CAN has a five-year mission to empower the voluntary sector, enable volunteering and involve communities. This is our ultimate purpose. It defines what we aim to achieve every day, through every decision we make.

Our vision is for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to be places where strong, healthy, diverse and vibrant communities flourish.

In order to empower the voluntary sector, we will:

  • Improve the quality and governance of the voluntary and community sector (VCS)
  • Support the quality and growth of VCS organisations
  • Sustain and develop can as a strong umbrella infrastructure organisation.

In order to enable volunteering, we will:

  • Champion the role of volunteering
  • Enable people to volunteer
  • Support organisations to promote, recruit, train, induct and provide ongoing support to volunteers.

In order to involve communities, we will:

  • Promote and champion the sector
  • Be the point of contact, reference and information for the sector locally
  • Enable effective involvement and co-design of services through meaningful community connection.

Read more about our mission and objectives in our 'Together We CAN' plan below:

Together We CAN Plan 2020-2025