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Author: Sophie Eldridge

The Rural Shop Report 2018

"Rural Shops Investing Heavily in New Services for Local Customers," says a new report from the Association of Convenience Stores, the voice of local shops.


Author: Sophie Eldridge

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Latest news

  • Community Support Worker - job vacancy

    Dorset Councils Partnership are recruiting for a Community Support Worker, 25 hours a week to be responsible for developing a two year social inclusion programme supporting existing and building new community groups and networks and seeking to achieve more effective community involvement with service providers. Read more

  • Programme Assistant - job vacancy

    Dorset Community Action (DCA) is looking for a Programme Assistant, to assist the BBO Enterprise Team in the delivery of the BBO programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund Read more

  • A lunch club a day keeps the doctor away...

    It's Nutrition and Hydration Week (12th to 18th March) which 'aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally'. Read more

  • Make your funding application 'Pitch Perfect'!

    DCA are offering groups and organisations that work with children and young people the chance to present their project idea to a panel of funders including BBC Children In Need and Big Lottery. You will also get the opportunity for advice and information to develop a good application and the support available locally to get your great idea funded. Read more

Our Training and Events

  • North Dorset - Free Community Networking Opportunity, 19th March 2018

    This event is hosted by DCA to enable VCSE organisations the opportunity to network, share information and share good practice of the great work that you do in the Community. Groups will be able to find out about local initiatives, share common problems and exchange solutions and ideas, and to find out about the support that's available. Read more

  • Make your funding application 'Pitch Perfect', 14th May 2018

    The Dorset Funders Forum is pleased to provide the opportunity for local organisations that support children and Young People to present their project ‘idea’ to a panel of funders including BBC Children in Need, Big Lottery and Dorset Community Foundation. This event will also provide the opportunity to obtain advice and information on developing a good application and the support available locally to get your great idea funded. Read more

  • East - Bite Size Training "What Benefits Does Social Media Bring My Organisation?", 2nd May 2018

    This two hour ‘Bite Size’ course, led by Dorset Community Action, is aimed at voluntary, community and charity groups who are new to social media. The course will give an overview of social media, why it's increasingly important and how to use it to best support your organisation. Read more

  • East Dorset - Bite Sized Training "Sustainable Funding", 6th June 2018

    This two hour ‘Bite Sized’ course, led by Dorset Community Action, is aimed at voluntary and community groups and will assist you in developing a strategy for sustainable fundraising. Read more