Connecting Advice in Dorset

Working together is key to better advice services in Dorset

Since December 2013 advice organisations in Dorset  have been working together to make it easier for people to get the advice they need. Funded by the BIG Lottery, the Connecting Advice in Dorset project provides two new advisers, one in urban Bournemouth and one for young people in rural areas across the county, as well as supporting advice organisations to share diminishing resources and find ways of working more efficiently and effectively together.

Citizens Advice in Dorset, a consortium of all the Citizens Advice bureaux in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, works with Shelter, Dorset Race Equality Council and Ansbury (part of Continuum 0-19) to map all the organisations providing advice in the county, large and small, and to develop a single point of contact alongside rural access points in community facilities, making it easier for people in Dorset to find the advice they need or to get in touch with the organisation who can best help them.

The partnership also delivers training to staff and volunteers on the front-line in order to boost their knowledge and skills, particularly around the changes to welfare benefits and dealing with discrimination issues, ensuring that organisations are better able to respond to the rising number of people seeking help.

For more information about the project, contact the Connecting Advice in Dorset Project Manager at

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How to find some advice more easily?

CAIDwebsiteflyerThe Connecting Advice in Dorset project is pleased to announce the launch of a new website which will help people in the local area to find advice when they need it. Simply go to the website and click to find advice about welfare benefits, debt, housing and much, much more.Last year, over 27,000 people received help from Citizens Advice offices in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. Christine Cook, manager of the Citizens Advice Christchurch said ‘This website will mean that people can get the advice they need where and when they need it’.The website is one of the outcomes of the Connecting Advice in Dorset project, which is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. The project, led by Citizens Advice in Dorset with Shelter, Ansbury, Dorset Race Equality Council and the 9 individual bureaux,  works to build networks between organisations which provide advice, and to help them become more resilient and sustainable.

Job Clubs in Dorset

If youEmployPlusposter15-16-page-001 are currently looking for a job, the Job Clubs around Dorset are there to provide you with help to write your CV and/or application form, help to present yourself during interview and many other things that will enable you to get the job you want.

Would your organisation like a free Equalities Healthcheck?

Through Connecting Advice in Dorset, Dorset Race Equality Council is offering free Equalities Healthchecks to all voluntary sector organisations that offer either formal or informal advice and advocacy to the public.

We are also on hand to offer free consultancy if you have any questions about how best to promote equality and diversity in your day to day activities.

Interested? Please give us a call on 01202 392954 or email us on to find out more.

Connecting Advice in Dorset - for young people 16-24

CAiD AnsburyFlyerAre you age 16-24?

Through Connecting Advice in Dorset, Ansbury Advisors work with young people in rural Dorset to help you with benefits advice and money management.

Click on the poster for additional information

or call to arrange an appointment:

Blandford 01258 454445 or Weymouth 01305 782180


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