Hello! we’re Community Action Network (CAN), a local infrastructure charity covering both the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset Council areas.

We’re member led by a board of volunteer trustees drawn predominantly from the local voluntary and community sector. Our Board provide our strategic direction and importantly accountability to the sector.

Our values underpin everything we do - we’re about

collaboration | compassion | inspiration | integrity | respect

We're here for everyone and want to see communities that are healthy, diverse, vibrant and flourishing. We do this through inspiring community and voluntary action by:

EMPOWERING the voluntary sector to survive and thrive, by providing expertise, support, development opportunities and training

ENABLINvolunteering through our Volunteering Hub, helping everyone to play an active role in their community

CONNECTING communities by championing and representing the VCS. We facilitate great local networking and encourage people to work together with and for the benefit of our communities


We are proud members of NAVCA, our national membership body, and hold their quality mark (seen as an exemplar holder), NCVO who unite to champion the remarkable role of charities and volunteers, and Dorset Chamber who support Dorset’s businesses and its economy by promoting excellence, driving growth and providing a voice for business.

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 CONNECT 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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