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.

  • Benefitting from our Independent facilitation and coordination expertise, through DCA’s many years-experience of community engagement work;
  • Supporting faster development of your projects, through accessing our networks and expertise in all funding models e.g. from grants, contracts to, crowd funding etc.;
  • Developing your networks through DCAs unique private, public, VCSE sector positioning;
  • Sharing good practice and innovation.

Beaminster and Villages Local Area Partnership Joanna Keats is the Beaminster and Villages Local Area Partnership (BAVLAP) Coordinator.  BAVLAP covers the market town of Beaminster and surrounding villages & parishes and was formed in 2008, when partners from the local councils, public sector and voluntary and community organisations got together. Their shared vision was that Beaminster should continue to develop as a thriving and vibrant hub to a surrounding area of lively, sustainable villages. The 2015-2018 BAVLAP Action Plan is available for review here. The Action Plan focuses on the themes of housing, transport and accessibility, environment, local prosperity, safer communities, health and wellbeing, and activities and opportunities for the community. For more information, you can contact Joanna at

Sherborne Area Partnership SAP covered the market town of Sherborne and surrounding villages and parishes. Despite the challenges faced by the town’s retail sector, it is our vision that Sherborne should continue to develop and thrive and support lively and sustainable villages in the surrounding area. The Sherborne Local Area Partnership was dissolved in 2017 after many successful years. Although many successful projects (such as Dementia Friendly, Sherborne Young Persons Employment Portal, Public Directory and Street Art Project) had been created and became fully sustainable, the partnership membership had dwindled and become isolated. It was felt that the time had come to dissolve the partnership and look at new methods of community cohesion. For more information, you can contact Joanna at