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


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.  Workshops will cover a range of topics,  including energy savings advice for your clients,  technical UC ‘stuff’, and the work of specific agencies such as UCAN and Wyvern.

To book on  Eventbrite go to:     HERE

NEW Look – Dorset Funding Fair, Supported by East Dorset District Council.  An opportunity to get your funding questions answered.  This year, there is a great opportunity to develop your funding skills and knowledge through key note speakers and hands on practical workshops.

The Funding Fair take place on Thursday 18th October at The Community Learning and Resource Centre, 41 – 44 King Street, Wimborne BH21 1EB.  9.45 registration for a 10am start finishing at 15.15.

The cost to attend is £20 per person (£30 for a Statutory Organisation).  Lunch and Refreshments will be available.

For further information and to book you place visit here.

Dorset Race Equality Council Annual General Meeting will be held on: Tuesday 30th October 2018, 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, St Georges Wellspring Centre, 118 Haviland Road, bournemouth BH7 6HW. Few free car spaces allocated at the venue. You might park on the street or use the car park in the Sovereign Center – 2 min walk.  Bus stops within 1min walk to the venue.  Disabled access and dogs friendly.

Please register your attendance via  Email or Telephone: 01202 392954.

AND: October is Black History Month and there are a number of interesting events – for details go to the DREC website:   Black History Month

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

Citizens Advice Bouremouth and Poole  are advertising for an Anti-Hate Crime Co-ordinator –  read more:

Advert – Anti-Hate Crime Co-ordinator

For Volunteering opportunities, find your local Citizens Advice office here

Job Opportunities in other Agencies

News and Useful Information

Young people in Dorset will have improved access to mental health services through a new online resource which has been commissioned by local health and care organisations.

Kooth has been commissioned by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dorset Healthcare, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole.

The online service – Kooth – will give young people between the ages of 11 and 18 (up to 19th birthday) unlimited access to professional online counsellors along with moderated forums, self-help materials and a mood journal, where they can record their thoughts and feelings.

Young people are encouraged to identify their own goals and monitor progress with their counsellor, charting movement as progress is achieved.

The Kooth site is accessible at any time, via any connected device, helping to eliminate the stigma often associated with asking for help.

The Kooth service can be accessed here.

Other Events and Training

Free talks from Citizens Advice: Help your clients reduce their heating bills
Are you looking for speakers to come to a group or coffee morning you run, or at a staff team meeting?  Citizens Advice can guide you through:
-Getting cheaper energy: tariffs, payment methods, switching supplier
-Funding and grants available
-Energy debt
-Further help and support

Talks are available across Dorset and typically last about an hour. Please contact Ross or Ella for more information on energy@purbeck.cabnet.org.uk     or 01929 550328.

National Centre for Domestic Violence

NCDV obtains emergency injunctions to protect the victims of domestic violence against the violence they are experiencing.  We offer free training to agencies who meet victims in the course of their work.  The training lasts 30-40 minutes and covers the criteria for protection, the different kinds of order we obtain, the distinction between legally aided and pro bono victims, how our process works and how to refer to us – either directly on behalf of the victim or informing the victim of our service so they may self-refer.

Please contact their Training Programme Manager, Janet Bush, if you would like to book a session for your team: 07808 278404

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

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

Research and Reports

Hidden Dorset II Report

The report, published in September 2018, collates existing research on the overall state of the county particularly focusing on four main  themes: Disadvantage & Poverty, Work, Education & Training, Wellbeing & Mental Health and Loneliness & Isolation.

The Hidden Dorset II Report collates existing secondary data from across the Dorset Bournemouth and Poole area. The Foundation’s main aims in relation to it are to inform, encourage collaborative action and conversations and  inspire philanthropy and local giving to address issues identified in the publication.

To read the summary and full report click here

Funding Opportunities

The Tampon Tax Community Fund

This funding programme is allocating funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

Women and girls can be disproportionately disadvantaged by multiple issues which are often complex in nature. The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims to support local organisations working with women who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. We are looking to fund interventions that raise the aspirations of girls and women and make a long-term difference to health, wellbeing, confidence and social/economic activity as well as addressing equality gaps.

Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available, for a duration of 12 months. We will fund volunteer expenses, activity costs and staff costs relating to the project/service. Purchase of capital equipment is not eligible.

The fund is OPEN for applications and will close at MIDDAY on 26th October 2018.

For more details click here