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

Following the Universal Credit ‘Lets Talk No 2’ event on 2 November we are uploading a number of presentations for your information. Our thanks to all colleagues who gave presentations or ran workshops on the day, and  to WestWey for hosting the event and  Aster Group for funding the lunch. Let’s Talk No 3 will probably be in the Spring!!

LA Presentation

Work Coach

UC Housing Options

Cit Advice – UC Briefing for Lets talk 2 Nov 18

Routes to Inclusion – Digital Champions

ELA Presentation 021118

Wyvern Savings and Loans part 2


Bournemouth CVS AGM – Thursday 29 November 2pm. Connaught Hotel.

You are invited to attend our AGM, where we will be bringing you up to date on our progress over the last year. We will then be looking at and focusing on the role of a new CVS for the new Unitary Authority, whereby we have some particularly important decisions to make as we will be proposing to members that a new CVS is created by merging Bournemouth CVS with Poole CVS.Book your place HERE

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

Also on Friday 7 December, 1.45 – 2.45: Focus Group –  information advice and guidance on care issues.

CAiD are carrying out research on how, where and  when people seek information about current or future care needs. We are holding a short Focus Group for anyone who woud like to contribute their views and experiences. This will run straight after the DCA conference, in the Dorford Centre, and you can  book a place by contacting Helen, our Engagement and Coproduction officer on info@caidorset.org.uk

Read more here: IAG Flyer NOV 18

Please also complete our short anonymous survey on your experiences: Survey on care info & advice

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

There are currently no vacancies in Dorset Citizens Advice offices, please email here if you have a job opportunity you wish to advertise.

For Volunteering opportunities, find your local Citizens Advice office here

Job Opportunities in other Agencies

If you have any job opportunities you want to advertise here please let us know here.

News and Useful Information

Armed Forces Covenant Survey

The MoD funded Armed Forces Covenant programme supports current and former military personnel and ther familie acorss Dorset Bournemouth and Poole.  Projects will focus on areas such as employment, training, schools, health and wellbeing and housing. All activity will strengthen the commitment between local public sector organisations and the Ministry of Defence. As well as ensuring Dorset is meeting the statutory obligations laid out in the Covenant, the programme will work with existing organisations currently working with Dorset’s military bases, military families and veterans. The programme will create 13 Veterans and Armed Forces Family Community Hubs across Dorset, based primarily within local libraries.

On behalf of the Programme partners, Dorset County  Council are taking forward this survey in order to get a clear picture of the thoughts and opinions of life in Dorset for our Armed Forces, their families and the County’s veteran population. This will ensure we are doing our best to adhere to our Covenant pledges to ensure the Armed Forces Community in Dorset are not put at disadvantage due to their service to our country.

The Armed Forces Covenant Survey, which will take just 5 minutes to complete, is completely anonymous and the information gathered will help us to deliver relevant and meaningful solutions to issues that are currently being faced by the Armed Forces Community in Dorset.

Dorset County Council –  Children’s Safeguarding out-of-hours contact: Please see the attached poster for the new out-of-hours contact which is now provided by the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):

Final Children’s Safeguarding Out of Hours Service poster

Other Events and Training

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 Ella for more information on energy@purbeck.cabnet.org.uk  or 01929 550328.

Training with YMCA 2019

YMCA Bournemouth is delivering two further training sessions in 2019:

LEVEL 2 AWARD IN HEALTH & SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE (1-DAY COURSE) Wednesday 6th February 2019 between 10AM – 4PM.  The has space for of 15 participants and is designed to meet current UK legislation. This qualification enables learners to gain a broad understanding of workplace health, safety and welfare and has a duration of 3 years.  This qualification is aimed at all managers and employees, or those looking to enter/re-enter the workforce. Cost: £45.00 per learner.  Venue: the Hinton Room, YMCA Bournemouth, Delta House, 56 Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BS.

ACCREDIITED FIRST AID (1-DAY COURSE) Wednesday 27th February 2019 between 9:30 AM – 4PM.  This qualification is aimed at organisations which require a trained and competent first aider. It is a requirement of the Health & Safety law that employers provide a safe and healthy environment to work in. This national award in Emergency First Aid at Work satisfies the requirements of the regulatory body for First Aid. All learners will have the skills and knowledge to provide treatment to their casualties in a prompt, safe and effective manner. The qualification has a duration of three years.  Cost £65 per learner.  Venue: the Hinton Room, YMCA Bournemouth, Delta House, 56 Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BS.

For course bookings or further information please email Sam Roubaiey here or call 07398 453 476

Research and Reports

The impact of the roll out of Universal Credit in two North East England localities:   a qualitative study, from Gatehead Council.

The study concludes that UC is not working for vulnerable claimants and significantly adds to the workload of staff supporting claimants. UC does not achieve the aims of simplifying the benefit system and improving work incentives. UC adversely affected claimant’s financial security, physical and mental health, social and family lives and employment prospects. Managing the UC claims process and increased conditionality, combined with the threat of sanctions, exacerbated long term health conditions and impacted so negatively on participant’s mental health that some had considered suicide. The impact of UC on the workloads of VCS and local government staff is substantial, and it is likely that the health and social care sectors are also significantly affected, although this has yet to be examined.

To read the full report click here

UN Special Rapporteur’s report on extreme poverty and human rights in the UK: You can read professor Philip Alton’s statement here, and it makes depressing reading. Given the current ‘noise’ on other issues, it does not seem to have generated the shock one might have expected…..

UN Statement

Funding Opportunities

The Government is launching a new fund to support vulnerable EU citizens apply for settled status, though it does not appear to be open as yet. More info shortly.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People: Grants of up to £30k if you work with disadvantaged children/young people (up to age 25). More info: HERE

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