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Posted: 23 Nov 2020
Hope2020 is a campaign being led by a collective of cross-sector organisations aiming to share stories of ambition and hope following the untimely death of Damilola Taylor twenty years ago. Clarion Housing would like to recognise the campaign through sharing stories of voice and action from their communities and are aiming to do this in various ways over the next few months. About Hope2020 The Hope 2020 Campaign is inspired by the life of Damilola Taylor who was murdered in South London. Ten... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
Waitrose and John Lewis have joined forces for their Christmas campaign called Give a Little Love. The campaign aims to encourage one small act of kindness that can spark a heartfelt chain reaction showing how powerful giving a little love can really be.   All profits from the Give a Little Love campaign will be split equally between the two charities (FareShare and Home-Start) and shops will work with their local charity branches to give help where it's needed in their communities. This could... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
We are delighted to announce that Merton Council has launched their Climate Strategy and Action Plan. It forms Merton's response to their declaration of a climate emergency, which set net zero carbon targets of 2050 for the borough and 2030 for the Council.   This 30-year plan sets out their vision for Merton in 2050 and the key actions required to get to net-zero carbon across four thematic areas (the Green Economy, Buildings and Energy, Transport and Greening Merton), as well as how the... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
With the capital in another lockdown and communities facing difficult times ahead, London’s funders have once again come together to provide new funding for civil society organisations. The London Community Response is taking applications for grants of up to £10,000 to help groups support Londoners affected by COVID-19 over the next six months. Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.   Who can apply? And what... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
Merton Giving Week is returning for its third year. Our official week of fundraising and celebration of local giving takes place from 30th November to 6th December 2020 with residents and businesses being asked to help those in our community facing food insecurity through financial donations to the ‘Food for All’ fundraising campaign or by donating a Festive shoe-box hamper through  ‘A Gift for All’. We’ve witnessed such inspiring acts of kindness during the pandemic and, in the run up to the... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
Do you want to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by sharing clear and consistent messages? Register to become a COVID-19 Community Champion! Merton Council provide Champions with the latest campaign materials on COVID-19 via email and text message, and at weekly virtual drop-in meetings. Community Champions then share this information with their colleagues, family, friends, and communities. The drop-in meetings take place every Wednesday 12-1pm and 7-8pm, and give Champions a chance to feed back... read more
Posted: 16 Nov 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, over £200k in funding has been distributed through the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund between April and August this year - benefitting 75 organisations reaching and supporting an estimated 6,500 local residents. After a short pause to our funding, we have taken time to review the last six months and to consider, moving forward, where our funding is directed.  We want to continue the commitment we made at the outset of the pandemic by continuing to support... read more
Posted: 9 Nov 2020
MVSC is delighted to welcome Inter Faith Week 2020, to Merton. The annual celebrations started on Sunday 8 - Sunday 15 November and are a great way to:  Highlight the good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations  Draw new people into inter faith learning and cooperation  Enable greater interaction between people of different backgrounds  Help develop integrated and neighbourly communities  Celebrate diversity and commonality  Open new possibilities for... read more
Posted: 2 Nov 2020
Earlier this year, an army of volunteers and community groups assembled across Merton to make sure help reaches those who need it most.  2414 isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19 asked for help, with over 700 volunteers stepping forward to make sure they got the help they needed.  The hub continues to offer support. Simply call 020 8685 2272 or email help@mvsc.co.uk (between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday) if you, or someone you know, needs:  Support with shopping and basic... read more
Posted: 2 Nov 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. We have listed a wide range of funding opportunities currently available in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please click the category that fits your organisation. If you would like to find out more about a specific fund and to apply, please visit their... read more

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