As we observe a minute’s silence for the victims of the traumatic Grenfell Tower fire tragedy and reflect on the recent spate of terrorist incidents, we are grateful for the outpouring of community support and selfless acts of kindness and compassion. This spirit of togetherness and demonstration of community cohesion is characteristic of the best of us.
It is a feature of the positive role voluntary, community and faith organisations play in our communities and we are grateful for the time and effort volunteers contribute to our welfare.
Last week, on 15th June, MVSC hosted the Merton Partnership Volunteer Awards, attended by over 100 people from all sectors of the community, with the Mayor of Merton, Cllr Marsie Skeete, as guest of honour. It was an uplifting evening, with many heart-warming stories of the great good done for others by many wonderful people from diverse communities and organisations. Congratulations to the nominees, all winners!
Today marks the start of Small Charities Week. Click on the link to the planned events; www.smallcharityweek.com
A reminder of the following forthcoming forums which bring together voluntary, community faith and enterprise organisations to share learning and improve collaboration:
- Health and Social Care Forum - 4th July
- Employment Training & Enterprise Forum - 7th July
- Small Groups Forum - 11th July
- INVOLVE - 20th July.
In the State of the Sector Review 2016, you told us about the many challenges facing our local communities and your organisations that serve them. Effective leadership is crucial to how we respond. MVSC is therefore planning to call a network meeting of voluntary sector leaders to find out how we are coping, share solutions and plan for appropriate support.
I take this opportunity to draw your attention to Merton’s Dementia Action Alliance. Its purpose is to make Merton a ‘dementia friendly community’ by 2020. This will be achieved through organisations committing to take action that will improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. I am appealing to VCS organisations to join the Alliance and support staff, volunteers and trustees undertake dementia awareness sessions and become dementia friends and champions. For more information, please contact Daniel Butler, Senior Public Health Principal, LBM, Daniel.Butler@merton.gov.uk; 020 8545 4899.