Over 25yrs and Out Of Work? UCan Get Wise

WiseAbility’s Better Building Opportunities (BBO)  is a programme which supports organisations through local projects to tackle the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving employment growth opportunities. It aims to help the most disadvantaged in our community.

The five key areas of Building Better Opportunities are:

  • Help the most disadvantaged
  • Tackle social exclusion
  • Be focused on the capabilities of each individual
  • Lead to better coordinated services
  • Create new opportunities for work.

If you are in touch with anyone living in Dorset, over the age of 25 that is not in any form of paid work. They can get 1:1 free support towards education, training and employment goals.
Please contact to discuss this: email: info@wiseability.co.uk or telephone: 0300 303 3737

WISE Ability Services is the lead partner of the Building Better Opportunities Grant in Dorset. Visit their website for more information HERE

UCanThe UCan Project is for people in the Dorset area, aged 25 and over who are unemployed or economically inactive. They have a caring and supportive team who will listen to your needs and offer specific and tailored information, advice and guidance. They can help and support you to achieve your learning, training and employment goals. They understand every situation is different, and so they will take the time to get to know you as an individual.

Call 0300 303 3737 for more information.

The UCan project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund through the Big Lottery Fund.



Local Employment: Cafe Supervisor at Cilla & Camilla, Beaminster

Cilla and Camilla in Beaminster are in need of a new Cafe Supervisor as their current person is moving on after five happy years there.
Duties include:
  • Ordering and maintaining supplies
  • Overseeing a small team
  • Taking responsibility for Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Ensuring an excellent level of customer service to cafe customers
Experience in hospitality and catering would be a distinct advantage, as would a flexible and positive approach to work.
They offer:
  • a competitive salary
  • 5.6 weeks holiday pay per annum
  • a generous staff discount scheme
  • a generally pleasant and friendly working environment.
Applications by email only, to richard@dorsetretail.co.uk attaching your CV and a covering letter.

Young Researchers & Inspectors 12-19 years Wanted

Dorset Young Researchers are appealing to those aged between 14rs and 19yrs (as of October 2020) to join them. They are a group of young people leading youth-led research projects across Dorset. They gain valuable skills in team work, research and communication.
Young Researchers are trained to find out other young people’s lived experiences, perceptions and insights across Dorset. The result? Young Researchers co-produce solutions with decision makers, working together to improve services for young people.

If you are aged between 14 and 19 and live or study in Dorset they would love for you to be part of our Young Researcher team!

Make new friends, develop research and life skills and learn how to use data to improve services for young people across Dorset!

3 ways to join Dorset Young Researchers:

  • text ‘I’m in DYR + name + date of birth + postcode‘ to: 07841 015813
  • email: dorset@participationpeople.com for an application form.
  • follow them on social media @DCYouthVoice and ask for more info

Or perhaps you’d prefer to be an Inspector?

Dorset Young Inspectors are young people inspecting and scrutinising young people’s services across Dorset. Young Inspectors find out what’s working, what’s not and where the gaps are for services young people use across Dorset. They:

  • mystery shop
  • interview staff
  • inspect buildings

Finally they work with decision makers to find solutions, making things better for young people long-term.

If you are aged between 12 and 18 and live or study in Dorset, we would love for you to be part of our Young Inspector team!

Make new friends, develop life skills and learn how to ask the tough questions and find answers!

3 ways to join Dorset Young Inspectors:

  • text ‘I’m in DYI + name + date of birth + postcode‘ to 07841 015813
  • email dorset@participationpeople.com for an application form
  • follow them on social media @DCYouthVoice and ask for more info


Big Butterfly Count Is Down 34% In 2020

This year’s Big Butterfly Count took place between 17th July – 9th August 2020. In all, during this year’s Big Butterfly Count, over 1.4 million butterflies were counted across the UK.

Worryingly this summer’s Count has seen a reduction in the average number of butterflies logged per count of -34% in comparison with 2019 and the lowest average number of butterflies logged overall since the event began eleven years ago. Encouragingly, 2020 also saw the highest number of butterfly sightings ever submitted by the general public with 111,628 participants submitting a record-breaking 145,249 counts this year, an increase of 25% on 2019.

Read the full report and how you can continue to help them HERE.

Butterflies and moths are incredibly valuable indicators of the health of our environment. Their declines show not only the effects of human behaviour on the world around us but also the changing patterns of our weather. As well as being important and beautiful creatures in themselves, they play key roles in the ecosystems of birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants as food, population controllers and pollinators. Their conservation is vitally important.

Add your sightings all year round – get their app HERE.


Mobile Covid-19 Testing Unit At West Bay Tomorrow

The mobile Covid-19 testing unit will be at West Bay, Bridport on the following dates: 
  • Wednesday 30th Sep
  • Thursday 1st Oct
  • Mon 5th Oct
  • Wed 7th Oct
It will also be at Dorchester on:
  • Sat 3rd Oct
  • Sun 4th Oct
  • Thurs 8th Oct
To book a test please visit: HERE
If you are having issues with booking a slot the advice is to keep trying as appointments as slots are opened through the day.

You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:

  • you have a high temperature
  • you have a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
  • you’ve been told to have a test before you go into hospital and you live in England
  • you’ve been asked to by a local authority
  • you’re taking part in a government pilot project

You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.


1st Broadwindsor Rainbows & Guides Feature In The Times Newspaper


Be Alert To Suspicious Behaviour

There have been at least three episodes of suspicious behaviour in our area recently.  The theft at Broadwindsor Cricket club, Thorncombe reported two men and a van allegedly enquiring about garden work but looking into sheds and a resident in the Seaborough area was alerted to movement on their driveway at 2.30am last Thursday, a security light came on and footsteps were heard on their gravel. After opening their door, two people were seen to run to a car which then drove off.

According to new research from home security retailer safe.co.uk, only one in five invest in CCTV and, despite the increased sophistication and methods used by burglars, just 13% boost their defences with smart security devices and cameras.  Currently, only 41% of people use a safe to protect important documents, money, jewellery, or keys. A worrying one in five respondents still leave their car keys on display in a porch or hallway by the front door. A surprising 14% even hang them on a keyring in the front door lock at night.

Dorset PoliceDorset Police ask you to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to them on 101, or online at Dorset.Police.uk.
If you believe a crime is in progress, please call 999.

Stay Safe!


Local Employment: Midday Supervisor At Mountjoy School

Mountjoy School in Beaminster is seeking to appoint a caring and reliable midday supervisor to join their experienced and friendly team.

Working hours will be 12.00 – 1.30 pm, Monday to Friday, term-time only.

Mountjoy School caters for pupils aged 2-19 years who may have severe, complex, profound and multiple learning difficulties or autism.  Whilst challenging, their work is immensely rewarding and all staff are supported in their professional development.

Job Reference: REC/20/01275 – School Support Staff

Salary details
Grade 2 + 2 LMI (SCP 1-3) £9.25 to £9.62 hourly rate*
Job term
Permenant, part time, Term time only
Sarah Case: s.case@mountjoy.dorset.sch.uk or by telephone: 01308 861155
Closing Date
04 October 2020

Please apply using the online facility HERE. CVs or letters of application will not be accepted.

Mountjoy School values the diversity of their workforce and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Mountjoy School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; this is a commitment which they expect all staff and volunteers to share.  The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines.

*The pro rata salary shown is based on the number of hours and weeks worked and paid annual leave entitlement for an employee under 5 years’ service.


Could You Become A Fireman?

Many children say they want to be a fireman when they grow up and a brave few grow up to be just that.  Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service are recruiting.

You will be able to register your interest and start your application from 10am on Monday 5 October 2020.  All applications must be completed before the closing date of midnight on Friday 9 October 2020.

Due to the high volumes of application, the process will be managed online and supported by email only and you will be given clear instructions, and how to access support if needed, at each stage.

What GCSE’s/Qualifications do you need?

You do not need to have any GCSEs or Qualifications in order to apply to this process. They will be assessing candidates through the online ability test process that they have put in place.

Do you have these characteristics?

  • Are you a role model that leads by example?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Want to work within your community and make a difference?
  • Looking for a challenging and rewarding career?
  • Respect for diversity, with a fair and ethical approach?
  • Do you have physical and mental strength?
  • Are you calm under pressure with the ability to work outside your comfort zone?
  • Can you stay focused and achieve a goal under stressful emergency situations?
  • Do you have the drive, ability and initiative to make a positive personal impact?
  • Are you able to work at height and in dark confined spaces?

At the initial stage of the recruitment process, they ask you to sit online tests. These include Situational Judgment Test and a Behavioral Style Questionnaire (Clicking the link will download the pdf document to your device.) and Fire Service Ability Tests in verbal, numerical and mechanical reasoning. These will be completed online at home.

Here is an idea of what to expect in the tests:

The test comprises 12 questions and you will have 9 minutes to answer them to the best of your ability.
You will be presented with passages of information and four statements about that passage. For each of the four statements you must select one of the following answers:

1) True (the statement is definitely true based solely on the information contained in the passage)

2) False (the statement is definitely false based solely on the information contained in the passage)

3) Cannot Say (it cannot be determined whether the statement is true or false without further information)

This test does not count towards your real assessment in any way, it is purely for the purpose of candidate preparation. This example test is shorter than the real FRS Verbal Reasoning test which comprises 20 questions and has a maximum time limit of 15 minutes.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and RescueThey recommend that their assessments are completed on either a desktop or laptop computer.   It is not recommended to complete the assessments using a tablet or mobile device.

  • Click HERE and confirm you are over 16yrs of age and view the example English (Verbal) test.
  • Click HERE and confirm you are over 16yrs of age and view the example Numerical test.
  • Click HERE and confirm you are over 16yrs of age and view the example Mechanical Reasoning test.
  • Click HERE for their Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Click HERE for more information on their Recruitment Process and to register online.


Young Dog Dies of Blue Algae Poisoning in River Yeo

Just next door in Somerset, this beautiful dog, Fern sadly lost her young life last night due to Blue Algae poisoning from the river Yeo. Fern was swimming in the weir at Mudford, Yeovil.

Naturally, the family are devastated. They have shared her photograph and want to highlight the incident and remind all dog owners to please “be aware that this awful deadly algae can kill your much loved family pet within minutes.  Please tell anyone who may be walking their dogs along this river“.

Broadwindsor.org published a post at the beginning of August 2020 highlighting the dangers and symptoms of Blue Algae Poisoning. Read the full article HERE.

If you become aware of a location with Blue Green Algaeplease report it to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.
They will be able to test the water and put a sign up to warn other people if blue-green algae is found. It’s better to be safe than sorry so if you’re worried, please report it.