• 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?

DCA can help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to make your project and organisation successful in the long term.

Our services include:

  • Mentoring, training, and support

  • Providing practical information, guidance and resources

  • Sign posting & brokerage

  • Tailored consultancy services

  • Project management

  • Sharing best practice through networking and peer support events

  • Advocacy and representation

  • Partnership coordination & accountable body services

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Developing successful projects and business plans

  • Ensuring well running, legally compliant organisations

  • Recruiting staff, volunteers and trustees

  • Getting money and managing it

  • Environment and sustainability

  • Community consultation: knowing how to engage partners and stakeholders

  • Community-led planning

  • Managing partnerships & consortia

  • Developing local intelligence & database management

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 2016 Trustees' & Auditors' Report and 2016 Accounts for what we delivered last year.