Dorset VCS Assembly

Dorset VCS Assembly

CAN was instrumental in co-designing the Dorset Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA) and recruiting the Governance board. We were central to the operating model. In August 2023, the Governance Board changed the operating model, meaning we were no longer...
Celebrations for National Windrush Day and Refugee Week UK

Celebrations for National Windrush Day and Refugee Week UK

During Refugee week, BEAF Arts Pavilion activities included cyanotype printing as part of the Seeking Refuge Project and tile decorating for the Dignity Centre. The ‘Journeys of Resilience Exhibition’ was on display, which included work produced by African artists and...
CAN Annual Report 2023/2024 Highlights

CAN Annual Report 2023/2024 Highlights

From Karen Loftus – Chief Executive I’m proud to lead a local infrastructure charity that champions Dorset’s amazing charities and community groups. It never ceases to amaze me the great work they do, often as volunteers and often unsung. This is what drives us to do...
Working Together for Community Wellbeing: The Wellbeing Volunteers  

Jen and Mervyn – Wellbeing buddy story

Mervyn was referred to the Wellbeing Collaborative after having stem cell treatment for cancer. He was struggling with low energy and anxiety but was otherwise managing at home with his daily household tasks. Whilst Mervyn had lots of support and advice on his cancer...
Access Wellbeing (AW) updates

Access Wellbeing (AW) updates

Interim Head of Access Wellbeing appointment Amy Maloney is the Interim Head of Access Wellbeing and will serve as the primary point of contact for any enquiries. She has been an invaluable member of the BCHA team for the past three years, initially serving as the...
Park Ranger work experience programme launched

Park Ranger work experience programme launched

Work Experience Park Rangers can attend training sessions in various parks across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, covering a different skill each time. After attending at least 6 sessions they will be invited to visit, for free, some of our finest natural spaces...
Holt Recruitment raise £7k for Home-Start Wessex

Holt Recruitment raise £7k for Home-Start Wessex

Based in Bournemouth, Holt Recruitment took on an epic fundraising challenge this May. Using Bournemouth zigzags, they decided to scale Mouth Everest in a day, walking 8,849 metres to the ‘summit’, in aid of Home-Start Wessex. This charity does incredible work to...
Options Wellbeing Trust

Options Wellbeing Trust

Options Wellbeing Trust support individuals and groups of people with their emotional and mental health. They provide accessible counselling and therapy services for a range of challenges and difficulties, such as anxiety, stress, panic, grief, loss, life-changing...