CVSs in north west of England consider merger

St Helens District CVS and Halton Voluntary Action are considering ways to work together

Two neighbouring councils for voluntary service in north-west England are considering a merger.

The boards of St Helens District CVS, which has 32 staff, and Halton Voluntary Action, which has 17, have set up sub-groups to look into ways of working more collaboratively. Merging is one of the options.

Sally Yeoman, chief executive of St Helens District CVS, said the two organisations already collaborated widely and wanted to consider ways to increase their capacity to deliver services.

Yeoman said the idea had been mooted before the recession and both organisations were "fairly solid" financially.

"We are very similar organisations and it makes sense for us to work more closely," she said.

The other options being considered by the boards are sharing back-office functions and retaining the status quo. Yeoman said a decision was likely within six months.

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