Our services

We support not-for-profit groups ranging from charities, village halls, community groups and social enterprises with issues such as funding, legal set-up and governance. We also help people who don’t yet have a group established but have got a great idea that will benefit their community.

If you need any of our services complete the form at ‘Request an Advisor’ at the top of each page. One of our specialist Community Advisors will then contact you to discuss.

Training & Events

We run a range of networking and training events across Dorset, many of which are free, designed to establish strong community links and provide skills and knowledge for your group or organisation.

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Consultancy & Advice

We provide consultancy, bespoke training and advice. Enabling you to be self-sufficient, sustainable and successful in establishing or growing your charity, group or social enterprise.

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Advertising & Promotion

We can advertise and promote your event, job advert or project to Dorset’s VCSE community and other organisations. At a very competitive price we’ll advertise though our website, mailing lists and social media.

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Venue hire

Our Community Learning & Resource Centre (CLaRC) in Wimborne has a variety of rooms and space to hire for classes, event hosting and training.

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Trustee Club

Bringing Trustees together to pool resources and knowledge, share solutions and tackle issues

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Funding Service

We can help you with finding and applying for funding though our expert advice, bespoke consultancy, training and funding resources.

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Inspire Dorset

Supporting unemployed people across Dorset using community enterprise to address the barriers many people face to get into training or work.

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Energy Saving Advice

DCA provides advice to individuals, communities and voluntary groups on reducing energy bills and fuel poverty.


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We’re members of ACRE and support local rural communities in Dorset, ranging from village halls, pubs, shops and other not-for-profit rural groups. As part of the ACRE network we have access to village hall information sheets, resources, model documents and Advisors around the country that share best practice, provide peer-to-peer learning and support. Request an Advisor to access support.