National Volunteers' Week celebrates the brilliant role of volunteers. Now more than ever we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that gives their time.

Please join us on Thursday at 8pm as we #CheerForTheVolunteers

BCP Council Leader Vikki Slade, said: “Virtually everyone has been a volunteer at some stage or been helped out themselves by a big hearted individual, so we want everyone to come out in support next Thursday. Give a cheer, bang a saucepan and make some extra noise! Let’s celebrate the wonderful and generous spirited communities that exist out there including our own #TogetherWeCan campaign as none of us would be without them. Please join me and thousands of others and come out to share our support for our amazing volunteers.”

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 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.

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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