Welcome to the Advice Dorset Partnership E-News bulletin. 

This is the fourth bulletin of the new two unitary local authorities. The Advice Dorset Partnership continues to cover the geographical / historical county of Dorset, ie the areas covered by the  two new unitaries. It is circulated every two weeks and will 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).

We are aware that some council emails have changed so as usual feel free to forward this email to  colleagues and  they can get in touch with us 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: caroline@caidorset.org.uk

Events: Advice Partnership  and other organisations

Volunteers Week is 1 – 7 June! Read more here

Dorset Charities Conference – Thursday 4 July at Bournemouth University: Organised by Ward Goodman – read more here

Welfare Benefits Forum: Thursday 27 June, Dorchester 

The Advice Dorset Partnership is putting on a day of welfare benefits.It is in two parts and you can book one part or both.

In the morning we will have a Forum on current benefit issues: PIP, ESA, UC update etc, more details to follow. It will include presentations from Citizens Advice and other partners, and is also a chance to pool knowledge and experience. It is aimed at advisers and caseworkers who spend most of their time dealing with benefit issues. 9.45 – 1pm

In the afternoon the Public Law Project will run a session on their Benefits Sanctions project: This session is aimed at welfare rights advisers with a grounding in Universal Credit. The session will focus on conditionality and sanctions, and will also provide an introduction to public law and judicial review, with the aim of providing advisers with information about how public law remedies can be used in welfare benefits cases. 1.45 – 4.45.

There is a small charge for this event in order to cover costs. Drinks, biscuits and fruit will be available all day, but bring your own lunch. Book via eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welfare-benefit-forum-tickets-61484725469

Multi-cultural meet-up: Bring and Share Picnic – Radipole Park, Weymouth Tuesday 28 May 2019, 11 – 2:   Organised by Dorset Race Equality Council, this will be a  great opportunity to meet, chat, socialise and know everyone better. We may find out what are the hidden needs or hopes for these communities.  See the poster below, and the link to our event on the FB here: https://www.facebook.com/events/450170828861241/

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Jobs in Citizens Advice and other agencies

BCVS are advertising a number of local jobs on their website: go to HERE

News  and useful information

Volunteer Centre Dorset – photographic competition: Please see the poster for details on how to enter our photographic competition, with great prizes for both your organisation and your volunteers and a great way to capture the amazing difference our volunteers make in our communities.

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Tax Help for Older People’s Tax Tips for May are here:


Care Quality Commission survey of local VCSE: The Care Quality Commission (CQC)  want you to be involved in creating guidance on how they should work with local voluntary and community sector organisations. Please fill in their  questionnaire and share it to other groups to help them find out your views on how they can work with you: Link to CQC survey

The Family Fund makes grants to families who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person: read more here

“Self-employment: a LITRG guide”  provides more information for self-employed individuals and
voluntary sector advisers who help the self-employed. It explains some of the less common tax rules affecting the self-employed and includes an in-depth case study showing how to prepare accounts and what to include on a Self Assessment tax return. The guide outlines the differences between the tax system and the rules for the self-employed in tax credits and universal credit. It also explains where to get further help and includes a glossary explaining key accounting and tax terms. Link to guide


Bournemouth YMCA put on a number of courses, covering First Aid, Health & Safety, and professional growth: see their website: YMCA Training

Research and Reports

Citizens Advice response to the Gambling Commission’s call for evidence: Gambling with Credit: 

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) advised the Gambling Commission that the use of credit cards for online gambling online should be banned. This is based on the key principle that “gambling with borrowed money significantly increases the risk that consumers will gamble with more money than they can afford.” In response, the Gambling Commission has put out a call for evidence to establish the scale of the problem and explore possible consequences of the ban. Citizens Advice supports the ban on credit cards for online gambling. We believe gambling with credit cards can cause devastating effects for both the gambler, and their families, friends and co-workers. Our clients’ stories show the type of life-changing effects that problem gambling with credit can cause.

Read more: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/policy/policy-research-topics/debt-and-money-policy-research/citizens-advice-response-to-the-gambling-commissions-call-for-evidence-gambling-with-credit/


Power to Change – community business fund: aims to help locally based and community-led businesses to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long-term. Projects must have a charitable purpose, be for the public benefit and share one or more of the following impact goals:

  • Reduce social isolation.
  • Improve health and wellbeing.
  • Increase employability.
  • Create better access to basic services.
  • Improve local environment.
  • Enable greater community cohesion.
  • Foster greater community pride and empowerment.

Funding can be used for the following:

  • Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
  • Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs.

Projects must be ready to start within six months and can last between 18 months to three years in total.

Read more: https://www.powertochange.org.uk/get-support/programmes/community-business-fund/