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Thames Reach, Blenheim partner up

 
September 27th 2009
 
The credit crunch is hitting charities in the UK hard, as fewer people can afford to donate and big corporations reduce charity fundraising as part of cost-cutting initiatives. But reduced funding does not have to mean closure, as two London-based homeless organisations have demonstrated. Thames Reach and drug support agency Blenheim CDP have formed a partnership that will involve sharing office space, but stops short of a merger. The charities have signed a document called a 'memorandum of understanding' to form the partnership but will remain autonomous organisations and retain independence. As well as sharing office space, they will work together on training and developing expertise with the aim of improving their services and efficiency. "We've had a lot of value out of cross-fertilising ideas,‚Äö?Ñ?? said John Jolly, chief executive of Blenheim. The two organisations decided to form the partnership after working on a collaborative project for substance abuse amongst rough sleepers. Such measures will no doubt save the charities money, but Thames Reach said the decision was not the result of any financial difficulty on either side. There will be no staff cuts among Thames Reach's 400-strong workforce or Blenheim 160 staff members.
 
 
 

September 2009

 

Contents

Best foot forward

Jumping the gun

Doing the Kiltwalk

Sally forth

Homelessness Hurts

The soup report: The right help in the right place at the right time?

Space at Emmaus

MP's expense and being on the street

Anger at a common scene

Operation Loose Change

London's 15 per cent rise in homeless

Swine flu preparations made

Goings on at Novas

Westminster fails to follow up on street count accuracy

Inquest goes ahead as homeless man's family is found

Charities squabble with politicians over homeless rights

Bum fights caused 27 deaths last year

Professional beggars working in Leicester

Belfast local charged with murdering his nephew

Seattle "breached constitutional rights‚Äö?Ñ?? by refusing tent city

Thames Reach, Blenheim partner up

Homeless services to pay for banning animals

Economic crisis transforming US homeless population

Street Shield 7: The Missing Man

 

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