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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). 

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STARS Launch event on Thursday, 30th January at South Walks House from 2pm to 4pm.  They are launching specialist support services in the West of the County and also plan to open a second STARS centre in the area.

More info: mailto:helen.stevens@starsdorset.org.

STARS is a pan-Dorset charity that offers one to one support, free of charge, for anyone of any age or gender who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC) forum, Thursday 6th February 2020, 4.30 – 6pm, St Francis of Assisi church, BH8 9SH: has the theme of Promoting your Charity to donors, supporters and volunteers: What are the most successful strategies to promote your charity? How can you get the most out of Social Media? What is the PR value of winning awards?
To hear from two speakers and to network with other charities please book your place by 3rd February, using the link below:


CAN: Trustee training, Tuesday 18th February 2020, 6.30pm – 9pm,   at the Friends Meeting House, 16 Wharncliffe Rd, Bournemouth BH5 1AH.
Please see flyer and booking forms attached for more details. Book by 13th February:

And for those of you in Dorset: Dorset Community Action: North Dorset training session on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 (10 – 12) at Stourpaine Village Hall on Trustee Roles and Responsibilities. This two hour ‘Easy Steps’ course is designed to give trustees an understanding of what is expected of them in their role, and the responsibilities they should be aware of. It is designed for trustees or committee members of all types of voluntary and community groups. The course will cover:-
* The general duties and responsibilities of trustees* Specific roles – chair, treasurer and secretary* How to have an effective board* Key policies and procedures overview.

Cost: £30 pp for members, £40 pp for non members. Refreshments will be provided. To book: https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/eventbrite-event/north-dorset-bite-sized-training-trustee-roles-and-responsibilities/

Job opportunities

Pramalife: Carers Development Lead, working in the BCP conurbation, East Dorset and Purbeck, Full time, salary £23,400.

The Leonardo Trust and PramaLife are seeking a committed and knowledgeable Carers Development Lead to support carers across Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset, Poole and the Purbeck.

The Carers Development Lead will develop and help to sustain a range of community-based activities to support carers and ex-carers. In doing so the Carers Development Lead will raise awareness of the needs and aspirations of carers to the wider community and facilitate networking between partners agencies supporting carers.

More details: 01202207329
Email: chris.beale@pramafoundation.org.uk
Closing Date: 05/02/2020

News and useful information

Dorset Council has started an 8 week review of its grant funding to Dorset’s VCSE organisations; we would encourage everyone to respond – either as organisation and/or as individuals. It is an on line survey though paper copies are available in (eg) Libraries. The survey will lead to a proposal that goes to the Council, and their decisions will effect the way funding is allocated over the next 4 years, so for most of us this is a very important time to ensure our voices are heard……. Follow this link; the survey takes about 15 minutes:


EU Settlement Scheme: Citizens Advice have arranged a series of outreach session across Dorset to help EU Nationals make their applications. Some are on weekdays in venues such as Weymouth Library and Swanage Children’s Centre; others are Saturday mornings in various Libraries. Please promote these sessions – feel free to circulate and/or print the posters below:

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), working with Serco, invites employers in Dorset to complete a short survey that will help identify current and future skills and workforce training needs across the region. The findings will allow Dorset LEP, and other strategic bodies, to identify key priority areas and seek funding for projects as part of a long-term Dorset People and Skills Plan that will support increased business productivity and inclusive growth in Dorset.

This is a chance to tell them about your organisation’s challenges around skills, and influence the future skills development and support in Dorset. Deadline: 4 February 2020. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Dorset2020EmployerSkillsSurvey2

Benefits Training Company: latest news – follow the link below – includes news that Local Housing Allowance rates (LHA) will go up in April in line with the CPI (having been frozen since 2015). May be a little ray of sunshine…? https://www.benefitstraining.co.uk/news


Trustee training – see above under Events.

Research and Reports

Legal Aid Deserts: The Law Society has published ‘heat maps’ of access to legal aid. There are large areas of England and Wales where people cannot access legal aid advice for housing or community care. The legal aid deserts campaign raises awareness of the negative impact caused by reductions in legal aid funding. Read more: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/policy-campaigns/campaigns/access-to-justice/end-legal-aid-deserts/

The impact of Universal Credit on couples – presentation on research by Fran Bennett (October 2019):

3 New Year’s resolutions for the retail energy market: Citizens Advice report on a recent survey of consumers: https://wearecitizensadvice.org.uk/3-new-years-resolutions-for-the-retail-energy-market-fade2bd062d6


Tesco’s Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community awards programme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is used to fund community projects across the UK. A public vote determines which groups will receive a grant. In 2020, projects that receive the most vote will receive a grant of £2,000; second place will receive a grant of up to £1,000 and third place a grant of up to £500.

The funding can support a wide range of projects including but not limited to:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, specialised medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.

Projects can be a stand-along project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project. As this is a rolling programme, voting for projects will be happening continuously in Tesco stores. In 2020, three projects from each local area will be shortlisted to go to the public vote every three months. There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time. https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/tesco-community-grants/