Brandon Trust launches operations in South London
On November 1st, London not-for-profit organisation Odyssey Care, a subsidiary of Brandon Trust since April 2011 and provider of services comparable to our own across the boroughs of Croydon, Wandsworth, Southwark, Merton and Sutton, officially became Brandon Trust in London as part of a full merger.
And to celebrate Brandon Trust's arrival in London, its staff and service users will be touring the southern side of the city in their fully-decorated open-top double-decker bus to promote the high-quality support and services they offer.
During the launch, Brandon Trust will also be highlighting and focusing on the main issues currently affecting people with learning disabilities, including seeking employment opportunities and the barriers surrounding using public transport.
Formed in 1994, the award-winning Brandon Trust has more than 1,000 employees and works with approximately 1,500 people with learning disabilities and autism enabling them to live as independently as possible.
Brandon Trust Chief Executive Lucy Hurst-Brown said the move makes the organisation, which has an annual turnover of around £52 million, stronger and able to offer more competitive services as a whole.
She said: "We will be supporting more people with learning disabilities in many different ways and bringing together a diverse workforce with lots of skills and creativity to share."
"It is very challenging, but it is a time of opportunity as well. It's strength in numbers. Together we are much stronger and we are able to progress to much better individualisation for people we support."
Ms Hurst-Brown, who was the Chief Executive of Odyssey Care until 2005, explained having a presence in London would also improve fundraising opportunities and offer Brandon Trust a chance to be a greater voice for the people it supports.
She said: "As we expand, we have a growing sense of responsibility to express the voice of the people we support to be able to shape the thinking of Government and society's view of disability.
"If you are a really small organisation, you don't have to bear that responsibility, but the more people you support, the more important it is that you step up and be a voice, and London is the place to be a voice."