Our Impact

We have a long-standing proven track record in delivering our services across the Dorset area. By facilitating the vital collaborative link between the Dorset VCSE sector, Statutory bodies and other organisations along with delivering our advice, training and consultancy services we enable local communities to flourish with sustainable networks and initiatives. We also run projects such as the ‘Inspire Dorset’ programme (funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund) and act as Accountable Bodies to projects such the Big4Littlemoor Project (Sustainable Communities).

Our results

In 2018-2019 we helped groups across Dorset access £1.5 million in funding; actioned requests for help from nearly 200 groups; connected approximately 500 individuals through our networking events and trained over 360 people, all with a 100% recommendation and satisfaction rate.

Some of our work

Community led Economic Development

We led the development of community led development (CED) projects in Dorset supported by Reconomy. CED enables new ways of funding for local people to establish community enterprises.

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Health & Wellbeing

We worked closely with the Public Health team to support the LiveWell hub, Purbeck Pledge & Health/Wellbeing Forum. We’re currently working with Dorset Council supporting integration of VCSE services into the Domiciliary & Residential Care framework.

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Community Local Area Partnerships

DCA has an established track record of supporting Dorset’s community Local Area Partnerships (LAPs), providing coordinating roles for two of the five West Dorset Partnership’s Local Area Partnerships.

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Rural services economy

DCA has worked to protect rural services and assist in the development of the rural economy through finding local solutions to maintaining and making better use of valuable services, such as community buildings, village pubs, post offices, broadband and affordable housing.

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