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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Latest news

  • LGBT+ and LGBTQ Census - not too late

    CAN are proudly supporting the work of the LGB&T Dorset Equality Network, a CAN member, on maximizing LGBTQ+ participation on the Census 2021. Working closely with the community and census, locally and nationally. Read more


    On International Volunteers Day, Karen Loftus, chief executive of Community Action Network, looks at how partnership working has proved essential in responding to the pandemic. Read more

  • Citizens Advice Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole - EU Settlement Scheme

    Citizens Advice BCP is keen to reach more people, particularly those who may be unaware that they need to apply to the scheme. There are many local residents who have lived in the UK for more than 30 years, but still need to apply to the scheme. You Read more

Latest events

  • Home First VCSE Focus Groups

    Help us shape the future of VCSE and Statutory Service collaboration to keep people safe and well at home for longer. Read more