Three staff from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation transfer to the NCVO

The MBF announced last month that it would close; there will be a redundancy process for the remaining four staff before it finally closes later this year

MBF: closing later this year
MBF: closing later this year

Three out of seven staff from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation have transferred to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations after the charity announced last month that it would close.

The MBF services transferred to the NCVO include the Approved Provider Standard for mentoring and befriending projects, the National Training Programme of short courses to support good practice and MBF resources and website content.

The three staff who have transferred to the NCVO are Val Barritt, head of training and quality assurance, Andy Brookfield, quality assurance manager, and Emily Richards, senior operations officer. They will be based at the offices of the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation.

The MBF’s income has fallen sharply in recent years, from £2.1m in 2009/10 to £880,843 in the year to the end of March 2014, largely as a result of cuts to the Cabinet Office’s strategic partners programme.

Four staff remain with the MBF, including chief executive Steve Matthews, to complete its other projects before it winds down. Matthews told Third Sector that this was likely to occur in August or September.

There will be a redundancy process for the remaining staff as their individual work draws to a close, said Matthews. Any remaining reserves will be donated to the NCVO.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said: "The transfer has ensured that support for mentoring and befriending organisations can continue into the future and that we can develop the valuable work that the MBF has done for the voluntary sector."

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