The Croydon-based Stepping Stones Trust became part of the Langley House Trust, which is a national charity, as of Monday.
Richard Brooker, head of communications at Langley, said the charity had no operations within the M25 before merging with Stepping Stones and wanted to move into the London area. He added that the merger would give services that were provided by Stepping Stones the opportunity to grow.
The Stepping Stones branding will be kept for projects the charity ran, and Brooker said "the vast majority" of the charity’s 19 staff would be transferred over to Langley, with no plans for compulsory redundancies. Langley has 200 members of staff and an annual turnover of nearly £9m, which will grow to more than £10m with the addition of Stepping Stones.
A spokesman for the Stepping Stones Trust said its board would cease to exist, but that two or three board members would continue advising on the services in some capacity for at least the next year.