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Community Action Fareham works with community groups and charities in the Fareham borough,...

Community Action Fareham works with community groups and charities in the Fareham borough, growing community spirit so that people feel included, and are active, healthier and happier.  Importantly, we work with our local councils who provide funding for us to support this community activity. Our activities include:

Support for Groups

We support groups and help groups to help each other.  Community groups are invited to become Members of Community Action Fareham. Support for groups ranges from helping a new group get started to interpreting the requirements of the Charity Commission and much more in between.  We help groups to operate safely and achieve their purpose without getting bogged down in the process or red-tape.

Support for People in our Communities

We operate a range of community services on a not-for-profit basis, with the support of fully-trained staff and volunteers.  Charges, fees or donations will apply, but are set at affordable rates.

Promoting and Organising Volunteering

Our Volunteer Centre knows where volunteers are needed in our local community and advertises volunteering vacancies.  We help people who are looking for a volunteering placement that matches their interests and skills. We support voluntary groups wanting to recruit volunteers.

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We must save Dial-a-Ride and Community Transport

Active Dial-a-Ride passenger age 90 and blind explains that "she would be devastated" without Dial-a-RIde. She says it is the thing she looks forward to in the week.
There has to be a different way of fixing the HCC budget - please share so the message about older person's desparate needs reach our Councillors who will be making their decision this Thursday 2nd Nov.  see her clip  https://goo.gl/cjspna

Sign to support the campaign, please share on social media.

https://www.change.org/p/councillor-roy-perry-save-dial-a-ride-and-community-transport

 

 

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Merger Announcement

Communities First Wessex and Community Action Fareham have successfully served the community development needs of their respective areas for many years.

The two organisations have been considering how they might work in closer collaboration and subsequently established a joint working party to consider whether a merger might be appropriate.  

The two organisations believe that a merger is the best way forward and they are now working towards implementing this on 1 April 2018.
The new organisation will continue to maintain close links with local groups and be responsive to their needs, whilst also looking outwards to ensure that new funding opportunities are pursued to the benefit of our local communities

Background to Merger decision

  • Communities First Wessex and Community Action Fareham have successfully served the community development needs of their respective areas for many years. They have undertaken this role by active support of local voluntary organisations,
  • promoting volunteering and support of volunteers,
  • provision of training to individuals and groups
  • enabling community organisations to work together more effectively
  • providing services direct to the public and statutory bodies
  • representing the voluntary sector
  • assisting other voluntary groups to attract substantial funding into the area.


The two organisations have been considering how they might work in closer collaboration and subsequently established a joint working party to consider whether a merger might be appropriate.  

The Working Party considers that the principal reason for a merger is to establish a new organisation which will be of a size to win, manage and deliver services through contracts with a variety of funders, in an efficient and cost effective manner, for the benefit of community based local organisations and their members. The new organisation will be lean and proactive, so it can extend its reach, be seen by others as fit for purpose and be able to support the sustainability of community development in its area of operation.
 
The working party has arrived at this position because of the following factors:

  • Support grants from funding bodies have been reducing. With the continuing financial restraints on local authorities, we anticipate that grant support will be reduced further.
  • It is expected that services currently provided under Service Level Agreements will become subject to competitive tendering.
  • To maintain existing services and to develop new ones, we need to reduce costs and seek new sources of funding.
  • Existing relatively small organisations are unlikely to attract staff with the skills and experience that are required to deal with the new challenges and to develop the organisation.
  • Although a new structure will be slimmer, because of reduced funding and increasing costs, it has therefore to be more effective and efficient.  Effective in the way it represents and supports community groups at grass roots level but also proactive in the way it seeks funding and secures contracts.


The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) will apply to all staff transferred to a new organisation. All staff will transfer to the new organisation on their existing terms and conditions of employment, including pension rights.  They will retain existing job titles and job descriptions.

 

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