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

Advice Partnership Events

Big Energy Savings Week: 21st – 27th January 2019   still time to catch up with some events!
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

  • 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

Forum for Equality and Diversity: Thursday 31 January, registration 5pm, runs til 7pm, at Verwood Hub, Brockway, Verwood, BH31 7QE.

Agenda includes  community notices and updates, Black Students Campaign,  Inspire Dorset and Hate Crime Incidents Journey with Sgt Gemma Barber.

To book: mailto:enquiries@dorsetrec.org.uk       or phone 01202 392954

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 us if you have a job opportunity you wish to advertise.

News and Useful Information

Getting information and advice on care needs: Citizens Advice in Dorset want to find out how people get information and advice  on care needs for those who already have care needs,  are a carer, or are thinking about what to do in the future. This is an anonymous survey and should take no more than 5 minutes.There is still time to complete our survey! Go to:


Universal Credit: Mixed Age Couples

Exclusion of mixed-age couples from entitlement to pension credit will have ‘truly devastating’ impact, says Age UK. Following the Government’s announcement that from May 15th 2019 ‘mixed age couples’ – where one partner is of working age and the other is above State Pension age – will no longer be entitled to put in a new claim for Pension Credit, there are warnings that this could leave some of the poorest pensioners £7000 per year worse off.

Age UK warns that the Government’s policy change effectively means that many pensioners might find themselves in the absurd position of being financially better off if they split up and live apart from their partner. This is because once the change is implemented, the pensioner partner will, in many cases, actually be eligible for more money from their Pension Credit than they and their partner will get together from Universal Credit.  For more information click here

Universal Credit: Severe Disability Premium

The Government have introduced plans to prevent claimants of legacy benefits who are in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium from moving on to Universal Credit when their circumstances change.  It allows them to continue to claim legacy benefits until they are moved over as part of the managed migration process. This extra extra protection came into force on the 16th of January.  For more information and details of the transitional protect planned for when the managed migration takes place, click here

Universal Credit: Work Assessment Periods

In a test case victory for a group of working lone mothers, the High Court found that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment through its Universal Credit (UC) work assessment periods is unlawful. The judicial review case was brought by Child Poverty Action Group and solicitors Leigh Day.  For more information click here

Other Events and Training

Join People’s Postcode Lottery’s Local Funding Workshop 2019 – Free Event!  At the Factory Co-Working Hub, 14 Alder Hills, Poole, BH12 4AS, on 25th January 2019.  Breakfast & networking from 9.30am, the event is from 10am-12.30pm.

2019 sees People’s Postcode Lottery celebrating the 10th birthday of the first grant-giving trust to accept applications for Community Programmes – People’s Postcode Trust. People’s Postcode Lottery will be hosting this free event in partnership with Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns, who will be giving the welcome speech. This will be followed by a presentation from People’s Postcode Lottery’s charity team and a question and answer session.

To secure your place, call 0131 555 8997: Places are limited to two attendees per organisation, subject to availability.  For any further enquiries, please email the Post Code Lottery.

NHS England and NHS Dorset CCG invite you to attend FREE Training for Personalised Care and Support Planning.  The Poole session i snow full, but there is stil on ein Dorchester:

Thursday 31st January 2019:  10.00 am – 4.00 pm –Dorford Centre, Dorchester Baptist Church, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR.   Dorchester Dorford Centre 31/01/19: Booking form for Dorchester

If you have any queries, please contact Dee O’Neil01305 368020

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

The Volunteer Centre and Dorset Community Action are hosting two Trustee training sessions:

1. Trustee Training Part 1 – Recruiting the right trustees

This 3 hour ‘Bite Size’ course is designed to help trustees recruit new members and support the success and sustainability of their charity or voluntary / community organisation.  The course will ensure participants understand;

  1. What a Trustee is and who can become one
  2. The legal responsibilities of trustees and the role they fulfil
  3. Reasons for recruitment & considerations
  4. Recruiting the right trustee(s) – Who, what & how
  5. Getting the most from a / supporting new trustees or developing a mutually beneficial relationship?

This is the first of two new Trustee Training courses from DCA and VCD designed to support trustee boards provide good governance.  Part 1 of the course is designed for trustees or committee members of all types of voluntary and community groups, from community libraries to pre-schools and lunch clubs. It will provide a useful refresher for existing trustees who have served on boards for many years, to ensure their knowledge is up to date as well as those new to the role.  It will also provide essential tools and information for trustee boards looking to strengthen their board by recruiting the right new members.

Date: 25th February 2019, 9.45am registration for 10am start through to 1.30pm (includes coffee break)
Venue: CLaRC, Wimborne

Cost: £45 pp for voluntary and community groups, £55 pp for statutory groups
Refreshments will be provided.

To book, please click here

 2. Trustee Training Part 2 – Being Effective and Compliant

This 3 hour course is designed to support trustees effectively fulfil their role and provide good governance.  Good governance is fundamental to organisational success. It enables and supports a charity’s compliance with the law and relevant regulations, and provides an environment for fulfilling the charity’s purpose.  The course will ensure participants understand:

  1. Being effective as a trustee and as a board of trustees
  2. Decision making
  3. Being legal
  4. Managing Risk
  5. Identifying and putting in place the right policies and procedures

Part 2 of the course is designed for trustees or committee members of all types of voluntary and community groups, from community libraries to pre-schools and lunch clubs. It will provide practical tools and information to support trustee boards provide good governance for their organisations success.

Date: 27th March 2019, 9.45am registration for 10am start through to 1.30pm (includes coffee break)
Venue: CLaRC, Wimborne

Cost: £45 pp for voluntary and community groups, £55 pp for statutory groups
Refreshments will be provided.

To book, please click here 

Research and reports

Illegal Money Lending Team: Their report Stop Loan Sharks – Witness Statistics 2018 gives a detailed overview of people they have worked with, and contains some shocking statistics.  Read more:

Witness statistics report Jan – Dec 2018 for partnersFINAL


Wessex Water Money Matters

This grant programme is open for applications, closing date:10th February 2019 , 11:59 pm;  maximum grant awarded:£5,000

Wessex Water believes in helping people to understand financial matters and take effective decisions regarding money. Wessex Water is working with Quartet Community Foundation to administer Wessex Water Money Matters grants for activities that support financial capability and money management projects for people who face financial difficulties.

Applicants must be based and working in any part of the Wessex Water area (see www.wessexwater.co.uk/aboutus/) which includes: Bath & North-East Somerset, Bristol, Dorset, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, most of Wiltshire, and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire.

What can you apply for?
The grant programme will support activities that help people to improve their financial capability and encourage responsible payment behaviour for the services they receive. The activity should be distinct from debt advice. To be eligible for a grant from the Wessex Water Money Matters your activity must:

• Work to prevent people in vulnerable circumstances or those often missed by mainstream services from getting into debt; and/or
• Educate and support young adults to understand personal finances and avoid debt; and/or
• Educate and support children, young people and their parents/carers to take steps to build financial capability, money management and household budgeting skills.

Priority will be given to activities where applicants can demonstrate that the activity will make a long-term difference to the target beneficiaries. Projects should make use, where possible, of existing financial capability resources, such as those provided by the Money Advice Trust, Money Advice Service or Young Money (formerly pfeg).

Please read the guidelines below before applying for a grant. Click here

To apply online click here. You can return to your online application form as many times as is needed, and save it as you go along. The online application link can also be shared with colleagues, or other parties, if more than one person needs to contribute to the application. Alternatively you can request a hard copy application by post by contacting our office.

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

The Dunhill Medical Trust will fund time-limited projects which focus on the development of care and support services for older people which are innovative and/or based on evidence of best practice and which can become self-sustaining within a planned period.

Priority will be given to services which are focused on older people, enhance existing mainstream services and which are not currently funded by statutory organisations elsewhere in the UK.  The Trust will expect the beneficiary organisation to have a robust plan to create the ongoing revenue to maintain the service as the charitable funding diminishes and to have processes in place to ensure minimum disruption to the beneficiaries in implementing these plans.

We will also expect grant applicants to be able to demonstrate the evidence base underpinning their proposals and their plans for suitable evaluation and demonstration of impact.

For more information and how to apply click here