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 trustees drawn predominantly from the local voluntary and community sector.

Our values underpin everything we do - we’re about

collaboration | compassion | inspiration | integrity | respect

We 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 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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  • FREE movement and wellbeing workshop for 12 – 18 year olds offered by Helping Young Minds

    The Butterfly Mind workshop will consist of fun sessions combining dance and movement as well as talking and other creative tasks to help explore how attendees can regulate their emotions and better understand their own mental and physical wellness. Read more

  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee Community Street Party

    An opportunity for the local community to come together to honour the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate this momentous occasion. Organised for the community by members from Westbourne Rotary in co-operation with Lollipops Café. Read more

  • Meet the Funder - Communities Against Cancer (Free Webinar)

    Claire Vincent (Action Hampshire) outlines the Communities Against Cancer project and associated grant opportunities. Read more