Hello! we’re Community Action Network (CAN), a local infrastructure charity.

We want to see communities that are healthy, diverse, vibrant and flourishing. We work in partnership to make that happen through EMPOWERING the voluntary sector to survive and thrive, by providing expertise, support, development opportunities and training. We ENABLE volunteering through our Volunteering Hub, helping everyone to play an active role in their community, and we INVOLVE communities by helping to create conditions where everyone’s voice is valued and heard by facilitating great local networking and communication.

We are proud members of NAVCA, our national membership body, and hold their quality mark (seen as an exemplar holder), and NCVO who unite to champion the remarkable role of charities and volunteers.

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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  • Individual Giving - FREE Event

    Marie and Sara of Pandolfo Funding Assist will lead this FREE webinar covering: Understanding individual giving, Donor recruitment, Donor development. Read more

  • Corporate Giving - FREE Event

    Marie and Sara of Pandolfo Funding Assist will lead this FREE webinar covering: Understanding, Planning, Maintaining relationships and evaluating impact, Major pitfalls and drawbacks. Read more

  • MEET THE FUNDER WEBINAR – The Henry Smith Charity - FREE Event

    CAN is working in partnership with local and national organisations to give you the opportunity to hear first-hand how you could generate income for your group. These free, live online sessions will be followed by a Q&A. Read more