Hello! we’re CAN

The Community Action Network

We want to ensure local communities are strong, healthy, diverse and thriving.

CAN supports volunteering across Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, and wider Dorset with our colleagues at Volunteer Centre Dorset.

Our values underpin everything we do – Our mission is to EMPOWERENABLE and CONNECT communities. This is our ultimate purpose. It defines what we aim to achieve every day, through every decision we make.

EMPOWER I ENABLE I CONNECT

CAN supports volunteering across Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, and wider Dorset with our colleagues at Volunteer Centre Dorset.

We empower the sector

We provide professional and practical tools to help build and grow charities and community organisations through advice, guidance, high quality training and by facilitating collaboration.

We enable volunteering

We support and champion volunteers to promote the incredible value of volunteering. We also provide a platform for promoting volunteering opportunities and sharing good practice – our Volunteering Hub

We connect communities

The voluntary sector makes an amazing difference to the local community, and we believe it deserves a bigger voice. We provide a network for connecting organisations and speak up on behalf of our sector.

Become a CAN member

Our members are at the heart of everything we do. We offer free membership to any charity, community group or voluntary organisation working in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole …

Together we can make a difference

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Our Most Recent Community Heroes

Wired Therapy

Wired Therapy

Wired Therapy support the mental health and wellbeing of young people across Dorset through a creative, youth centred approach.

ASCape

ASCape

ASCape make a difference to neurodivergent children and young people by providing a range of accessible social activities led by the children’s own needs and interests.  This includes access to the first specific after-school provision for Autistic children in the West Dorset area.

Sex With A Difference

Sex With A Difference

SWAD enable disabled people, their partners, and carers, to access services relating to intimacy and sexuality, which includes sexual and reproductive healthcare.