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. BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN!

The 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.  To book on  Eventbrite go to:


Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

For Volunteering opportunities, find your local Citizens Advice office here

Job Opportunities in other Agencies

Help and Care have the following vacancies:


Based in: Winnall, Winchester.  Salary: £29,862 to £34,203 per year Hours: Full Time

An exciting job opportunity with Help & Care, who are looking for a Healthwatch Manager to lead, develop & support the operation of Healthwatch Hampshire.


Based in The Pokesdown Centre, Bournemouth. Salary: £17,144 to £18,564 per year. Hours: Full Time

This role involves working as part of the Gateway Team who provide the first point of contact for the public to access information about services and other support available in their local area.


Based in The Pokesdown Centre. Part time 22 hours a week (job share). Pro-rata salary:  £13,777 – £15,281

To manage the day to day operations of the team and work with the Service Manager to implement the team development plan. We are looking for someone  who can take a lead in quality assurance and customer satisfaction across our services and who has experience and knowledge of developing systems and processes to assure service quality and improve service delivery.

For more information on all these roles click here.

News and Useful Information

Guide for Older Male Carers: produced by older male carers this guide  is currently being circulated in GP surgeries in Dorset.

Called  “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer –  A guide for older male carers written by older male carers”  this booklet aims to share their experiences and outline the help available. For a downloadable copy please click here.  If you have any comments on it, please feedback to Peter Atkins here.

Tax Help for Older People

See the Tax Tips for September  Do you need to complete a Self-Assessment Tax Return? Click here.

Other Events and Training

YMCA Bournemouth is delivering two identical First Aid at Work training sessions:

– Wednesday 10th October, 9.30am – 4.00pm
– Wednesday 28th November 2018, 9.30am – 4.00pm

This qualification is aimed at organisations which require a trained and competent first aider.

VENUE – Hinton Room, YMCA Bournemouth, Delta House, 56 Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BS.

PRICE  – £65.00 per learner.

For  further information and to book your place, please contact:

Sam Roubaiey, Business Development and Marketing Assistant
E: sam.roubaiey@ymcabournemouth.org.uk
<mailto:sam.roubaiey@ymcabournemouth.org.uk>  Tel:  01202 084 199 / 07398 453 476

Courses Available from Bournemouth CVS

18th September – The Big Lottery Fund – ‘Reaching Communities’ training.  For further information please click here.

20th September – Children and Young People’s Forum please for more information click here. 

31st October –  ‘Being An Effective Chair’ training for more information please click here.

13th November – ‘Being a Charity Trustee’ training for more information please click here

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.

Research and Reports

Personal Independence Payment: claimant experiences of the claim process- 

DWP publishes new research exploring claimants’ experiences of the PIP claim process  The research, that was carried out by Ipsos MORI, explores the full claimant journey for PIP applicants and follows Paul Gray’s 2014 independent review of the PIP assessment that recommended that the DWP commission externally conducted research on PIP to inform improvements.  To download the report, please click here.

Local Housing Allowance Rates – CIH Report

More than 90 per cent of LHA rates are below cheapest rent levels, according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Housing. The research highlights risk of homelessness as low-income tenants are forced to choose between basic living expenses and paying rent shortfall. More than 90 per cent of local housing allowance (LHA) rates are below the cheapest rent levels.

In Missing the target? the CIH sets out the findings of research examining whether the government’s policy of providing ‘targeted affordability funding’ to increase the LHA rates in particularly high rent areas has been effective and how far the gap has opened between LHA rates and the bottom 30 per cent of the market (ie the 30th percentile which LHA was originally designed to cover). Highlighting that LHA rates have not been increased in line with local rents since 2013 and that they have been frozen since 2016, the CIH concludes that 90 per cent of LHA rates are now below the 30th percentile and that tenants face gaps ranging from £25 a month on a single room in a shared home outside London to more than £260 a month on one to four-bedroom homes in some areas of London.

Read the report here

Funding Opportunities

Dorset Community Innovation Fund – Round 3 now Open for Applications !

The next round (round 3) of the Dorset Community Innovation Fund is now live on the Dorset For You website. Stage 1 applications close 5pm on Friday 21st September 2018.  For Dorset-based community organisations that can show how their projects would help achieve the outcomes for local people set out in the county council’s corporate plan.

These priorities are grouped into four key outcomes: making people safe, healthy, independent and having a prosperous economy. Community groups and organisations who meet the funding criteria can apply for one of the two available funding pots.  There is a ‘Micro’ Grants fund that supports groups who need up to and including £2,000 for their project, and a main grants fund that supports more complex projects looking for between £2,000 and £8,000. Funding can be used for both capital and revenue projects.

Dorset county council will consider applications for above £8,000 but these will be by exception and we strongly advise groups to contact us first if this is the case. Strong applications that meet the funding and project criteria will be invited to a ‘Pitch’ event in Dorchester on Thursday 11th October 2018 where applicants will have the opportunity to present their project ideas to a panel. If successful at the pitch event, organisations will then be asked to develop their application further and submit their completed application form by Friday 5th November 2018. Funding decisions will be communicated by the panel no later than 10thNovember 2018

Application forms and guidance for applicants can be found by visiting the Dorset For You website here.

NHS COMMUNITY GRANTS 2018: Patient and Public Involvement

Community grants of up to £2500 are available to highlight patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector –

NHS England’s ‘‘celebrating involvement in healthcare’’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the fourth year.  Grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving  health services.

To apply you must be a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation and be able to share your project successes in a creative way. Full details of eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England  website:
<https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/success/community-grants-2018/> .

The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 20th September 2018.