Bournemouth University positively impacts the lives of people living in Dorset, the south and south-west England. We support social development locally by collaborating with charities and third sector organisations.

Our associates include public authorities, businesses, schools, cultural institutions, civil societies, charities and other influential bodies. Together, we aim to respond to societal challenges at a regional, national, and international level, working to create positive change.

Our community associates

BU hosts regular on-campus meetings with local charities and community support organisations. These meetings provide a collaborative space in which attendees are invited to share their expertise and resources, so that we can make a difference together. BU representatives include faculty leads. SUBU (Students Union Bournemouth University) Volunteering and SUBU Officers are also present.

Through this approach, we are proud to provide opportunities in which the BU community can make a difference. 

For more information on community associations, please email Layne Hamerston, Community Partnerships Manager: [email protected]

Explore our current community associations:

Active Dorset

BCP Community Development

BCP Age-Friendly Community

BCP Children's Services/Youth Parliament

Bourne Water Dragons

Bournemouth Foodbank

BPC Indian Community Association

Bovington Tank Museum

Citizens Advice BCP

Christchurch Learning Centre

Community Action Network

Dorset Mind


Dorset Police

Dorset Local Resilience Forum

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset Prepared

Dorset Race Equality Council

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Hengistbury Head Outdoors

Hinton Admiral Estate

Hot Radio

Jon Egging Trust

Julia's House

MYTIME Young Carers

New Forest National Park Authority

North Bournemouth Crime Prevention Panel

Nourish Community

Prama Care


Talbot Village Residents Association

Talbot Village Trust

Talk About Trust

The Parks Foundation

The SHINE Project

Wardrobe Foundation

Wessex Cancer Support

YMCA Bournemouth

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