Creating conditions for community led empowerment

We are taking a lead role in:

  • Bringing together the voices of the voluntary and community sector
  • Engaging with thousands of voluntary and community groups
  • Building on existing networks and developing more where needed
  • Providing a voice and influence in public sector development at all stages and at all levels – whether strategic, place or neighbourhood
  • Having a voice at all levels within the Integrated Care System

BUT we need the help of our VCS colleagues to bring their expertise to the table.

We’re currently looking for sector specific representation on the following Boards/Meetings, can you help? Would you like to be involved? Read on…

  • Community Safety Partnership (BCP)
  • Children and Young People Partnership Board (BCP)
  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Strategy Group (pan-Dorset)
  • Safeguarding Adults Board (BCP)
  • SEND Improvement Board (BCP)

The voluntary and community sector plays a huge role locally in improving people’s lives and are well placed to understand and work with communities to empower positive change.

Ensuring the sector has a place at the table where discussions are held, and decisions are made, is vital as it informs and positively influences how local public services are developed and delivered.

‘Representing the voluntary sector’ is asked of local charities who find themselves at meetings with public sector colleagues. This can often be difficult and unrepresentative. CAN has co-designed a more inclusive and joined up way of representation that supports the individual, their organisation and the wider community to better enable effective collaboration, engagement and co-design.

It is our role to create a climate for community led empowerment – CAN can’t and don’t want to ‘represent’ the sector at every Board and meeting. There are other local charities and community groups that are much better placed to do this with our support and advocacy, to ensure they fulfil their role and have a mechanism to gather and share vital insights.

Where there is a call for ‘VCS representation’ - we will share these opportunities to sit on Boards/meetings and will ask local VCS organisations to put forward a representative we are calling a VCS Involvement Partner.

CAN will work with both the Board and the VCS Involvement Partner to ensure all are clear on roles, responsibilities, governance and how insights will be gathered and shared. The VCS Involvement Partner will be accountable to and elected by CAN members and will enable the VCS to inform, influence and partner in the development and delivery of public services.

They will be fully supported by CAN and have access to our support, expertise and advocacy – along with our extensive contacts. Enabling easy dissemination of information and the use of CAN Networks and Leaders exCHANGE ensuring they are well informed.

CAN currently support VCS representation on a wide range of strategic boards including:

  • Dorset ICS VCSE alliance co-design group (pan-Dorset) (short term group)
  • European Structural Investment Funds Sub-Committee (pan-Dorset)
  • Health and Wellbeing Board (BCP)
  • Local Resilience Forum (pan-Dorset)
  • Vibrant Communities Partnership Board (BCP)
  • Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (Southwest)
We are looking for our colleagues with sector specific knowledge and expertise to join these Boards:

Community Safety Partnership (BCP) – we are looking for someone to join the Executive Board and one person for each of the following groups:

The Strategic Group which is responsible for developing partnership strategies to ensure the most effective use of partnership resources, focusing on:

  • Intelligence and data development
  • Community engagement
  • Explore partnership commissioning opportunities
  • Training

 The Partnership Group which is responsible for coordinating partnerships to protect the community and prevent offending, focusing on:

  • Outreach and diversionary activity
  • Behaviour Change programmes
  • Community Resilience
  • Business Engagement – safe havens

Children and Young People Partnership Board (BCP)

Coming together to give our children the best start in life

  • Work with families and communities to give our children the best start in life
  • create and environment to enable access to high quality education for all
  • be aspirational for our children in care
  • support parents and guardians to care for their children well

Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Strategy Group (pan-Dorset)

Working together to reduce the incidence of domestic abuse in Dorset and increase the safety of those experiencing domestic abuse:

  • PREVENT Preventing Domestic Abuse (including Stalking & Harassment, HBA and FM). Educating and challenging attitudes.
  • PROTECT Safeguarding Victims, affected children and Vulnerable Adults.
  • PURSUE Enforcement through the Criminal Justice and Civil system and prevent re-offending.
  • PREPARE Maintain a performance framework that informs a prioritised approach to dealing with Domestic Abuse in all its forms.

Safeguarding Adults Board (BCP)

The Safeguarding Adults Board works with other Boards to improve the safety of residents, such as the BCP Learning Disability Partnership, BCP Community Safety Partnership and Pan Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership.

SEND Improvement Board (BCP)

BCP Council and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are committed to working in partnership with children, young people, parents, carers and the relevant agencies to radically improve support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.


There is a bursary of £200 per year for each VCS Involvement Lead to support expenses.

Find out more

If you would like to know more or become a VCS Involvement Partner please contact our Partnerships Manager, Emma on 07966 742941 or email her [email protected] with a completed nomination form. 

Role description Nomination form

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