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 other enquiries about the Advice Dorset Partnership contact caroline@caidorset.org.uk.

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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 has very low numbers please book soon or it will not run:

This course runs on Wednesday 17 January 2018, in Dorchester.

Bookings: here

Conference on Accessibility: ensuring people can access the advice they need

In Dorchester  Thursday, 8 February 2018 from 09:45 to 15:45

This conference is organised by the Advice Dorset Partnership, and will identify and develop innovative ways to remove barriers which prevent people accessing services,  with a focus on how can we ensure people can get the right advice at the right time, in a way that meets their needs.

We will have speakers and presentations on a range of issues: transport, digital access, excluded groups and the ‘hard to reach’, financial exclusion, etc. There will also be themed discussion groups, and by the end of the day we will have pulled together a number of practical actions that the Advice Dorset Partnership can take forward.

This conference wil be of interest to people working in the voluntary and statutory sectors acorss Dorset Bournemouth and Poole, both front-line workers delivering services and those working at a more strategic level including funders and commissioners.

A detailed programme will out soon.

Bookings: here

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

There are currently no paid vacancies.

News and Useful Information

Forum for Equality & Diversity in Dorset (FED) 29th January 2018.

Dorset Race Equality Council (DREC) have organised a forum to take place on 29th January 2018 at Wareham Town Council, East Street, Wareham, BH20 4NS  from 5.30 to 7.30 pm

The confirmed speakers are:

  • Tony McDougal, Communications Officer, Dorset Care Record/Dorset County Council
  • Claire Hodgson, Diverse City
  • Siobhán Davis, Project Coordinator for the Community Credit Scheme , Supporting people with learning disabilities in volunteering

To register e-mail here: or call 01202 392 954

SOLLA (Society of Later Life Advisers) have circulated the latest information available on the proposed cap on care costs, which now seems unlikely to ever be implemented.  See here for further information.  For more information on SOLLA see here.

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

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 SAFEGUARDING TRAINING: Bournemouth Council and Poole Borough Council have a number of courses in safeguarding adults here

Research and Reports

The Independent ran an article recently with information from the Institute of Money Advisers, Citizens Advice, StepChange and Payplan entitled ‘Debtors’ prison: The council can lock you up if you don’t pay your bills’.  This includes and interesting case study describing how the courts see this issue as more councils take people to court from non payment of Council Tax.  For the full article see 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

Running out of time to apply for 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