The social care charities Choice Support and mcch are starting the process of merging by coming together under a new holding company and charity, Partnership Support Group (PSG).

mcch provides support and housing for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, working across London and the South-East.

Choice Support supports people with learning disabilities and autism across much of England, and provides Experts by Experience for the Care Quality Commission’s central region.

Sarah Maguire, Choice Support’s Managing Director, will become the Chief Executive of PSG. She said: “Both mcch and Choice Support believe that merging will create a stronger charity that can offer enhanced services to beneficiaries."

"We’ll become a major new provider in social care, offering support and housing expertise across the country. This is a great opportunity for us to redefine the way we deliver social care."

"We’ll be continuing all the good things that both organisations do currently, while exploring new ways of collaborating with families and commissioners. We’ll share best practice from both organisations and encourage more innovation."

"In time we’ll be able to offer a broader range of services to people we support. It’s an exciting development.”

Equipped to face challenges

Oliver Mills, the Chair of mcch’s Board of Trustees, will become the Chair of PSG. He said: “Social care is facing unprecedented financial challenges."

"By merging our two charities, which share the same values and strong track records in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health needs to live independent lives, we are creating a stronger organisation better equipped to face these challenges.”

Both organisations are solvent and financially viable.

There are no plans for service closures or cuts to front-line staff as a result of the merger.