Welcome to the Advice Partnership E News Bulletin

Happy New Year! 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


Workshop for Independent Care Providers, Community and Voluntary Groups, hosted by the Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Safeguarding Adults Board (BCPSAB): Tuesday 11th  February 2020 at The Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Road, Poole BH15 1UG from 9.00am until 12.30pm. To include:

  • An update on the implementation of Liberty Protection Safeguards (Delivered by BCP Council)
  • Supporting the development of personal relationships including some learning from the Safeguarding Adults Review/Domestic Homicide Review on ‘Harry’.
  • And an opportunity for your views to be included within the Board’s future Business Plan

Save the date! STARS Launch event on Thursday, 30th January at South Walks House from 2pm – 4pm.  The Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service will be launching their specialist support services in the West of the County and revealing their plans to open a second STARS centre in the area.

Job Opportunities

Access to Justice project: This project is a partnership between Citizens Advice Central Dorset, Dorset Race Equality Council (DREC) and other local Citizens Advice offices. There is a vacancy for a Project Development Officer who will be employed by Citizens Advice Central Dorset and be based in Dorchester. 12 hours week, £8,362 (actual). For an application pack please email: mailto:hr@centralca.org.uk

Also as part of this project, Dorset Race Equality Council is looking for a Discrimination Caseworker to join its team for 15 hours per week until the end of December 2020. Salary pro rata of £20,344. Job Description below, and for more information contact Nathalie Sherring at nathalie.sherring@dorsetrec.org.uk

Citizens Advice Central Dorset is seeking a Hospital Caseworker: This new service is a one-year pilot project funded in part by the Friends of Dorset Hospital. The caseworker will be employed by Citizens Advice Central Dorset, based in the County Hospital in Dorchester and will provide an advice service for patients at Dorset County Hospital. The role will focus on supporting patients in Dorset County Hospital and working with hospital staff to identify and address problems which are impacting a patient’s recovery and fitness for discharge. The role will include advising patients with welfare benefits, debt, housing and employment issues as well as working to promote the service throughout the hospital. 15 hours/week, £10,172 actual. More info in the advert below and from mailto:hr@centralca.org.uk

Volunteering opportunity: Purbeck Palliative Companions. Help needed to support people with life-limiting conditions to stay in their own homes;- read more:

News and useful information

EUSS scheme: outreach advice sessions now available across Dorset and BCP: see flyers below – please circulate this information:

The Public Law Project has produced a series of useful guides including ones on the claimant commitments for Universal Credit: https://publiclawproject.org.uk/resource_categories/guides/

NHS campaign – Help Us help You: The ‘Help Us, Help You – Before It Gets Worse’ campaign helps the public and particularly the most vulnerable in society – over 65s and those with underlying health conditions as well as their carers – understand the things they can do to stay well this winter, and if they get ill, where to get advice and get well sooner. This includes a reminder to visit the pharmacist or contact NHS 111 at the first signs of illness, the importance of picking up prescriptions and staying warm over the winter months and checking in on elderly neighbours and relatives. The campaign also gives a final push to get the flu jab. Information leaflet:

Dorset Community Transport Directory: Follow the link to the current directory of voluntary car schemes, dial-a-rides and other community transport options: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/travel/public-transport/community-transport/pdfs/dorset-community-transport-directory.pdf

Wessex Water Partnerhub: Here’s the link to December’s news: http://createsend.com/t/t-3914551845346F492540EF23F30FEDED


YMCA Bournemouth and STARS: full day of training based on ‘Understanding Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Bullying & Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’. Cost £65 per person. Friday 17th January 2020 from 9am – 4pm at The Stourvale Centre, 108 Stourvale Rd, Bournemouth BH6 5JB.

The subjects covered: Understanding the Impact of Domestic Abuse and Stalking in the Workplace including, spotting the signs, supporting an Employee reducing the risk, understanding bullying & harassment in the Workplace etc. More info: https://mailchi.mp/abcc3c636aa8/training-day-on-domestic-abuse-stalking-bullying-sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace

CANs Voluntary and Community Youth Training Programme is running various sessions, covering subjects such as conflict resolution, youth mentoring, etc. See programme for more details. Sessions are for those working in the BCP aea, and you need to sign up to the Voluntary Youth Project scheme.

Research and Reports

Disability Benefits Consortium: Mending the Holes – restoring lost disability elements to Universal Credit. Whilst there have been some gains for disabled people under UC, overall there have been significant losses, especially the removal of elements previously paid for disability. This report looks at the situation and makes recommendations:


Dorset Community Impact micro fund Round 4 re-opens: There is a small amount of funding to allocate and charities and constituted community groups can submit their applications for new or distinct projects that seek to support disadvantaged groups or communities in Dorset. Grants of up to £1,000. Closing date: 9 February 2020.

When applying ensure that your project meets the funding criteria. Projects that focus on core funding for your group, or continuing ongoing costs e.g. running costs, staffing, maintenance, repairs and refurbishment are not eligible for funding. Projects that have already commenced are also not eligible.  Your project must either be a NEW project, or, a project that you are seeking to extend or add value to by extending the projects reach to include a new audience or extending delivery to include a new area or community. For further guidance on what is eligible please view the guidance  document contained in the link below.