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Posted: 13 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: 7 Jan 2021
Rapid 30-minute COVID-19 tests (lateral flow tests) are now available for residents, key workers, carers and volunteers in Merton. Testing for residents is at Morden Assembly Hall, Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PJ, with additional sites being added through January. For key workers, volunteers and carers, testing will be carried out by a network of up to 40 community pharmacies. You will attend a short appointment, self-administer swabs under supervision of pharmacy staff, and wait while the result... read more
Posted: 7 Jan 2021
Can you help inspire and develop the voluntary and community sector with us? MVSC is a hugely motivated and influential organisation, sharply focussed on successfully representing and supporting the voluntary, community and faith sectors across the Borough of Merton for over 35 years. MVSC has a diverse and talented Board of Trustees from a range of sectors, enthusiastically and diligently led by our current Chair. As MVSC steps into the challenges and opportunities of 2021, we are looking for... read more
Posted: 7 Jan 2021
Merton Uplift is an integrated Primary Care Mental Health service accessible to anyone living in Merton or registered with a Merton GP. They support anyone who has a mental health or wellbeing need, whether this is due to emotional difficulties or life stressors.  We are delighted to share their latest online training schedule below. Please click the booking link here to find out more and book your place. 
Posted: 22 Dec 2020
The COVID-19 Community Response Hub was set up in March 2020 to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19.   Are you isolated, at risk from COVID-19 and need help with any of the following?  Support with shopping and basic supplies  Access to prescription and medication  Telephone befriending  Advice and practical help to stay active  Support to stay independent at home  If you, or someone you know, needs help please email help@mvsc.co.uk or call 020 8685 2272, between 10am ... read more
Posted: 22 Dec 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: 22 Dec 2020
The plans for Christmas bubbles have changed across the UK. British Heart Foundation explain the risks involved in seeing friends and family, and what you can do to try and minimise your risk this festive season. Check out their latest news item which covers: Should I form a Christmas bubble? I'm worried about seeing my relative who is at higher risk than me. Should I see them this Christmas? How do I tell my family I won’t be seeing them at Christmas? Is there anything I can do to reduce my... read more
Posted: 1 Dec 2020
Wimbledon Guild and Merton Council launch “Merton Moves” today, a new campaign with partners to inspire older Merton residents to adopt a more physically active lifestyle. Regular physical activity is key to healthy ageing and becomes even more important as we get older. The benefits associated with safe, physical activity in older adults, far outweigh any risks. The good news is that it's never too late to start. Merton Moves signposts to local clubs, classes and organisations offering an... read more
Posted: 1 Dec 2020
Voluntary and community organisations across the borough are already experiencing testing times due to the pandemic, however it is vital that they also take action now to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period. On 1 January 2021, the UK will have left the EU single market and customs union. The free movement of workers between the UK and the EU countries, and the associated rights to the same working conditions, social security and health services, will have also ended. There are... read more
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

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