Networking Sessions

Join us for our monthly Networking sessions!
These are your networking events – Your opportunity to meet other groups and organisations
and have a catch-up. We have ‘news from the floor’ where you can share your experiences and ideas with
other groups and organisations, as well as regular Guest Speakers.
DCA Advisors will also be on hand to offer support and advice. (Previous session information is also below.)

Upcoming Sessions:

18th May 2022
Join us for our information webinar about the Hallmark Scheme for Village Halls – Deborah Clark from ACRE will be discussing the background of the scheme, benefits and why it’s a good thing for halls to do. We will also be introducing a new DCA project – Dorset Low Carbon Community Spaces – We want to work with Village Halls and Community Spaces to support them to produce a climate change action plan and deliver local activities within their community. We will be looking for partners to get involved and help us develop this project.

15th June 2022

20th July 2022

17th August 2022


16th March 2022
We shall also be joined by The Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service (Yeovil) is a Registered Charity (No. 299434), founded in 1978 by Mr Cecil Turner and is the longest continually serving Blood Bike group in the country.  Known as Yeovil Freewheelers EVS (YFW) or YFW Blood Bikes the Charity operates from Yeovil District Hospital (YDH) and Dorset County Hospital (DCH), Dorchester, providing a 24-hour service to deliver a fast, safe and effective emergency medical courier capability for the NHS throughout the South-West.  Manned entirely by volunteers the service is provided free of charge to the NHS.

16th February 2022
We shall also be joined by: The Membership and Development Committee (MDC) at Dorset County Hospital is a sub group of the Council of Governors whose purpose is to address the requirement of the Foundation Trust to develop its membership. This includes increasing the number of members, improving engagement and ensuring that the membership is representative of the population that the Trust serves. There are two types of membership – staff, who are automatically members, and public. Membership is an expression of public support for the Trust. All members receive regular information and updates about what is going on and can get involved in shaping the future direction on the Trust through consultation exercises and surveys. They are able to vote for Governors or stand for election to the Council of Governors themselves.
The MDC is currently working to a 5 year strategy which links to the Trust’s Annual and Strategic Plans. This includes identifying ways of engaging with the membership, supporting Governors in their membership engagement, reviewing and updating the membership welcome pack and providing input to the membership newsletter. Engagement with members has obviously been restricted during the past couple of years and we are looking for new, innovative ways to do this as we go forward. We are particularly keen to reach out to local groups and forge new relationships across the community.
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