01st March 2022

Abbeyfield Wales merges with Linc Cymru Housing Association

Corporate News
ON TUESDAY 1 March, Abbeyfield Wales became part of the Linc Cymru community.

Abbeyfield Wales sought to transfer its 15 homes supporting 134 older residents across Wales to Linc Cymru (Linc), to ensure its long-term financial strength. The merger enables the continued provision of high-quality homes and services to Abbeyfield Wales tenants.  

In 2020 the Board of Abbeyfield Wales began the search for a merger partner, inviting proposals from a number of housing associations. Following a due diligence process that saw consultation with tenants, staff and stakeholders, Linc was chosen as the preferred merger partner.   

Linc, a housing association and care provider, currently works across 10 local authority areas. While Abbeyfield Wales homes will transfer to Linc, the Abbeyfield Wales name and brand will continue to be used under licence from The Abbeyfield Society.  

Scott Sanders, Linc’s CEO said:  

“The merger of Abbeyfield Wales and Linc, sees our organisations come together to achieve a shared desire to provide high-quality services for customers through local service delivery and great partnerships. 

“At Linc, we believe in creating the right environment for people to flourish. Everything we do is guided by our respect for the people we work with, and the customers and communities we work for.  

“We feel it’s particularly important to retain the Abbeyfield Wales brand as it’s part of their heritage. As we preserve and respect this identity, we will ensure that our organisations learn from each other and that our customers benefit from our shared expertise.  

“Abbeyfield Wales homes are run by a brilliant team, they continue to provide high-quality services to customers across Wales, and we look forward to having them as colleagues.   

“Finally, I am pleased to share that Gary Hortop, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield Wales, will be joining Linc’s Business Leadership Team as Director of Care and Support; a pivotal position which sees both Linc and Abbeyfield Wales customers benefit from Gary’s wealth of knowledge and experience.” 

Alan Rookes, Chair of Abbeyfield Wales Board added:  

“It was apparent from the outset that the organisational cultures and values of Linc and Abbeyfield Wales were extremely compatible, focussing on delivering great services to customers in their local communities.  

“We are confident that combining forces creates an enhanced outcome for customers and we are pleased to see Linc’s ongoing commitment to the heritage and identity of Abbeyfield Wales.” 



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