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Posted: 28 Mar 2017
INVOLVE, Merton's network for community engagement, elects individuals to represent the community on a variety of Partnership Boards. At the INVOLVE meeting on Tuesday 25th April we will be electing INVOLVE representatives to serve for the next two years. Elected representatives will receive full induction and ongoing training and support in their roles from the team at MVSC. We are seeking nominations for individuals to fill the following positions: Merton Partnership Executive Board 1 vacancy... read more
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
MVSC hosted the Merton Voluntary Sector Conference on Monday 13th March in the delightful setting of The Everyday Church in Wimbledon. In its second year, the conference was once again buzzing with over 100 delegates ready for a day of networking, learning, discussions and much more. Thriving through change, this year’s theme, explored the approaches and solutions organisations and partners are adopting for resilience and sustainability. Khadiru Mahdi, Chief Executive, MVSC, opened the... read more
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
Citizens Advice Merton and Lambeth (CAML) is celebrating being awarded £25,000 through the Martin Lewis Fund, helping make a real difference to local people’s lives. The funding award announced today will help to deliver the project: CAML Micro-volunteering: Local Research and Campaigns. CAML is well known for its advice service, but less so for its campaigning work. This project will allow CAML do more to influence the policies and practices that affect the lives of people in our community.... read more
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
Please see below for a selection of the latest funding opportunities. To see more information and funds with a rolling deadline, please see the attached document below.  People's Health Trust - Active Communities Deadline: Mar 1 2017 - Apr 5 2017 The People’s Health Trust Active Communities programme funds community groups and not-for-profit organisations to run projects addressing health inequalities. The Trust supports organisations seeking investment of between £5,000 and £25,000 for... read more
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
Merton libraries have been awarded £142,611 for a literacy, arts and culture programme for young people. The funding from Arts Council England will be used to encourage more 11-18-year-olds to use the library service. In schools, all 11-14-year-olds will be challenged to read and review ten books borrowed from a library. Teenagers will work with artists in a series of workshops to create their own pieces inspired by the theme My Library. Exhibitions and performances of their work will be held... read more
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
Celebrate Autism Awareness week by experiencing life through the eyes of an Autistic person. See what some experience with a virtual reality app, hear about real life stories, challenges and successes from a panel of young Autistic people and take away resource packs for further reading. The aim of this event is to provide a safe and respectful environment for businesses, charities and organisations to ask questions and learn in the hope that by growing understanding it will in turn create... read more
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
The Mental Health Foundation is inviting you to watch a free live stream of their event which will explore nutrition and mental health. What we eat and drink affects how we feel, think and behave. Just like the heart, stomach and liver, the brain is an organ that requires different amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water to remain healthy.     The event will be streamed live on Periscope tonight, between 6pm and 7pm, where they will be... read more
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
The Avanti Club provides a warm and welcoming environment for those experiencing mental health difficulties and connects you to each other for peer support, as well as to the wider community.   The Avanti Club is held every Monday, 6pm - 8pm, at the New Horizon Community Centre in Pollards Hill.   TONIGHT: Join us for an evening of meeting and getting to know each other. Share your stories, struggles and triumphs, build connections and support each other.
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
Third Sector is now calling for entries for a very special, new award intended recognise the very best up-and-coming fundraising talent in the charity sector.  They are open to junior, mid-level and senior fundraisers. Entrants may be of any age, but they must not have worked in the fundraising sector for more than three years. Fundraisers working for agencies may also enter. These awards are free to enter. Entries must be submitted by 28 March. To find out more and to enter the awards, click... read more
Posted: 27 Mar 2017
stem4 the Wimbledon based teenage mental health charity, held their first Parent Conference on teenage mental health on the 20th March, at Wimbledon College. It was a great success with more than 140 attending. The conference complemented Wimbledon College's school-wide, ‘Changing Minds’ initiative and aimed to provide parents with the latest information on mental health trends, highlight steps they can take to enhance mental wellbeing and resilience, as well as how to identify and access help... read more

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