P3 takes over Rugby Portobello Trust

Trust will operate as separate group and retain its name

National social exclusion charity P3 has taken over the Rugby Portobello Trust, which works with disadvantaged young people in west London.

Two board members at the trust have joined the board of Derby-based P3, which employs almost 200 staff and has an annual income of £5.4m.

The trust, whose annual income is £1.2m, will operate as a separate arm of P3 under its old name, although its board has been dissolved. Its 22 staff are in the process of transferring to P3 and redundancies have not been ruled out.

Luka Miklavc, PR and fundraising manager at P3, said the trust's front-line staff would continue to operate as before but core services, such as human resources and finance, would transfer to Derby.

"We will try to minimise job losses, wherever possible," said Miklavc.

P3, which operates nationally, has provided supported housing, mental health services and youth services for more than 25 years.

"It is heartening to see two respected organisations working together to ensure that we continue to deliver life-changing services to the young people of west London," said Martin Kinsella, chief executive of P3.

Adam Hackett, chair of the trust, said it looked forward to continuing to change the lives of young people.

P3 has regularly been included by the workplace engagement organisation Best Companies as one of the best places to work.

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