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10,000th customer signs up for garden waste collection service

NEW News from Merton Council - 8 hours 25 sec ago

Lockdown prompted Saskia Donnelly to become the 10,000th customer to subscribe to our garden waste collection service.

Saskia, who lives in Morden, said: “We knew that managing our garden waste might get a bit tricky during lockdown, so we signed up to the service. I was really impressed with the quick delivery of my garden waste bin, and I am very happy with the waste and recycling services in my area.”

To celebrate her becoming the 10,000th subscriber Saskia won a free annual subscription for the fortnightly collections of garden waste, including grass cuttings, weeds, hedge trimmings and leaves, which are made into soil improver.

Saskia said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won a free years’ garden waste subscription – it was such wonderful news.

“Lockdown has been a perfect time to get green fingers as we’ve had more time to spend in the garden. We’ve recently planted some lavender, which has attracted so much more wildlife – it’s made a real difference.”

Saskia Donnelly with her son, Luke 

The keen gardener and her eight-year-old son, Luke, have also been busy planting seeds and they hope to have a crop of courgettes, aubergines, herbs and tomatoes this summer.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and the Environment, Councillor Tobin Byers, said: “I’d like to welcome our 10,000th customer to the garden waste collection service and I hope Saskia and her family are able to harvest a bumper crop of vegetables and flowers this year.

“Merton is one of the capital’s greenest boroughs and residents are spending a lot of time in their gardens during lockdown, so our garden waste service has become even more important.

“I would like to thank our customers who have been helping our hard working collection crews to maintain a good service during lockdown by minimising their waste and only putting their bin out for collection when it is full.”

An annual subscription to the fortnightly garden waste collection service costs £77.50 – that is only £2.98 per collection. For more information and to sign up, visit: www.merton.gov.uk/gardenwaste

 

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The @NatEmergTrust is encouraging charities and groups who serve the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to apply for funds here. https://t.co/Fx8L9d0SCX https://t.co/YkI5fIZZHP

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The @NatEmergTrust is encouraging charities and groups who serve the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to apply for funds here. https://bit.ly/34ge2V8



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Reports show that the Government's Coronavirus Community Support Fund (issued by @TNLComFund) is now indundated - BUT DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM SENDING IN YOUR APPLICATION. YES WE KNOW WE ARE SHOUTING. Click the link! https://t.co/9yBRhCp6EO https:/...

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Reports show that the Government's Coronavirus Community Support Fund (issued by @TNLComFund) is now indundated - BUT DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM SENDING IN YOUR APPLICATION. YES WE KNOW WE ARE SHOUTING. Click the link! https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/ https://t.co/KpapIeWaKt

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We are 1 of 12 orgs behind the new @MyCommunityHelp website (launched today!) which aims to unleash a new wave of community activism. It has a wealth of trusted resources to help you find what you need and connect with others. #NeverMoreNeeded https:/...

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We are 1 of 12 orgs behind the new @MyCommunityHelp website (launched today!) which aims to unleash a new wave of community activism. It has a wealth of trusted resources to help you find what you need and connect with others. #NeverMoreNeeded https://mycommunity.org.uk/



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It's survey time again folks!...

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It's survey time again folks! The @PatientsAssoc wants to find out how patients, people with long term conditions and others are experiencing their treatment and care during the COVID-19 global pandemic. So complete and share. It's that easy - https://bit.ly/3dbokJS

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Spare us a few minutes of your Friday evening and watch this excellent video from our member @CambridgeCVS which champions all the fabulous work of their members. #NeverMoreNeeded - indeed! Can't wait for more episodes! https://t.co/wXZ1CNV16h

NAVCA - 22 May, 2020 - 21:33
Spare us a few minutes of your Friday evening and watch this excellent video from our member @CambridgeCVS which champions all the fabulous work of their members. #NeverMoreNeeded - indeed! Can't wait for more episodes! https://twitter.com/CambridgeCVS/status/1263813615859236866

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Thanks to all your fabulous people out there for tweeting, RTing, liking and sharing - it would be pretty dull without you. We're off to get some much needed R&R - see you bright and early Tuesday. https://t.co/GDp8k0NyXj

NAVCA - 22 May, 2020 - 16:02
Thanks to all your fabulous people out there for tweeting, RTing, liking and sharing - it would be pretty dull without you. We're off to get some much needed R&R - see you bright and early Tuesday. https://t.co/GDp8k0NyXj

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There is £6m in funding for Armed Forces charities delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families and others from the Armed Forces community. Grants of up to £60k are available. Get going - deadline is 29 May. https://t.co/iAG4glJR5k

NAVCA - 22 May, 2020 - 15:02
There is £6m in funding for Armed Forces charities delivering services to veterans, Armed Forces families and others from the Armed Forces community. Grants of up to £60k are available. Get going - deadline is 29 May. https://bit.ly/2ZtqoIW

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NAVCA - 22 May, 2020 - 14:02
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Media and marketing experts are offering their time and expertise for free to help charities meet the digital communications challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak. https://t.co/DcbOedz2QT https://t.co/5SNvq7oW1t

NAVCA - 22 May, 2020 - 13:01
Media and marketing experts are offering their time and expertise for free to help charities meet the digital communications challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak. https://bit.ly/2TpLoML



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It is 10:00 - GO, GO, GO! The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund is open! ...

NAVCA - 22 May, 2020 - 10:01
It is 10:00 - GO, GO, GO! The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund is open! There is £200m available and its all been administered by @TNLComFund. Stop reading this tweet and head on over to their website... https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/ https://t.co/KmZ9TR1KcU

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Hello out there! Welcome to another day. A Friday in fact. So let's do a #FF of some of our members @NottinghamCVS @imago_community @HADCAcharity @redbridgecvs @VASTstaffs @SouthamptonVS @Hart_Volunteers @HSHVCA @Nova_WD @huntsforum @teigncvs @THCVS ...

NAVCA - 22 May, 2020 - 09:00
Hello out there! Welcome to another day. A Friday in fact. So let's do a #FF of some of our members @NottinghamCVS @imago_community @HADCAcharity @redbridgecvs @VASTstaffs @SouthamptonVS @Hart_Volunteers @HSHVCA @Nova_WD @huntsforum @teigncvs @THCVS @MaldonCVS #FollowFriday https://t.co/SofwUlUzhs

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LINX 626: COVID-19 news and resources | #CharityJobs | Funding https://t.co/IhU4VE7Ui5 https://t.co/UfDxZ6va8b

NAVCA - 21 May, 2020 - 16:30
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As we enter the end of another busy day - make sure you #ShowYourChairYouCare by treating them to this handy guide from @AssocOfChairs which is aimed specifically at Chairs of small charities https://t.co/ALHrGmKjl8...

NAVCA - 21 May, 2020 - 16:01
As we enter the end of another busy day - make sure you #ShowYourChairYouCare by treating them to this handy guide from @AssocOfChairs which is aimed specifically at Chairs of small charities https://bit.ly/2zfFbMJ (Oh and have a good eve - psst it's Friday tomorrow FYI)



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Did you know that NHS England and NHS Improvement produce a weekly bulletin for people working on Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism? Sign up here https://t.co/KFFxAKVWUZ https://t.co/OW6ZYfH83K

NAVCA - 21 May, 2020 - 15:01
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Helping you stay safe this summer

NEW News from Merton Council - 21 May, 2020 - 08:00
Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council

For all of us who live and work in the borough, it has been a massively challenging couple of months. And as the government moves out of strict national rules, with more local responsibility for keeping safe, we know there will be a need for clear information.

To help ensure we share consistent local public health information with as many residents as possible, we will be keeping you informed each week through our COVID-19 e-newsletter.

We will use it to explain public health advice for staying safe at our parks and getting around the borough, as well as the preparations taking place in our schools and early years settings ahead of any phased reopening.

The government has set an earliest possible return date of 1 June for children in an early years setting, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and will announce on 28 May whether this can go ahead. However, we must be confident that this can be done in a safe way, because the health and safety of children and staff remains our first priority during this period.

Whether or not schools and early years providers open more widely from 1 June onwards, they will continue to offer places for vulnerable children and those of key workers.

To illustrate some of the changes that are taking place, last week we partially re-opened Garth Road recycling centre for essential use – with a new booking slot system and strict social distancing rules in place to keep everyone safe. If you visit the Garth Road recycling centre webpage you’ll be aware of what to expect, and how to stay safe when you arrive.

I also want to give you a longer-term view of how we will all have to adapt to the new normal, and some insight into what will need to happen in the borough over the coming weeks.

Our aim is to re-open services and businesses as quickly as possible, but without any compromise to peoples’ safety. That means it will take time, and we will all have to work together to adapt. As and when those decisions are made, we’ll add them to the newsletter.

The council has received hundreds of pages of guidance from the government and its medical experts on public spaces, returning to work, and managing infection control – all this needs to be worked through, with plans put in place.

And, as we start to think about planning for a new normal, things are going to be different – from getting around the borough to how we work and socialise. Some things you do might initially take longer to get done due to social distancing, others will remain almost the same but with new rules to ensure safety, but Merton is a great place and I know we can all adapt and be patient.

So please do keep in touch with us via the newsletter – if you haven’t already received the COVID-19 e-newsletter subscribe now – and I will keep you as informed as possible.

 

Thanks, and stay safe,

Councillor Stephen Alambritis,
Leader of Merton Council

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Providing essential services to our residents

NEW News from Merton Council - 21 May, 2020 - 08:00

Our Merton Together campaign recognises and highlights the efforts of Merton Heroes across the borough for protecting and supporting vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click the image below to meet our Merton Heroes.

Meet the Merton Heroes protecting and supporting vulnerable residents.

We are raising awareness about the critical work being done by the council’s front line staff, who are out in the community providing essential services every day under difficult circumstances.

They have been joined by teams of colleagues who have been redeployed from their usual roles across the council to provide vital support for some of the most vulnerable people in the community. These include residents who have been unable to leave their homes during the lockdown because they are self-isolating or were advised by the NHS to shield because they are believed to be at greater risk of becoming critically ill if they catch the virus.

Our staff have been working closely in partnership with Merton Voluntary Service Council to set up the Merton COVID-19 Community Response Hub, which has been supported by a number of other organisations across Merton and an army of volunteers.

Merton Together showcases how our Merton Heroes are organising the delivery of essential supplies of food and medicine to residents’ doorsteps. We want to thank them all for their hard work, kindness and dedication to helping us to get through the pandemic together.

Do you know a  Merton Hero? If so, tag us in on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and we will feature them in our social media Merton Together campaign.

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Are you a small charity looking to increase your Twitter engagements? Here's a brief guide from the folks at @CharityDigiOrg https://t.co/uZiRINka0q https://t.co/MAhTcgeqfY

NAVCA - 20 May, 2020 - 15:01
Are you a small charity looking to increase your Twitter engagements? Here's a brief guide from the folks at @CharityDigiOrg https://bit.ly/36g14Ym



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Explore the wonderful world of our VCSE resources hub through our website. We've got guides on remote working, how to work with different sectors, funding and fundraising, safeguarding, governance and more https://t.co/8XoG7VNdCt https://t.co/BiI4AVOeoI

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