A Joint Communication from

Parents in Partnership and Croydon Mencap

September 2020

We are writing to announce that Croydon Mencap (CM) has accepted a request from Parents in Partnership (PIP) that the two charities should merge. Please be assured that the PIP team will be supported to continue their high quality of service to families in Croydon.

The decision has not been taken lightly. For a number of years PIP has been reliant on securing funding from a variety of sources. This has become more difficult each year and in the current economic climate it has become almost impossible for a small charity like PIP to achieve financial security.  The trustees of PIP have carefully examined the financial position and have considered the options available, including closure of the service by March 2021.

Therefore we are grateful to CM for taking us under their wing. Merging with a well-respected local charity will provide greater job security for PIP staff and the highly valued services they provide. For CM, the new arrangement will enhance and expand the array of support that it is able to provide to parents, carers and families of children, young people and adults with additional needs in Croydon.

The PIP staff will provide their services from the Croydon Mencap offices in Thornton Heath as ‘Parents in Partnership @ Croydon Mencap’.

The date of the formal joining of the two charities will be announced once all legal formalities have been completed. It is expected that this will happen within the current financial year, ending on 31 March 2021.

For further information please contact Alan Avis, Chief Executive at Croydon Mencap – alan@croydonmencap.org.uk

Trisha Holmes                                                 James Kiamtia-Cooper

Chairperson Parents in Partnership       Chairperson Croydon Mencap