Alone in London to extend reach with Depaul Trust tie-up

Homelessness charity Alone in London is set to become part of the Depaul Trust, in order to deploy its services beyond the capital.

Alone in London director Gaynor Quiltor said it approached the Trust about the merger. "Our board agreed two years ago that we needed to grow our integrated services nationally. We finally settled on the Depaul Trust to help us do that because it complemented our services."

The 31 year-old charity offers advice, counselling and family mediation support to London's homeless. It will become a sub-brand of the Depaul Trust, retaining its London name and 39 staff.

The Trust's total yearly income stands at £6m, more than three times that of Alone in London. It has 150 staff and services such as pre-employment training and emergency accommodation, but it lacks counselling services and longer term housing, which the merger will provide.

Mark McGarvey, Trust chief executive, said: "After 13 years of shared project working, pooling our resources will be very effective."

Both charities' trustees will vote on the merger at a meeting in two weeks' time.

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