Grenfell Housing and Training joins Evolve
The Boards of Evolve Housing + Support and Grenfell Housing and Training have approved a proposal to merge the two organisations. Subject to completion of legal formalities, Grenfell will join Evolve on 1 April 2017. The newly merged organisation will be called Evolve Housing + Support.
With a combined turnover of £12.45m and working in eight local authorities, the organisation will be the third largest provider of accommodation for homeless people in London.
In a joint statement about the merger, Diana Coman, Chair of Grenfell, and Karen Cooper, Chair of Evolve, said:
The starting point for our future vision is our shared view that all our service delivery and development should focus on the people we support - placing them firmly at the heart of all our work. This, along with our shared values, gives us confidence that there is good synergy between our two organisations.
By joining together, our new organisation will be able to achieve even better outcomes for many more people. We will:
Support around 2000 people each year towards independence;
Provide more local community services including support into work and learning, counselling and mentoring; and
Build more new, affordable homes for homeless people.
We are delighted to bring our organisations together; this will be of real benefit to the people we support and our combined financial strength will enable us to continue to make a lasting difference to lives and communities.