Welcome to the Advice Partnership E news Bulletin

The Advice Dorset Partnership covers 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).

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: caroline@caidorset.org.uk

Events: Advice Partnership and other events

Universal Credit in Dorset – Let’s Talk No 3: Thursday 12 September

In 2018 Citizens Advice worked with West Dorset Revenues & Benefits (‘Westwey’) to deliver two ‘UC Let’s Talk’ events; we feel it’s high time we got together again for further updates and discussion on how UC is working across Dorset, how our service users are affected, and who is doing what to support them.

The event will be hosted by Dorset Council at their South Walks office in Dorchester and will be a mixture of presentations and workshops. We have invited DWP to join us – senior staff and work coaches – and we will have updates from Westwey teams and Citizens Advice. Workshops will cover technical issues and targeted support services. The event is FREE!

Please let Caroline Buxton know if you want to run a workshop or offer a short ‘snapshot’ update.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/universal-credit-in-dorset-lets-talk-no-3-tickets-64731908882

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group – AGM: Wednesday 10 July 2019, 9.30am – 11.30am, Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3AP .

Find out more about how GP services are developing in their area and about the benefits of new Primary Care Networks. You don’t have to register, but if you want to, follow this l ink:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W6R3SRW

Criminal Justice Forum – 17 July. 9.30 – 2.30, Kinson Community Centre.

This event is organised by BCVS and is also a chance to meet Karen Loftus, their new Chief Executive and share your ideas about the future of their forums. Sophie Ricketts’ (Targeted Enforcement Manager for BCP) update will include County Lines, and Paul Payne will talk about the ‘My Safer Bournemouth’ website.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/criminal-justice-forum-tickets-63381543904

Forum for Equality and Diversity: DREC invite you to the next Forum for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole on Thursday, 18th of July 2019
Arrivals from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start and a finish at 7.30pm.

The forum will take place in the HMS Phoebe room at Bournemouth Town Hall, Bourne Ave, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY. Car park on site, FREE tea, coffee and other delicious refreshments on arrival provided!

Speakers: Graham Farrant, Chief Executive of the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, and Lyn Jeffrey from Dorset Community Action who will talk about the Inspire Dorset project. There will also be opportunities for community notices and networking. You can confirm your attendance via:
– FB message
– email enquiries@dorsetrec.org.uk
– calling 01202 392954

Health & wellbeing is everyone’s business: Monday 5 August 2 – 4, Kinson: Forum hosted by BCVS. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/health-and-wellbeing-is-everyones-business-tickets-64604514843

Dorset Trustee Club Breakfast: 7 August 8 – 9.45 CLARC Wimborne. The Trustee Club, supported by Ward Goodman, aims to support Charity Trustees, Social Enterprise Directors and Management committee members provide good governance and effective leadership which is fundamental to the success of their organisations. The speaker in August is Ellie Maguire from Dorset Community Foundation on ‘would you pass a funder’s due diligence test?’

Bookings: https://www.dorsetcommunityaction.org.uk/Event/dorset-trustee-club-breakfast-meeting-7th-august-2019

Job opportunities

PHP Money Advice Caseworker employed by Citizens Advice Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole; 15 hours (2 days) a week based in Poole. Closing date 19 July..

Read more: https://www.citizensadvicebcp.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us/

Aster Group are advertising two Dorset jobs on their website with closing dates of 7 July: Customer Support Employment officer and Independent Living Officer (part time). For more details: https://www.aster.co.uk/recruitment/jobs

News and useful information

Healthwatch Dorset annual report 2018/19 is here: https://www.healthwatchdorset.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HwD-Annual-Report-2018-19-final.pdf


YMCA Bournemouth still has places available on the following training sessions:



For further information go to http://ymcabournemouth.org.uk/training-and-education/

All courses are held at: The Hinton Room, YMCA Bournemouth, Delta House, 56 Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BS. To book a place, please contact Heather Chandler on 01202 290451 Ext: 4005 or email heather.chandler@ymcabournemouth.org.uk<mailto:heather.chandler@ymcabournemouth.org.uk>

Reports and research

Effect of the ‘two child limit’: In a joint report, All Kids Count: the impact of the two-child limit after two years’, CPAG and the Church of England highlight the impact of the two-child limit based on a survey of more than 430 families as well as in-depth interviews with 16 families.

95 per cent of those hit by the two-child limit say their ability to pay
for essentials has been affected. In total, an estimated 160,000 families have been affected and the majority of these are working families. Read more:



Co-op Foundation – Space to Connect: There are two Space to Connect funding strands open for applications.

  • Enhance – grants for organisations that are already using a community space in an innovative and creative way, and that want to expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working to build a more secure future.
  • Explore – grants for organisations that want to start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use.

More details: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/space-to-connect/