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Posted: 21 Sep 2020
As part of the approach to working with the community to understand and tackle the impact of COVID-19 in Merton, the NHS, Merton Council and Keep Merton Safe are developing a network of COVID-19 Community Champions.  This will be an opportunity to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by sharing clear and consistent messages disseminated by the Community Champions. Anyone living or working in Merton can be a COVID-19 Community Champion, this includes residents, workplace representatives and... read more
Posted: 9 Sep 2020
We are delighted to be working in partnership to host two free online workshops for organsations in Merton.   Together with Team London, Getting on Board and Reach – and supported by Mayor of London - we bring you Trustee Recruitment: Getting it Right and an Introduction to Trusteeship. Please see workshop details below with a link to book your place.   Trustee Recruitment: Getting it Right | 22nd September | 2pm – 3:30pm  Does your charity struggle to recruit the trustees you need? ... read more
Posted: 9 Sep 2020
The Merton COVID-19 Community Response Hub is a partnership between Age UK Merton, Merton Voluntary Service Council and Wimbledon Guild. It 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... read more
Posted: 9 Sep 2020
PCN Social Prescriber’s are the new addition to our successful social prescribing service and will support each one of the six local Primary Care Networks to assist local people to access appropriate services provided by voluntary and community organisations and other agencies.  We are seeking an individual to join our successful Social Prescribing Service in Merton. This role will help to strengthen the links between general practice (GPs), community, voluntary and public services to improve... read more
Posted: 9 Sep 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
Posted: 9 Sep 2020
If you're part of a small charity or community organisation you have no doubt been under enormous pressure over the last few months.    COVID-19 has created a step-change in the use of digital and technology throughout our sector, creating serious challenges to delivering our desperately needed activities. And yet, there are also new opportunities, a chance to work smarter, reach more people and gather vital information about how to re-shape what we do for the future. The latest Superhighways... read more
Posted: 7 Sep 2020
Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership and Merton Safeguarding Adults Board are inviting voluntary organisations in Merton to take part in a selection of free virtual training courses. They are currently offering:   Understanding and managing neglect  Domestic Violence and Abuse   What is sexual violence?  Trauma informed practice   Impact of parental mental illness on children and young people  Race culture and faith belief systems in safeguarding children  Working with resistant families... read more
Posted: 7 Sep 2020
MVSC is working with the voluntary sector to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. We have received over 800 volunteer offers from people with a wide range of skills and experience and we are working with partners to match as many of them as we can. If you are delivering COVID-19 front line services and need support from volunteers, please get in touch. We may be able to partner you up with our volunteers during this challenging time. ... read more
Posted: 7 Sep 2020
Merton Giving Fund helps the Association for Polish Family to continue its support during the pandemic. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown has been a hugely frightening time, more so for those living in a country where the language is not their first, and their fears over not being understood prevents them from accessing vital services. With the help of funding through Merton Giving, the Association for Polish Family has been expanding its digital services in order to continue to support... read more
Posted: 7 Sep 2020
We launched the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund, providing financial support to organisations working locally 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 COVID-19 pandemic. Following the weekly Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund panel meeting, we are pleased to announce that the fund has now awarded a total of £206,012 to 73 organisations. To keep up to date with our fund announcements... read more

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