The merger will bring together carer support and care services into a single organisation serving the Enfield area. It will capitalise on the complementary services offered by both organisations and provide a foundation for diversifying the range of services available and increase income streams to meet the future, growing, needs of carers in the area. The forward-thinking approach also improves the sustainability of care support for local residents against a backdrop of an increasingly challenging funding environment for charities and other voluntary sector organisations.
During the following months, services currently provided by both organisations will continue as usual and so existing carers and service users will not experience any changes. As far as staff are concerned, it is not envisaged that any compulsory redundancies will be needed for the successful completion of the merger.
ECC Chair, Tim Hellings said “We couldn’t be merging with a better organisation in terms of their having over 30 years’ experience in the care services field. Crossroads have an excellent reputation for delivering high quality, trusted, reliable care services which are rated “Good” by the Care Quality Commission. Their commitment to family carers is second to none.”
CTLVC Chair, Jennifer Mixer commented “We already work closely with ECC so combining our two charities is a logical development that will ensure our carers and cared-for clients can benefit from continued high-quality support into the future.”
Pamela Burke, CEO of Enfield Carers Centre said “I look forward to being able to offer carers an all-round service. This merger means that as well as delivering advice, information, support and training for family carers, ECC can also now offer carers quality replacement care and respite services from trusted and experienced care support staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days year.”
Jill Raines, CEO of Carers Trust Lea Valley Crossroads said “I’m happy that on my retirement I’ll be leaving staff and carers in good hands. ECC is dedicated to family/informal carers and I know they’ll ensure that carers continue to receive reliable, high-quality support for their loved ones in need of care.”
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