Blenheim and HAGA are delighted to announce that the organisations have merged from 1st April 2018.
The merger is an exciting opportunity for both Blenheim and HAGA: two successful charities that share similar objectives and values, putting service-users at the heart of everything that we do. Working together will mean that we will be able to share resources, make cost savings, share knowledge, offer a wider range of innovative services and make even more positive impacts in people’s lives.
Deborah Jenkins, Blenheim’s interim CEO, said:
“We are excited to be merging with HAGA and extending the digital and innovative interventions we offer across our existing services and beyond. The combined expertise and knowledge of our staff will enable us to provide a wider range of services and reach more people that need support to reduce their alcohol or drug use.
The two charities share many similarities including our shared values and history of working together. This merger will make us a stronger organisation and enable us to campaign and address inequality more widely across the alcohol and drug sector.”
HAGA works with and on behalf of people, families and communities affected by alcohol. Founded in 1981, HAGA’s vision is a community with an informed relationship with alcohol, able to understand and discuss its effects, pleasures and difficulties, with families supported to deal with its negative impacts. They want everyone to be able to access support and treatment for alcohol if and when they need it.
Gail Priddey, HAGA’s CEO, explains why Blenheim feels like the right fit for them:
“Blenheim are a really well-respected organisation in the substance misuse sector, particularly for their drug services, training and campaigning, and we’ve enjoyed working in partnership with them in Haringey for a number of years now. Merging with Blenheim will enable us to continue to offer high quality, innovative services in Haringey and beyond, and extend the range of support, training and development available for our staff.”
What will happen to Blenheim and HAGA?
From 1st April 2018, the new merged organisation will be Blenheim and HAGA has ceased to be an independent charity as of 31st March 2018. HAGA’s Haringey based services will continue to use the name HAGA locally as it is so well known to local service-users and professionals. Outside of this specific arrangement in Haringey, the merged organisation will be called Blenheim.
What will the merger mean for service-users, commissioners and wider stakeholders?
There will be no disruption to any of Blenheim’s services. HAGA’s existing services and frontline staff will be transferred to the merged organisation. Blenheim are taking on the leases for HAGA’s current service sites also, meaning that services will continue to run from the same sites. Both senior leadership teams are doing everything they can to ensure that there is as little disruption to service users, commissioners and wider stakeholders as possible. We hope that the merger will be a positive thing for everyone involved, meaning, in particular, that local people continue to get the best possible support.