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Posted: 23 May 2020
The EMC has been active in Merton since 1989 and aims to 'bring communities together, build community cohesion and improve the quality of lives of the BAME communities living and working within the London Borough of Merton'.  Through their work, they have always recognised a need for more health awareness projects and made the decision to develop this aspect of their services. The Ethnic Minority Centre share their latest newsletter below - giving you updates on services and information about... read more
Posted: 23 May 2020
Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, is due to be marked by Muslims across the world on the 24th May, subject to the sighting of the new moon. With the UK having been in lockdown since 23rd March and the holy month of Ramadan having been observed at home, the Muslim Council of Britain has issued guidance on how to celebrate Eid subject to the lockdown measures in place. Though Eid is traditionally marked with congregational prayers in mosques and parks followed by parties amongst... read more
Posted: 23 May 2020
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week took place from 18-24 May. Thank you to everyone in Merton that took part in posting positive stories and doing acts of kindness throughout the week (and beyond!). Mental Health Foundation express their thanks for support during Mental Health Awareness Week in the video below: They have also compiled some of the thousands of amazing stories of kindness that were shared with them from people from all walks of life. They’ve had... read more
Posted: 19 May 2020
We appreciate that you might be worried about the impact of the current situation on your organisation so we have made it our priority to support your needs and develop the sustainability of the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Merton. Below, we have listed a wide range of funding opportunities currently available in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you would like to find out more about a specific fund and to apply, please visit their website. If you would like to speak to someone... read more
Posted: 18 May 2020
From lending a hand to local charities to strengthening the efforts of the NHS, there are many ways people are volunteering in Merton. Below we share pictures of just a few ways in which people have contributed to our borough. Share your volunteering story with us by emailing us or tagging us on Facebook and Twitter.   
Posted: 18 May 2020
Superhighways is a friendly team with a passion for helping local communities make best use of technology for social impact.  They are currently providing useful guides and resources for small charities and community organisations during the coronavirus pandemic, including: Office 365 - Accessibility Features Don't get caught out by phishing emails Office 365: 2 more useful apps for small charities Video conferencing options Zoom security tips Remote working - some best practice tips To... read more
Posted: 18 May 2020
Following the weekly Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund panel meeting, we’re pleased to announce that the fund has now awarded a total of £84,181 to 38 organisations. Grants have been allocated to organisations that are either delivering COVID-19 front line services or whose organisation’s ability to operate has been impacted by the measures put in place to stem the pandemic.   This week’s beneficiaries include: Attic Theatre To contribute towards dance and singing workshops for young... read more
Posted: 18 May 2020
MVSC is working with the voluntary sector to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. If you need help, or know someone that does, please email help@mvsc.co.uk or call 020 8685 2272, Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm. Support from volunteers may include: Shopping/basic provision parcel delivery Prescription/medication collection Dog walking Electricity/gas pre- payment card top-up A telephone call or keeping in touch Posting letters
Posted: 18 May 2020
Merton Council has launched a £1 million neighbourhood funding programme to enhance community spaces and invest in infrastructure across the borough. This year’s bidding to the Neighbourhood Fund opened on Tuesday 12 May and will close on Friday 3 July, with a decision on successful bids made at Merton Council’s Cabinet meeting in September. The key criteria for funding, is how proposed projects will bridge the gap between the east and the west of the borough - to reduce the economic and social... read more
Posted: 17 May 2020
Aileen Buckton arrives in Merton following a long and distinguished career at Lewisham Council, where she won praise for putting her commitment to the local community at the heart of all the council’s work. The former Executive Director of Community Services at Lewisham, was honoured by the Queen with an MBE at the beginning of this year for her services to adult social care. During her tenure in Lewisham, Aileen was always committed to working across boundaries. Lewisham was one of the first... read more

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