One Community appointed to deliver council initiative

Cllr Susan Bell
Cllr Susan Bell
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AN independent charity has been appointed by Fareham Borough Council to provide support for community and voluntary groups in the borough.

One Community, based in Eastleigh, has 38 years’ experience in supporting and delivering community activities and will help lead the council’s new ‘Big 3’ initiative. The company achieved the highest score in the council’s evaluation process and has been awarded a two-year contract, starting from today.

Seeking to build strength, capacity and opportunities to provide a vibrant community and voluntary sector in the borough, the Big 3 will provide a focused package of support for the benefit of local groups.

It was developed following a county-wide consultation with community groups and specific focus areas were identified: volunteering and skills exchange, funding advice and support, governance and building community resilience.

The service was put out to tender for the first time earlier this year.

Organisations were invited to submit proposals on how they would ensure the needs of local community groups and organisations could be met within the resources available.

They were also required to show how they would monitor performance and ensure funding was being used where it was needed most.

Councillor Sue Bell, Executive Member for Leisure & Community, said: ‘We have a clear responsibility to ensure that any funding provided is targeted effectively and used efficiently.

‘The community and voluntary organisations we have in Fareham do a superb job and, to enable them to continue, they deserve the very best support that we can give them.’

Community Action Fareham was the organisation previously funded by the council to provide support to community organisations.

The other services it provides, to which Fareham Borough Council contributes funding, such as Dial-a-Ride and Shopmobility, are not part of the tender and will continue to be funded.