Kisharon and Langdon, two charities supporting individuals with learning disabilities and autism, have announced plans to merge.
Following a two-year process, the newly formed entity will be called Kisharon Langdon, and aim to offer opportunities for the Jewish learning disability and autism community.
Cost efficiencies as a result of the merger will allow monies to be reallocated from overheads to front line services, a statement from the charities reads.
The combined projected budget of the merged organisation is £17m, and Kisharon Langdon estimates that a further 13.5% of fundraised income will be available to frontline services.
It said in its statement that the merged organisation will remain committed to meeting the religious and cultural needs of its members and those it supports.
Kisharon Langdon chief executive Richard Franklin said: “We are pleased to announce the merger of Kisharon and Langdon, marking the beginning of an exciting journey to make a positive impact on our community.
“Through ambitious and personalised support, Kisharon Langdon will empower people with learning disabilities and autism to shape their futures and realise their potential. The support and partnership of the community has been instrumental in the success of both Kisharon and Langdon to date, and the merged Kisharon Langdon can only but thrive through this essential collaboration with our community.”
The staff levels of both organisations were around 200, so Kisharon Langdon will now have a staff force of 400. There are currently no planned job cuts.
Costs of the merger have been covered by Wohl Legacy, Bloom Foundation, Loftus Family Charitable Trust, the Benson and Lionel Black Charitable Trust, Pears Foundation and Henry Family Investments.