Two Nottinghamshire infrastructure bodies to merge

Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service and Gedling Community and Voluntary Services will merge from 1 April; another body that was to be involved has pulled out

The two infrastructure bodies
The two infrastructure bodies

Two infrastructure organisations in Nottinghamshire have announced that they intend to merge.

Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service and Gedling Community & Voluntary Services are planning to merge from 1 April, subject to due diligence.

The merger plans originally included Newark & Sherwood Community and Voluntary Service, but it pulled out last month.

Nobody from NSCVS was available to discuss the reasons for this on Friday morning, but a statement sent to Third Sector from its executive committee said: "The executive committee has withdrawn from the merger process with Rushcliffe CVS and Gedling CVS due to the development and future of its own organisation in line with current changes in funding and strategic infrastructure.

"This does in no way impact its ability to collaborate with these organisations or others to improve local services into the future."

Rushcliffe and Gedling have begun advertising for a new chief executive, which is expected to be in place by the time the merger is completed.

The new organisation has been using the working name the South Nottinghamshire Alliance, but this will not be its permanent name, which is yet to be announced.

Rushcliffe had an income of £328,938 and an expenditure of £293,819 in the year to the end of March 2014, accounts filed with the Charity Commission show. Gedling had an income of £145,898 and spending of £147,110 over the same period.

The two organisations, which employ about 20 people in total, are not expecting to make any redundancies as a result of the merger except for combining the two chief officer roles.

It has not yet been decided what will happen to the charities’ two offices, but it is understood that they are keen to preserve a presence in both areas if possible.

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