Joining as a full member

We know you’re passionate about helping people, but the work can be daunting. That’s why we offer free membership to any charity, community group or voluntary organisation working in Dorset.

Our full membership enables you to access:

  • expert information, one to one advice and training
  • expert funding advice
  • support with volunteer recruitment and management through our volunteer hub
  • signposting and support to access services
  • social action and professional networks to meet with, learn about and collaborate with our other members
  • local and national representation and advocacy
  • attend our AGM and seek election to our Board of Trustees, who set our strategic direction and give us accountability to the sector 

When you are starting out there’s a lot of things to think about, it takes time and it’s easy to get lost in the detail – you can forget why you are doing it.  CAN’s help has been invaluable.  From policies and procedures to day-to-day enquiries, having expert advice on hand has been a huge support to us.

Castleman Community Larder

Michelle, Volunteer Founder

As a full member we can also: 

  • Advertise your jobs on our website.  You just need to complete this form
  • Share updates about new projects or services. Celebrate your news in our ‘Around the Sector’ newsletter and press releases on our ‘In the news’ blog – email
  • Access our Membership Zone (only available to full members). On these pages you’ll find lots of advice and information on setting up and running a charity or community organisation, our funding toolkit and recruiting and supporting volunteers.
  • Advertise events and training. You just need to complete this form.
  • Use of our CAN Member logo – Details of how to obtain and use our member logo will be found in the Member Zone after you have joined

We’ve been around for over 50 years and have the experience, knowledge and skills to help your organisation grow and thrive. Let us work with you to create environments for community led empowerment by sharing our expertise, knowledge and facilities.

From influencing the development of local services to offering expert advice and support, we’re here to help.

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