Social care charities complete merger

Choice Support and mcch announced the move in November 2017 and the merged charity will retain the name Choice Support

The social care charities Choice Support and mcch have completed a merger.

The move, which was first announced in November 2017, will involve the new charity retaining the name Choice Support, it announced today.

The new charity had been expected to be called the Partnership Support Group after the charities set up a holding company of the same name in 2017, but in a statement the charities said they had decided to keep the name Choice Support for the merged organisation. 

Sarah Maguire, chief executive of Choice Support, said that "the name captures the essence of what we do – it is already known nationally and has a reputation for innovation and good quality".

The charity has also launched new branding and a website to accompany the announcement of the merger’s completion.

The new organisation has an income of approximately £66m a year and employs 3,000 people.

The merger had resulted in 26 redundancies, a spokesman for the charity said.

Oliver Mills, chair of Choice Support, said the merger had resulted in all existing services run by the two charities being maintained without any funding cuts.

"This merger enables us to consolidate what we already do and to look to the future with fresh vision and energy," he said.

"At the same time we are embarking on new initiatives to further improve the support we offer, including engaging with the Transforming Care programme, and developing new technology to help people with learning disabilities live more independent lives."

Since the merger was announced, Maguire said the new organisation had been awarded a grant of £1.7m to work in partnership with a clinical commissioning group and local authority in Yorkshire to create six new homes for long-term residents of hospitals.

A similar project was planned for Nottinghamshire, she said.

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