Key Facts

  • Community Action Fareham is a charity registered in England and Wales.  Registered Charity number 1056395. 
  • It is also a company limited by guarantee.  Company number 3181037. 
  • It is a charitable association with the members being the local community organisations. 
  • It is not-for-profit meaning that, like all charities, no surplus can be given to any director.  Funds must only be used for the purposes given. 
  • Community Action Fareham has a reserves policy. Funds are held because unforeseen changes in income or expenditure may occur. 
  • An audit is conducted each year.


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Community Action Fareham welcomes donations and bequests so that we can continue to provide and develop services that support the people of Fareham. 


Payment method for Training Courses only

Training courses can only be paid via cheque or invoice. We are unable to accept payment via PayPal for any training courses.


For an invoice: state this on the course booking form, please include the email address and person to whom the invoice should be sent.


For a cheque: please make payable to: Community First

post to: Skills to Grow - Training

               163 West Street


               PO16  0EF


Payment Methods for Fees or Services 

To make a payment, you can also:

1. Make an online banking or BACS Transfer.  This is our preferred payment method.
sort code: 20-30-89   account: 30637106    Please provide an invoice number or ensure other detail is given as reference.

2. Use PayPal or use a credit card through PayPal.  You will be asked to enter the amount to pay on the PayPal page


Please give the Payee's name
Please give a reference

You will be asked to enter the amount on the PayPal page

 3.  Send a cheque or cash.  Please make cheques payable to "Community Action Fareham".  You can post or deliver it to the Administration Manager at 163 West Street, Fareham PO16 0EF.  The office hours for cash payments are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  You will always be given a receipt for cash payments at the office.

How can I make a Donation?

Donations can be made singly or through:

  • PayPal using the button below
  • Payroll giving
  • Sponsorship (we have a BTmyDonate account)
  • Ebay sales through MissionFish
  • Bequests 

If you would like to make a donation or discuss a bequest, please contact us.

Contact Us 

Call 01329 231899 or email


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Who funds us?

The main work of Community Action Fareham is to support local community groups and this is funded by Fareham Borough Council and Hampshire County Council with a contribution from the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group.

This funding is given in recognition of the huge value that volunteers make towards improving the quality of life for people in our communities. 

What is the value of volunteer help?

Surveys consistently show that between 20 and 30 percent of the adult population is involved in regular, formal volunteering.  An additional similar percentage gives occasional voluntary help. 

Within the borough of Fareham, if the average hours given by volunteers are multiplied by £8 per hour, then the theoretical monetary value of volunteer funding is more than £40m.


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A brief History


The Fareham Council of Community Service was established as the primary provider of support to the local voluntary and community sector.


The Service was incorporated and changed its name to Community Action Fareham. 


Community Action Fareham:

  • has a database of 570 organisations
  • has over 150 members
  • provides support to groups through a variety of channels
  • is a member of The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action.

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action

Community Action Fareham is one of 350 Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) in the UK. The national umbrella body is the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), which sets recommended standards for local CVS's to use for their service framework.


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Chair of Trustees:  Steve Irving

Steve joined the trustees of CAF in June 2016 having retired and recently moved to Fareham from Weymouth. Steve is an invertebrate neurobiologist and spent his career initially as a laboratory scientist but for the past 30 years has worked in the UK, France and the USA managing large laboratories in both the private and public sectors. He is married with 3 grown up children and has many interests.              




Chief Executive:  Paul O’Beirne

Paul has been involved with the voluntary sector for 45 continuous years, initially within youth work in Liverpool, London and Aberdeen before moving to Fareham in 1980.  He became a scout leader and held a hillwalking qualification, and still maintains his scouting connection as Secretary for Hampshire Scouts.  Paul was a product manager for a pharmaceutical company before joining Community Action Fareham.  He has business management and teaching qualifications.


Administration Manager:  Michelle Addis

Michelle is the organisation's longest serving employee, having joined in 1987.  She maintains all aspects of administration including facilities management, bookkeeping and accounts, payroll service for groups, DBS checks and much more!





Voluntary Sector Support Manager:  Jennie Romicheva

Jennie joined 8 years ago to develop the Volunteer Centre and now manages a wide range of support for community groups.  In addition she manages a team of volunteers running the Voluntary Car Scheme, Gardening Service, Walking for Health and the Christmas Day Lunch.  After many years on PTA committees she now volunteers in retail.  


Training Manager:  Julie Fisher

Julie joined Community Action Fareham 8 years ago and now manages Community Action Training, which provides training for the voluntary sector and other organisations around Hampshire.  Julie has been a qualified trainer for over 5 years, trained in MiDAS and PATs.  She is also a qualified First Aid Trainer and a NEBOSH health and safety trainer. 




Home Help Manager:  Jean Petter

Jean runs the largest home help scheme in Hampshire with a small team comprising a Deputy Co-ordinator and an Assistant Co-ordinator.  A Home Economist by training, Jean has been involved with the organisation since 1998 and took over managing the Home Help service in 2003.  She is an active member of Fareham Methodist church. 


ShopMobility Manager:  Jessica Wooldridge

Jessica manages the ShopMobilty Centre and leads on care and disability support.  Qualified in care and pilates, Jessica is enthusiastic about keeping people mobile and able to get out and about as much as possible.





Community Transport Manager:  Gavin Rowe

With 30 years' experience of working in air, rail and road transport industries, Gavin is more than qualified at keeping the minibus fleet on the road and in the right place at the right time with an excellent team of paid and volunteer drivers. 


Other paid staff

We have a small support team of other paid staff in full, part time and temporary roles.


Our team of 100 volunteers and trustees

Most of our volunteers come in once or twice a week to help out.  They all have a particular role supporting a service.  There is always more to do, and we welcome new volunteers.  Whether their commitment is time limited or open ended, we will always provide training in whatever they do.


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