Three-way youth merger brings hope for more contracts

Youth inclusion charity P3 hopes to bid for bigger contracts after merging with two organisations.

The charity, whose 174 staff operate in London and the midlands, merged with Kilburn Youth Centre in London and Newark-based Unique, another social enterprise group.

P3 It is set to take on almost 40 new staff as a result of the changes.

Chief executive Martin Kinsella said increasing P3's scale would enable it to "provide more services for the local community and deliver on big contracts".

A spokesman for P3 described the merger as a "natural step". He added: "We always look out for organisations that will complement our services both socially and geographically."

The newly merged groups will continue to trade under their own names.

P3's turnover is approaching £7m. Its future plans include setting up counselling service on sexual health for young people as well as opening a ‘super' youth centre, which would incorporate services offered by all groups.

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