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The education and life-skills charity, The Whitehawk Inn, will be joining Brighton Housing Trust from the beginning of April.
The Whitehawk Inn provides community-led services in east Brighton, providing information and advice about learning and work, as well as a range of support activities for adults. For those who are looking to go back to work it offers careers advice, employment support and a range of tailored resources.
BHT has been in discussions with the Whitehawk Inn regarding the merger for six months and have undertaken a full due diligence exercise. The Whitehawk Inn will retain its name and current management team and staff. BHT will provide ‘back office’ and strategic support.
We are excited by this merger. It consolidates our position in a very uncertain economic environment by benefiting from BHT’s size and reach. Our priority has always been to safeguard the services we offer to the people of Brighton, especially those living in Whitehawk.
BHT clearly appreciates and values our history, culture and identity. Those using our services should see very little change in the short term, but looking forward we hope to see an expansion in what we can offer them.
Jon Downing, Chair of the Whitehawk Inn Board of Management
We are delighted that the Trustees have chosen BHT to take the Whitehawk Inn to the next stage of its evolution. For many years we have greatly admired the range and quality of the work undertaken by the Whitehawk Inn and, as the two organisations grew closer, the merger became an increasingly obvious and beneficial option for both.
Having the Whitehawk Inn as part of the range of services offered by BHT will do nothing but strengthen what we can offer the clients of both organisations and with it BHT’s reputation.
Joan Mortimer, Chair of the BHT Board of Management