Welcome to the Advice Partnership E News Bulletin

The Advice Dorset Partnership covers the geographical / historical county of Dorset, and is circulated every fortnight, to bring you news and information relating to the advice sector in Dorset and Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole. The Partnership is supported by Citizens Advice in Dorset (CAiD). 

As usual feel free to forward this email to  colleagues and  they can get in touch with us if they wish to go on the list.  If you would like to send anything out via the bulletin,  and for all other enquiries about the Advice Dorset Partnership contact Caroline Buxton: caroline@caidorset.org.uk


Dorset Community Action Conference – Friday 6 December: still time to book:


Weymouth Town Council: An exciting opportunity has arisen after the redemption of the lease on Tumbledown Farm,  a 25 plus acre plot of farmland at Southill that is just crying out for community use.  Our councillors have a few ideas but would really like to hear from the community on what you would like to see the site used for.  The first event is on Saturday 30th November – see the flyer.

Job opportunities

Community Action Network: Media and Communications Officer. Location: Bournemouth; Contract type: 2 years fixed term – initially Hours:18.5 (days to be agreed)

Salary: £24,799 (pro rata), apply by: 8th December midnight.

“Are you a communications professional looking for an opportunity to use your skills in PR, social media and marketing to make a real difference?
At Community Action Network (formerly Bournemouth and Poole CVS) our mission is to empower the voluntary sector, enable volunteering and involve communities. We are now looking for a creative Media & Communications Officer to help us share our stories, build our brand and promote the amazing organisations we work with”.

For an informal discussion please phone Karen Loftus – Chief Executive on 01202 466130. Job Description:

News and other useful information

EU Settlement Scheme: Citizens Advice caseworkers are now available at a range of locations across BCP – see flyer below. A programme of outreach sessions across Dorset is being developed – for example Weymouth Library on 2nd and 4th Thursdays 2 – 5pm, fuller details shortly.

How to spot a TV Licence Scam: useful guide on the Age UK website including what a suspicious email might look like:



BCP Workforce Development puts on a range of courses, for example:

Mental Health Awareness: Weds 8 January 2020, 10 – 4.30; More details:


Research and Reports

Reviewing the case: The right to appeal in adult social care This recent Independent Age report looks at a neglected but crucial aspect of adult social care: how people can challenge decisions about the care and support they receive. While the Government has previously acknowledged the importance of a robust appeals system for adult social care and consulted on this in 2015, no response to the consultation has been published to date.

New Freedom of Information research for this report confirms that as few as one in five local authorities have put in place a separate appeals process, with the majority instead relying on a complaints process which can be unfit for purpose. We are calling on the Government to introduce a statutory appeals process for adult social care and our report discusses the clear advantages this system would offer. Read more: https://www.independentage.org/reviewing-case-right-to-appeal-adult-social-care

How people’s experience of poverty can help to unlock solutions: This blog from Joseph Rowntree Foundation is a single parent’s summary of a number of factors she considers could make a difference to get people out of the poverty trap: https://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/how-people-experiences-poverty-can-help-unlock-solutions


Woodward Charitable Trust:

Following a review of its grant-making guidelines, the Woodward Charitable Trust has changed its focus to providing funding for core costs only, rather than for specific projects, with the intention of having a more direct impact on the organisations concerned. Deadline; 31 January 2020.

Applications are accepted from registered charities, charitable incorporated organisations and community interest companies with an annual turnover of less than £300,000, for work that will achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas:

  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people.
  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour.
  • Disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically or learning disabled as well as charities supporting mental health issues.
  • Disadvantaged women and their children, covering refuges and domestic violence shelters and groups.
  • Disadvantaged families including parenting support.
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders as well as requests to help prisoners’ families.
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion particularly among minority groups, refugees and traveller communities.

Read more: http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/general_applications/

Pilotlight can help your organisation be more effective in 2020: They are looking for ambitious charities and social enterprises based in London and the South East that would benefit from support. The programmes bring together top executives from leading UK businesses with a charity leader to provide the strategic business support they need to develop their organisation. After working with Pilotlight, charities have increased their number of service users, diversified their income, improved their leadership and governance, raised their profile, and much more…

Thanks to our business partnerships and members, they are able to offer our support free to charities. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.Deadline for all applications is 31st December 2019.Programmes start at the beginning of 2020. Read more:


ESFA Community Training Grants
The ESFA and ESF are co-financing Community Training Grants to offer skills, training and employment opportunities for individuals who are unemployed or out of education. This grant is intended for projects which help to support individuals who are either unemployed, out of education, or economically inactive. The aim is to benefit those who are furthest away from the labour market, and start participants’ progress back to employment. In addition to formal skills training this can also be activities which have softer benefits, such as work readiness, confidence or anger management.The ESFA has highlighted four priority groups that it wishes to engage with*:
  *   Participants over 50 years of age;   *   Participants with disabilities;   *   Participants from Ethnic Minorities; and   *   Participants who are women.

In addition to these programme wide priorities, the priorities for the Dorset LEP area have been recognised as follows*:
  *   Those in rural areas who face barriers to accessing the labour market;   *   Those within isolated pockets in urban areas who face barriers to accessing the labour market;   *   NEET young people, especially those in rural areas;   *   Those in areas with low social mobility* NB: this does not mean that projects which do not have those participants are ineligible.

Who can apply: Third Sector Organisations and small organisations (less than 49 people) can apply for grants between £5,000 and £20,000, for projects taking place in the LEP area of Dorset. Participants must be 16 or over, have the right to work in the UK and be economically inactive or unemployed.

Decision dates: This is a rolling programme, so you can apply at any time. The deadline for your application to be considered in our second round of decision meetings is 9am, 16th December 2019. Please note we are expecting competition to increase as the programme continues, so we recommend applying as soon as possible.

To read more, and for the Prospectus, follow this link: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/esfa-grants-dorset/