Community Action Fareham
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.
Formation of Men's Shed(s) in Fareham
We are considering how we might set-up Men's Sheds in Fareham. A small Committee has formed to steer the development. There is detail on the web page www.farehammensshed.org.uk Please contact us if you would like further information.
Voluntary Sector meeting with MP Suella Fernandes
Our MP has offered to meet voluntary organisations again on Friday 10th June. This will be at Fareham URC Church, Osborn Road South at 12 noon.
Meet others, Meet Health & Care professionals
Charity Fayre Networking event, especially for Care and well being organisations Monday 6th June - in Volunteers and Carers Week
Got it Right Certificate Presentation
Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Mike Ford, will present the certificates to groups that show they have "Got it Right" - in terms of their governance and operation.
Tuesday 26th April 6pm at Community Action Fareham - we will need to have appraised the group using the checklist first - contact email@example.com
Voluntary Sector Health Forum
Next meeting: Tuesday 3rd May in Gosport click for details and booking
The spirit of Christmas was alive and well in Fareham this year with over 120 local people getting together to share a special lunch on Christmas Day. Fareham Christmas Day Lunch has been running since 2010 as a partnership between Community Action Fareham, Christians Together in Fareham and Fareham Good Neighbours. This year's Lunch brought together almost 80 Fareham residents who didn’t want to spend the day alone and a brilliant team of 40+ volunteers to share lunch and festivities at St John’s church hall in St Michael’s Grove.
We were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham Cllr Mike and Mrs Anne Ford who chatted with guests and helpers, rolled up their sleeves to wait at tables and joined in the Christmas Carol sing-song.
Huge thanks for support from: Eaton Ltd and UK Trade & Investment, The Good Party Co., Citizenship students at Brookfield Community School, Fareham Sailing Club as well as many individuals who made generous donations of gifts, cash, their time and of course companionship.
One Voluntary Sector, but many different approaches
The events surrounding the London based Kids Company and the Audit Office report highlight differences between small, large, local, national, volunteer led, focussed or general neighbourhood community groups and charities.
- Community groups and charities exist to do good
- They respond to a local need
- They work with others to be as efficient and effective as they can be.
In Fareham there are 150 registered charities operating – these have expenditure up to £1m – but there are 400+ charitable groups that operate on less than £5,000 per year plus a lot of hard work. – this is the real voluntary sector and we give our thanks. Read more from NCVO about how Kids Co was DIFFERENT
NB Kids Company is nothing to do with our superb Fareham charity KIDS that supports disabled children and their families.
Superb AGM meeting today
80 people attended to hear from experts about Using a Marketing approach, Evaluating your Impact and using Social Media to "Shout about your Achievements"
Meeting our MP Suella Fernandes
Our meeting on 9th October with MP Suella Fernandes was extremely well supported. Lots of questions asked and clear answers given; to be repeated! look out for details.
Fareham Walking 4 Health
See here for details of organised walks.
This event is held from 1-7 June each year. See here for more details.
Christmas Day Lunch
Don't spend Christmas Day alone, see here for details.
Community Action Fareham offers a wide range of helpful services to Members which may be free or incur a small charge.
To use any service, simply leave your request with us and it will be ready for your collection as required. If you need a service that is not listed, please contact us as we may be able to help or know someone who can.
Our services include:
Payroll: changes to salaries, statutory calculations, payments to Inland Revenue, RTI, salary payment, payslip issue, duplicate payslips and breakdown of charges to employers.
Bookkeeping: monthly reports, bank reconciliation, end of year Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheet.
Scrutiny of Accounts: an independent scrutiny of your accounts for the year end, before sending to the Charity Commission. This includes random checks and a scrutiny report.
- Up to A3 in black and white or colour
- Banners - we have a stock of specialised paper for this purpose
- Comb Binding - excellent for creating booklets at a very low cost
- Laminating - A4 and A3
Stationery for Purchase
A range of useful items
- Mail Forwarding: very useful for groups without a permanent address or who regularly change their contact person.
- Free Post Service: a very useful way of getting responses back from groups.
- Franking Service: competitive rates available.
Community Action Fareham has a designated computer space with internet access which Members can use as a fast and efficient way of surfing the net for group purposes; help can be given in looking for appropriate sites.
Community Action Fareham publishes an annual review each year at the Annual General Meeting.
What is the review?
The review shows what has been done and what benefits have been made for people in our local communities.
How can community groups get involved?
Community Action Fareham welcomes member community groups to include an article about their work too. The article can be about half a page long and include a small photograph. The content of the article should be a story that illustrates the public benefit of the group's work rather than be just statistics about what has been done.
It is a requirement on all charities and charitable community groups that they explain how they have done "public good". We are delighted that we can include these articles and publish them in the annual review.