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

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. Booking information will come out shortly.

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:

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

Bookings: here

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

There are currently no paid vacancies.

News and Useful Information

Advice Trends: data from the local Citizens Advice offices for the period April to September 2017 can be found here:

Infographic April – Sept 2017 (1)

Advice for EU Citizens living in the UK: Updated information on the Government UK website for European Union citizens living in the UK, including the agreement on rights for EU citizens and their families, is: here.

Routes to Roots Routes to Roots is a Poole based charity founded on Christian principles and seeks to help all homeless, newly homed and vulnerably housed adults in Poole regardless of their faith.  They aim to achieve long-term outcomes for clients through participation in motivational and well-being projects and through practical support with basic necessities such as hot food, clothing and sleeping bags.

To find out more about they support they offer see here

Tax Help for Older People’s December tips are  here

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

Events and Training

ADULT SFEGUARDING TRAINING: Poole Borough Council do have spaces on some of their safeguarding training courses in the New Year: go to: here

Research and Reports

Unison have released a survey report into the impact of housing costs on Londons public service workers, as Dorset is also one of the most expensive areas to live it makes interesting reading:  here

Prepayment meters and self-disconnection Citizens Advice have undertaken research to understand what help and support PPM users need to keep them on supply. This guide draws together their findings as a practical guide for organisations involved in supporting PPM users. This includes energy suppliers, housing associations, local authorities, job centres, advice agencies and other support services. Full report: 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 disab
  • 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

*****As the next Newsletter will be on Thursday 11th January, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year*****