Hello! we’re CAN

– the Community Action Network

We strengthen and champion Dorset’s voluntary and community sector

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

Building strong, healthy, diverse and thriving communities through Dorset’s voluntary and community sector

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

Members are at the heart of everything we do. Membership is free for charities, community groups or voluntary organisations working in Dorset.

Together we can make a difference

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Training and events

Carers Nights with EDAS

Carers Nights with EDAS

1 August, 20245:30 pm - 7:30 pmEDAS Learning Centre, 54a Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 9BN.

First Tuesday of Every month, EDAS host a Carer Support Evenings for adults who are affected by a loved ones mental health or addiction.

Community Heroes