We are a Registered Charity, providing free, confidential and independent information about almost anything.
Our clients' most common problems generally relate to benefits, employment, debt, housing, consumer affairs and family relationships. We operate from our main offices in Wimborne and Ferndown. We also have outreach centres at Verwood and Cranborne, at the Tricketts Cross estate and the Leigh Park estate.
Our current news items are summarised below. To move through the other pages of the web-site, click on the section you require in the left hand column.
If you would like to support the East Dorset Citizens Advice Bureau in any way, please click on Friends of EDCAB.
If you wish to complain about any of our services, please visit our complaints page.
EDCAB ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING, 2016
Please join us at our Annual Public Meeting for 2016
7:30 pm on Thursday, 3 November
St Leonards & St Ives Village Hall,
St Leonards. BH24 2PH.
EDCAB ANNUAL REVIEW, 2015-2016
Our Annual Review for 2015-2016, presented at our Annual Public Meeting in November 2016, is available for you to download and read here, along with previous years' reports.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME
The Dorset Citizens Advice Social Policy Campaign Group became aware that the lack of suitable, reasonably priced housing was being raised regularly by clients. Making up the shortfall is a problem for both working and non working households. Many are now being affected by the “under occupancy charge” commonly known as the “bedroom tax”.
We looked at how people can access housing within their means which meets their needs. Our findings can be downloaded here, and make dismal reading (PDF reader required). Let us know if you are affected, and please give us any ideas on how we can work with local MPs and Councillors
NEW ONLINE BENEFIT CLAIM FORMS AT DORSETFORYOU
East Dorset, North Dorset or Christchurch District Councils have published new claim forms.If you need to claim, or reclaim, Housing benefit or Council Tax Support, or Discretionary Housing Payments, there are new Claim Forms on line at: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/401854
FREE! Job Support Service at EDCAB
Are you unemployed and looking for work?
Do you need to make a good impression?
Would you like some help to improve your chances of success?
We can assist you with:
- How to go about looking for work
- Improving your CV, cover letter & job applications
- Preparing for an interview
- How to approach a job/career change
- Using a PC to enhance your job search activities
- Help if you have low/no computer skills
Why not book a one hour appointment to discuss your work situation and find out how we can help you?
Call 01202 893838 (for Ferndown office) or 01202 884738 (for Wimborne office) or Click to Email Us
NOTE: The Job Support Service is only for job seekers. If you would like advice on employment disputes or employment law, please ring the main Dorset CAB AdviceLine on 0344 245 1291 in the first instance
FRIENDS OF EAST DORSET CAB
Forthcoming Events 2015
Visit our Friends' Activities page here for details of past events.
Grants For School Uniforms
Do you know how to get a grant towards the cost of your children's school uniforms?.
Do you know if you are eligible to claim grants your children's school uniforms?
Click here to learn more, or to tell us about your experiences.
Improved Self-Help Debt Kit
We have revised and updated our Self-Help Debt Kit. It is now simpler to follow, while providing a comprehensive set of downloadable templates that will help you to understand your situation and to negotiate with your creditors.
©2015 East Dorset Citizens Advice Bureaux
East Dorset Citizens Advice Bureaux is a Company Limited by guarantee
Registered No. 2618707 England.
Charity Registration No. 1003456
Registered Address: Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 1AS.
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