The youth homelessness charities the Albert Kennedy Trust and Outpost Housing have merged.
Both charities offer housing and support to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. The merged organisation, called the Albert Kennedy Trust Outpost, will continue to work from Outpost’s offices in Newcastle upon Tyne and AKT’s offices in London and Manchester, with the aim of operating more nationally.
A spokeswoman for the charity said the two organisations merged so that they could share their expertise and running costs. She said both organisations were financially secure for the immediate future, but Outpost, the smaller of the two charities, wanted to be in a position to develop new sources of funding over the next three to five years.
Before the merger, Outpost Housing had a turnover of £220,500 and employed seven staff, and AKT had an annual turnover of £544,337 and employed 18 staff.
The spokeswoman said all existing staff had been retained under the merged organisation and there were no plans for any redundancies.
Both Tim Sigsworth, chief executive of AKT, and Wendy Hodgson, the service manager for Outpost Housing, will remain in position, with Sigsworth taking on the top role in the new organisation.
Sigsworth said: "Nationally we are seeing an increase in demand for our services of about 30 per cent and by sharing our knowledge, expertise and some of our running costs with Outpost we can ensure every penny possible goes directly to support the growing numbers of young people who need our help."