Charities announce ‘instinctive’ decision to merge

02 Feb 2024 News

By Mikael Damkier/Adobe

Support service charity Hestia and mental health organisation Twining Enterprise have announced plans to merge.

The integration of the two charities is expected to take around 12 months, with a full merger planned for early 2025. 

Hestia, which has 742 staff, has operated in London and the south east of England for more than 50 years and recorded a total income of £48.2m in the year to March 2023.

Twining Enterprise, meanwhile, has 37 employees and recorded an income of £1.87m in 2022-23.

Patrick Ryan, chief executive at Hestia said: “Hestia's mission has always been to support vulnerable adults and children to realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential.

“Joining forces with Twining Enterprise will eventually expand our clients’ access to a fully unified service spanning recovery, crisis support, training, and sustainable employment services, which will provide our beneficiaries with unparalleled support to successfully live their lives beyond crisis.”

Oli Jacobs, chief executive at Twining Enterprise, said: “For almost 30 years, Twining Enterprise has been driven by an unwavering purpose - to improve wellbeing by empowering people with mental health challenges to find and stay in fulfilling work.  

“Our decision to integrate with Hestia felt instinctive due to our shared values and vision for the future of our clients and staff. This integration will empower us to reach new heights together and support more people with complex needs in times of crisis through an expanded range of support services.”

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