Disability rights charity The Camden Society has joined learning disability support provider Thera Group.
The rationale behind the move is to help The Camden Society move to the next stage of its development and provide a bigger voice for people with a learning disability. It is hoped that both organisations will benefit from sharing skills and knowledge to improve their support and services.
Gerald Oppenheim, chair of the Camden Society, said: "This move will take the Society on to the next stage of development by becoming part of a group structure. It will also enable us to enhance our services and of develop new ones. We want to build on the success of our work in London and Oxfordshire by sharing our experience with other parts of the country to the benefit of people with a learning disability.
"Both Thera and The Camden Society are passionate about the same sort of things and we look forward to working with them in a way which benefits people with a learning disability.
"This is the right decision for our beneficiaries and will enable us to support them in future in a climate where public funding will get even more difficult. Raising funds from other sources will also be harder and The Camden Society can only gain from being part of a larger, national grouping. Thera will add value to our operations, while allowing us to retain sufficient independence to grow and develop in the way the Society would want."
Bill Carter, Thera’s chairman, added: "The Camden Society shares Thera's Vision, seeing people as leaders in society, valued and equal members of the communities in which they live.
"Both organisations are known for their innovation and creativity as well as their excellent support and services for individuals. We look forward to being able to share the respective skills, knowledge and expertise of our two organisations to improve, innovate and develop the support and services we provide."