Two Norfolk infrastructure bodies agree to merge

Norfolk Rural Community Council and West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action will form Community Action Norfolk from 1 April

Norfolk Rural Community Council
Norfolk Rural Community Council

Norfolk Rural Community Council and West Norfolk Voluntary and Community Action have agreed to merge.

The boards of the two infrastructure organisations last week formally agreed to proceed with a merger to create a new organisation from 1 April that will be called Community Action Norfolk.

Jon Clemo, chief executive of Norfolk RCC, will become chief executive of CAN. Heather Farley, chief executive of WNVCA, will be made redundant, although Clemo said she would continue to work with the new organisation on a consultancy basis during the transition period.

Alastair Roy, chair of Norfolk RCC, will become chair of CAN, although the remainder of the board is yet to be finalised.

Clemo said the two organisations employed a total of about 17 people and CAN would have 15 full-time equivalent posts. Redundancy discussions had begun with affected staff, he said.

Clemo said that merger discussions, which formally began in December, arose after the two charities worked closely together on contracts with Norfolk County Council.

He said the move, which was driven in part by the limited resources available to the voluntary sector, would be a positive development for infrastructure support in the area.

The organisations will continue to have offices in Dereham and King’s Lynn – the King’s Lynn offices that have been used by WNVCA will be vacated and the new organisation will move into new office space that will be shared with King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

Norfolk RCC had an income of £425,767 in the year to the end of March 2014, and WNVCA had an income of £281,038 over the same period.

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