Citizens Advice Central Dorset Projects

We have a variety of projects on the go including:

Access to Justice (joint project with DREC)

Improving access to specialist legal help for Dorset clients through an enhanced partnership between Dorset Race Equality Council and LCAs in Dorset, focussed on Employment and Discrimination advice.

Access to Justice Legal Support for Litigants in Person (LSLIP)

Working with DREC, Shelter Dorset, Shelter Bristol and local Citizens Advice in Dorset and South Somerset to improve access to generalist and specialist legal advice.

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Big4Littlemoor project

Providing advice into areas of social deprivation.

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Dorset Macmillan Citizens Advice Service

Advice to those affected by cancer, including carers (mainly welfare benefits).

Energy Advice Project

Energy advice to vulnerable clients, including switching, dealing with fuel debt, maximising benefits, energy efficiency.

Dorset Employment Unit Project

Advice across Dorset on the more complicated employment issues up to and including tribunal.

Gamble Support Service

Raising awareness with LCAs in South West of gambling addiction – how to identify and how to help
Offering 1-2-1 support to local clients with gambling addiction.

GP surgery Projects

Face to face advice to patients of GP practices:

  • Bere Regis
  • Cerne Abbas
  • Crossways
  • Maiden Newton
  • Puddletown
  • Sturminster Newton

Housing Project

General housing advice service to Weymouth & Portland residents.

Mental Health – inpatient
(Forston Clinic)

Inpatient based service to help break down the barriers for those with mental health problems seeking assistance at the Forsten inpatient unit.

Mental Health – outreach

Outreach based service to help break down the barriers for those with mental health problems seeking assistance. Available at Dorchester office and Bute House surgery in Sherborne.

Money Advice & Pensions Service

Debt Advice to people in Weymouth & Portland.

Money Advice & Pensions Service – Increasing Debt Advice

Recruitment of trainee debt adviser to increase debt advice team.

MS Society

Generalist advice through home visits to members of the society (mainly welfare benefits).

Rough Sleepers Initiative

Debt casework in Weymouth working with homeless and potential homeless.

Sovereign Housing

Support to residents of Sovereign Housing.

Syrian Refugee Project

Support to Syrian refugee families.

Universal Support (Help to Claim)

Support with Universal Credit claims.

Welfare Benefits Advice –
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Income Maximisation in response to Universal Credit.

Wessex Water

Supporting Wessex Water clients to pay their bills.