Dorset Community Action (DCA) provides a professional business support service to assist local Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprises to become stronger organisations, and to deliver better services to our communities. We believe that our communities have the solutions to many of the challenges society now faces, and we can support you to unleash the power of local to create a better Dorset for all. 

  • Would you like to get on the right track and make your group or project more robust and sustainable?

  • Would you like to make better funding applications?  

  • Would you like to develop your networks and build new relationships, promote your services, and share information and news?

If so, DCA can help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to make your project and organisation a success, and help you through what can often be a confusing maze of advice.  We'll get you to where you want to go quicker.

Our services include:

  • Training, e.g. Developing successful projects and business plans; Ensuring well running, legally compliant organisations; Recruiting staff, volunteers and trustees; Getting money and managing it

  • Mentoring and support

  • Providing practical information, guidance and resources

  • Tailored consultancy services

  • Sharing best practice through networking and peer support events

  • Partnership coordination & accountable body services

  • Community consultation: knowing how to engage partners and stakeholders

If you would benefit from some free information and advice, come and talk to Dorset Community Action at one of the Information and Advice Surgeries we hold across Dorset on a regular basis. See the training & events calendar for the surgery nearest you or contact us to set up a bespoke session. 

DCA is funded by and works in partnership with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Dorset's local authorities and other statutory and grant-making bodies.  We are members of ACRE.

Please see our 'DCA's Memorandum and Articles of Association' for how we are governed, and our DCA 2017 Trustees' & Auditors' Report and 2017 Accounts for what we delivered last year.