Advice Dorset Partnership E News No 9 – 2nd August 2018

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:

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Dorset One World Festival: Saturday 11 August 2018 – Borough Gardens, Dorcehster: a multi-cultural event with food, arts/crafts, music, dance and song to showcase the diversity of residents in Dorset. A number of local organisations will be having stands. More information on their facebook page: HERE

There are no upcoming Advice Dorset Partnership events. Please let us know about your event so we can advertise it here.

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

There are currently no paid job opportunities.

For Volunteering opportunities, find your local Citizens Advice office here

Job Opportunities in other local agencies


News and Useful Information

Local Government Reorganisation: For information on the Shadow Council go to: Dorset Area Councils

Dorset Voluntary and Community Sector Transition Group: you will have read about the work of this group in previous newsletters. In order to promote the role of sector we have produced a flyer –  uploaded below:  (paper copies are also available).

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Benefits Update (Age UK): useful briefing here Benefits_Briefing_July_2018

NAWRA resposeto the ubcli Accoutns Committee Inquiry on Universal Credit:


Universal Credit and Health Costs: It can be difficult for UC claimants to know if they are entitled to free prescriptions and other help with health costs. The guidance on the NHS website (link below) clarifies the earnings limits, but also suggest you ‘take you award notice’ with you. Claimants won’t have a paper notice though may be able to show  their assessment eg. on their smart phone. The NHS also suggests ticking the box saying they get income-based Jobseekers Allowance; our Citizen Advice caseworkers strongly suggest people write ‘UC’ next to this…..

We hope the process and guidance will become easier soon, as we anticipate a number of people may face a Penalty Charge for claiming free help when not entitled.

NHS website

Other Events and Training

Information from BCVS on First Aid Training:

There are a few places still available on YMCA Bournemouth’s upcoming First  Aid Course !!!

When:       Monday 13th August, Friday 17th August, and Monday 20th August  –   9.30am – 4.00pm (all days)

Where:      Hinton Room, YMCA Bournemouth, Delta House, 56 Westover Road,   Bournemouth, BH1 2BS

Cost:           £65.00 per person for the one-day course on Monday 13th  August,  £170 per person for all 3 days ** Please note – an  organisation’s designated First Aider is required to attend the whole 3-day course.For further information and to book your place, please contact:

Sam Roubaiey, Business Development and Marketing Assistant  E:
<>   Tel: 01202 084 199 / 07398 453 476

National Energy Action – Smart Energy GB in Communities  for 2018 – offer free, accredited one-day training sessions for local organisations. After the training course delegates will:
– understand the role of Smart Energy GB and the campaign
– understand the smart meter rollout and feel confident to respond to   householder queries and challenges and know where to source additional   information
– be able to explain what a smart metering system does and how it works
– understand and be able to use the in-home display, and know how to  explain its functions to other people
– know some of the barriers which may be faced by this year’s target  group and how to overcome them
– understand the smart meter installation process

– understand the obligations and responsibilities held by the energy  companies and their installers to protect householders throughout the smart meter rollout

The training will be offered to organisations who support  people over 60 (including those who do not have internet access) and/ or people who are severe or profoundly D/deaf as part of their work. Please contact Louise Evans for more information or  07730 760828.

Dorset Community Action training: 

This bite size 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 is also suitable for those considering taking on the role of trustee. New regulations are coming into effect in July and this course will cover any changes that you need to be aware of.

The course will cover:-

  • The general duties and responsibilities of trustees
  • Specific roles – chair, treasurer and secretary
  • How to have an effective board
  • Key policies and procedures overview

Date: 22nd August 2018, 1.15pm registration for 1.30pm start through to 3.30pm finish

Venue: Prospect House, Sandford Lane, Wareham

Cost: £30 pp for voluntary and community groups, £40 pp for statutory groups. Further information can be found here

Research and Reports

Improving the Mortgage Market: new report from Citizens Advice responds to the FCA’s mortgage market study. Read more HERE

Other projects

No current updates.

Funding Opportunities

Big Lottery Building Connections Fund: a new funding stream for projects that prevent or reduce loneliness. More information here

St Martins in the Field through the Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF) provides small crisis grants of up to £350 to support people who are at risk of, or currently, experiencing homelessness or are vulnerably housed, to establish and maintain their tenancies. Types of applications include funding to secure accommodation and to clear rent arrears following an eviction notice.

They accept applications from support services eg. Citizens Advice or a homelessness charity.  For more information on how to register to apply for grants see here

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