Welsh health charities to merge in April

Under the terms of the deal, all of Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales's staff, assets and services will transfer to Hafal

Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales
Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales

Two Welsh health charities have announced they will merge by next April.

The merger between the mental health charity Hafal and carers charity Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales will see all of CCMWW's staff, assets and services transferred to Hafal.

CCMWW has an income of approximately £1.8m, and Hafal has an income of around £5m, the spokesman said, and stated that cost savings were not a motivation behind the merger.

Hafal employs more than 200 people and CCMWW employs 127 staff, according to a spokesman for Hafal.

The spokesman said that the merger was prompted by a desire to improve and expand both charities’ range of services, and that the merger is expected to increase the charities’ combined income. He said that there was expected to be an increase in staff levels once the merger takes place.

Both charities already share office space, and the spokesman said it was unlikely local services carried out by both charities would merge as an immediate result of the two charities’ new arrangement.

The branding, identity and the chief executive of the merged charities is still being decided, the spokesman said, although it is expected the size of the Hafal board will be increased to accommodate CCMWW trustees.

Alun Thomas, chief executive of Hafal, said: "We are very excited about the merger and the benefits it will bring to both organisations. Following detailed discussion and analysis we concluded that by joining together both organisations can improve and expand their services to clients and secure our future in the coming years. Both organisations are already successful but together we can benefit by creating a larger organisation fulfilling a wider mission across Wales."

Roger Gant, chief executive of CCMWW, said: "The key benefit is that the two charities’ missions and activities complement rather than duplicate each other: together we can broaden our mission in a measured way and deliver a unique range of services across Wales.

"We will of course look to our members and clients – and to our staff group – to help us develop the unified organisation, and to continue to deliver excellent services."

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