Holocaust Memorial Day comes to DorchesterThe South West Dorset Multi-Cultural Network, supported by Dorset Council and Dorchester Town Council is hosting its annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) tomorrow to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.The free event is being held at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester on 24 January from 12.30pm -1.30pm and is open to everyone.The theme for HMD 2020 is ‘Stand Together’. The anniversary represents a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by the dwindling number of survivors who are able to share their testimony. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia.Gillian Walnes Perry, the honorary Vice-President of the Anne Frank Trust is guest speaker and pupils from Sunninghill Preparatory School will share poetry they’ve been inspired to write having learnt about the Holocaust and genocide.The event will conclude with a lighting of candles, and a minute’s silence. Free refreshments will be served afterwards.The Corn Exchange will open from 11am to allow time to view exhibits before the event starts at 12.30.
Give your views on future funding for voluntary organisationsWe are looking for your thoughts on how to financially support the voluntary community sector beyond March 2021. A total of £1.9 million has been invested this year by all six predecessor councils in the Dorset Council area. Grants were given to a cross section of topics including advice, museums, heritage, community, leisure, arts, culture and environment.We want to hear from the organisations themselves, the people that use them and also other Dorset residents to ensure grants are fairly distributed across the county.We have already written to current grant recipients explaining what we are doing. Their funding has been extended for another year, giving us time to review and put in place a supportive grant system from April 2021.
Get help to claim Universal Credit where credit is due A specially trained 'digital dozen' team of volunteers are ready to help you claim Universal Credit and manage your claims online.The volunteers are part of a group of over 75 Digital Champions who help and support people in the local community to use the internet and gain online skills.Around 21per cent of people are not confident using the internet - that's around 150,000 people across Dorset. And 70,000 of these have never been online. All Universal Credit claims and most job applications are now online, and Digital Champions can help you.Tell your friends and family if you think they would be interested. You can book a place on 01305 221048 or visit your local library to arrange. Digital Champions are based in: •Beaminster•Cerne Abbas•Dorchester•Gillingham•Shaftesbury •Verwood•Weymouth•Wimborne