The Advice Dorset Partnership covers the geographical 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). 

During the Covid-19 outbreak we are usually publishing a weekly E News to keep you updated on information you may need for your clients/service users (benefits, rights for the self-employed, other financial help, support services, and anything else we hope may be of use…….).

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 on her Citizens Advice Central Doset email:  mailto:caroline.buxton@centralca.org.uk

Jobs and Volunteer opportunities

Citizens Advice Central Dorset: Trustee with financial experience. This voluntary position is for a Trustee with financial experience and preferably an accounting qualification to join our Board which is responsible for the overall direction, vision and financial health of Citizens Advice Central Dorset. Your experience will make a significant contribution to the Board and give valuable support to the Treasurer, Finance Manager and Chief Officer. Time required: 3 to 4 hours per month plus additional Sub Committee and Board Meetings (usually 4 per year). Closing Date: 30th September 2020 Read more:

Information updates

HOUSING: The government has announced that evictions will stay paused until 20 September 2020. Before this date, Shelter says:

  • bailiffs won’t evict you
  • landlords can’t get an eviction order

If your landlord has already applied to court your case will stay on hold. Read more on Shelter’s website: https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus#Eviction_and_being_asked_to_leave

For a view on the questions this raises, see below in the Research, briefings, blogs section…..

National Housing Federation – support for housing association tenants: Their recent statement of support includes: No one will be evicted from a housing association home as a result of financial hardship caused by coronavirus, where they are working (or engaging) with their housing association to get their payments back on track. Read more here: https://www.housing.org.uk/resources/responsetocoronavirus/

EMPLOYMENT

ACAS redundancy advice: Information is available both for employees and their employers: https://www.acas.org.uk/redundancy There is also a news item aimed at employers: https://www.acas.org.uk/acas-issues-advice-on-redundancies-following-record-increase-in-calls-to-its-helpline There are also links the website to webinars and training courses.

Local Information Updates

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Dorset Open Door is a new partnership between charities, health and care organisations to help people access a rnage of support – emotional and practical – when dealing with a bereavement. If someone isn’t sure where to go to get the best bereavement support, Dorset Open Door can help with finding support from the right organisation and guide them through the process. The service is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Contact by phone on 01305 361 361 or email on dhc.dorsetopendoor@nhs.net.

SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF HATE CRIME: A new video produced by Citizens Advice BCP (funded by Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner) explains what a hate crime is, how to report it, and what happens next: https://www.citizensadvicebcp.org.uk/news/

PUBLIC HEALTH DORSET – Trusted Voices; PHD want to build up a network of people to help develop and share important COVID-19 messages in our communities. One of our main responsibilities is to keep people informed about what they need to do to protect themselves and others from coronavirus. The Trusted Voices project will also help us reach everyone in our communities as quickly as possible in the event of an outbreak or local measures being introduced. We’ll provide the key points in our regular e-newsletter and we ask that you share these in whichever way works best for you and the groups you’re involved with.

Read more, and sign-up to go on the e-newsletter list, here: https://www.publichealthdorset.org.uk/your-health/protecting-your-health/trusted-voices.aspx

Research, briefings, blogs etc

HOUSING: Blog from Nearly Legal on the questions raised by the one month extension to the ban on evictions: https://nearlylegal.co.uk/2020/08/from-march-to-september-possession-stay-extended/

UNIVERSAL CREDIT: Citizens Advice blog on what’s been learnt from delivering the Help to Claim service, now in its second year: https://wearecitizensadvice.org.uk/helping-people-claim-universal-credit-what-we-learned-in-our-first-year-delivering-help-to-claim-50a3752d885e

Changes to work – implications for DWP: Policy in Practice has submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee as part of its inquiry into the Department for Work and Pension’s preparations for changes in the world of work. This post focuses on the new individualised era of work, and the role of the benefit system in supporting people. Read more: http://policyinpractice.co.uk/evidence-long-term-changes-in-the-world-of-work-and-its-implications-for-dwp/

Training

Illegal Money Lending Team: More dates for their Could you spot a loan shark? course, 18 September or 16 October, book via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-loan-sharks-training-could-you-spot-a-loan-shark-tickets-116220794525?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_old_publish&utm_content=fullLinkOldEmail

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-loan-sharks-training-could-you-spot-a-loan-shark-tickets-116221229827?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_old_publish&utm_content=fullLinkOldEmail

They are also running a new course – Do you understand credit unions? These are on 20 October, 5 November, 19 November and 1 December. The link below is for the first one, but all details and links are in the attached document below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/do-you-understand-credit-unions-tickets-117949238347?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_old_publish&utm_content=fullLinkOldEmail

Funding news

Landing a grant – top 10 tips: useful guide on the Directory for Social Change website. https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/landing-a-grant-ten-top-tips/

Covid19 Digital Response Fund: This fund is aimed at organisations whose work has been affected by COVID-19 and who need emergency funding to continue to deliver essential services. It will support them to develop the digital, data and design capabilities that allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable (eg. older people, disabled people, those in crisis).

Applications to the Discovery Programme (4 weeks’ funding plus working with a digital partner) close 7 September.. Organisations that can show they have already done this phase can apply for the Development Programme – 10 weeks’ funding, up to £60,000, which will be a mix of grant funding and support from a digital agency/expert. Closing date 20 September. Read more: https://www.thecatalyst.org.uk/covid-digital-fund

Tesco – Covid19 Community Fund: This can support organisational needs rather than fund specific projects. Organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities, still have time to apply for a single payment of £500. Closing date 18 September.

A wide range of organisations can apply if they can show increased demand, or disrupted services , or they have developed a new service,. Read more: https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/grant-schemes/tesco-cv-fund/