Published: July 16, 2020 | Updated: July 16, 2020

Biz News update with Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, Micro Nav & East Dorset Citizens Advice

Alison Dean, Director of Finance and Operations, Lewis-Manning Hospice Care.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Alison set to be “real asset” at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

Alison Dean has joined Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as Director of Finance and Operations.

She brings with her a wealth of experience in operations across a variety of sectors, including investment management and IT.

Clare Gallie, CEO at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care said, “We are delighted to welcome Alison on board, particularly at this time when we are about to move to our lovely new premises at Longfleet House in Poole.

“With Alison’s background knowledge of the charity, as well as being part of the committee dedicated to organising the planning and designing of the work we had done at Longfleet House, she is the ideal addition to the team and has come in and hit the ground running.

“She will be a real asset to the charity and we are grateful to have her expertise on board to help drive the hospice forward with our new Closer to Home strategy.

Alison said: “I am very much looking forward to my new role and excited to be working with such an enthusiastic hospice team.

“I am very aware of the excellent work that Lewis-Manning Hospice Care carry out in local communities across East Dorset and Purbeck as I have been a trustee of the charity for the last year.

“I have now resigned from this role and am very happy to become a permanent staff member.

“As you can imagine, with new premises to be moved into it will be an extremely busy time for us all and I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity helping people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Poole, Purbeck, East Dorset.

Its free hospice care services include:

  • Day hospice
  • Creative arts & wellbeing support
  • Lymphoedema clinic
  • Better breathing clinic


UK aviation supported with free ATC simulator 

A Dorset-based developer and supplier of Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulators to airports, military organisations and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) worldwide is doing its bit to get the UK aviation industry back on its feet.

Micro Nav is making its ATC radar and tower simulator available free of charge to UK airports and ANSPs.

Air traffic dropped to an historic low across the world due to the impact of Covid-19.

It resulted in a number of challenges for the industry, including provision of training for operational and trainee air traffic controllers.

Micro Nav is making its ATC simulator available as a cloud-based tool for free to UK airports and ANSPs, to allow them to start or continue air traffic controller training in a safe, simulated environment with pre-Covid-19 traffic levels.

Being cloud-based, the simulator can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, allowing training to be conducted without the need for instructor and student to be in the same place, allowing for easier social distancing.

To further complement the use of simulation in training, Global ATS, a UK-based CAA approved training provider, is offering remote pseudo pilot services in conjunction with Micro Nav’s simulator.

Greg Pile, Managing Director, Micro Nav, pictured left, said: “Our vision is to make a positive difference to the world through simulation.

“This has never been so appropriate as during these times, and we are therefore delighted to offer our ATC simulation platform, trusted by our customers for over 30 years, in support of our industry’s recovery.”


East Dorset Citizens Advice to provide specialist mental health support

East Dorset Citizens Advice (EDCA) is to offer mental health advice as a result of the increase in demand for specialist support.

Following the award of a grant from the Talbot Village Trust, EDCA will recruit general volunteer advisers and train existing advisers.

They will be responsible for helping people who are suffering from mental health issues resulting directly from the pandemic.

It includes providing specialist advice in areas of mental health, domestic abuse and family breakdown.

EDCA has seen an increase in demand for its services since lockdown.

It includes clients experiencing a multiple set of problems which can have a negative effect on their mental health and well-being.

Mandi Douglas, Project Lead, East Dorset Citizens Advice, pictured left, said: “It is more important than ever to be able to provide this support as we have seen how Covid-19 has impacted people’s mental health.

“Not only for people who are experiencing issues for the first time, but also for others who have existing issues.”

The advisers will work remotely and support those seeking help through telephone or an online chatroom.

If you would like to volunteer for EDCA, please email for more information.

No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn as full training will be given.

Mandi added: “We are an independent charity and rely upon grants, donations and fundraising to fund our service so we can help the residents of East Dorset.

“If you are able to donate, please visit our website where you can donate online.”

East Dorset Citizens Advice can be contacted on 01202 884738, or click here for more information.