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

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

Advice Dorset Partnership

UNIVERSAL CREDIT TRAINING for frontline staff: A half day session covering the main rules on Universal Credit and problem areas, run by experienced Welfare Benefits Caseworker Helen Bowyer:

Tuesday 5 December, 9.30 – 1.30, Poole Christina Fellowship Hall.

£27 for Advice Dorset Partnership PLUS members, £60 for non-members

Bookings: here

This course will run again on Wednesday 17 January 2018, in Dorchester.

Bookings: here

We’ve just finished our one-day conference on supporting people with long-term health issues; this was a very full programme of presentations, snapshots and workshops – thank you to all our presenters. Nearly 60 people attended and the feedback is very positive with delegates noting a number of practical actions they can take as a result of attending. You can read the  summary presentations here (and more will be in the next e-bulletin):

Conference presentations Nov17

Meanwhile SAVE THE DATE for our next conference on the theme of accessibility, Thursday 8 February 2018. We will look at the accessibility of advice and other services, looking at this in the widest context: transport , service closures, barriers, digitalisation etc; if you would like to be involved, for example, to tell us about innovative services reaching the ‘hard to reach’ –  then let us know.

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

News and Useful Information

Healthy Homes Dorset helps Dorset residents keep warm by installing loft and cavity wall insulation.  It also offers free, impartial energy advice. Healthy Homes Dorset is funded by Public Health Dorset, managed by Dorset County Council and delivered by Centre for Sustainable Energy and Evolve Home Energy Solutions. For more information click here

The Money Saving Expert.com website has a very interesting article explaining Universal Credit in layman’s terms.  It also has a very readable explanation about the six benefits that are being rolled into Universal Credit, what they are and who can claim them as well as links to further information about Social Security Benefits and websites with benefit entitlement checkers.  To see the article click here

Tax Tips for older people: read the latest tips: Tax_Tips_November_17_Contacting_HMRC

 Events and Training

Domestic Abuse Awareness: course at Poole Civic centre on Tuesday 21 November, 9.30 – 4.30.


Bournemouth CVS: course in November:

Face Painting Training for Young Volunteers – 4th December 2017.  Read more…..

In partnership with Unchosen, Dorset Councils Partnership would like to invite you to ‘Stay Safe from Slavery’ an afternoon of film and debate on the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking.

At this event, Unchosen will preview their new project Stay Safe from Slavery, a toolkit packed with resources and information, this toolkit will help frontline workers to spot the signs of exploitation and help to stop slavery before it starts.  The free event is taking place at West Dorset District Council on Friday 17 November from 2.30pm to 4.00pm (doors will open at 2.00pm for refreshments and networking). Unchosen, a Bristol based charity use film to inform the general public and professionals about modern slavery in the UK, raising awareness of the statutory duty professionals have to protect victims.

to reserve a ticket on Eventbrite, please click here

Research and Reports

Joining the dots: integrating  practical support in mental health care settings in Engalnd: A new report from Citizens Advice looks at the impact of providing advice services in mental health settings, and highlights that the links between people’s mental health and their wider practical problems is crucial both for preventing mental health problems from escalating and improving recovery rates: read more here

Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce The Taskforce Initial Report –
31 October 2017 has been issued by the government, it is the first report from the Taskforce and covers the initial recommendations following nine weeks of considering the Royal Borough of Kensington Council’s response to the tragedy. To see the report click here

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.


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

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.

To find out more about the grant, see the full terms and conditions and submit an application,  click here