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, for this and all other enquiries about the Advice Dorset Partnership contact caroline@caidorset.org.uk

Advice Partnership  and other Events

Armed Forces Community Careers and Lifestyle event at Kingston Maurward College.

WEDS 24 APRIL , 11am – 7pm , Flyer:


Please feel free to circulate information about this event across your local networks, especially if you can  target Armed Forces communities, their families and veterans through your usual social media networks / communications.

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole

Two roles in the Debt Team: the Money Advice Service caseworker  is 22.5 hours per week and the PHP caseworker is  15 hours per week, both with a closing date of 11 March:

PHP Money Advice Caseworker advert BCP Feb2019

MAS Caseworker advert BCP Feb2019

Job Opportunities in other Agencies

RELATE Dorset & South Wiltshire are advertising for a

Centre Manager.

Relate are looking for someone to provide the strategic lead to the organisation, ensuring the effective delivery and quality of relationship support services, maintaining professional standards and developing partnerships. Based in Poundbury.

24 hours a week on a pro-rata salary between £32-£35k, closing  date extended to 13 March 2019, read more :

RELATE Centre Manager Advert 2019

Relate Programme Coordinator

Relate Dorset & South Wiltshire have been funded to provide a part time programme coordinator for 3 days a week on a 12 month fixed term.  Starting as soon as possible.

The purpose is to co-ordinate the start-up and first year engagement of the Choose2Change (C2C) domestic abuse perpetrator programme on behalf of Relate Dorset & South Wiltshire and to administer the Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) parent training programmes in Somerset.

For further information click here.

Volunteering Dorset –  Syrian Refugee Families Volunteer Co-ordinator: to manage the volunteers who support Syrian Refugee Families in Dorset.  This is a new role to complement and enhance the existing Syrian Refugee Families project run by Dorset County Council. The closing date for applications is midnight Tuesday 12th March, interviews will take place in Dorchester on Monday 18th March. £24,964 pro rata for 30 hours/week.

JD Syrian Families Volunteer Coordinator

application form Syrian Refugee Faimlies Volunteer Coordinator JD Syrian Families Volunteer Coordinator

Action Hampshire is recruiting for a Project Co-ordinator:“Communities against Cancer”: A Project Co-ordinator for a new project at Action Hampshire:

  • 22.5 hours per week, working across South Hampshire and South Dorset, with office base in Winchester
  • Fixed term contract to July 2020, with strong possibility of extension
  • Salary scale: £26,288 to £27,889 for full time equivalent hours, £15,986 to £16,960 for actual hours
  • Excellent Terms and Conditions
  • Closing date: Monday, 18 March 2019, 9am
  • Interviews: Monday, 25 March 2019

For further information and how to apply click here.

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

News and Useful Information

The Latest Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report Examines: Where next for Universal Credit and tackling poverty?

They write that although the Government has made changes to UC which mean it has the potential to substantially raise the incomes of millions of people locked in poverty, these changes have not gone far enough. More and faster improvements must be made to its design, funding and delivery. Otherwise, there continues to be a high risk that UC will fail to realise its potential and even increase hardship for some of those moving on to it in 2019 and beyond.  Read the full report here.

GPs in England are to stop charging for completing the Debt and Mental Health Evidence form, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) reports. Following its Stop the Charge campaign, the MMHPI reports that the British Medical Association (BMA) has committed – as part of the new Five Year GP contract agreed with NHS England – that GPs in England will stop charging for completing the Debt and Mental Health Evidence form that people with mental health and debt problems can be asked to provide to creditors in order to receive additional support.

Commenting on the announcement, Chair of the MMHPI Martin Lewis said –

‘We’re over the moon that the BMA has finally agreed to stop people with mental health and debt problems being charged for the paperwork they need to get help. These charges can play havoc with people’s financial and mental wellbeing, often when they are at their lowest ebb – leaving many avoiding asking for the help they desperately need.

Today’s announcement puts us in touching distance of ending this injustice. We have a momentous agreement from banks, doctors and debt collectors, who are all ready to play their part. Now the agreement is there, we just need the government to lead the coordination of all the groups involved to produce the new paper work. Then we will be able to stop these charges once and for all.’

For further detail click here.

Routes to Inclusion: Data and Mapping. Helen Dobson and James Beecher from Citizens Online gave a presentation of their work on mapping the data story for Dorset on the 29th of January  here is their presentation:Citizens Online Switch Dorset Jan 2019.  The next session is on the 1st May, where Citizens Online will be discussing their findings and asking us what we think the priorities should be. To sign up to the session, please follow the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-routes-to-inclusion-in-dorset-whats-next-tickets-56569575122  – we will receive a notification when you’ve signed up, so you don’t need to print anything off.

Healthy Homes Dorset: Loft and cavity wall insulation, and energy advice. More information here.

Other Events and Training

Volunteer Training  –  safeguarding for adults – 12 March 2019: There are still a few places available on this course; 9.30am to 12.30pm at Meyrick Rise Care Home, 11-13 Branksome Wood Rd, Bournemouth BH2 6BT. Costs £10 per volunteer.

The trainingis not accredited but is designed to be an introduction to the subject matter and to equip your volunteers with both the knowledge and the confidence they need to deal with different situations that may occur when they are volunteering  – read more: Adult Safeguarding 12.03.19

Contact: 01202 466130 or Amy Collins

West Howe Community Enterprises is hosting the following invaluable training session:

Safetalk: Suicide Alertness for Everyone … Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep Safe

This training session is suitable for Charity and Support Workers, Counsellors, Social Workers, Clinicians, Volunteers, Community Members, Family and Friends, Service Industries, Paramedics, Students, Medical Professionals

Course Aims:  Identify people thinking of suicide.  Identify reasons we may miss, dismiss or avoid suicide.  Practice using the 4 step model of suicide alertness.  Connect people at risk of suicide with further appropriate help.  Overcome barriers in talking about suicide

Date: 20th March 2019  Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm  Location: Henry Brown Centre, Cunningham Crescent, Bournemouth, BH11 8DU.  Cost: £50 Large organisations / £30 Charity Organisations

For further information about the training, and to book, please contact info@actiontopreventsuicide.org or phone: 01803 226 227.

For information about the venue, please contact Diane Humphries, Charity Manager, West Howe Community Enterprises – Email: diane.humphries@westhowe.net or phone: 01202 580299.

‘Looking After The Money’ Training Session – 29 March 2019  Steve Place (Senior Advisor BCVS) will be running another ‘Looking After the Money’ training session on Friday 29th March 2019,  10am – 12.30pm (Registration from 9.30am), St Michael’s Church, Upper Hall, Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5QU

This session will be of great use to Treasurers, committee members and staff of Voluntary/community groups and charities operating in Bournemouth or Poole who want to understand how best to keep accounts, how to present financial reports and generally look after your money. For more information and how to book click here and here.

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

 Trustee Training Part 2 – Being Effective and Compliant: 27 March 2019

This 3 hour course is designed to support trustees effectively fulfil their role and provide good governance.  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 

Due to popular demand, YMCA Bournemouth is delivering further training sessions in 2019.


Wednesday 20th March 2019, 10:00 AM  – 2:00 PM. £40 per learner


Thursday 14th March 2019, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. £35 per learner


Thursday 21st March 2019, 10:00 AM  – 4:00 PM. £45.00 per learner


Thursday 4th April 2019, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. £45 per learner


Thursday 25th April 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. 25 per learner.


Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday May 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM. £170 per learner.

Venue for all these courses:The Hinton Room, YMCA Bournemouth, Delta House, 56 Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BS.

If you are interested booking a place onto any of the above courses, please contactHeather Chandler, Business Development and Marketing Assistant at YMCA Bournemouth.  Tel: 01202 290451 Ext: 4005

Email heather.chandler@ymcabournemouth.org.uk

Research and reports

Resolution Foundation says  child poverty is on course to ‘hit a record high’.  In ‘The Living Standards Outlook 2019’, the Resolution Foundation combines survey data, Office for Budget Responsibilities forecasts and the government’s tax and benefit policies to project household income growth for different groups. The report predicts that, without ‘serious new spending or the cancellation of planned cuts’, child poverty will rise to 37 per cent by 2023/2024.  Read the full report here.


Calor’s Rural Community Fund: Grants of up to £5k for rural community projects (with the opportunity to raise more through crowdfunding). Apply by 29 April. Criteria:

  • It exists for the benefit of the wider community and not of the individual
  • It has been in existence for a minimum of 6 months; and is a charity or a not-for-profit organisation
  • The funding applied for is equal to 50% or more of the total project cost
  • The funding is being used for renovations, redecorating, equipment, or new LPG heating systems
  • It is capable of completion within 12 months of the date of the grant if successful
  • It is in a rural off mains gas location in the UK and is for the benefit of an off-grid rural community in England, Scotland or Wales
  • It has a clear deliverable objective
  • The systems are in place to ensure finances are well managed
  • It operates on a non-discriminatory basis and is non-political

Read more here

Edward Gostling Foundation: Grants to UK charities with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically those on low income who have a physical or mental disability or those with long-term illness. Two funding streams are now available:

  • Small Grants of less than £5,000.
  • Large Grants of more than £5,000.

Applications must address at least one of the four themes of the Foundation:

  • Health and wellbeing: to maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.
  • Independent living at home: to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible.
  • Respite: either for the person living with a disability (or long-term illnesses) or the carer to access sports and leisure activities or simply enjoy fun, friendship and the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.
  • Transition: to provide fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.

Find out more: HERE