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.
Providing advice into areas of social deprivation.
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:
General housing advice service to Weymouth & Portland residents.
Mental Health – inpatient
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.
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.
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 –
Income Maximisation in response to Universal Credit.
Supporting Wessex Water clients to pay their bills.