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


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

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

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

Bournemouth & Poole are advertising for a TRAINING OFFICER full time or job share considered, fixed term to 28 February 200;  read more:

B&P Training Officer Advert – Dec2018

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

The Dorset Syrian Resettlement Programme is the Dorset response to the national Syrian Resettlement Programme. The programme draws on and strengthens the existing support services for refugees and migrants in Dorset provided by community and voluntary organisations.

Due to the promotion of the current post holder we are seeking a Policy and Performance Officer to continue the delivery and development of this important programme in Dorset.  Closing date 9 December. For further details and to apply click here.

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

News and Useful Information

The latest Tax Tips from Tax Help for Older People These are produced for circulation so can be passed to any  any colleagues or outside organisations who might find them helpful.

November Tax Tips – Word  November Tax Tips – pdf

If you have any problems opening these attachments, the Tax Tips are also available on their website here.

Age UK’s November Benefits briefing:

Age UK Benefits_Briefing_November_2018

Loan Sharks

In the run-up to Christmas, the England Illegal Money Lending Team has launched a social media campaign to give users advice on how to avoid falling victim to loan sharks. It also advises how victims can report illegal money lending taking place in their community. The campaign, accompanied with the hashtag #SLSWeek18, will begin on Wednesday 5th December.  Partners are encouraged to help raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  Please feel free to use any of the tweets, posts, and graphics from the communications toolkit attached.  The press release can also be tweaked to target local media and YouTube links can be shared online.

Keep your eyes peeled for videos being shared on the Stop Loan Sharks Facebook page during the campaign www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject<http://www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject>

It would be great if you could also encourage your audience to get involved in our photo caption competition.  We will share a new photo of “Sid the Shark” and “Glenda the Lenda” on our Facebook page daily and the best captions will win a prize.

If you would like to book training sessions for 2019 please  contact Lin Fisher – though she is already booked up until March 2019.

Lin Fisher, Lead in Awareness, Intelligence, Support & Education (LIAISE)
Illegal Money Lending Team, England – working across the South, hosted by Birmingham City Council
PO Box 12971, B33 0TD
Direct Line: 07825 904 587
Email lin.fisher@birmingham.gov.uk<mailto:lin.fisher@birmingham.gov.uk>


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.

Other Events and Training

East Boro Housing has a new project called Work 4 You a Education & Skills Funded Agency and European Social Fund (ESF) funded activity to support individuals who are unemployed or inactive and aged 25+ in the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership area.

To join the Work4You Project, the participant must be 25 plus years of age, and

  • A legal resident of the UK
  • Able to take paid employment in the EU
  • Aged 25 and above
  • Unemployed
    (in receipt of Benefits)
  • Have a disability, long term unemployed or there is a barrier preventing you from working.

To be referred to theWork4You project a client can be referred by an advisor contact: Robbie Cormack: Tel: 01305 750 403 or 07881 343 148,email: rcormack@w4y.org.uk.  Work4You is based at Unit A2, Littlesea Industrial Estate, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 9DN for website click here.

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

Citizens Advice have submitted evidence on Post Offices to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy. Post offices are widely used by both individuals and small businesses, particularly in rural areas. Post offices currently make a significant contribution to local economies and the community wellbeing. Citizens Advce evidence shows that:

1. Post offices need to remain open and local.
Post offices are extensively used by almost all individuals and small businesses, and proximity is crucial. The Government’s £370m funding to support the post office network between April 2018 and March 2021 is welcome, but the Government and Post Office Ltd must continue to ensure the post office network retains its wide geographic spread.

2. Post offices should continue to offer a wide range of services. The range of services are valued by consumers, including postal, banking, government and community services. Whilst many services are moving online, face-to-face access remains important particularly for older people and many of the more vulnerable members of society.

3. The Government or the UK finance industry should commission research to assess consumer access to and satisfaction of banking services at post offices. There is an increasing reliance on post offices for day-to-day community banking services, but Citizens Advice and other stakeholders have raised concerns about the suitability of post offices in providing these services. It is important to identify and address any issues around performance and service standards and to better understand customer journeys, before raising awareness of banking at post offices.

4. The Post Office should should make it easier to set up a community-run post office. Community-run post offices can play important roles filling gaps in service provision and Post Office Ltd should make improvements to the application process to make it easier for community-run groups to apply to run and set up a post office.

Read the full submission HERE

Funding Opportunities

Masonic Charitable Foundation: Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Grant programme, open to charities working to reduce loneliness and isolation of vulnerable and disadvantaged people over 50. Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
  • Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
  • Advocacy, social and welfare support

The closing date for the  large grants  fund (amounts of  between £10,000 and £150,000 to charities with an annual income of above £500,000 for projects lasting up to three years)  is the 2nd January 2019 for stage 1 applications.

Read more here

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