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


A few places are left on “Universal  Credit in Dorset – Let’s Talk” on Friday 2 November at West Dorset Council offices. As the Eventbrite bookings have now closed, please email Tina Frampton at Westwey if you would like to attend.    tframpton@westwey.gov.uk

The Agenda and Workshop choices are here: UC IN Dorset Let’s Talk No 2 AGENDA

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

Dorset Community Action Conference: Friday 7 December 9-1  Dorford Centre, Dorchester

  • Want to know where we are going in Dorset after local government reorganisation and how communities will be engaged by the new Council?
  • Want to make sure that Dorset’s voluntary, community & social enterprise (VCSE) sector is heard?
  • Want to discuss the current challenges we face, from funding, to how volunteers can play a part in the new local government system?If so, come and join the conversation, and voice your questions to our panel of cross sector experts from VCSE and statutory sectors. Find out more and Book HERE

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

For Volunteering opportunities, find your local Citizens Advice office here

Job Opportunities in other Agencies

News and Useful Information

Ridgewater Energy are able to to offer various schemes for people finding it hard to heat their home, including:

  • ECHO – Emergency Central Heating Offer. This offers emergency assistance to qualifying owner occupier households to repair or replace broken or condemned gas boilers for those on low incomes with health conditions.
  • Warmer Homes Fund
  • LEAP – home energy advice visits

Each scheme has its own criteria, and some are only available in certain postcode areas – the Referrer’s Guide below  gives a clear summary:

Referrers Guide to RWE Energy Efficiency Schemes_V1_8th October 2018

Tax help for Older people: October tips are here:

Tax Tips – Word (https://taxvol.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6496a371ed4e73e72cb597048&id=d6c01cc8d9&e=6b015bf43c)
Tax Tips – pdf (https://taxvol.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6496a371ed4e73e72cb597048&id=8600c491ae&e=6b015bf43c)

Other Events and Training

Dorset Race Equality Council are offering a programme of free training in Safeguarding Children for BME Community Members on behalf of Poole and Bournemouth Local Safeguarding Children’s Board. The target audience are community leaders and members who can safeguard children and help others to understand safeguarding and services available to help families and children.

The dates available are: Tuesday 30th October 2018 and Monday 4th February 2019. For more information and how to book, click here.

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.

YMCA Bournemouth is delivering First Aid at Work training sessions:

– 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

Universal Credit & Chidcare Costs: national Citizens Advice have submitted a reponse to the Work & Pensions Select Committee highlighting a number of issues with the implementation of childcare costs, and making specific recommendations. The fact  that people have to pay childcare costs  up front, which are then reimbursed later,  is causeing some families real financial difficulty and is a potential barrier to taking up work.  Read more  HERE

Hidden Dorset II Report – a reminder

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 Leonardo Trust provides small grants for CARERS: These are mainly  grants for individuals for eg. respite care, appliances and home improvements, social activities and cash in a crisis. However they will also seed fund new carers’ groups. Find out more: HERE