Young people's charities decide to merge

20 February 2017

Young people’s charities decide to merge

Two young people’s charities – Medway Youth Trust and Young Kent – have announced the intention to merge to create a new charity. The boards of both organisations have been talking since October 2016 about ways for the two organisations to work closer together and have agreed how they will do this.

Announcing the merger, Chairman of Medway Youth Trust, Peter Martin said

“The two organisations share values and goals for young people’s life chances and the ambition for a vibrant, strong youth sector. Together the organisations will be able to grow and develop our impact throughout Medway, Kent and East Sussex”.

Rupert Allinson, Chairman of Young Kent, said

“Both boards have agreed that amalgamation of the two charities represents an exciting opportunity to combine expertise, networks and resources to further our shared goals. Whilst Young Kent has been a part of the fabric of the County for eighty years we have always looked to the future and this merger creates very exciting opportunities for our work”.

Currently Medway Youth Trust or MYT as it is known works across Medway, East Sussex and parts of Kent whilst Young Kent works throughout Kent and Medway. The newly formed organisation will operate under the charity registration, chairmanship and Chief Executive of Medway Youth Trust which focuses its work through a Theory of Change and three long term goals:

  • Young people are ready for learning and work
  • Young people are well prepared for adult life
  • Young people and families create their own change

The amalgamation will be achieved through two phases starting on 20th March 2017 and finalising in early Autumn of 2017 by when Medway Youth Trust will make changes to its constitution to reflect new governance and voting arrangements for Young Kent’s member youth groups. Medway Youth Trust will also change its name and brand and plans to involve young people, staff and funders in that work.

Graham Clewes, Chief Executive of Medway Youth Trust said

“These are dynamic times in our sector. Medway Youth Trust has always sought collaboration and partnership as essential to achieve our ambitious goals for young people. The proposed amalgamation between our organisation and Young Kent is an exciting development and together we look forward to improving the life chances of even more young people”.

Contacts:

  1. Medway Youth Trust

Graham Clewes, Chief Executive graham.clewes@themytrust.org Tel: 01634 334343

www.themytrust.org

  1. Young Kent

Julie Stones, Director of Develpoment julie@youngkent.org.uk Tel: 01622 351150

www.youngkent.org.uk

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