We are delighted to share the news of the merger of Redbridge Children & Young People’s Network (RCYPN) and RedbridgeCVS (RCVS). Following a year of discussions by our two Boards, the merger was unanimously agreed by the RedbridgeCVS Board in March 2018.
The merger is a big and positive step forward for all concerned and one we have been eagerly awaiting. We are confident that the merger will be of mutual benefit to both our organisations and help the future sustainability of the Network.
The merger which became official from 1st April 2018, means that the future of RCYPN has been secured for the foreseeable future at least. Our work will continue as at present: the only difference is that we have become a 'project' of RedbridgeCVS and not a separate independent charity. The RCYPN meetings will continue, as will our regular 'Information Sharing' emails etc.
Due to the merger, the databases of the two organisations will be combined into one. This is something we are currently working on. Before we can transfer any of our member groups’ information to RedbridgeCVS’ database we will need the written permission of our members to do so.
The timing of the merger is fortunate as the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will be coming into force soon. These new legal requirements mean that we have to ensure groups are happy for us to continue sending information by email and post to them by requiring them to “opt-in” to continuing to receive information.
The simplest way for our members to do this is to formally join RedbridgeCVS as members. Membership of RedbridgeCVS is free and you only need to complete the simple membership form once. Voluntary and community sector organisations can join as full Members, and public sector agencies and for-profit organisations can join as Supporters.
Please see https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/joinredbridgecvs where you will find the application form. Many of you will already be members of RedbridgeCVS, in which case you won’t need to do anything!
RCYPN has merged with Redbridge CVS as of 1st April 2018.