award-winning charity, Vital Regeneration, is to merge with Thames Reach.
helped many hundreds of people placed in temporary
accommodation by the City of Westminster to improve their skills and employment
prospects through its highly successful Homeless Employment and Learning
Project (HELP). Typically HELP supports black and ethnic minority lone parents
who are experiencing homelessness to find work and increase their earnings.
linked project, HELP Enterprise, combines dedicated business support and access
to micro-financing through Vital Invest CIC, an innovative subsidiary vehicle
established to enable homeless people to set up their own
recently, Vital Regeneration has joined with Westminster City Council to
provide a ‘One Stop Shop’ service focusing on helping to prevent homelessness
through employment, financial management and housing-related support.
Reach and Vital Regeneration entered into discussion in 2016 and it quickly
became clear that both organisations had services that could complement each
other and a strong, shared commitment to reducing homelessness through
delivering effective prevention services.
Boards have now agreed a merger and Vital Regeneration will become a subsidiary
of Thames Reach from March 1st 2017. The innovative
work of Vital Regeneration will be developed and delivered in more boroughs
Reach’s Chief Executive Jeremy Swain said: “Vital Regeneration’s employment
sustainment figures are some of the best in the country and, having heard
directly from the women who are being supported, I have no doubt that the
organisation is transforming lives for the better. Bringing together our two
organisations will enable us to make a bigger impact on the lives of even more
women and men as we seek to reduce homelessness in Westminster and elsewhere and
the Thames Reach Board is very excited by the opportunities this partnership
Regeneration’s Chief Executive David Bowler said: “The merger follows some very
constructive conversations that have been driven by a single shared imperative
– achieving better outcomes for people who are homeless or at risk of
homelessness. Our organisations’ services complement each other and, for Vital
Regeneration, it offers us an opportunity to scale our work and increase impact
within a respected, larger organisation that shares our values.”