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


Beacon Programme, in association with CAN: ‘Developing an Effective Board Team’ morning workshop in Bournemouth on 10th October 2019 (BH venue) . The session aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop your board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage. £20 (applicants need to have registered with the Beacon programme).



East Dorset Citizens Advice have a vacancy for a part time Advice Session Supervisor, £11.15 per hour. Closing date: 21 September 2019. Read more:

Carers Support Dorset: new service, delivered by Carers Support Wiltshire, is recruiting a Manager and Advisers. Office base will be Blandford. Read more:

News and Useful information

Help with school costs, and for students. With the start of the new academic year some of these links may be helpful:

Free school meals: https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/childreneducation/Schools/FreeSchoolMeals.aspx


Help for students: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/education-and-training/schools-and-learning/at-school/financial-support-for-students.aspx

Brexit: Citizens Advice is regularly updating its information for people who want to check about staying in the UK after Brexit: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/immigration/staying-in-the-uk-after-brexit/staying-in-the-uk-after-brexit/

And don’t forget we can support people with their applications for Settled Status if they need extra help: mailto:euss.advice@citizensadvicebcp.org.uk


BCVS: A reminder that they are running a ‘Recruiting Staff’ training session:

Date: Wednesday 25th September 2019 9.30 – 12.30pm

Venue: Moordown Community Centre, 21 Coronation Avenue, Bournemouth, BH9 1TW

This will be of great use to people wanting to know more about best practice in recruitment and selection and to understand employment status and its importance. Booking form here:

Reports & Research

Citizens Advice: Achieving Income Security for all: new findings from Citizens Advice show that many people on benefits are struggling to make ends meet and pay for the essentials. Read more:


Complex needs and Universal Credit: CPAG article discusses attempts by third parties to make DWP aware of ‘complex needs’. Read more;


Skills Gaps in Charities: Latest finding from NCVO. Over half (51%) of the voluntary sector workforce is educated to degree level or higher, and 70% of voluntary organisations put critical or significant value on having relevant work experience. However, around 4 in 10 (43%) employers have staff with skills and qualifications that are more advanced than required for their current role. However, this focus on qualifications and previous experience may exclude those who face barriers into gaining these.  Read more:



Dorset Community Impact Fund opens on Monday 9 September. Round 4 aims to support community organisations and charities, with a turnover of less than £500,000, to deliver services that improve the lives and well-being of people in the Dorset Council area. Projects supported will target those whose needs are greatest and support the council’s ambition of reducing demand for its services through connecting people to the right help, support and early intervention to improve resident’s lives.

Local community groups can apply for grants of up to £6,000. Dorset Council also welcomes applications for smaller amounts (up to £1,000), via the Micro grants pot, as the council wants the fund to be able to reach all parts of Dorset’s communities.

The Community Impact fund is making a total of £75,000 available in round 4; those applying must demonstrate how their project would help achieve the council’s priorities for improving the lives of local people.