Connecting communities to reach their potential for social benefit across Dorset

Trustee Club

In Dorset, from the work DCA undertakes to support local charities and not for profit / voluntary groups, we regularly hear about how difficult it is to recruit trustees. We recognise the growing demands and pressure on trustee boards and have set up the Trustee Club to address these issues.


Author: Sophie Eldridge

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Project Officer Vacancy

This is an exciting opportunity to support the administration and delivery of a community needs led training and drop-in service called the Helping Hands project, being delivered as part of the ‘Big 4 Littlemoor’ Big Local funded Project.


Author: Sophie Eldridge

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Latest news

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    The Prince’s Countryside Fund – a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to help the British countryside to flourish – has launched their Village Survival Guide, a vibrant manual filled with tips and advice on how to build a strong community. Read more

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  • Business Development Director vacancy

    This is an exciting new role at the Arts Development Company. The successful candidate will be part of the senior management team and will support the CEO. A F/T role 37 hours per week on a fixed term 2 year contract. £35,000 P.A plus generous holiday allowance and NEST pension scheme. Read more

Our Training and Events

  • NORTH - Easy Steps To Make Social Media Work For You, 4th December 2019

    "Today I attended a training session about Social Media for voluntary / community groups. The trainer, who led the session, gave a very informed and thought provoking presentation for the group to digest and consider the best ways of using social media to promote their organisations. Many thanks DCA". Read more


    Now in its 6th year, this event brings voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises together with funders, voluntary sector support organisations and professionals. A range of workshops enable delegates to obtain valuable advice and support, knowledge and skills on a range of fundraising and finance related topics. Finally, there is the opportunity to network with local organisations, share experience, ideas and solutions. Read more

  • NORTH DORSET - Free Community Networking Opportunity - 4th September 2019

    Come and meet Kirsty Main from the National Lottery Community Fund who will talk about funding that's available. 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