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. Sue Bristow is now working on the Advice Partnership PLUS activities, so if you would like to send anything out via the bulletin, please send it to her at sue@poolecab.co.uk

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

Advice Dorset Partnership

  • Conference: Advice and Support for those with Long-term Health Conditions: Thursday 16 November, Dorchester.The aim of the conference is to highlight the advice needs of people with long-term conditions, and showcase some of the advice and support available from organisations and initiatives working across  Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.  Workshops will include: benefits for people with long-term conditions, early help services, working with people with autism, and Relate’s  counselling services for carers and those with health issues. To book your place:
    • Book HERE
    • If you want more information or to have a display table, please contact mailto:conference@caidorset.org.uk

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices             

  • Citizens Advice in Dorset:   Income Maximisation Caseworkers
    • Various roles
    • Citizens Advice in Dorset is working with the WestWey Partnership and Stour Valley and Poole Partnership to ensure adequate support is available to people claiming Universal Credit from the Autumn of  2017.
    • The role will focus on supporting claimants as they claim or move on to Universal Credit, and will ensure income from all sources is maximised. This will include: checking benefit entitlement, applying for benefits, dealing with benefit problems, looking at personal budgets and identifying ways of saving money and /or spending less on essential services. Advisers will assist clients to apply for discretionary payments, charitable grants and access Emergency Local Assistance. Advisers will also identify where a client may need to be referred to other projects (internal and external) for other support eg. debt advice, disability benefit appeals, energy efficiency measures.
    • Candidates will need to demonstrate recent and on-going experience in  delivering benefits advice, a good grasp of the principles and practicalities of Universal Credit, and a clear understanding of other factors involved in maximising income.
    • The posts will be employed by and based in local Citizens Advice offices but will require travel across the area and work in outreach locations. The following 4 posts are available all paid at NJC Scale 25:
    • North Dorset (based in Gillingham) 0.5fte 18.5 hours per week, actual £11,329pa
    • Purbeck (based in Wareham)  0.4 fte 15 hours per week, actual £9,186pa
    • Weymouth and Portland and  West Dorset (based in Local Citizens Advice offices in these areas): 2 x 0.8fte, 30 hours per week, actual £18,371pa.
    • The posts will be fixed term for 12 months, to start in November/December 2017.
    • For initial enquiries contact Caroline Buxton, caroline@caidorset.org.uk  and/or download an application pack from here.
    • Closing date: Friday 3 November  2017.     Interviews:  mid November date tbc.

News and Useful Information

  • Universal Credit For most postcodes in the Poole Jobcentre Plus area the date for the commencement of the full service is 11th October 2017.  Bournemouth is 22nd November and the rest of Dorset 6th December.  Check you post code click here.  There are videos on youtube showing the online claiming process click her

 Events and Training

  • Links to Work Dorset employability programme has been running for nearly a year and the Links to Work team have found the support of the local community invaluable.  They wish to invite you to their next event to help celebrate their success. You will be given the chance to meet some of the customers they are supporting and hear their personal journeys. There will also be an opportunity for networking and of course a tasty buffet lunch.

Date: Friday 10 November 2017      Start: Arrive at 10.45am for 11.00am start      Finish: 2.00pm

Where: Safe Wise, Community Rooms 1 & 2, 481 Radipole Lane, Weymouth, DT4 0QF (next to Weymouth Community Fire Station)

RSPV: Confirm your attendance by emailing dawn.fullthorpe@workinglinks.co.uk or calling 01305 831 747. Please RSVP by Friday 20 October 2017.

An agenda will be sent out closer to the time of event. For more information on the Links to Work Programme please visit the website website

  • Domestic Abuse Awareness: course at Poole Civic centre on Tuesday 21 November, 9.30 – 4.30.
  • Bournemouth CVS: have various courses running in October and November
  • Keeping Warm, Saving Money
    • 7th November 2017 at Allendale House, Wimborne, 9.30—15.45

Free one day training for frontline workers providing practical tips on supporting and signposting clients who may struggle with the costs of keeping their home warm.  Attendees can choose from four workshops and gain knowledge of grants and other measures to help people in fuel poverty.  Refreshments and lunch are included.

Workshops include:

Switching tariffs and reducing unnecessary consumption
– Purbeck Citizens Advice
Find out how to pay less for energy through energy comparisons, dispel switching myths, and reduce energy usage

Tackling cold damp homes
– Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
How to spot the signs that someone is suffering in a cold damp home and learn about what can be done to prevent this

Supporting people through the Universal Credit rollout
– Citizens Advice in Dorset (CAiD)
Learn how people are affected by Universal Credit, its impact on money management, and ways in which we can help

Living on a shoestring
– Purbeck Citizens Advice
Help reduce expenditure or maximise income through various tips and tricks, from cheap-rate phone lines to reduced water tariffs and more

Register your place here

 This event is organised by Purbeck Citizens Advice and is aimed primarily at staff/volunteers working across Dorset Poole & Bournemouth

Funding opportunities

  • Dept of Health –  VCSE fund will focus on ‘social prescribing’; grants of up to £300K . They are seeking applications that design models that fit the needs of their local area and draw upon local assets. Applications for both new and existing social prescribing schemes will be considered. Deadline 21 November 2017.
  • Comic Relief has launched the Core Strength programme – grants of between  £1k and £10k for small local community organisations with incomes up to £100,000, to support core running costs (salaries, premises etc). Deadline 26 October 2017. These grants will be applied for via Dorset Community Foundation, so contact
  • BBC Children In Need Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. They give grants for children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:
    • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
    • Any kind of disability
    • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
    • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation
    • click here
  • Wessex Water Money Matters Wessex Water believe in helping people to understand financial matters and take effective decisions regarding money. Wessex Water Money Matters will award grants for activities that support financial capability and money management projects for people who face financial difficulties in the West of England, which includes: Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Dorset, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, most of Wiltshire and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire.  Closing Date: 9th November 2017
  • The Dorset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is now inviting applications for the Safer Dorset Fund Community Grant. The fund has been established to provide financial support to voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver projects meeting one or more of the Police & Crime Plan priorities. Grants of between £100 and £3,000 are available.
    • Applicants must be able to demonstrate how their projects will meet the Plan priorities – protecting people at risk of harm, working with our communities, supporting victims, witnesses and reducing reoffending and transforming for the future – and help make Dorset a safer place.
    • Projects demonstrating innovation and offering new solutions will be particularly welcomed, along with those that involve partnership working and have sound sustainability plans.
    • There are a number of limitations on this funding. For example, the grants cannot be used for ongoing staff costs, loan repayments or fundraising activities.
    • To find out more about the grant, see the full terms and conditions and submit an application,  click here