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. Sue Bristow is now working on the Advice Partnership PLUS activities, so if you would like to send anything out via the bulletin, please send it to her at Sue

For other enquiries about the Advice Dorset Partnership contact caroline@caidorset.org.uk.

Advice Dorset Partnership

Are you working with people who have a long-term health condition or disability? Then you need to be at our Conference on 16 November! BOOK NOW as places are filling up quickly.

  • Conference: Advice and Support for those with Long-term Health Conditions: Thursday 16 November, Dorford Centre, Dorchester.The aim of the conference is to highlight the advice needs of people with long-term conditions, and showcase some of the advice and support available from organisations and initiatives working across  Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.  Workshops will include: benefits for people with long-term conditions (ESA/PIP), early help services, working with people with autism, mental health services and Relate’s  counselling services for carers and those with health issues. There will be speakers on My Health My Way, Healthwatch, Society of Later Life Advisers, Aspergers…….and more. A number of organisations are bringing information stands. LUNCH is inculuded. To book your place:
    • Book HERE
    • If you want more information or to have a display table, please contact conference
    • COST: if you are a member of the Advice Dorset Partnership PLUS scheme you can book 2 free places per member organisation. If you are not a member, the cost is £30 – or if 2 people from your organisation want to come, we are doing a 2 for £45 deal!
    • Workshops: once you have booked you will be contacted by email to make your workshop choices.

UNIVERSAL CREDIT TRAINING for frontline staff: A half day session covering the main rules on Universal Credit and problem areas, run by experienced Welfare Benefits Caseworker Helen Bowyer:

    • Tuesday 5 December, 9.30 – 1.30, Poole Christina Fellowship Hall.
    • £27 for Advice Dorset Partnership PLUS members, £60 for non-members
    • Bookings: here
    • This course will run again on Wednesday 17 January 2018, in Dorchester.

Job Opportunities in local Citizens Advice offices

  • Income Maximisation Caseworkers:  4 part-time  roles based in Local Citizens Advice across the County. Working with Stour Valley and Poole Partnership and the Westwey  Partnership to support people as they claim or move onto Universal Credit. Closing date 3/11/17; for more information click here
  • Personal Budgeting Support Adviser: 15 hours/week based in Poole, to provide budgeting suppot for Universal Credit claimants referred via the DWP via Stour Valley and Poole Partnership. Closing date 20/11/17; for more information click here
  • Advice Session Superviser, Bournemouth Citizens Advice: full-time role (possible job share considered). Closing date 13/11/17. Read more:

News and Useful Information

  • The Money Charity have been producing a must-read summary of UK’s money situation since 2005. The latest UK money statistics from the Money Charity can be found here:

 Events and Training

  • Domestic Abuse Awareness: course at Poole Civic centre on Tuesday 21 November, 9.30 – 4.30.
  • Bournemouth CVS: have courses in November inckuding:
    • Being a Charity Trustee Training – 15th November 2017 and Face Painting Training for Young Volunteers – 4th December 2017.  Read more…..
  • Keeping Warm, Saving Money
    • 7th November 2017 at Allendale House, Wimborne, 9.30—15.45

Free one day training for frontline workers providing practical tips on supporting and signposting clients who may struggle with the costs of keeping their home warm.  Refreshments and lunch are included. Workshops include: Switching tariffs and reducing unnecessary consumption, Tackling cold damp homes, Supporting people through the Universal Credit rollout, Living on a shoestring
Register for your place here

  • In partnership with Unchosen, Dorset Councils Partnership would like to invite you to ‘Stay Safe from Slavery’ an afternoon of film and debate on the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking.
    • At this event, Unchosen will preview their new project Stay Safe from Slavery, a toolkit packed with resources and information, this toolkit will help frontline workers to spot the signs of exploitation and help to stop slavery before it starts.  The free event is taking place at West Dorset District Council on Friday 17 November from 2.30pm to 4.00pm (doors will open at 2.00pm for refreshments and networking). Unchosen, a Bristol based charity use film to inform the general public and professionals about modern slavery in the UK, raising awareness of the statutory duty professionals have to protect victims.
    • to reserve a ticket on Eventbrite, please click here

Research and Reports

  • Safe as houses: The impact of universal credit on tenants and their rent payment behaviour in the London boroughs of Southwark and Croydon, and Peabody
    • For the full report see The Smith Institute website here
  • Citizens Advice in Dorset – IMPACT REPORT 2016-17: here
  • Trussell Trust report on use of foodbanks, published June 2017, has some stark data – for example,half of all housholds using foodbanks include a person with a disability….. read the summary: here

Funding opportunities

  • Dept of Health –  VCSE fund will focus on ‘social prescribing’; grants of up to £300K . They are seeking applications that design models that fit the needs of their local area and draw upon local assets. Applications for both new and existing social prescribing schemes will be considered. Deadline 21 November 2017.
  • BBC Children In Need Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. They give grants for children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:
    • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
    • Any kind of disability
    • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
    • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation
    • click here
  • Wessex Water Money Matters Wessex Water believe in helping people to understand financial matters and take effective decisions regarding money. Wessex Water Money Matters will award grants for activities that support financial capability and money management projects for people who face financial difficulties in the West of England, which includes: Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Dorset, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, most of Wiltshire and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire.  Closing Date: 9th November 2017
  • The Dorset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is now inviting applications for the Safer Dorset Fund Community Grant. The fund has been established to provide financial support to voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver projects meeting one or more of the Police & Crime Plan priorities. Grants of between £100 and £3,000 are available.
    • To find out more about the grant, see the full terms and conditions and submit an application,  click here