Thames Reach and Blenheim CDP stop short of merger

Charities sign deal but remain autonomous organisations

Homelessness charity Thames Reach and drug support agency Blenheim CDP have formed a partnership that will involve sharing office space but stops short of a merger.  

The charities have signed a memorandum of understanding to form the partnership but will remain autonomous organisations. They will share office space, training and expertise with the aim of improving their services.

They made the decision after collaborating on a project to support homeless people who also have substance abuse problems.

"We've had a lot of value out of cross-fertilising ideas," said John Jolly, chief executive of Blenheim.  

Mike Nicholas, communications manager at Thames Reach, said the decision was not the result of any financial difficulty on either side.

There will be no staff cuts among Thames Reach's 400-strong workforce or Blenheim 160 staff members, he added.

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