About the Merger:  

  • Ripplez CIC will merge with social business and charity Catch22 on 1st January 2021.

 

  • One of the key targets in the Ripplez Business Plan 19/21 was to explore potential opportunities for a strategic partnership with a like-minded organisation to secure long term sustainability.

 

  • Following a robust market engagement exercise, Ripplez selected Catch22 as the preferred partner.

 

  • Catch22 is a social business and a charity that is designed to build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. It has a thriving Young People and Families hub.

 

  • Catch22 will wholly own Ripplez, its staff and its assets and will novate all contracts.

 

  • This merger presents an exciting opportunity for Ripplez to protect its frontline services and allow for future growth and for Catch22 to continue to positively impact the lives of some of the most vulnerable.

 

  • The Ripplez Board believes this demonstrates innovation in how a public sector mutual can work together to benefit the people who use their services.

 

  • Catch22 believes this acquisition represents an exciting new relationship between larger and smaller social enterprises.


Justine Gibling, Chief Executive of Ripplez, said:

“This partnership demonstrates innovation in how the Public Sector Mutuals can work together to continue to benefit the people who use their services and adapt to a particularly difficult commissioning landscape – small mutuals don’t want to disappear, but might struggle to carry on as independent organisations."

Ripplez will continue to work from its Derby City Offices and carry on the mobilisation and delivery of our LCF funded Pause social outcome contracts in Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire. It will become a part of Catch22’s thriving Young People and Families Hub which currently supports more than 11,000 people across the country – including child sexual and criminal exploitation services, substance misuse, emotional wellbeing, gangs and missing children services.


For more information please see the full merger statement here: Ripplez and Catch22.

Visit Catch22's website here: Catch22.