West Norfolk mental health charity announces merger plan
A West Norfolk mental health charity branch is to merge with two others to form a single organisation.
The borough’s Mind group will form part of a combined Norfolk and Waveney branch from July 1 in a move officials claim will help to improve services across the area.
The charity will continue to work from its current headquarters in Lynn.
But bosses believe that joining forces now will enable them to develop and expand what they offer in the future, particularly into more rural parts of the county.
Eddie West-Burnham, chief executive of West Norfolk Mind, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for all three organisations.
“We already work together to deliver a number of projects, including, Norfolk Integrated Housing and Community Support Service (NIHCSS), Norfolk and Waveney Wellbeing Service, suicide prevention work, and more besides.
“We firmly believe that merging will create a stronger organisation, meaning that we can continue to deliver services across Norfolk and Waveney into the future and reach out to more people who need our support.”
The West Norfolk branch, which is currently one of 129 branches working with the national charity, will link up with the current groups serving Norwich and Central Norfolk and Yarmouth and Waveney respectively.
Louise Jordan-Hall, chairman of the Yarmouth branch’s board of trustees, said: “The integration of all three charities will take place over the coming months with no disruption to the delivery of our current services.
“Staff from each of the organisations are working hard to ensure that the integration process is as smooth as possible for people who use our services, our staff, carers and everyone involved with Mind in Norfolk and Waveney.”