Glastonbury’s Strategic Plan 2013-16 outlines an aspiration for the establishment of ‘Geelong’s Premier Community Services Agency’ and to strategically partner and position the organisation for greater social impact. Consistent with this, the Boards of Barwon Youth and Glastonbury have agreed to strengthen their existing partnership through a merger of the two organisations.
This was confirmed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the two Board Chairs on the 5 August 2014. The merger represents a significant shift away from competitive and market driven approaches in favour of an approach designed to deliver better integration of services for communities. This collaborative and integrated approach will be characterised by a client-centred focus at all times.
A Working Party of Board Chairs and CEOs has been established to progress the merger discussions over the coming 12 months.