Would you like to join our Board of Trustees? Dorset Advocacy

Dorset Advocacy is a charitable organisation based at Poundbury in Dorchester. We cover the geographical area of Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

We work with people with physical disabilities, who have ill health or learning disabilities and people with dementia and autism. We make sure that their voices are heard and their rights are respected. We are passionate about supporting people to have choice and control in their lives. We have 30 advocates and 60 volunteers who supported over 4000 people over the last year. We are very proud of our achievements.

We are looking for 2 people who are willing to apply their professional skills to support our organisation. One of these roles requires someone with a strategic finance or accountancy background, to help us to appraise the viability of project proposals, diversify income streams, assist with our pricing models and help us plan for our long-term sustainability.

If you share our passion and could use your commercial, strategic, or financial acumen to support us to meet our strategic objectives, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact our Chief Executive – Mike Pochin on: 01305 251033, to find out more.
For more information about the organisation please see our website:
www.dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

for more information on this blog contact Richard Wills (Trustee) richardw@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

Street Support Re-launch (5 Oct 2018)

Bcars arms around 2Mary (not her real name) ended up on the street in her 50s because of domestic abuse – she found her way to Sleepsafe and off the street for the winter – one year later people have helped her get a flat, volunteer, learn new skills and regain her self-confidence – Good News… but what would have happened if she hadn’t had someone to help her find lcoal support.

18 months ago, charities and agencies working to help rough sleepers get off (and stay off!) the streets in Bournemouth had 3 challenges put to them;
– first – do we actually know what each other are doing to help
– second – people kept asking “what can we do?” – they wanted to help but had no idea how
– third, students from the University were saying “is there any help actually out there – there’s nowhere to find out who does what and when”.

Roll on to summer 2018, and these organisations including YMCA, Big Issue, Shelter, BCHA, Citizens Advice, Bournemouth Foodbank, Faithworks in tandem with the Councils, the University and Health teams have brought http://www.streetsupport.net to the town.
This one stop website brings into one place all the help in the town, and all the opportunities for people of goodwill to get involved.

And the impact – well, rough sleepers can get help quicker – advisors can flick onto the system and see who else is well placed to give help there and then; people who want to help can see the needs and volunteering opportunities that fit them. And we think this will really help local businesses to know how to respond to the issue of homelessness on their door-step.

On Friday 5th October, we start the next stage of the local Street Support story. Conor Burns, Martin Underhill and people from across all sectors of life are meeting to commit themselves to the project that is now conurbation wide, and to launch “Change for Good” – a simple alternative and independently managed way for people to give money to homelessness work in the town

There couldn’t be a more pertinent example of how change will only come when everyone can see how they can play their part. Come
along to the BCHA Factory in
Alderhills on the 5th at 2pm to be in on the next stage of town-wide transformation!” (https://bit.ly/2IkfYAH)

Alistair Doxat-Purser
Chief Executive, Faithworks Wessex

It’s not just a scorecard it’s a state of mind

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Our Corporate Social Responsibility scorecard is how we can measure our success, without having a measure set against the context of business size how can we know if we are improving or that our work on CSR is meaningful.

The scorecard is not just about the statistics, its about changing business attitudes and for all businesses to see our three aims as critical to their success

 

• Support Charities – We aim to increase business donations to charities, increase staff volunteering and increase payroll giving
• Support Employees – We will encourage employers to support staff with flexible working, home working, stress management, gender and disability equality
• Support Local Businesses – Encourage businesses to buy from local and UK based businesses to create sustainable business communities and economic stability

Focusing your business on CSR will actually improve your bottom line because it will

1. Increase customer and brand loyalty as a result of greater community awareness
2. Improve productivity by having a happy and engaged work force with high morale
3. Improve the planet by becoming more sustainable

Come to our launch event on the 9th April and work with us to make Business in Bournemouth even better

 
https://www.bournemouthchamber.org.uk/event/bhbanter-april/
https://bournemouth.blog/csr/

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It’s Official!

Our Social Enterprise has been formed.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD LTD CIC
Company number 11259411

Our official launch will be at our BH Banter on Monday 9th April at 6pm at Ocean Beach Hotel, 32 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AQ.

We want you to be there!!! book in now https://www.bournemouthchamber.org.uk/event/bhbanter-april/

I want you

The purpose of the scheme is encourage businesses to
Support Charities – We aim to increase business donations to charities, increase staff volunteering and increase payroll giving

Support Employees – We will encourage employers to support staff with flexible working, home working, stress management, gender and disability equality

group of successes people
Support Local Businesses – Encourage businesses to buy from local and UK based businesses to create sustainable business communities and economic stability

Buy Local Pin Map Words Shop Your Hometown 3d Illustration
To demonstrate support businesses are asked to complete our Scorecard (estimates are acceptable, new businesses can provide forecasts, if you don’t have a policy – simply say no policy). Initially, we will make a judgement on the award to give but as we collect more data will create a more scientific approach to award levels.
Click here to download a PDF copy for reference
Click here to complete the scorecard and take part in the scheme

There is a small annual charge to join the scheme
Start Ups (under 12 months old) £10
Small Businesses (under 10 employees) £20
Medium Businesses (11 to 100 employees) £100
Large Businesses (over 100 employees) £200
Half the money will go to Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce and the other half to a new Social Enterprise which will develop resources and promote CSR. All Directors in both organisations are unpaid volunteers.
To make payment e mail
treasurer@bournemouthchamber.org.uk

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