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Change Grow Live and Sova complete merger

Change Grow Live and Sova complete merger

1 March 2019

Sova, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Change Grow Live that supports individuals with multiple and complex needs, has fully merged with its parent charity as of Friday 1 March 2019.

The merger arrangements will allow full integration of the two organisations’ expertise, service delivery and organisational infrastructure and will mean that service users will be able to benefit from a wider range of support, seamlessly delivered under one name.

As of 1 March, all existing Sova services will continue to be provided under the name of Change Grow Live. All people who use Sova services have been kept informed regarding the merger and there will be no immediate changes to the way services are delivered.

In its last annual accounts (2017-18), Sova reported income of £3.9m and delivered 43 services across England and Wales spanning mental health support, befriending and mentoring for young people and families, rehabilitation and mentoring for juvenile and adult offenders, and support with training and employment.

Mark Moody, Chief Executive of Change Grow Live, said:

“Everyone should feel proud of what Sova has achieved over the last six years as an independent entity within Change Grow Live. The two organisations already work closely together and share a lot of systems and processes and, as the number of people we support increases, this feels like the right time to bring all the services together.

“Fully merging the two organisations will create greater stability, allow us to deliver more impact and will ultimately benefit the people who we help. It will allow us to provide a more holistic approach to our services, benefitting the people who use them, and will also mean that we can run our services as efficiently as possible and plan effectively for the future”.

John Leach, Head of Operational Delivery at Sova, said:

“We’ve achieved a great deal under the Sova brand over the years, however this seems like the right time to work more closely with Change Grow Live.  We are making this change from a position of financial strength and this is a move that makes sense for us as an organisation as part of a strategy to have a bigger impact for the people we help. We’ll be working closely with our colleagues at Change Grow Live and our service users to make sure that the change is as seamless as possible, and will be continuing our services and looking to grow these where possible.”