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


Health and Care Forum – 26th June 2018 – This forum will be focused on some exciting new developments within Primary Care

Registration, refreshments and networking available from 1.30pm ready for a prompt 2pm start.

Annabel Beasley– National Association of Primary Care Homes and Helen Clark – Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group will be introducing the Primary Care Home, an innovative approach to strengthening and redesigning primary care:

Developed by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), the model brings together a range of health and social care professionals to work together to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for their local community. Staff come together as a complete care community – drawn from GP surgeries, community, mental health and acute trusts, social care and the voluntary sector – to focus on local population needs and provide care closer to patients’ homes. Across Poole and Bournemouth GP practices are exploring how some of the principles of the Primary Care Home can be implemented locally.

Sue Bickler – Development Manager  will be introducing Altogether Better:

Altogether Better is a new programme that is working with 14 practices across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. General practice faces the huge challenge of supporting people with long term conditions and people who may simply be lonely or isolated. Patients are invited to gift their time to the practice through Altogether Better which helps them to set up groups and services to support other patients.

Please note this event is for charities/not for profit organisations in Bournemouth and Poole only

To book click here

Local Government Re-organisation: Impact on Dorset’s VCSE

Free discussion session on Thursday 5 July 10 – 1 (followed by networking lunch) at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester, hosted by the Volunteer Centre Dorset. (Also see below for a current survey of the Voluntary Sector being carried out by DCA on behalf of the VCSE Transition Group).

Book  here

Dorset Charities Conference 2018

Ward Goodman would like to invite you to the annual Dorset Charities Conference 2018! The event, which is now in its seventh year, will continue to connect charities with leading sector suppliers and a wealth of expert speakers, who will be conducting informative presentations throughout the day providing an opportunity for delegates to earn CPD credits where applicable.

  • Date: Thursday 5th July 2018
  • Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne
  • Cost £10 + vat

Thursday 5 July, Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne. Book here

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

There are currently no job opportunities available.

For Volunteering opportunities find your local Citizens Advice office here

Other Job Opportunities

The Illegal Money Lending Team have a new post involving Credit Union Partnership work. The IMLT are hosted by Birmingham City Council but work from home. The job role will involve travelling around the country. More details: here

News and Useful Information

The National Audit Office has been in the headlines with their latest report on the roll out of Universal Credit. The content and scope of the report looked at the following, in order to assess the value for money of the Department’s introduction of Universal Credit:

  • how the Department’s plans for Universal Credit have evolved (Part One);
  • whether its adaptive and incremental approach is ensuring Universal Credit works for claimants and the organisations supporting them (Part Two); and
  • ultimately, the prospects for Universal Credit achieving its aims (Part Three).

The report conclusions are that they think there is no practical alternative but to continue with UC, but that the DWP has driven the programme forward to date, and many problems and hardship caused to claimants have been discounted.  Also, the extended timescales and the cost of running Universal Credit compared to the benefits it replaces raises the conclusion that the project is not value for money now, and that its future value for money is unproven.

To read the full report click here

More on Universal Credit: Papers and presentations from our ‘UC in Dorset – Let’s Talk’ event on 8 June can be found here: HERE

More UC events and training coming soon!

Tax Help for Older People is a charity service from Tax Volunteers that provides free, independent and expert advice and help for older people on lower incomes. (£20,000 gross per annum or less.).

They answer simple questions over the telephone. For other problems, they will arrange a face-to-face meeting with a volunteer adviser. For anyone unable to travel because of disability, they arrange a home visit.

Their advice is free, independent and confidential. Advice can be give on any personal tax matter, large or small. If you are worried about tax, they can help.

Junes Tax tips can be found here on their website along with their contact details.

Universal Credit and Students

Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work. You cannot usually get Universal Credit if you’re studying full-time, but there are some exceptions.

Read more about students who are eligible for Universal Credit here

Local Government Reorganisation – VCSE Survey

Local Government Re-organisation (LGR) is happening now, with key decisions on future structures and budgets coming shortly. It is essential that Dorset’s vibrant and irreplaceable Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector is not forgotten.

Dorset Community Action is working with Volunteer Centre Dorset, and Citizens Advice in Dorset to check the current health of the VCSE sector and to gain an understanding of the impact of LGR on Dorset’s VCSE sector.

We want to ensure that the VCSE sector still has a place in this new local authority world and tell the story of the importance of the VCSE to the new council, how we make effective use of statutory sector and other funding to deliver services, and promote the value of volunteering. At a time of year on year statutory sector funding cuts we view this as particularly important.

To do that we require evidence to make our case on your behalf. Can you help us by completing the survey? Please click here

The survey should only take you around 10 minutes to complete and is open until 5pm Friday 29th June 2018.  Thank you for your support.

Other Events and Training

Bournemouth CVS and Poole CVS  are holding another heavily subsidised training event at Kinson Community Centre on 4th July from FSI offering small and local charities and community groups three workshops on key fundraising skills: 

  • Develop Your Fundraising Strategy – 10.00 am – 11.30 pm
  • Developing Your Earned Income – Enterprise Your Mission – 11.45 am – 1.15 pm
  • Developing Corporate Relationships – 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Places will fill up fast, so book your place today to access this training opportunity here

Poole CVS is holding a leadership training event:

Would you like to improve your own skills and the skills of those around you to achieve greater collaboration? If so this leadership training is for you.

As part of the programme to support leaders and teams in meeting health and social care demands in Dorset, the Dorset Workforce Action Board is offering a dedicated workshop to help to develop the skills of 10 voluntary sector leaders.

Most leadership workshops focus on changing behaviour. This is a unique opportunity to attend a local workshop which is based on changing and developing leadership mindset.

Arbinger’s Outward Mindset Training helps people to see in a different way – to see problems differently, conflicts differently, challenges differently, opportunities differently, each other differently. Until someone begins to see differently, old problems remain and opportunities that make an organisation/system stronger are missed. A shift in a team, organisational or system culture cannot be accomplished simply by focusing on changing behaviour, because just as behaviour drives results, mindset drives behaviour.

Arbinger training can help individuals, teams, and organisations to change from an inward disconnected mindset to an outward collaborative mindset. This training will provide the tools necessary to implement strategies and behavioural patterns that reinforce this change

When                    12th July, 10.00am – 4.00pm (registration from 9.30am)

Where                  Dorset CCG HQ, Vespasian House, (Rooms 13 & 14) Dorchester DT1 1TG

Cost                      £20 to include lunch

Logistics               No parking is available on site, please use local public car parking at Top O’Town

Please book by Monday 2nd July. There are only 10 places available and demand is expected to be high so early booking is advised.

Please contact Liz Cooper here for a booking form and make sure to return her or at Poole CVS, 3rd Floor, Beech House, 28-30 Wimborne Road, Poole. BH15 2BU by Monday 2nd July.

Research and Reports

Care Crisis Review: A sector-led Review of the rise in applications for care orders and the number of children in care

Applications for care proceedings in England and Wales reached record levels in 2017. This is one factor contributing to the rise in the number of children looked after in the care system, now at the highest level since 1985.Family Rights Group have facilited a seven month sector-led Review into the care crisis. The Review is supported by stakeholders within the child welfare and family justice system.To read the report click here

Almost half of universal credit claimants say that they needed help in registering their claim online

New DWP research finds that, even amongst those with experience of claiming other benefits, many found it more difficult to claim universal credit.  Almost half of universal credit claimants say that they needed help in registering their claim online.  To read the new research published by the DWP click here

Other projects

Healthy Homes Dorset may be able to help qualifying clients who would benefit from this project, please consider referring them if you think they would fit the criteria:

Healthy Homes Dorset is a project funded by Public Health Dorset, managed by Dorset County Council and delivered by The Centre for Sustainable Energy, a Bristol based Charity. Healthy Homes Dorset is represented in Dorset by Jon Parvin, who is a Senior Energy Advisor based in Dorchester. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) estimate that there are over 500 ‘Avoidable Winter Deaths’ in Dorset with around 100 directly attributable to living in poorly heated homes. Living in permanently cold accommodation also has a significant impact on not only physical health, but also mental well-being, with a corresponding significant increase in GP and Social Services involvement and hospital admissions. We believe that everyone has a right to live in a home that does not cause, exacerbate or contribute to  poor physical or mental health.

Healthy Homes Dorset is able to access funding to provide free cavity wall and loft insulation to residents of Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth who are either on a low income or who are diagnosed with a relevant medical condition or have a disability. We can also arrange for any necessary preparation work to be completed free of charge and can, in some cases, provide new heating systems either free of charge, or at a reduced cost. Independent, impartial energy advice is available from trained staff either over the phone or, when required, through a home visit.

For more info contact Jon: mailto:jon.parvin@cse.org.uk

Funding Opportunities

Dorset Police & Crime Commissioners’s Safer Dorset Fund – community grants: grants of £100 – £3,000 for projects that meet one or more of the Dorset Police & Crime Plan.  More details here

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

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.