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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). 

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HELPING HANDS RE-LAUNCH – Weds 30 October: Helping Hands is a local initiative run in Littlemoor for the people of Littlemoor and surrounding areas. They help people overcome the  barriers that prevent training or employment.

9am – 2.30pm at Littlemoor Community Centre, Canberra Road, Littlemoor, Weymouth, DT3 6AH. Read more:


DCAsupported by Dorset Council are organising this event where you can get your funding questions answered. The event will provide an opportunity to develop your funding skills and knowledge through face to face discussions with funders, key note speakers and hands on practical workshops. Read more:


Job opportunities

Citizens Advice BCP have a vacancy for a Macmillan Cancer Support Welfare Benefits Adviser – full-time post, salary £22,998. The purpose of this role is to provide a comprehensive and specialist welfare benefits advice (WBA) and casework service to patients (and their families and carers) under the care of Macmillan Cancer Support. Closing date: 25 October 2019. Read more:

News and useful information

EU Settlement Scheme: Citizens Advice BCP now have a team of three caseworkers offering appointments to help people with their applications. Appointments can be arranged at a number of venues across BCP and Dorset. For more information:


October’s Tax Tips focuses on the ‘marriage allowance’:

Mediation Dorset can provide neighbour and community mediation to resolve conflicts and disputes. For more information visit their new website: http://www.mediationdorset.co.uk/public/index.php


Bournemouth CVS: Being a Charity Trustee6th November 2019. 6pm – registration and refreshments for 6.30 – 9.30 event: St Mary’s Longfleet Church Centre, Kingston Road, Poole, BH15 2LP . £10 for groups in BCP (£60 for groups outside BCP). More info and booking form:

Reports and Research

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England. The report shows that quality ratings have been maintained overall but people’s experience of care is determined by whether they can access good care when they need it.

Providing the right access to the right care at the right time is increasingly key to the sustainability of health and social care as services struggle to cope with increased demand. Read the summary report – The state of health care and adult social care in England 2018/19:


The cost of a child in 2019: CPAG’s report has some interesting facts and figures, for example lone parents working full time for the so-called national living wage (‘NLW’) are 21% (£80 a week) short of what they need – after paying for rent, childcare and council tax – a gap that has more than doubled from 10% since 2012. Read more;


Paying for energy with a prepayment meter still isn’t working well enough. Read this recent Citizens Advice blog:


Decreasing trust in charities? This Charity Finance Group report analyses recent findings in more depth and discusses the arguments for better reporting. It contains a good checklist of what a good annual report should cover. Read more:



The Morrisons Foundation funds projects up to a maximum of £25k: grants for charity projects which improve people’s lives and match fund the money that Morrisons colleagues raise for their chosen charities. Read more: https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/about-us/