Global children’s charity Plan UK has said it will absorb Street Kids International UK (Ski UK) "to expand their work in helping some of the world’s poorest young people fulfil their potential”.
The two charities will join forces on April 1, 2015 to form one larger charity under the existing name of Plan UK.
Tanya Barron, chief executive for Plan UK said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to reach more of the most marginalised and vulnerable young people. It will also bring greater knowledge, skills and experience to our work around youth economic empowerment.”
Barron said she hoped Ski UK’s donors would continue to support the charity’s work through Plan UK.
“As a valued and dedicated supporter of Street Kids International UK and the causes of marginalised youth, we need your help now more than ever,” she said.
Plan UK’s last published income for the year ending 30 June 2014 stood at £63.1m. Ski UK’s income for the year ending 30 June 2014 was £269,194.
A spokesman for Plan UK said two members of Ski UK’s staff will transfer to Plan UK, including executive director, Phillipa Frankl, who will lead the continuation of Ski UK’s work to “benefit youth in urban settings”.
“There are no redundancies as a result of the merger,” the spokesman said. “Of Ski’s staff of three, two will join Plan and a third was due to leave the organisation in any case.
“One of Ski UK’s trustees expressed an interest in joining the Plan UK board and following a normal recruitment process it was agreed that they would join, bringing to our board particular expertise in youth participation.”
Street Kids International UK will formally close on March 31 and will be fully integrated into Plan UK’s structure. Its ‘Make Change’ programme on social enterprise and campaigning which is currently operating in four London schools, will continue under the leadership of Plan UK.