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


Our team of Community Advisors can provide free specialist advice for you and your group on all areas relating to establishing or running a voluntary group, charity or social enterprise.

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We provide consultancy and bespoke training for organisations and groups that need in-depth tailored advice and guidance to enable them to be self-sufficient, sustainable and successful.

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Training & networking

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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Trustee Club

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

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Business support for Social Enterprises

If you’ve got a great idea or are an existing social enterprise then we can help with business advice.

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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

A partnership working to support 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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Advertising & Promotion

We can advertise and promote your event, job advert or project to Dorset’s VCSE community and other organisations though our networks.

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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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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.