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

This is the second E-News of the ‘new’ 2018/19 year and you are receiving a link to it because you and/or your organisation are on our current list of  members of the Advice Dorset Partnership.  There is no charge to be on the eNews mailing list, BUT please make sure you have completed the short Survey Monkey application (see below) so that:

  • we have your up-to-date details and
  • it gives you the opportunity to pay to join the PLUS scheme which gives you access to free or reduced cost events (training  courses, briefings, Welfare Benefit Forums etc).

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

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Reminder: It’s time to renew your Advice Dorset Partnership Membership

If you are a member of the Advice Dorset Partnership, you will have received an email from SurveyMonkey asking you to complete our survey so that you can register for 2018/2019.  If you are not a member or didn’t get the email the survey is still open; please click here:

There are still FREE PLACES available on the Energy Efficiency training THURS  3 May, 10 – 4.30

Training day for frontline workers at West Dorset Council offices in Dorchester,  FREE! Book:


Immigration Briefing: 9 May 2018

James Davies of the International Care Network will run a morning session giving an overview of immigration matters which may arise in a general advice practice, either as issues in themselves or as complicating factors in other issues.  £15 per place or FREE if you have joined the Advice Dorset Partnership PLUS scheme – see above!  Book your place:


Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

 For volunteering opportunities find your local Citizens Advice office here

News and Useful Information

Local Government Re-organisation

As you’ll be aware the next 12 months are going to be a period of change as we go through the local government  re-organisation process. The attached presentation gives an overview of the process and timescales:

LGR Update Programme April 2018 – 1

 Universal Credit and Modern Employment

Two new reports from Citizens Advice look at work incentives, and non-traditional work.

By the time it is fully rolled out in 2022, more than half of the 7.2 million households claiming Universal Credit will be in work. 3.9 million working families moving onto Universal Credit will face changes and challenges when they do so. New analysis from Citizens Advice finds some workers may struggle to achieve financial stability on Universal Credit – particularly those affected by cuts made to the benefit since 2015 and those in less traditional forms of work.

These two reports explore the changes to people’s work incentives on Universal Credit and the specific issues for those in non-traditional work. They also look at ways these problems could be addressed to make the new benefit fit for purpose in the modern labour market.

Read more: HERE

Unhelpful and unfair? The impact of single parent sanctions

This report from Gingerbread shows the first signs that Universal Credit risks making this situation worse, as more single parents – including those with very young children and those who are in work – are subject to conditions that place them at risk of sanctions under the new benefit system. See more information here

We are Digital

Provide digital and financial inclusion training, they work with housing associations, companies and charities to deliver basic digital skills group courses, digital champion workshops and 1:1 home training.  On their website they have and e learning page which is free to use which allows someone to practice using the Universal Credit on line clim form, see here to try it

Events and Training

Low Carbon Workshops on 3 and 10 May

These events are being hosted by Low Carbon Dorset, a new three year Dorset County Council led programme of activities to help stimulate growth in Dorset’s low carbon economy. The workshops are free to attend for all Dorset based community and charity organisations (incl. those located in Bournemouth & Poole), and will provide information on how these organisations can access support and funding from the project to reduce their carbon output and save on energy costs.

The invitation is on their website: Here

‘Safeguarding Adults for Managers of Provider Services’ a 1 day course from the Borough of Poole. Please click on the relevant link to view details about the course and to book yourself/colleagues on:

Mon 14th May Last 4 spaces

Tue 3rd July Last 13 spaces

Please note:

  • Delegates must have attended the one day ‘Essential Safeguarding Adults Skills’ course or equivalent prior to booking this course – dates for this course can be viewed here
  • If your contractual relationship is exclusively with Bournemouth Borough Council please contact Deborah Savage email  or telephone 01202 456700 to book on this course

 The courses can be booked on these dates via CPD online by clicking the date links above where you will also find out details of the content of the course as well as times/venue/costs, etc.

 If your establishment is not yet set up on CPD or a colleague doesn’t have a CPD User Account please email or call 01202 261014.

Research and Reports

The Good Things Foundation has a lots of useful information including this recent report on social change:


Funding opportunities

Illegal Money Lending Team -Stop Loan Sharks: 2018/19 grant round now open for grants of up to £5,000 to raise awareness of Load Sharks.  Details and application form: Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund application form – 2018.-2019 V2 this funding is only available until 30th June 2018.

The Macdougall Trust, as you’ll have read in previous editions,  can award grants of up to &250 (£350 under exceptional circumstances) mainly for household or essential items. They are not able to pay off debts. Applications need to be supported by an adviser or other frontline worker, and payment cannot be made directly to the applicants, so your organisation needs to be able to accept and disburse monies on behalf of clients. If required, they can write cheques to Argos and Dorset Reclaim.

They have now updated their application form:   Here