Advice Partnership  and other organisations

Welfare Benefit Forum: Thursday 27 June, Dorchester –  only a few places remaining

The Advice Dorset Partnership is putting on a day of welfare benefits. It is in two parts and you can book one part or both.  In the morning we will have a Forum on current benefit issues: PIP, ESA, UC update etc, and there will be a chance to pool knowledge and experience. It is aimed at advisers and caseworkers who spend most of their time dealing with benefit issues. 9.45 – 1pm

In the afternoon the Public Law Project will run a session on their Benefits Sanctions project: This session is aimed at welfare rights advisers with a grounding in Universal Credit. The session will focus on conditionality and sanctions, and will also provide an introduction to public law and judicial review, with the aim of providing advisers with information about how public law remedies can be used in welfare benefits cases. 1.45 – 4.45.

There is a small charge for this event in order to cover costs. Drinks, biscuits and fruit will be available all day, but bring your own lunch. Book via eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welfare-benefit-forum-tickets-61484725469

Your Community Space: 20 June. Dorset Community Action Conference for  those involved in running community buildings. 9.45 – 3 at CLARC Wimborne.

More details: https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/Event/your-community-space-20th-june-2019

Multi-Cultural meet up: Sunday 23 June 13.30 – 15.30 Swanage

Flyer attached: Multi Cultural Meet Up Swanage 23 June 2019_ Flyer

Dorset Healthcare Engagement Events

  • Weds 12 June 6 – 8pm  Dorford Centre,  Dorchester
  • Weds 19 June 6 – 8pm  Boscombe Baptist Church

More information and booking – go to:


Job Opportunities

Central Dorset Citizens Advice is advertising two permanent roles:

Advice Session Supervisor  (Blandford, Tuesdays, 8hrs/wee,. actual annual £5425)

GP Caseworker at Sturminster Newton surgery (Mondays: 8hrs/week, actual annual £5454)

More details:  CENTRAL CA advert – GP and ASS – June 2019

News and useful information


Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole in partnership with Citizens Advice in Dorset and Dorset Race Equality Council are launching a new project to support vulnerable EU Nationals apply for settled status.

Information about how the scheme works is in the leaflet below, and it is anticipated that many  EU Nationals will find the process relatively straightforward, and may indeed have already completed their application.

This new project targets ‘vulnerable’ EU nationals who will need additional help to make their on-line applications for Settled Status. This includes those with disabilities, older people, those who have experienced abuse, modern slavery or trafficking, those with no fixed abode, and vulnerable children. One to one appointments will be availabe across the whole Dorset + BCP area.

We are also tasked with providing information about the scheme to EU Nationals, employers, partners and stakeholders. Two part-time Engagement Officers are starting shortly and  they will be able to come and give talks and briefings to your team, community groups you work with, etc. In the first instance, please contact Caroline Buxton for more information: the contact details for the Engagement team will be in the next E News.


Citizens Advice: Priority Services Register – Dorset

Citizens Advice are running a project to raise awareness about the Priority Services Register for both SSEN and Wessex Water.  The Priority Services Register (PSR) is entirely free of charge, and can provide essential additional help to those in need during a power cut or  disruption to the water service.

Those eligible to be on the register include those who:
– are aged over 60
– are blind or partially sighted
– have additional medical or communication needs
– have dementia
– use medical equipment that may rely on electricity and/or water

The additional support can include portable generators, bottled water, communication to suit your needs, nominated contact options and a password scheme for identification of callers.

CA Offices in Dorset are assisting people to sign up to the register. We also have a project worker who can attend local groups to inform them about the Register and to assist in signing up if needed.

Please contact Kate Pryce on 01929 508230 or psr@purbeck.cabnet.org.uk
<psr@purbeck.cabnet.org.uk> for more information. *

Reducing Parental Conflict Programme called ‘Happy Families, Happy Futures, may be of interest to you and the families that you support.

The Happy Families, Happy Futures Programme is designed to improve communication and ease tension between parents or carers, supporting a happy environment for their children.

The support is available for parents who are in a relationship or separated and includes step-parents, adoptive parents and those who have caring responsibilities for children e.g. grandparents and other individuals where there is a Residence Order. Expecting parents who are separated can also access support.

We offer 4 types of different interventions in Dorset and Somerset, depending on their individual circumstance. Please see the attached document for more information.

Happy Families, Happy futures, Cover Letter

Wessex Water have launched a new Partnerhub   “designed to improve the way we interact with our local and regional partners. Our partners are vital to the work we do because they help us to provide tailored and sustainable solutions for some of our most vulnerable customers. As we work with an increasing number of partners – large and small – we hope that this hub will give you easy access to all the information and resources that you might need as well as allow you to share good practice and ideas with each other”.

Follow this link: http://partnerhub.wessexwater.co.uk/


Being a Charity Trustee – 19th June 2019, 6.30pm – 9pm run by Bournemouth and Poole CVS.

Location: Bournemouth Friends Meeting House, 16 Wharncliffe Road, Boscombe,BH5 1AH


Research & Reports

Public Law Project: Do Benefit Sanctions breach Article 3 of the EHRC? see attached paper AND to find out more book a place at the Welfare Benefit Forum on 27 June (PLP session is in the afternoon) -see above,

PLP Article-3-May-2019

What does the new ban on tenant fees mean for you?  Citiznes Advice blog:  https://wearecitizensadvice.org.uk/what-does-the-new-ban-on-tenant-fees-mean-for-you-a5418ef82471


AB Charitable Trust: grants to medium sized charities (income £150k – £1.5m)  that work with marginalised and excluded people in society, with a focus on:

  • migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • criminal justice and penal reform
  • human rights, particularly access to justice

Grants of £10 – £20k can include funding  for core costs. Guidance at the link below; there is an online application process: