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Charity merger will put the community first


Charity merger will put the community first

An exciting proposal to merge two successful and influential charities has been unveiled.  Communities First Wessex and Community Action Fareham have successfully served the community development needs and provided community services in their respective areas for many years.

The two organisations have been considering how they might work in closer collaboration seeking to save money whilst continuing to invest in frontline community services and support to improve the reach and impact of the voluntary sector. A joint working party has carried out preliminary due diligence and providing no significant issues arise as this is finalised, 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.

Both charities help voluntary and community groups to deliver greater impact for their communities by harnessing the commitment and enthusiasm of local volunteers, providing advice and support with fundraising and delivering specialist training to the charity sector. The charities also provide much needed critical community services including transport for older and disabled people, shopmobility and support for vulnerable adults and young people.

To read the full Press Release, click here. You will find more information about our organisations, and further background to the merger proposal.


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