Hello! we’re CAN

The Community Action Network

CAN exists to support organisations that are making a difference in the local community, whether they’re charities, small groups or voluntary organisations.

We cover the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and the Dorset Council areas

Our values underpin everything we do – we’re about

collaboration | compassion | inspiration | integrity | respect


We cover the BCP Council and the Dorset Council areas

We empower the sector

We provide professional and practical tools to help build and grow charities and community organisations through advice, guidance, high quality training and by facilitating collaboration.

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

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.

Become a CAN member

Our members are at the heart of everything we do. We offer free membership to any charity, community group or voluntary organisation working in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole …

Together we can make a difference

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Upcoming Training and Events

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Our Most Recent Community Heroes

The Chatterboxes

The Chatterboxes

Our theme for Community Heroes in the Spotlight this month is International Youth Day, 12th August. Our winners are The Chatterboxes.