HAGA and Blenheim are delighted to announce that the organisations are merging from 1st April 2018.
Why we are merging
The merger is an exciting opportunity for both Blenheim and HAGA: two successful charities that share similar objectives and values, putting service-users at the heart of everything that we do. Working together will mean that we will be able to share resources, make cost savings, share knowledge, offer a wider range of innovative services and make even more positive impacts in people’s lives.
Gail Priddey, HAGA’s CEO, explains why Blenheim feels like the right fit for us: “Blenheim are a really well-respected organisation in the substance misuse sector, particularly for their drug services, training and campaigning, and we’ve enjoyed working in partnership with them in Haringey for a number of years now. Merging with Blenheim will enable us to continue to offer high quality, innovative services in Haringey and beyond, and extend the range of support, training and development available for our staff.”
Blenheim is a charity that provides support to over 10,000 drug and alcohol users, their families and carers across London. Each of their services provides free, friendly, and non-judgmental support that improves the health of the individual and has a lasting positive impact on the well-being of the families, friends and communities in which their service-users live.
With over twenty projects across fourteen London boroughs, Blenheim provide a range of recovery services designed to meet the unique needs of individuals and their families, friends and communities. Blenheim know Haringey well as they’ve been delivering services here for eleven years and have been working formally in partnership with HAGA to deliver services locally since 2014.
Deborah Jenkins, Blenheim’s CEO, said of the merger: “We are excited to be merging with HAGA and being able to offer more digital and innovative interventions across our existing services and beyond. The combined expertise and knowledge of our staff will enable us to provide a wider range of services and reach more people that need support to reduce their alcohol or drug use.
The two charities share many similarities including our shared values and history of working together. This merger will make us a stronger organisation and enable us to campaign and address inequality more widely across the alcohol and drug sector.”
What will happen to HAGA?
HAGA will cease to be an independent charity as of 31st March 2018. From 1st April 2018, the new merged organisation will be Blenheim. HAGA’s Haringey-based services will continue to use the name HAGA locally as it is so well known to local service-users and professionals. Outside of this specific arrangement in Haringey, the merged organisation will be called Blenheim.
What will the merger mean for service-users, commissioners and wider stakeholders?
HAGA’s existing services and frontline staff will be transferred to the merged organisation. Blenheim are taking on the leases for HAGA’s current service sites also, meaning that services will continue to run from the same sites. Both senior leadership teams are doing everything they can to ensure that there is as little disruption to service-users, commissioners and wider stakeholders as possible. We hope that the merger will be a positive thing for everyone involved, meaning, in particular, that local people continue to get the best possible support to tackle their drinking.
Celebrate with us
Join us for a HAGA-DO to celebrate thirty-seven years of working with, and on behalf of, people, families and communities affected by alcohol in Haringey and beyond on Friday 23rd March 2018 from 1pm to 4pm at Shine Enterprise Centre, 89-91 Turnpike Lane, N8 0DY. Food and refreshments will be served. Expect tears, laughter, fond memories, and plenty of buzz about our future as Blenheim.