More than 1,000 staff and over 40 projects have been transferred today from Lifeline Project, which is in the process of winding up, to Change Grow Live.
It emerged last month that Lifeline Project, a £60m Manchester-based drug and alcohol charity, was on the brink of collapse and that CGL had been approached to take on some of its services.
Lifeline Project employed around 1,300 people at the time of its collapse.
The charity was set up in 1971 and operates across England. Its income has risen quickly in recent years; from £20m in 2012 to just over £60m in 2016. Almost all its income was in the form of contracts to deliver substance misuse services.
According to its most recent accounts almost 70 people were employed in either management and policy development or central administration and business development. The rest of its workforce was tied to project activity.
CGL has taken on all of Lifeline's central and support staff and other providers are expected to take on some projects.
The move is likely to make CGL one of the UK's 20 largest charities.
‘We’ve transferred as much as possible’
In an updated statement today Mike Pattinson, executive director at CGL, said: “CGL has been invited by Lifeline to help end the uncertainty facing their service users and staff.
“Over the past weeks we have worked collaboratively with Lifeline management to transfer as much vital service provision as possible.
“From today, 1 June 2017, CGL is taking over the operation of many of the services provided by Lifeline.
“We have transferred in over 1,000 staff and over 40 service delivery contracts.
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“This allows these services to continue to exist without withdrawing vital treatment and support, ensuring that the minimum possible risk is caused to service users’ lives.
“Service users can expect the same level of treatment and care. Referrals can continue as normal and contact details for services will stay the same for the time being.”
Editor's note: after receiving additional information this story has been updated to include that other providers could take on some of Lifeline's projects and that all support staff have been transferred to CGL.