We’re Community Action Network (CAN) a local charity that provides professional and practical support to the voluntary sector in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, as well as providing the local volunteering hub. We want to see communities healthy, diverse, vibrant and flourishing.

Welcome to our new website – while we’re developing, our old site bournemouthcvs.org.uk remains live.


Our (COVID-19) page tells you what services are on offer to support communities through this pandemic. Along with information about funding for voluntary organisations, plus our expert advice and guidance.

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Local Charity Shops begin to reopen!

We Empower the sector

We provide professional and practical support to organisations working in the local voluntary and community sector. We help them to become strong and independent, with good governance, and provide support when it’s needed so that organisations can evolve and adapt – and the sector can grow and thrive.


Author: Melissa Guest

We enable volunteering

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


Author: Phil Treble

We INVOLVE communities

The local 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 working within the sector and engage with other organisations such as the NHS and BCP Council on behalf of the sector.


Author: Melissa Guest

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Latest news


    Charity shops across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are now beginning to reopen their doors, and there’s never been a better time to support them. Read more

  • Community Action Network highlights the local support available to carers during carers week 2020

    Carers make an incredible difference to the lives of those they support, and Community Action Network (CAN) is joining with organisations around the country to say ‘thank you’ to these unsung heroes, and the organisations that support them, during National Carers Week (8-14 June). Read more

  • Community Action Network celebrates local volunteers

    Charities and voluntary organisations in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have been working in new and innovative ways to continue their support for the local community in recent months, and CAN is celebrating their incredible efforts during National Volunteers Week (1-7 June). Read more