Social Care Providers Certitude and Yarrow to merge

Combined organisation will be the largest not for profit provider of support for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs in London.

We are delighted to announce that Certitude and Yarrow have entered into formal discussions with the intention of Yarrow joining Certitude as a wholly owned subsidiary in April 2020.

Certitude and Yarrow have been supporting people with learning disabilities and autism for over 30 years and share a commitment to delivering high quality, creative and innovative support across the capital. The combined financial strength and stability of the new Certitude group will ensure this progressive support for people and families continues. Certitude supports around 1,500 people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs predominantly in west and south London boroughs while Yarrow supports 167 people with learning disabilities and autism in west and north London boroughs. The expanded Certitude group will be the largest not-for-profit provider of support to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs in London.

Aisling Duffy as Chief Executive of Certitude will continue to provide strong and effective leadership across the group.
Yarrow’s Chief Executive, John Crawford, will become Director of Integration to manage the smooth integration of Yarrow with Certitude.

Aisling Duffy comments:

“This is a tremendous opportunity for everyone connected with Certitude and Yarrow to benefit from the natural synergies which exist between our organisations. I am really pleased to be welcoming Yarrow – which shares our passion for making a positive difference to people’s lives – into the Certitude group.”

“Expansion across London is part of Certitude’s forward-thinking strategy and our comparable philosophies and similar approach means this merger makes good sense for both parties. Our collective London presence will provide greater opportunities to engage commissioners, communities and businesses in delivering great, inclusive support and staff across the group will benefit from an expanded peer network to share expertise and support.”

John Crawford comments:

“I am proud of what Yarrow has achieved, in creating an organisation which put its values into day to day practice. I genuinely believe that joining Certitude will secure all that has been achieved to date and together we will be an even more successful, dynamic organisation.”

Eleri Ebenezer will continue as Chair of the Certitude board. Some Yarrow board members will join the Certitude board and Yarrow will also retain its own board and legal identity similar to how Support for Living and Southside Partnership operate within the Certitude group currently.

Eleri Ebenezer comments:

“This merger will make us more robust in managing the challenges of health and social care funding and ensure we can direct more resources where they should be – on supporting people.”

“We will continue to champion the views and rights of people we support, and families and carers can be assured that their relatives and friends will continue to be cared for by a person-centred organisation that is financially secure.”

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