Achieve together, a provider of specialist support for people with learning disabilities, autism and associated complex needs, has completed the transfer of the residential and community services run by RNID, the national hearing loss charity.
The organisation will now operate RNID’s care and support services in England and Wales.
Alongside building on Achieve together’s existing expertise in delivering specialist support for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, the acquisition will enable further investment in team members, technology and services to support them to grow.
Emma Pearson, chief executive officer of Achieve together, said: “We are incredibly excited and proud, to be welcoming RNID’s care and support services, and dedicated teams, to Achieve together.
“We will be focussed on collaboration and importantly, co-production, as we all work together to deliver the best specialist support through the amazing teams, our networks and our partnerships, including with families.
“We are really looking forward to working closely with each service, our new team members, the individuals we support and their families, as we embark on this new and exciting chapter together.”
In 2019, RNID refined its strategy to have wider reach and impact for the one in five adults in the UK who are deaf or have hearing loss and the one in eight who have tinnitus.
“To realise this strategy, we knew that we could not continue to do everything we do today. For this reason, our Board of Trustees proposed to transfer our care and support services to a new provider,” explained Mark Atkinson, chief executive of RNID.
“We wanted to find an organisation we had confidence in; an organisation that shares our values and our ethos and our commitment to high quality, person-centred care.
“So, I am pleased to say that we have transferred our care and support services in England and Wales to Achieve together. We have also said goodbye to our amazing colleagues, who will continue their inspiring work delivering specialist support for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
“We believe Achieve together is well placed to invest in our services, support them to grow and continue to run them in the future.”
As part of the transfer, the members supporting RNID’s care services will benefit from access to Achieve together’s leadership, resources, and professional development opportunities, aimed at nurturing and driving skills and talents.