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


TRAINING:  EEA Migrants and Benefits –  Tuesday 22 January 9.45 – 4.15, Dorford Centre, Dorchester

This one day course is being run by the Benefits Training Co and will cover key issues for EEA migrants claiming benefits now and the likely scenarios post-Brexit.  Places cost £100 but this  is a significant saving on going to London to do it AND this does  include post-course email support and updates for a 12 month period. Course outline:

EEA Nationals Course outline for JAN2019

LIMITED PLACES available so contact Caroline as soon as possible: mailto:caroline@caidorset.org.uk

Big Energy Savings Week: 21st – 27th January 2019
Citizens Advice Purbeck will be running several public awareness sessions to help people save money on their heating bills and make the most of grants and benefits available. Dates are below, and you can also print and display the poster for  your clients/residents to see, available here: Poster

  • Mon 21 Jan 10:00 to 16:00 Poole Jobcentre Plus, Dear Hay Lane, Poole
  • Tue 22 Jan 10:00 to 16:00 Tesco Blandford, Stour Park, Blandford Forum
  • Thu 24 Jan 10.00 to 13:00 Not Just Sundaes Community Café*, South Street, Wareham
  • Fri 25 Jan 09:30 to 12:00 Co-op Food, 52 Kings Road West, Swanage
  • Sat 26 Jan 10:00 to 12:00 Wareham Parish Hall, The Quay, Wareham

And: Reduce Energy Costs Training, Thursday 28th February 10am to 12 noon, Bournemouth
Citizens Advice Purbeck are providing this 2 hour course to equip front line workers to support their clients in meeting their energy costs. They’ll be covering tariffs and suppliers, Warm Home Discount, help with energy debt, smart meter information, and safeguarding vulnerable clients. For more info and to register your place please click HERE

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 2020, Closing Date: 25thJanuary 2019, Interview Date: Week commencing 4thFebruary 2019, 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

Chef Executive for the future merged Bournemouth and Poole CVS:

Read more here

Please email if you have a job opportunity you wish to advertise.

News and Useful Information

Inspire Dorset:  DCA project to support people who are  considering self-employment. Read more BBO Text

January Tax Tips: HERE

Other Events and Training

Digital Marketing Clinic for the Charity, Community or Voluntary Sector

GetSet East Dorset is partnering with Bournemouth and Poole CVS to offer a FREE Digital Marketing and Social Media Clinic to those responsible for communication and marketing  in voluntary and community groups to talk
through the free marketing training and support on offer through the Dorset Growth Program and agree a bespoke plan of action.

It is taking place on 14th February at The Enterprise Hub, 63, Darracott Rd, Southbourne, BH5 2AY

To book: Eventbrite link

Employment Law, HR, health and safety  – are you up-to date?

Free event  run by Peninsula for local business owners at 6pm on Thursday 7th February 2019, at Bournemouth Hilton, BH2 5EL

Topics covered; Staff behaviour – such as performance, attendance, attitude. Contracts & handbooks – reviewing your documents of employment. Dealing with – sick pay, maternity leave, harassment and discrimination. Health & safety – risk assessments, fire & safety policies and procedures. Mobile Workers – is flexible and home working right for your organisation?

Also: Victoria Walduck: How best to manage stress in the workplace, and Andy McLachlan “Your staff are your most valuable asset and they need protecting – but so does your business. How do you ensure you have everything covered?”.

To book: HERE

Research and reports

Dorset Community Action’s Conference on 7th December 2018 looked at the impact of Local Government Reorganisation on the VCSE sector.  The conference report – A conversation with the Shadow Council –  is available below. Recommendations include developing a VCSE sector engagement strategy with the Dorset Communities Forum, better engagement and networking of the VCSE sector with town and parish councils, and  developing training for new Councillors to develop and promote a better understanding of the VCSE sector in Dorset. Read more:

DCA REPORT (2018) A conversation with the Shadow Council

Citizens Advice submission to the ‘Wefare Safety Net Inquiry’ December 2018: Identifies that a combination of factors over the last decade are likely to have contributed to many households becoming more exposed to significant financial difficulties and potential hardship including:   no rise in real average earnings, an increase in more insecure types of employment, low levels of savings, and a reduction in the value of many working age benefits.

The report also notes that whilst IMD (Indices of Muliple Deprivation)  data is useful the government needs to consider how to measure rural deprivation more effectively.

Read more: here


Dorset Community Foundation is working with Wessex Water to deliver the Wessex Water Community Fund: Funding is available of up to £1,500 for groups working in Dorset to build cohesion and bring communities together. Priority will be given to applications from groups working in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation and/or working to raise awareness of drinking water for healthy living or water saving. Closing date: 13 February 2019.

Read more: here