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

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Universal Credit in Dorset – Let’s Talk!

This event is coming soon on Friday 8 June, 10 am to 3.30 pm at West Dorset District Council in Dorchester.

Make sure you are booked on this if you are working with people who are claiming Universal Credit and want to know more about how UC works, the problems and solutions, and the help and support available. 

Most of Dorset Bournemouth and Poole have now had ‘full service’ Universal Credit for 5 months. Whilst for some people, UC is working well, there is a significant number who face a multitude of difficulties making and managing a claim. The resources of local services, both statutory and voluntary, are being stretched trying to deal with complex issues faced by some of our most vulnerable residents.

We are very keen to ensure we are all working together as effectively as possible to meet these needs and to improve the roll out of UC. Citizens Advice in Dorset is working with the Dorset Councils Partnership to support the sharing of experiences, expertise and learning. .

This event will be a chance to get an update on how UC is working, and what support is available locally, We will have speakers from DWP, local authority,the voluntary sector, and members of the Advice Dorset Partnership. The day will be a mix of presentations and workshops -a full programme will come out nearer the time.

Places will be free, with hot drinks and light refreshments available (bring own lunch).

This event is available to book on Eventbrite here.

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

Citizens Advice Bournemouth and Poole-Head of Service Delivery

Full Time, Salary scale 34 – £30,153pa,  Annual Leave – 25 days  + Bank Holidays

Read more: Advert – Head of Service Delivery B&P May 2018

If you would like further information please contact Emma Lee, Business Development Manager, 07766 660742 or email emma.lee@citabournemouthpoole.co.uk

Closing Date – Friday 1stJune 2018, Interviews w/c 11thJune 2018,

For Volunteering opportunities find your local Citizens Advice office here

News and Useful Information

Are you looking for a home?

You may be interested to hear that the Opening Doors housing programme has launched a Home Ownership Register.

North Dorset District Council, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council have joined forces for the programme to bring more much needed housing to the area.

The Home Ownership Register is for anyone looking to buy or rent a home. Its results will give the councils a much more accurate picture of what type of housing is needed locally. They’ll also send the latest information about new housing developments to anyone who signs up.

You can sign the Register and find out more about other initiatives in Opening Doors here.

Volunteers Week 1st to 7th June

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.  It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. You can find out how to get involved at the volunteers Week website here.

Carers Week 11th to 17th June

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This Carers Week we are looking at all the ways we can support carers to stay Healthy and Connected. Building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.

The campaign is brought to life by the individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.  Add your event to the Carers Week website here

Last Year Carers Week 2017, took place from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 June 2017.  To launch the week, a research report was released by Bournemouth University which looks at how the UK public feels about caring and carers. To download the Carers Week 2017 research report » click here.

Tax Help for Older People

The latest Tax tips:

These tips are produced for circulation in a local community magazine, please do pass on to any colleagues or outside organisations if you think it would be helpful. For a copy of the latest Tax Tips click here.  The Tax Help for Older People website is here.

Events and Training

Borough of Poole – Social Care Learning and Development Team have courses available for a small fee or for free, all bookings must be made via the CPD Online/Poole Workforce Development site here:

12 June 2018 Safeguarding Adults for Managers of Provider Services Update 1-day Safeguarding Adults for Managers of Provider Services must be attended first (this update is required after 3 years)

Research and Reports

Welfare Conditionality

A team of researchers from six universities, PhD students  and two officers based at the University of York are trying to find out firstly, how effective is conditionality in changing the behaviour of those receiving welfare benefits and services and secondly, are there any particular circumstances in which the use of conditionality may, or may not be, justifiable?

The research findings were published 22 May 2018 and the overall conclusion is that welfare conditionality (in the form of benefit sanctions and mandatory appointments at Jobcentre Plus and contracted-out back-to-work agencies) did not prompt ‘behaviour change’. To read the full report click here.


Gingerbread are a leading national charity working with single parent families. Since 1918, they have been at the forefront of shaping policy and services that support single parents.  They have produced a report on Universal Credit:

Where next on Universal Credit?  Gingerbread spoke to single parents to find out about their experience of Universal Credit and have produced recommendations to improve the service. Read their research here

Funding opportunities

The TDS Foundation fund projects  to promote knowledge of Landords’ obligations OR  Tenants’ rights and responsibilities. Read more here

The Woodward Charitable Trust make small grants to organisations working with children facing exclusion, disabled people,  prisoners, and for community cohesion work Read more here

Open Reach Community Fibre Partnership: “This is an exclusive grant that’s available to communities whose Openreach co-funded fibre infrastructure serves a school or registered charity that doesn’t has speeds of less than 30Mbps.” Read more here

Illegal Money Lending Team -Stop Loan Sharks: 2018/19 grant round now open for grants of up to £5,000 to raise awareness of Load Sharks.  Details and application form: Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund application form – 2018.-2019 V2 this funding is only available until 30th June 2018.

The Macdougall Trust, as you’ll have read in previous editions,  can award grants of up to &250 (£350 under exceptional circumstances) mainly for household or essential items. They are not able to pay off debts. Applications need to be supported by an adviser or other frontline worker, and payment cannot be made directly to the applicants, so your organisation needs to be able to accept and disburse monies on behalf of clients. If required, they can write cheques to Argos and Dorset Reclaim.

They have now updated their application form:   Here