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

Communities Living Sustainably (CLS)

Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset is a partnership project led by Dorset Community Action. ​ We have been working in the Bridport and Dorchester areas to help communities and businesses adapt to the local effects of climate change and reduce our impact on the environment. Read more

Parish & Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to have a say on the future of the places where they live and work. This initiative came into effect in April 2012. Read more

Community & Local Area Partnerships

DCA has an established track record of supporting Dorset’s community partnerships, providing coordinating roles for two of the five West Dorset Partnership's Local Area Partnerships, Sherborne Area Partnership (SAP) and Beaminster and Villages Local Area Partnership (BAVLAP). We can support your community partnership, town, or parish council in a number of ways. Read more

Health and wellbeing

Our Whole System Approach: DCA is working both at a patient and system level to support integration of the VCSE sector into redesign of Dorset's health & social care system, including promoting community engagement in the CCG’s Clinical Services Review (CSR), and development of new commissioning opportunities for VCSE organisation. Read more

Rural services and economy

DCA works to protect rural services and assist in the development of the rural economy through finding local solutions to maintaining and making better use of valuable services, such as community buildings, village pubs, post offices, broadband and affordable housing. Read more

Community led Economic Development

Supported by national pioneers Reconomy, DCA is leading the development of community led economic development (CED) projects in Dorset. Read more