Inspiring Stories - Louis

Inspire Dorset Support Louis to test an enterprise idea Read more

Dorset Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) Survey August 2018

Dorset Community Action, working with Volunteer Centre Dorset, and Citizens Advice in Dorset developed this survey to establish the current health of Dorset’s Voluntary, Community, & Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and to gain an understanding of the impact of Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) on the VCSE sector. Read more

Our Vision & Mission

VISION: Connected communities reaching their potential for social benefit across Dorset. MISSION: Bringing people together to develop community based solutions that deliver better services for the benefit of all. Read more

Join us - become a DCA Member

Become a member of DCA today and you'll be entitled to receive the DCA ebulletin with the latest VCSE sector and funding news to help you and your organisation succeed; a free business support session with our Community Advisors; as well as discounted rates on all our events, training and advertising. Read more

Annual report and accounts – DCA 2017/18

Our 2017/18 annual report and accounts, highlighting our work in: Supporting Front Line VCSE Organisations, Working Together for a Stronger Civil Society, Building Better Opportunities, Community led Economic Development, and Rural Services. Read more

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. Read more

Community Space & Room Hire

DCA manages the Community Learning & Resource Centre (CLaRC) in central Wimborne which is a space for the community to use and enjoy. Our aim is to provide the community of Dorset with affordable room hire either for regular classes, meetings, events or training sessions. We're here to make your venue hire both simple and efficient. Read more

Inspiring Stories - Gillingham Craft and Chat

Inspire Dorset support a group of individuals from Gillingham to set up a craft and chat group, with the aim of tackling social isolation. Read more

Resources for Village Halls

In support of #VillageHallsWeek 2019 we are making available a number of resources to help Village Halls with their funding, marketing and governance. Read more

Dorset’s Communities after Local Government Reorganisation - DCA Conference Report 2018

DCA's conference report looking at the impact of Local Government Reorganisation on the VCSE sector, and attended by members of the Shadow Cabinet. Recommendations include developing a VCSE sector engagement strategy with the Dorset Communities Forum, better engagement and networking of the VCSE sector with town and parish councils, and developing training for new Councillors to develop and promote a better understanding of the VCSE sector in Dorset. Read more

Inspiring Stories - Tori's Tigers

Story of Tori's Tigers, a community business set up by lone parent Tori, with the support of Inspire Dorset - a Building Better Opportunities programme. Read more

Annual report and accounts – DCA 2016/17

Our 2016/17 annual report and accounts, highlighting our work in: VCSE Navigators, British Gas energy Trust, DCC Youth Centre Transfers, Community led Economic Development, and Rural services. Read more


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Room availability @ CLaRC, please ring 01202 847600 for any enquiries

Click here to see availability of all the rooms @ CLaRC, please ring 01202 847600 for any enquiries Read more

Saving Energy and Keeping Warm

DCA provides advice to individuals, communities and voluntary groups through projects designed to help vulnerable people get the right information and to understand their options. Read more

Building Better Opportunities

We have been successful in securing funding from the BIG Lottery’s Building Better Opportunities programme (Supporting Enterprise).  The programme will be funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. Read more

Free advice and support

Do you have an idea for a new community project and need help setting up? Are you an existing organisation and find it difficult to get funding? We offer free 1:1 organisational health checks to help you prioritise what support you need. Read more