Youth sector bodies confirm merger

Two umbrella bodies in the voluntary youth sector have confirmed that they are to merge.

Merger talks between National Council of Voluntary Youth Services  and Ambition (originally National Association of Boys’ Clubs, then Clubs for Young People) came to light in January.

Initially the membership services and policy functions of NCVYS will merge into Ambition, and the organisation will close on 1st April. Ambition, which represents about 3,000 youth clubs and community projects, will retain its current name. » Continue reading news item ... “Youth sector bodies confirm merger”

Youth services in The Mix

The youth organisation formed by the merger of charities YouthNet and Get Connected has launched its new brand, The Mix.

The Mix will offer a range of support services for under-25s, with a focus on mental wellbeing and creating opportunities through volunteering. The branding will be fully rolled out by the summer, with an aim to reach over 2 million young people by 2018, a quarter of the UK’s population of 16-25 year olds. » Continue reading news item ... “Youth services in The Mix”

Keeping charity identity in a major merger

The chief executive of what was a relatively small charity (with a £4 million annual turnover) relates her experiences of a merger with a much larger charity in an interesting blog piece for Clinks, ‘Retaining your identity as the smaller partner in a merger‘.

Sova was founded in 1975, and has recruited, trained and deployed an estimated 20 thousand volunteers who, in turn, have supported an estimated 195,400 service users – adult and juvenile offenders, children, young people and families. » Continue reading news item ... “Keeping charity identity in a major merger”

Youth sector bodies in merger talks

Two umbrella bodies in the voluntary youth sector are in talks over a possible merger.

Ambition (originally National Association of Boys’ Clubs) and the National Council of Voluntary Youth Services are discussing merger opportunities, following a series of consultation events which highlighted a need to explore cross sector alliances and the ability to articulate a strong, shared vision for youth services.

“With a combined heritage of 170 years, both membership organisations have a long history of inspiring young people to develop and achieve.

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What is involved in sector mergers

The legal adviser who has worked with CollaborationNI for several years and supported a number of successful mergers applies his experience to explaining what is actually involved in a voluntary sector merger.

A useful introduction to an often daunting subject, ‘To merge or not to merge’ is on NICVA’s sub-site at

CollaborationNI provides support to voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland on merger or other forms of collaboration.

NCVO takes over services around mentoring

Core services undertaken by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation are to be transferred to NCVO, with a target date of 31st March.

MBF helps organisations to increase the effectiveness and quality of their mentoring and befriending services. The three staff working on the delivery of this will join NCVO’s volunteering and development department, but will continue to operate from Manchester, based in the offices of GMCVO. » Continue reading news item ... “NCVO takes over services around mentoring”