Education charity University of the First Age (UFA), has joined the P3 Charity Group, a social inclusion charity that runs a variety of services, which will enable both organisations to make savings improve services to young people.
P3 is a charity that runs a range of community services across the UK and had an income of £36m last year. UFA works with schools to help develop learning and leadership skills in young people and had an income of £5m in the year to 31 March 2018.
UFA’s chief executive, Paul Evans, and the rest of its 70 staff will join P3 and its trustees have been offered a place on the P3 board. It will also continue to operate from its Birmingham offices.
The merger came into effect on 1 September.
Mark Simms, chief executive of P3, said: “Crucially, by working together we will create a stronger presence for both charities that will enable us to support more young people, earlier – our combined expertise supporting young people out of crisis situations and enabling them to access training and education.
"This is also great opportunity for us to redefine the way we deliver our services for young people. Not only will we be able to continue to deliver all the good things that both organisations do currently, we will be able to innovate and explore new ways of collaborating with communities and commissioners. By sharing best practice from both organisations we’ll be able to offer a broader range of services and support more young people.”
Evans added: “By joining the P3 Group we will become a stronger organisation, better equipped to respond to the needs of young people today and better equipped to ensure we deliver the maximum impact for all the people we work with.”