Gillingham Job Club (Dorset)

Benefits/Housing /Advice and Support Groups

GOV.UK  The main Government web site. Information about Benefits, Employment, Housing, Travel, Disability and many other things.

Citizens Advice Bureau website hold an incredible amount of information and advice about everything you could think of, but in particular for Job Seekers, how Universal Credit will affect you and advice on employment/redundancy, signing-on for the first time (JSA, Job Seeker's Allowance), housing, debt, benefits and tax credits. Visit:         Ask a Job Club volunteer to help you.

Debt Advice

For advice on your entitlement to Benefits and Tax Credits (Working Tax Credits) whilst in work, employed or self-employed, to to

Housing Advicevisit

For advice regarding the changes to Incapacity Benefit



The Toby Project, Shaftesbury

Advice, information, guidance and support for young people.  

Homeless, alcohol/drug addiction/Job Seekers Allowance.

Contact:  Rose Dawson 01747 850860

Although the service is essentially for those aged 12 - 25 years, help is offered to others in need where possible.  Specific help for homeless:  Housing is first priority and registration can be achieved via  a form available from  This needs NI number and birth certificate. 

Making a Claim for Job Seekers Allowance can be done by telephone 0800 055 6688 



The Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham Dorset SP8 4QR. Open from 9.00-13.00 Monday to Friday.

For help and advice with housing and benefitsTel: 01747 823588 or email:

Spectrum Housing – Paul West – every Friday morning at the Town Hall to meet Spectrum

residents by appointment

First Point - every Tuesday morning (see below)

Dorset First Point

Wareham, Weymouth, Wimborne, Portland, North Dorset, Christchurch, West Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset

“First Point Dorset gave me hope when I had none.” – John, service user

Feeling secure and stable in your home is your right. If you’re at risk of losing that security, through financial problems or legal dispute, you shouldn’t have to face that alone.

This is why First Point exists. We are a homelessness prevention service providing housing related support across the county of Dorset. If you live in the area, aged 16-65 and are facing housing problems, we’ll do everything we can to help you back on your feet and onto the right path to a stable future in your home.

Can-do and Person Centred

Because no two people or problems are the same we tailor bespoke support plans for everyone we work with. We can offer practical help with:

  • Rent arrears
  • Benefit claims (including support with appeals)
  • Budgeting and household debts
  • Advocacy with landlords or other agencies.
  • Moving on from hospital, supported housing, or other accommodation to somewhere more appropriate to your needs

Our friendly, professional staff work in West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, Purbeck, North Dorset, East Dorset and Christchurch.  We also offer a drop in service in various locations across the county. Call our Dorchester office on 01305 216230 for details.

We’re Here to Help

To see what we can do for you, give us a call on the number below or send us an email with your name and contact details and we’ll arrange for someone to get in touch.

You can be referred  to us by another agency if you have one working with you, or get in contact directly by completing our YOU First Point referral form (agencies) or a Self-referral form  and returning to us by email, fax or post.

Contact us

by phone: 01305 216230
by email:
by fax: 01305 267525