We support organisations working in the local voluntary and community sector.

“CAN are an essential service to this community in BCP area. We would not be able to do such a wonderful job without them in place.”

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CAN membership

Our members are at the heart of everything we do. Membership is free.

Read: Setting up a new Group

Training & webinars

Find out about events, training and webinars taking place online and locally.

Read: Community networks


Share, collaborate and support the great work that’s happening.

Read: Places to meet - back soon (currently unavailable)

Looking after your volunteers

Advice on recruiting and managing volunteers, and practical tools to help.

Read: Funding and income

Funding & income

Helping you find and access the right funding for your work.

Read: Support for trustees

Support for trustees

Ensuring you are well run, effective and working in the best way possible.

Read: Equipment and resources

Equipment & resources

Use our networks to locate or re-home donations of equipment.

Read: Equipment and resources

Shining a light on VCS heroes

Local charities, large and small make amazing contributions to our area. 

Read: Setting up a new Group

Setting up a new group

Starting a new charity of voluntary group can be daunting, but we’re here to support you.

Read: Empowering CAN Dorset

Advertising training or events

We’d love to hear about what you’re doing and tell the sector about it.

Read: Running a group

VCS Involvement Partners

Communication and consultation to influence local decision-making.

Read: Setting up a new Group


Safeguarding is about trust, safety and being vigilant in identifying potential risks.

Our members’ views inform our work and plans

Last year, we enabled groups in BCP and wider Dorset to deliver essential work in their community and reduce health and care inequalities.

As a result of the feedback we’ll be:

  • helping groups better describe the positive outcomes of their work through training, advice and support
  • developing our Membership Zone to allow more self-service and provision of templates and tool kits
  • proactively contacting groups to check in on their progress.

Read the full report