WE CONNECT communities

At CAN, we recognise that the local voluntary and community sector makes an amazing difference, and we believe it deserves a bigger voice. We want to create the conditions where everyone’s voice is valued and heard; by facilitating great local networking and communication across the system.

We connect communities by:

  • Actively championing, celebrating, and promoting the work of our sector and CAN to support, enable and encourage joined up working not only within the VCS but with our public sector colleagues.
  • Being truly representative of the VCS in Dorset and being the point of contact, reference, and information for the sector. Identifying need and effectively communicating, developing, and influencing policy.
  • Enabling effective involvement and codesign of services, through meaningful community connection We do this through our VCS Involvement Partners, Leaders exCHANGE and Networks to name a few.

Visit the projects below to find out more about how we are achieving this or get in touch with our Partnerships Manager, Emma Lee, emma.lee@can100.org

CONNECTING Communities

Read: Dorset VCS Assembly

Dorset VCS Assembly

A new Assembly for the Voluntary and Community Sector for both the Dorset Council and BCP Council areas …

Read: Community heroes in the spotlight

Community heroes in the spotlight

Local charities, large and small make a phenomenal contribution to our area. CAN are here to champion and support them …

Read: Community networks

Community networks

Bringing the sector together to share, collaborate and support the great work that’s happening, at our free network events …

Read: VCS Involvement Partners

VCS Involvement Partners

Creating conditions for community-led empowerment through strategic forums. Find out about VCSIPs and how to become one …

Read: Trust voices

Trusted Voices

A project to help us better engage on health issues with the broad range of communities across Dorset …

Read: Digital Systems Project

Digital Systems Project

Partnering with NHS Dorset to enable trusted data to be shared in a smart and secure way