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Posted: 13 Jul 2020
Merton Voluntary Service Council’s mission is to support, enable and champion the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Merton. Delivering capacity building, training, financial management and assistance with good governance, we help the third sector recruit volunteers, win hearts and minds, and above all make things happen to transform the lives of the borough’s 211,000 people. We are currently seeking a Head of Finance and Resources to join our team. The purpose of the role is: Provision... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2020
MVSC manages the Social Prescribing team for Merton and we are seeking to recruit an individual to join our successful Social Prescribing Service as a PCN (Primary Care Network) Social Prescriber. Social prescribing helps to strengthen the links between general practice (GPs), community, voluntary and public services to improve residents’ health and wellbeing.  We expand the options available in primary care by creating a ‘managed’ way for referrals of patients with social, emotional and/or... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2020
The Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced a set of streamlined tools to address anti-social behaviour and the impact that this behaviour can have on individuals and communities. Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO’s) are one of these tools. Since 2017, Merton has had one borough wide PSPO specially designed to address anti-social behaviour related to alcohol. This PSPO is due to expire in October 2020. Public Space Protection Order Consultation As the current... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2020
Any child currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals or who becomes eligible during the summer term is eligible for the COVID Summer Food Fund.  Parents whose children are already receiving free school meals will be contacted by their school and need take no further action. Any parent who has previously completed a Merton free school meals application but was not entitled at the time will not need to reapply. The council is urging any parent who has not previously submitted a... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2020
If you would like an overview of the NHS test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive, please visit the NHS website here.   If you live or work in Merton and have had symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) you can get a free test to check if you have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too.  There is another test (antibody test) that checks if you've already had the virus. This... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2020
Merton Giving grant provides women and girls with support when they’re at their most vulnerable.  The lockdown has had a huge impact on us all. But for those confined to just one room, those already struggling with mental health difficulties, and for those whose home is not a safe space, the consequences have been devastating.    The Inner Strength Network (ISN) provides vital support to women and girls during traumatic times in their lives due to issues such as domestic abuse, exploitation, or... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2020
Do you know how to protect your organisation against a cyber-attack? Sometimes it's easy to assume that charities and community groups are either too small or too 'nice' to be targeted, but we all know how easy it is for a fraudulent invoice to get through the system, how difficult it is to be truly data secure, and how damaging it is to find your email system or website unexpectedly offline. The smallest organisations are often the most vulnerable in all sorts of ways and the average cost to a... read more
Posted: 8 Jul 2020
Here at MVSC, we understand the importance of good practice in volunteer management. It is key to unlocking the potential of volunteering in your organisation. NCVO is organising an online course providing an introduction to the key principles of good practice in volunteer management and how to apply them to your organisation.   They have redesigned their face-to-face training to ensure your learning needs are still met through interactive, live sessions with knowledgeable trainers.  By the end... read more
Posted: 6 Jul 2020
Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions are a group of 73 local residents passionate about improving the environment, encouraging sustainable behaviour change, and addressing issues around waste, air quality, energy, and food.   Despite many planned activities being cancelled as a result of COVID-19, 20 of their Community Champions have contributed over 250 hours since lockdown began.   In the 8 months that she has been a Community Champion, Blanca Pena-Mendez has been very involved with... read more
Posted: 6 Jul 2020
Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions are a group of 73 local residents passionate about improving the environment, encouraging sustainable behaviour change, and addressing issues around waste, air quality, energy, and food. Despite many planned activities being cancelled as a result of COVID-19, 20 of their Community Champions have contributed over 250 hours since lockdown began. Their efforts have been focused on projects and activities that address both social and environmental goals... read more

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