Community Action Network (CAN) was formed in 2019 from the merger of Poole Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and Bournemouth CVS, these charities had a rich history going back over 50 years, and form the foundations of our work today.

We want to see communities that are strong, healthy, diverse, vibrant and flourishing. We work in partnership with others to make that happen through:

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

ENABLING volunteering 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 the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) – our national membership body – and hold their quality mark (seen as an exemplar holder), and of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (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 offer free membership to any charity, voluntary group, community organisation or public sector service working for the good of the local community – and our members are the heart of everything we do. We also offer a Business Supporter membership, enabling local businesses with a ‘social conscience’ to connect and collaborate with like-minded people.

How we’re run

We’re a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales. We are non-profit making and independent of both national and regional government.

We’re member-led by a board of volunteer trustees drawn predominantly from the local voluntary and community sector. Our Board set the strategic direction of the charity and, importantly, our accountability to the sector. They meet quarterly as a board and are supported by a finance committee, which oversees the day to day finances of the organisation. Our policies and procedures are available on request.

About Us

Find out more about us

Read: Our vision, mission and values

Our vision, mission and values

CAN has a five-year mission to empower the voluntary sector, enable volunteering and connect communities …

Read: Our commitment to quality

Our commitment to quality

To support our continuing journey to improve and grow we’ve signed up to the NAVCA Performance Standards and Quality Award …

Read: Our impact reports

Our impact reports

Here we report on our work and impact in delivering our mission to EMPOWER, ENABLE and CONNECT communities …

Read: Our projects

Our projects

CAN work alongside our partners to run a number of projects and initiatives. Take a look at what we’re doing, you may want to get involved …

Read: Our staff

Our staff

Our team is passionate about the sector, and about working towards our vision of strong, healthy, diverse and vibrant local communities …

Read: Our trustees

Our trustees

We are indebted to our volunteer trustees, without whom we couldn’t exist or help the local voluntary and community sector flourish …

Read: Our climate emergency declaration

Our climate emergency declaration

We’re doing all we CAN as an organisation and with others to help the local environment and achieve a liveable future for everyone  …

Read: Our pledge to support prejudice-free communities

Our pledge to support prejudice-free communities

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

Read: Join us as a memebr

Join us as a member

Our members are at the heart of everything we do. Membership is completely free to any organisation that is part of the local VCS …