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

If you didn’t have the chance to attend our conference on supporting people with long-term health issues; You can read the  summary presentations here

And Chris Scally’s presentation on Macmillan here: Macmillan presentation

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

There are currently no paid vacancies.

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

Universal Credit: The Money Advice Service has an article on their website detailing the timings of the changes made in last weeks Budget by Chancellor Philip Hammond Here

Stop Loan Sharks: The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are launching a new social media campaign as part of Stop Loan Sharks Week 2017. The campaign will run from Monday 4 to Friday 8 December and will consist of tweets, advice articles and media links being shared from our Stop Loan Sharks Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject<http://www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject>) and Twitter account (@LoanSharkNews).

They would like your help in raising awareness of loan sharking and the help that’s available to victims via the IMLT. They have designed some fun shark-themed photo props (see resources below). We are asking all partners to use these props to create imaginative photos/videos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #SLSWeek2017.

The best photos/videos will be retweeted from our social media accounts – there are  suggested tweets if you are stuck for content ideas.  The IMLT will also be running a ‘Guess Sharky’s location’ competition on social media next week. Resources are here:

Guide on how to use Stop Loan Sharks Facebook frame

IMLT Christmas Creative Props

IMLT Christmas Tweets

IMLT Press Release – SLS Christmas Campaign 2017

IMLT Sharky Competition

Events and Training

Dorset Community Action: North Dorset Bite Sized Training – Succeeful Bidwriting. 13 December 2017 in Gillingham. Find out more here

Research and Reports

Helpful links to a number of changes to Universal Credit

  • Helpful links about benefits on GOV.UK
  • Press Release with detail about the package of support for Universal Credit here 
  • Updated Roll Out Schedule of Universal Credit full service here 

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

Funding opportunities

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. The deadline is 16 January 2017.  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