Youth charity Changemakers becomes part of the Foyer Federation

Two Changemakers staff are made redundant and the remaining seven move to the Foyer Federation, which offers training and accommodation to young people

Changemakers becomes part of the Foyer Federation
Changemakers becomes part of the Foyer Federation

The youth charity Changemakers has become part of the Foyer Federation.

The charities have announced that Changemakers, which works to develop the leadership potential of young people, has merged from today into the Foyer Federation, which runs a network of 120 "foyers" offering training and accommodation to young people in the UK.

A spokeswoman for the Foyer Federation said the Changemakers board approached the federation with the idea of a merger after James Thackray, chief executive of Changemakers, resigned from the charity for personal reasons in April. He left the charity in June after slightly more than a year in the role.

Changemakers’ income had fallen from £3m in the year to the end of March 2010 to £1.2m in 2012/13. The Foyer Federation had an income of £1.8m in the year to the end of March 2013.

Two Changemakers staff have been made redundant and the remaining seven employees have been transferred to the Foyer Federation, which has 30 staff.

The two organisations had already been working together on two externally funded projects.

Changemakers will move from its offices, which are in London, into the federation’s premises, which are also in the capital.

The spokeswoman said that the Changemakers name would continue to be used for the foreseeable future, but it was not clear what would happen with the name in the long term because the Foyer Federation had already been planning to carry out a brand review before the merger took place.

She said that it had also not yet been decided what would happen to the Changemakers board. 

A statement from the Foyer Federation said that the move would put the charity in a position to expand Changemakers’ work.

Jane Slowey, chief executive of the Foyer Federation, said that Changemakers would "bring a wealth of experience to help us reach more young people and create greater social value for investors in our work".

She said: "Collectively, we can transform how we understand, talk about, work with and invest in young people."

Arwyn Thomas, chair of Changemakers, said the move would help both organisations achieve their ambitions. "Our aligned beliefs and values have been integral to the partnership and we are delighted to be in a position to increase the scope and scale of what we do by joining forces," he said.

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