Homelessness charities collaborate

Scotscare to share chief executive and staff with New Borderline

A charity working with Scots in London is to share staff and a chief executive with a larger organisation.

Borderline, which focuses on housing and homelessness, will be wound up this week and relaunched as an incorporated charity called New Borderline. It will maintain its own board but it will be run by staff from Scotscare, which offers a range of hardship support, including financial assistance and employment training.

Willie Docherty, chief executive of Scotscare, will head both organisations. He said Borderline, which had an income of £226,000 last year, was having financial problems, but said there had long been a recognition that there were too many organisations providing similar services for Scots in London. Scotscare's income last year was £1.9m.

Docherty said Borderline would continue as a separate organisation because it had "a unique case to make about homelessness" and "its own funding relationship with the Scottish Government". He denied there was a danger the two boards could come into conflict.

Some new trustees, including some from Scotscare, would be added to the New Borderline board, but that there would be continuity, he said. Alan Mackie, chair of Borderline, will continue in his position.

Borderline had five staff but all have already left except director Eileen Ward, who will be made redundant at the end of March. Ward said she was delighted Borderline's work would be able to continue.

"I believe Borderline will be in an even better position to assist its clients when it combines its strengths with ScotsCare, but there will still be a need to secure donations and I hope that Scots everywhere will rally to our cause," she said.

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