Boost to local Charities and Community Groups in Dorset

Published on 20 July, 2022

Dorset Council have commissioned Community Action Network (CAN) to be the local VCS infrastructure charity, focused on empowering a strong and resilient voluntary and community sector.

CAN offer FREE bespoke support and advice through one-to-one sessions, along with training, webinars and their popular Meet the Funder series. Future topics include: Governance, Starting Up a Charity, Trustee Recruitment and much more.

If you’re a charity, voluntary group or community group looking for support and advice, CAN are here to help. Join today for free to access a treasure-trove of support and expertise, along with online guides and templates – all free to CAN members. Visit, drop us an email at or call us on 01202 466130

Meet Avril and Chris (pictured) who are heading up the team – they both bring extensive experience and knowledge to Dorset and look forward to connecting with everyone.

Avril Atkins, CAN’s Dorset VCS Development Lead, said “We’re delighted to be working alongside partners across Dorset to empower and enable a strong and thriving voluntary and community sector. We’re celebrating being around in one form or another for 50 years this year, so bring a wealth of knowledge, history and experience to support our brilliant voluntary and community sector.”

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