In a joint statement issued by Fylde Community Link Chair, Ms Ruth Jackson and Ormerod Homes Trust Chair, Ms Leisa Stuart, the organisations say
“By merging these two organisations into one stronger charity we intend to make learning disability services around the Fylde Coast even better for the hundreds of vulnerable people who need support with everyday living tasks. Sharing resources together will mean that the larger organisation is more robust in the challenging climate that Local Authorities – who purchase Homecare and Supported Living Services from provider organisations – find themselves. Together, we can offer better value, higher quality support services which keep people safe and also secure the local nature of the two organisations for the future.”
Fylde Community Link currently supports around 120 people and employs 170 staff, Ormerod supports 170 people and employs 220 staff – in both cases there is a range of needs from people who require a little support with managing their money right through to people who need intensive assistance with all aspects of life. Some supported people live with family members or alone, others share their accommodation with others who also use support services.
The name for the merged organisation, which will come into existence in 2018, will be decided after a consultation process with all stakeholders.[/vc_column_text]