Community Action Southwark and Volunteer Centre Southwark announce merger

The new south London organisation is yet to be named, but the merger takes effect from today

The two merging organisations
The two merging organisations

Two voluntary sector infrastructure bodies in south London have merged.

Community Action Southwark and Volunteer Centre Southwark have announced that from today the two organisations have merged to form a new charity.

The new organisation, which is expected to have a combined income of about £1.6m in 2015/16, is yet to be named but a working party has been appointed to come up with a new identity and logo by the end of the year.

Four staff from the volunteer centre will join the 16 or so CAS employees in the CAS offices. The new organisation is recruiting for two other positions for the merged body.

A further three VCS staff, whose contracts would have ended regardless of whether the merger was taking place, have left the charity.

Gordon McCullough, chief executive of CAS, has been appointed head of the new organisation.

The new organisation's board will be made up of eight members from CAS and two from VCS.

McCullough told Third Sector that the merger, which had not come about because of any urgent funding need, had been driven by discussions about what would be the best for the charity's beneficiaries.

"We believe our collective strengths will provide a more joined-up and accessible service for all," he said.

Although formal merger talks began only in October 2014, McCullough said the two organisations had begun talking about how they could work together more closely about three years ago.

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