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


THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER, CLARC Wimborne: The Dorset Community Action Funding Fair, supported by Dorset Council. An opportunity to get your funding questions answered. This event provides an opportunity to develop your funding skills and knowledge through face to face discussions with funders, key note speakers and hands on practical workshops. You will be able to….

  • Talk to funders
  • Search for funds – funding database
  • Receive DCA support
  • Take away resources
  • A choice of workshops
  • Lots of opportunity for networking

For more information and to book, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dorset-funding-fair-2019-7th-november-2019-tickets-72482991579

Brave Face – Fundraising Event: Wednesday 16 October 8pm at Dorchester Corn Exchange:

The Volunteer Centre is organizing this in partnership with Dorset Mind and Dorchester Arts Centre, in memory of a volunteer who sadly took his life in January due to long term mental health issues. The aim is both to raise awareness about support available and raise funds for Mind who will be using the funds to directly support services especially for men’s mental wellbeing. The event promises to be a great night of music, poetry and readings, with some amazing raffle prizes and a silent auction, tickets are only £7, available from Dorchester Arts Centre website or on the door. Poster:

Citizens Advice in Dorset EGM and AGM will be on Monday 11 November (not 11 October as in previous edition); more details shortly.

Another fundraising event for a local cause is a Concert on Sunday 6 October 7pm at Lytchett Minster church to raise funds for this year’s Surviving Winter Appeal. The concert features a group of 8 cellists playing arrangements of music from Bach to the Beatles, free entry. Poster:


Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole: Outreach Worker

15 hours/week until 31 March 2020, based on annual salary £8,034. Flyer below and more details from mailto:dan.stannard@citizensadvicebcp.org.uk

Volunteer Centre: Volunteer Manager for the Syrian Resettlement Programme 30 hours/week until January 2021. The successful candidate will be joining the team at the volunteer centre as Volunteer Manager for the Syrian Refugee Programme, managing the groups of volunteers who support the families in Dorset. They will be working closely with the Programme Coordinator and other organisations supporting Syrian Families. More info:

News and Useful Information

Brexit no-deal guidance for charities: information on the potential economic impact on charities, employing EU nationals, regulatory standards and more is on the NCVOs website, and is up to date as at mid September…..:


EU Nationals and Windrush scheme: we have been reminding you regularly of the help available locally through Citizens Advice and DREC for those applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. It may also be helpful to know that EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals who have lived in the UK since before 31 December 1988 can ALSO apply to the Windrush Scheme; this is aimed at ‘those who have been lawfully resident in the UK for a long time but who do not have documents to demonstrate their status’.

It can be done via a paper application, copies of ID documents can be sent (rather than the scanning usually required by the EUSS process) and the Home Office will take into account a range of evidence to prove residence. it’s a free application process. For help on the EUSS scheme contact our caseworkers on:


For more information about the Windrush Scheme and the help available from Citizens Advice BCP contact the project worker:



Writing better funding applications: A CVS session on Wednesday 23 October 9.30 – 12.30 at St Mary’s Longfleet Centre, Kingston Rd, Poole BH15 2LP. The session will cover Project Planning, bid writing, application forms, who the different funders are, preparation prior to submitting a bid, principles of applying, etc. Variable fee. More details:

Recruiting Staff : A CVS session on Tuesday 26 November 9.30 – 12.30 at Moordown Community Centre BH9 1TW. This will cover best practice tips around avoiding discrimination, writing job descriptions, shortlisting, and interviewing skills. Fee £15 – £40. More info and booking form:

Research and reports

Tougher rules for a tougher market: Citizens Advice blog on recommendations made to Ofgem and the government following a spate of energy company failures. Many of these failed companies failed to provide adequate services to consumers in the lead up to their exit, such as not refunding credit balances or responding to complaints. Read more:



Comic Relief Community Fund: Groundwork has announced a new partnership with Comic Relief to offer grants of up to £4,000 to support community projects across England. The Comic Relief Community Fund will invest in grassroots community-led organisations to bring about lasting change and legacy for local people.

The Fund has four main objectives and will support innovative projects that will tackle Comic Reliefs’ four core themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: supporting children under the age of 5 to grow, play and learn in safe environments with people who love and care for them
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that champion women and girls, including initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation
  • A Safe Place to Be – projects that tackle homelessness and support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration
  • Global Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities and tackle stigma and discrimination

The programme opened Monday 16 September 2019, via an online application process. To register interest, applicants can email comicrelief@groundwork.org.uk

More info: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/the-comic-relief-community-fund-now-open/

News from the National Lottery: The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that it will be making a special £7.5 million pot of funding available to mark the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

The fund, #CelebrateNationalLottery25, aims to help communities celebrate the extraordinary impact the National Lottery has had since its launch in November 1994. During this time, £40 billion has been raised for good causes, funding 565,000 projects across the UK.

This new funding will open in November to support activity designed to bring people and communities together all over the UK with:

  • Up to £2 million being made available this year in small grants of up to £1,000.
  • The remaining £5.5 million being released to the sector through the Fund’s National Lottery Awards for All programme.