Youth charities announce merger

The Centre for Youth Impact and YMCA George Williams College are to merge in a move that will combine their resources across training, support and data collection in the youth sector.

The process starts this month until spring 2022. The organisations said they “will spend the coming months listening to the views of youth organisations and practitioners on how the combined charity can best offer support and build evidence and insight”.

Bethia McNeil the current chief executive of youth charity Centre for Youth Impact will lead the merged organisation.

She also becomes interim CEO at specialist youth sector training institution YMCA George Williams College ahead of the merger’s completion.

“The Covid pandemic had a huge impact on young people and those who work with and for them, said McNeil.

“The pandemic has shown the significant unmet needs and inequities in our society, and our sector.

“Young people need quality relationships with practitioners with the right skills, right knowledge and understanding of what matters. In coming together, we will better meet this need by embedding insight into practice.”

Centre for Youth Impact chair Martin Houghton Brown has been named as chair designate of the new charity, which will be a member of the YMCA Federation.

YMCA George Williams College was formed 50 years ago.

“We recognise that training and support for the sector needs to adapt, shift and change to meet demands in our society and the needs of the workforce,” said the college’s chair Keith Bendall.

“This new chapter celebrates our rich legacy and secures a bright future for our mission to develop practitioners committed to evidence-informed relational practice.”

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