A message for our partners and funders…
Hafal and Crossroads Mid & West Wales are joining together to form one organisation. The two charities are already working closely together and (subject to the legal processes required) we plan to merge formally on 1 April 2017.
Who are Hafal and Crossroads Mid and West Wales?
Both are well-established and successful charities: Hafal provides services for mental health service users and Carers across Wales; Crossroads Mid & West Wales (CMWW) operates in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys and provides services to a wider client group – that is, not just mental health clients and Carers – but with specialist expertise in dementia and children’s services.
Both charities have a strong focus on empowering its clients by providing high quality support and care. Hafal has a budget of about £5 million; CMWW’s budget is about £1.8 million.
Why the merger?
Following detailed discussion and analysis the Trustees and senior management have concluded that by joining together both organisations can improve and expand their services to clients, offer partners and commissioners improved, flexible and cost effective services, and secure our future in the coming years.
Both organisations are already successful but together we can benefit by creating a larger organisation fulfilling a wider mission across Wales. The key benefit is that the two charities’ missions and activities complement rather than duplicate each other.
Together, we can broaden our overall mission by Hafal embracing CMWW’s wider remit beyond mental health, while CMWW enhances Hafal’s Carer role. We can deliver a unique range of generic health and social care services throughout Wales (i.e. across Hafal’s wider area of operation).
What will change?
Both organisations have a similar culture, so most things will not change. In particular we will want to sustain and enhance our reputation for high quality, empowering services that enable our clients to make choices and thrive.
Our mission will be broader than Hafal’s current focus but the new organisation will remain a specialist organisation with unique expertise and a professional and committed workforce.
Hafal services will retain the Hafal brand and we have an open mind on how the current Crossroads services may be branded in future – we might keep a distinctive brand or alternatively adopt the Hafal brand or a variant of that. We will of course look to our Members and clients, our staff group, and of course our partners and funders to help us develop and position the unified organisation.