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Posted: 30 Jan 2021
Last year, an army of volunteers and community groups assembled across Merton to make sure help reaches those who need it most.  3348 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 supplies... read more
Posted: 30 Jan 2021
One of our priorities at MVSC is to support volunteer-involving organisations in Merton. We are particularly pleased to see a new partnership between NCVO, Volunteer Now, Volunteer Scotland and WCVA establish.   This partnership is giving organisations access a free IiV Essentials online tool designed to help you do a basic health check on your volunteer practice. It covers the basic areas to model good practice for involving and managing volunteers. It will help you to think about volunteers’... read more
Posted: 30 Jan 2021
The SEG Awards Level 3 Certificate in Social Prescribing is a nationally recognised qualification. It prepares learners for a role in social prescribing and provides those already working in this area with a deeper level of knowledge and understanding. The content is based on key areas related to social prescribing environments, including delivering community-based solutions, offering vulnerable adults holistic support, managing caseloads and measuring outcomes to improve support mechanisms... read more
Posted: 30 Jan 2021
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: 30 Jan 2021
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: 30 Jan 2021
This webinar is designed for those in voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise groups and organisations who want to learn more about how the NHS is structured and how social prescribing fits in.  In this webinar we will hear about:  how the NHS is structured and how it works on a local level  how social prescribing fits in with the NHS and local authorities to build an effective social prescribing ‘eco-system’  the impact social prescribing link workers are having on primary care ... read more
Posted: 29 Jan 2021
The Hardship Fund was created by the British Red Cross with their partner Aviva and the Aviva Foundation to help those most financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Official Referral Partners register people with us for support. The fund then provides short term financial help for people who can’t afford the essentials: Food and toiletries Somewhere safe to sleep Access to a telephone and the internet Fuel to keep the lights on, cook or stay warm They work with a network of... read more
Posted: 29 Jan 2021
Wimbledon Guild has a long history of innovating to meet people's needs, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed this. Many residents will be familiar with the charity’s base on Worple Road, and the services available there before the pandemic. What many might not know is how Wimbledon Guild have adapted their services to continue serving the people of Merton in ways which are COVID-safe. For many services, making sure that they are COVID-safe has meant moving online using platforms such as... read more
Posted: 29 Jan 2021
The Gas Safe Charity is running free on-line training workshops, highlighting the dangers of carbon monoxide and aimed at organisations that deliver their services in the homes of vulnerable people. This online, hour long workshop is aimed at front line staff from social care, NHS, FRS, voluntary and private sectors working in the UK. The Think CO online workshop will tell you more about the sources, signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, how to help prevent it and what the... read more
Posted: 28 Jan 2021
The census is run by the Office for National Statistics and is a once-a-decade survey of all the households in England and Wales. It gives a detailed snapshot of the population that helps to inform policy making, plan public services and inform where billions of pounds are spent, for instance, on roads, schools and hospitals. What’s more, charities and voluntary organisations often use census data as evidence to secure funding. The next census will be on Sunday 21st March, but people will be... read more

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