What is INVOLVE?

INVOLVE is the leading network of the community and voluntary sector in Merton and the Community Engagement Network for borough.  It aims to make sure that the needs and preferences of service users, carers and the wider community are identified and kept central to the planning and delivery of services in Merton.

INVOLVE is a member of the Merton Partnership and is how MVSC keeps in touch with local voluntary groups face to face.

INVOLVE meets to communicate and discuss current issues affecting the local voluntary sector.  INVOLVE meetings also offer a good opportunity for colleagues in the sector to meet one another and network.  If you would like to make a suggestion for an item to be added to the agenda then please get in touch.

Sub-groups of INVOLVE address thematic issues:

INVOLVE representatives

Elected INVOLVE representatives who sit on the various boards within the Merton Partnership structure.

The representatives are committed to attending the meetings, both to raise and to report back on issues relevant to the community and voluntary sector.

Launch Event for Merton Council Funding Programme 

The event to launch Merton Council's strategic partners grants programme took place at the INVOLVE meeting at Vestry Hall on 17th July.  Colleagues from the Council set out the proposals for the grants programme.  The scope of the programme has expanded and the Council is now be looking to fund voluntary sector organisations delivering services in the following areas: information and advice provision, infrastructure support for the voluntary sector, wellbeing services, carers support services, and Healthwatch. 


Next meeting

22nd January 2019

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Previous meetings

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The latest news from INVOLVE...

Posted: 20 Dec 2012
Twenty five people from local voluntary and community organisations attended the INVOLVE meeting on 5th December. Paul Evans, LBM Assistant Director of Corporate Governance, led a discussion on the Community Right to Challenge, which puts in place new legal obligations for local authorities. Voluntary organisations and council staff members can express an interest in running council services which if agreed will trigger a procurement process for the service.
Posted: 25 Oct 2012
30 people from local voluntary groups working with children, young people and families attended a special INVOLVE meeting on 9th October.
Posted: 22 May 2012
In 2007 INVOLVE became Merton’s Community Engagement Network and elected representatives from voluntary, community and faith organisations to sit on a range of partnership bodies alongside colleagues from key public and private sector agencies.