A Stronger Future Together

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:45

METRO Charity and Positive Parenting and Children (PPC) formally merged today.

"After many months of discussion and due diligence processes, the METRO Board are agreed that this is in the absolute best interest for service users, commissioners and staff and volunteer teams of both charities.", Dan McDonald, METRO Chair of Trustees.

"The decision to merge is never one to be taken lightly, but myself and the rest of the PPC Board are clear that merging ensures the strongest position for the continued delivery of our vital support to families living with and affected by HIV." Gwen Bryan, PPC Chair of Trustees.

"Both PPC and METRO are long standing charities that have side-by-side fought stigma, embraced equality and diversity and lived through the HIV epidemic, working across London boroughs with the highest prevalence of HIV in the UK.", Elaine Pearson, PPC Interim Executive Director.

The merge between the two charities will see services running as usual, with the PPC team continuing to operate from their current base in Brixton. Expertise across the newly formed team will be maximised in developing an integrated offer within METRO's HIV domain and across their Sexual & Reproductive Health, Community, Mental Health, and Youth domains.

"We have already been working so closely in the lead up to the merger, and I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone at PPC into the METRO family. I am excited see the merge really bear fruit in offering an even better and more diverse and well-rounded package of support options to families living with and affected by HIV.", Dr Greg Ussher, METRO CEO.

Dr Ussher continued, "We have recently seen HIV support services completely defunded in some London boroughs, and consultations are under way in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham which could lead to defunding of HIV support services in these boroughs. Cuts such as these continue to have a significant impact on those living with HIV, and on organisations working with them, I am sure this merge provides the best opportunity to build a stronger future together."

Three current Trustees from PPC will be standing for election, by the newly integrated team, to the METRO Board at their AGM on Thursday 12th May.

PPC and METRO combined will employ over 90 staff with 80 volunteers, operating from 7 locations across London and the South East and have over 60 years’ experience working in London with diverse communities impacted by HIV.


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