Are you getting back into work and need a helping hand?
Maybe you’re thinking about setting up a group or business and want help on where to begin?

We can make sure you’re on track and that you’re making the most of what’s available.

Dorset Community Action supports people to develop their skills, whether to run a community group or project, become self- employed, or set up a community enterprise, through our range of training and enterprise coaching. Our experienced trainers and advisers will support you to get started, help you stay on track, and ensure that you’re making the most of the resources available to you.

People choose us because of our practical approach, deep knowledge of the VCSE sector and our communities, and real life experience of our coaches and trainers. 

Seed2Plate repurposing plots of land to grow free fresh fruit and veg for local low-income families. We also now offer a Level 2 Horticultural award.
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Our in-house Coaches can help you gain fresh skills or trial your community enterprise ideas, with tailored support for your individual needs.
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Within the heart of Wimborne, our Community Centre offers everyone a range of activities and groups a safe place to hire. Dementia Friendly.
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Our training is flexible for you to learn at a time that suits you. With a vast variety of topics and resources on offer, there is something for everyone.
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DCA offers people: 

  • Inspire Dorset support for people who are unemployed or economically inactive to test out and set up an enterprise, become self-employed,  move into volunteering, further education, or secure work experience.  
  • DCA’s online Training Academy allows community groups, charities and social enterprises access to a range of live and pre-recorded, online charity management courses, ranging from funding, to trustee recruitment.
  • We run various events throughout the year such as our Annual Funding Event and Volunteering Fairs. Click here to sign up to our newsletter to find out more about these. 
  • Beginners gardening courses (Level 1 Award in Horticulture) accredited by the National Open College Network.    
  • A range of community educational classes through our Wimborne Community Centre. 
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Practically Based

Practical based coaching and training giving you the tools and skills to apply to your community project or enterprise.

On Demand Courses

Access flexible training in a community environment, or online via our online webinars, training courses, and Training Academy.

Accredited Training

Access National Open College Network (NOCN) nationally accredited training

Click these easy access routes for; accredited training, employment support, community education and our Training Academy. 

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