Kisharon and Langdon, two leading organisations dedicated to supporting individuals with learning disabilities and autism, have announced their merger after a rigorous two-year process. The newly formed entity, Kisharon Langdon, aims to offer the best possible opportunities for the Jewish learning disability and autism community to thrive.
As a merged organisation, Kisharon Langdon will be better placed to facilitate seamless transitions for individuals at key educational stages, starting from nursery age and progressing through further education and into employment opportunities. Kisharon Langdon will continue to offer a person-centred approach throughout its enhanced service-offering, including supported living accommodation for adults as part of a comprehensive support programme. Cost efficiencies as a result of the merger will allow monies to be reallocated from overheads to front line services.
Central to Kisharon Langdon’s mission is an unwavering commitment to the interests of people with learning disabilities and autism, as well as their families. The organisation remains dedicated to meeting their unique religious and cultural needs, fostering an inclusive environment. The importance of empowering those we support to realise their ambitions and aspirations remains a core value.
“We are pleased to announce the merger of Kisharon and Langdon, marking the beginning of an exciting journey to make a positive impact on our community,” said CEO Richard Franklin. “Through ambitious and personalised support, Kisharon Langdon will empower people with learning disabilities and autism to shape their futures and realise their potential. The support and partnership of the community has been instrumental in the success of both Kisharon and Langdon to date, and the merged Kisharon Langdon can only but thrive through this essential collaboration with our community.”
Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis KBE said, “The merger of Kisharon and Langdon is clearly an important development for the many hundreds of service users who will benefit from the consolidation of these wonderful organisations – each one of which has been a jewel in the crown of the Anglo Jewish community for so many years. It also sends a very powerful message about what can be achieved when charities with similar objectives can combine their resources, expertise and networks for the greater good of our community. This is a proud moment for our community – may Kisharon Langdon go mechayil el Chayil – from strength to added strength as it embarks on this exciting new chapter of its work.”
Keith Black, Chair of the JLC added, “What Kisharon and Langdon have achieved is extraordinary. The coming together of both JLC member organisations will benefit their service users, the sector and the entire community and we wish the new, stronger and combined Kisharon Langdon every success going forward.”