We provide professional and practical support to organisations working in the local voluntary and community sector.


100% of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole groups satisfied with the individual advice and support they receive from CAN.

“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.”

Your views and feedback inform our work and plans.

Last year we provided expert support to 132 groups on a one-to-one basis in the BCP area – enabling them to deliver essential work in their community and reduce health and care inequalities. We regularly check in with groups to make sure we’re on track with the support we deliver.

  • 97% were very satisfied and 3% satisfied with our service
  • 97% would recommend our service to friends or colleagues
  • 91%-100% said the work improved their governance, management, quality, sustainability and growth

The most common areas of advice and support were:

  • general management and governance (36%)
  • constitutions/setting up (32%)

These are impressive numbers and thanks goes to Steve Place our Senior Advisor for his continued hard work. But we’re always striving to do more. As a result of your feedback we’ll be:

  • helping groups better describe the benefits and positive outcomes of their work, through a series of training, advice and support
  • further developing our Membership Zone to allow more self-sevice and provision of more templates and tool kits
  • proactively cotacting groups post our support to check in on their progress

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Click below to find out more about how we can support and advise you.

Win on Waste

CAN membership

Our members are at the heart of everything we do, ensuring we are accountable to and representative of the voluntary and community sector

Read: Setting up a new Group

Training and webinars

Find out what events, training and webinars are taking place online and locally …

Read: Community networks


Bringing the sector together to share, collaborate and support the great work that’s happening, at our free network events …

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

Recruiting and managing volunteers

We can provide advice on managing volunteers, and practical tools such as example policies and procedures to help you out …

Read: Funding and income

Funding and income

We understand that finding the money to continue your work and realise your dreams for future growth can be difficult …

Read: Support for trustees

Support for trustees

Trustees play a vital role in ensuring charities and voluntary groups are well run, effective and working in the best way possible …

Read: Equipment and resources

Equipment and resources

We can use our extensive voluntary sector networks to redistribute and re-home donations of good condition second-hand equipment …

Read: Equipment and resources

Community Heroes in the Spotlight

Local charities, large and small make a phenomenal contribution to our area. CAN are here to champion and support them …

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

Do you have a training opportunity or are you hosting an event? If so, we’d love to hear about what you’re doing and tell everyone what’s going on …

Read: Running a group

Get a VCS Involvement Partner

Through VCS Involvement Partners, we are able to coordinate communication and consult where evidence is required to support local decision making …