Commissed by Dorset Council

In February 2022, CAN were commissioned by Dorset Council to be the local infrastructure organisation empowering a resilient voluntary and community sector (VCS).

We work with organisations to evolve and adapt so they can grow, thrive and survive, by providing professional and practical expertise – helping groups right from the start, empowering them to become strong and independent, with good governance and management.

If you’re a Dorset charity, voluntary group or community group looking for support and advice, CAN are here to help. Join today for free access to a treasure-trove of support and expertise, along with online guides and templates – all free to CAN members.

Drop us an email at or call 01202 466130

Empowering a resilient VCS across Dorset

Supporting the sector by building resilience through providing free bespoke one-to-one expert advice, plus our popular training and webinars

Providing and facilitating FREE bespoke support and advice

Through our designated advisor, we can offer one-to-one support to any voluntary and community sector organisation or group operating in the Dorset Council area. This may involve guidance around your governance, reviewing or establishing policies and procedures, accessing funding, or any topic relevant to the operation of your group.

To access this service, please email and remember, if you sign-up to CAN as a FREE member, you will get unlimited support hours too!

Delivering training and FREE webinars

We’ve gathered insight into what training and information the sector have requested and will be delivering:

  • Start-up advice and business planning; Monitoring and evidencing impact
  • Writing a good funding application; Financial governance; Trading as a charity
  • Being a Charity Trustee; Essential policies and documents, including health and safety and GDPR

Check out our latest series of training and webinar sessions and to book your place.

Meet the Funder sessions

We can work with you to help identify the best sources of funding for your project or service, and ensure you have the right information needed for an application.

Through CAN’s ‘Meet the Funder’ series, we also put organisations in direct contact with those responsible for making grant and funding decisions. Through these FREE sessions, they’ll explain how they can help you and the best approach to increase your chance of success. Visit our training and free webinars page to see what is scheduled for the coming months.

Promoting the value of the VCS

We’ll take every opportunity to celebrate the voluntary and community sector. Our Community Heroes in the Spotlight initiative promotes the invaluable work of the sector particularly smaller / micro groups and the impact they have on the communities they work with.

EMPOWERING the sector