We’re Community Action Network (CAN), a charity that provides professional and practical support to the voluntary sector in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. We want to see communities that are healthy, diverse, vibrant and flourishing. We cover the BCP Council area, if you are looking for support in the Dorset Council area please contact Dorset Community Action, and for volunteering Volunteer Centre Dorset.

If you're looking for information or support during the coronavirus pandemic, our COVID-19 page tells you what services are on offer locally, along with information about funding for voluntary organisations, plus expert advice and guidance.

We empower the sector

We provide professional and practical advice to help build and grow charities and community organisations. Help on offer: One to one expert advice and guidance; High quality training; Help for organisations work collaboratively and share resources.


Author: Karen Hollocks

We enable volunteering

We support and champion volunteers to promote the incredible value of volunteering, We also provide a platform for promoting volunteering opportunities and sharing good practice – our volunteering hub.


Author: Phil Treble

We INVOLVE communities

The voluntary sector makes an amazing difference to the local community, and we believe it deserves a bigger voice. We provide a network for connecting organisations and speak up on behalf of our sector.


Author: Melissa Guest

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