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Merger with McIntyre Centre


23rd June 2017

23 June 2017

MCINTYRE CENTRE AND HELP ENTERPRISES MERGER BECOMES A REALITY

It’s ‘all systems go’ for the recently announced merger of two of Brisbane’s longest standing disability organisations, McIntyre Centre and Help Enterprises.

After being formally announced in April on signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, all necessary due diligence has occurred, and the merger will take effect on 30 June 2017.

Chairman of the Board for McIntyre Centre, Mr Mac Boulton said “We are so pleased to announce that this merger is proceeding as planned. We have the utmost confidence in the management teams of both McIntyre Centre, and HELP to deliver a great result”.

“We are equally confident that this merger will provide the long-term stability to ensure that horse riding for people with disability at the McIntyre Centre will continue for a very long time to come.”

“As a values-based organisation with a long and proud history, it was critical that we partnered with a likeminded organisation dedicated to providing quality outcomes. We have found that in Help Enterprises,” said Mr Boulton.

The Boards of both McIntyre Centre and Help Enterprises signed off on the merger on 21 June 2017, and staff have already started the planning process for a smooth transition.

HELP’s Managing Director, Mr Kerry Browne said “The entire HELP team is very excited at the prospect of this merger becoming a reality. What really underpins this merger is that the organisations are founded on the same set of values but offer quite different, but complementary, services.”

“The equine therapy provided by McIntyre Centre is unique, and with an injection of capital and people, can be expanded to service more people with disability.”

“At the same time, HELP’s whole of life approach to its Disability Support Services, which includes employment opportunities, housing, day programs and respite facilities, can be extended to McIntyre’s clients. As one organisation we can more easily leverage the best of both organisations with no downside,” said Mr Browne.

HELP’s Chairman Mr Phillip Hourigan said “The HELP Board has already committed to significant capital expenditure to take place at McIntyre Centre, in order to provide remedial work to some of the riding centre facilities, and also to expand the number of services that can be offered to people with disability in the western suburbs.”

McIntyre Centre specialises in horse riding therapy for people with disability, operating from a property in Brisbane’s outer west. For more information about the McIntyre Centre, visit www.mcintyrecentre.org.au.

Help Enterprises offers a diverse range of support for people with disability including supported employment in the Manufacturing, Oxford Park Nursery and Supply Chain Services businesses, along with open employment and training services, accommodation and respite facilities.
Go to www.helpenterprises.com.au for a comprehensive overview of HELP’s social enterprise framework.

 

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