Autism East Midlands has merged with Northampton-based Autism Concern, effective from 1 January 2018.
The two charities, which are part of Autism Alliance, said they recognised the value of each other’s services, with a “common goal” to “reach as many people geographically possible” within the East Midlands area.
The contracts currently held by Autism Concern will be taken over by Autism East Midlands at the end of their current term. Autism Concern will retain its name for trading purposes only until this time.
The current services, which include ADHD matters, family support services, support line, children and young people’s service and training and awareness will still be provided, and additional services will be added.
Commenting on the merger, Autism Concern chair of trustees Robert Woodford said: “Our 25th year became a seminal moment. Not content with letting this charity go backwards, we decided to be proactive. We sought a merger with another charity. We believe that not only will it secure our short-term stability, but more excitingly, a larger organization will allow us to provide a wider variety of services and greater depth to our offering.
“Autism East Midlands share the same values we do, and naturally are a good geographic fit. They sit alongside us in the Autism Alliance and have been partnering with us over the past 12 months as we focused on the challenges we faced.
“With a turnover in excess of £13m and a trading surplus, they also offer the financial stability the charity needs and investment opportunity the county can benefit from."