Welcome to the Advice Dorset Partnership E-News bulletin. The bulletin is circulated every two weeks and will bring you news and information relating to the advice sector in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. If you would like to send anything out via the bulletin, please send it to Sue at: advicedorsetpartnership@gmail.com

For this and all other enquiries about the Advice Dorset Partnership contact caroline@caidorset.org.uk


Save the date! 

A second Universal Credit in Dorset – Let’s Talk event will be held on Friday 2 November at West Dorset Council offices.

There programme will be a mixture of update presentations from DWP (including we hope ‘a day in the life of a work coach’), local authority and Citizens Advice,  plus workshops and snapshots.  Bookings on Eventbrite to follow soon.

Citizens Advice in Dorset – AGM: Friday 14 September 3.45pm at Allandale House, Wimborne. A chance to hear about CAiD’s work over the past year and our plans for the future. The invitation is here:

CAiD AGM Invitation 2018

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

For Volunteering opportunities, find your local Citizens Advice office here

News and Useful Information

The Illegal Money Lending Team-Stop Loan Sharks Summer Newsletter


Over £5.5 million will be spent to fund the fight against loan sharks, helping to investigate and prosecute illegal lenders, and support their victims.

A further £100,000 of money already seized from loan sharks will also be spent to encourage people in England at risk of being targeted by loan sharks to join a credit union, helping them to access a safer form of finance and get their lives back on track.  To read the complete newsletter click here.

Age UK’s August Benefit Briefing can be read here:


Dorset Advocacy has just published a short film about their NHS Complaints service. Go to:


Other Events and Training

Modern Slavery and Human trafficking [various dates and venues]

This half day course aims to raise awareness of Modern Day Slavery.  It will be delivered in conjunction with BCHA’s Liberty Project who will provide an insight into what is available in Dorset for victims. The session is aimed at managers, frontline and visiting staff within Local Authorities in the Dorset County area.


Modern Slavery Awareness nomination form – 18-19

Care UK- Ferndown Manor  Understanding Dementia Event

Do you care for or work with people caring for loved ones living with dementia?  This free event covers a number of topics as well as offering some practical advice. Use this opportunity to meet other carers and share experiences.  Complementary refreshments will be available.

This event will be held on Thursday 13th September 2018, 2pm to 4pm at Ferndown Manor, 110 Golf Links Road, Ferndown, BH22 8DA.  Reservations are essential, please call 01202 901107 or email Robin Hill.

Mental Health First Aid at Turbary Resource Centre, Ferndown BH22 8AE

This Mental Health First Aid course is to be held over two Saturdays: 29 September and 6 October 2018.  Both days will be from 9.30 – 4pm @ the TRC in Ferndown. A light lunch will be provided.

An MHFA England course will teach you to:

1. Recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues
2. Provide help on a first aid basis
3. Effectively guide others in the right direction towards support
4. Improve self-awareness and understanding of own wellbeing

Please note there is a cost involved for this training.  There are 12 spaces on each course and subsidies are available .  If you work in the third sector or are a volunteer you are especially welcome to apply.  If you are not allocated a space on this course, we will make sure you are offered a space on the next one.

Call Susan Sutherland on 07866 692528 for further info.

“Making Every Contact Count” – train the trainer: MECC enables individuals and organisations to develop and use an approach to maximise the opportunities to support people to make positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. MECC Healthy Conversation Skills training enables conversations to be opened with confidence to help explore change and signpost effectively.

This is a three session course, running twice, in September and October; see the Flyer: MECC Flyer v2 Dorset TtT

National Energy Action – Smart Energy GB in Communities  for 2018 – offer free, accredited one-day training sessions for local organisations. The training will be offered to organisations who support  people over 60 (including those who do not have internet access) and/ or people who are severe or profoundly D/deaf as part of their work. Please contact Louise Evans for more information louise.evans@nea.org.uk or  07730 760828.

Research and Reports

Rigid universal credit monthly assessment system is leading to ‘arbitrary’ losses for claimants

The Department of Work and Pensions has recently confirmed to CPAG what advisers contacting the Early Warning System (EWS) have been suggesting for several months: the system of removing the housing costs contribution from claimant’s universal credit award when they, or the non-dependant, are exempt has to be done manually in each assessment period, because the right software has not been added to the UC computer system.
Whether this delay in fully automating the UC system is at the root of problems we are hearing about is not clear. However there is no doubt that many UC claimants are having real difficulties getting the right UC award, often because of the misapplication of HCC rules.
More information from CPAG on universal credit and housing costs can be found here

Funding Opportunities

Big Lottery Building Connections Fund: a new funding stream for projects that prevent or reduce loneliness. More information here

Barchester Charitable Foundation: grants for individuals  (aged over 65 and those with a physical or mental disability aged 18+) and small community groups for things which help improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. More info here

St Martins in the Field through the Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF) provides small crisis grants of up to £350 to support people who are at risk of, or currently, experiencing homelessness or are vulnerably housed, to establish and maintain their tenancies. Types of applications include funding to secure accommodation and to clear rent arrears following an eviction notice.

They accept applications from support services eg. Citizens Advice or a homelessness charity.  For more information on how to register to apply for grants see here

Dorset Police & Crime Commissioners’s Safer Dorset Fund – community grants: grants of £100 – £3,000 for projects that meet one or more of the Dorset Police & Crime Plan.  More details here

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