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Posted: 11 Jan 2020
NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group have launched a public consultation on three potential options for the location of a brand-new specialist emergency care hospital – on the Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital sites.  The consultation is taking place over 12 weeks starting on 8 January 2020 and will finish on 1 April 2020. They are urging people to give their views on their proposals during this... read more
Posted: 11 Jan 2020
2027 is a 12-month, salaried job and professional development programme, which gives talented people from working class communities the tools to become a leader in grant- giving organisations, creating real change in communities. At the heart of 2027 is a paid 12-month job at a leading foundation or trust. A grant- giving organisation such as a foundation or trust is a charity that funds individuals or other organisations to run projects that positively impact the community. As part of the... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
The Merton Giving Winter Grants Fund programme is now open, and will only fund not-for-profit, voluntary, community & faith organisations, based in or delivering services in Merton. This round of the Fund will support the delivery of projects that address one or more of the priorities outlined below. Priority will be given to not currently receiving other funding from the Merton Giving Fund, organisations must also prove they are: Delivering services that generate a quantifiable benefit to... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
Merton’s Safer Neighbourhood Board engages with the local police and ensures the police remain accountable to the local community. Each year the board receive funding from MOPAC (Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime) to give grants to small scale projects delivered in the local area that may help cut crime and boost public confidence. Applications are invited for the 2020-21 round of funding for grants of up to £4,000 over a period of one year to tackle the following: Putting victims first and... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
Kick start 2020 with a resolution to make new friends, spend time helping a great cause and increase your general wellbeing. That’s just three fabulous reasons to get involved with volunteering in 2020. There are many positive reasons to become a volunteer and many people start as a New Year Resolution. As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to become part of a friendly and dedicated team, meet new people from all walks of life and forge new friendships along the way. Signing up as a... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
We are delighted to bring you a selection of workshops and forums in January and February. These are free to attend and booking is essential. Gangs, County Lines and Systematic Youth Violence and Interventions 16th January, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Tooting and Mitcham United This training explores the national epidemic of knives, gangs, county lines and systemic youth violence. We will be looking at the drivers for the national increase in young people involved in gangs, youth violence and... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
As we enter 2020 and continue to champion the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Merton, we are delighted to welcome Simon Shimmens to the team. Simon joins us as our new CEO and comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has worked in the voluntary and community, public and private sectors in a range of permanent, interim and consultancy roles and has a real appreciation of the challenges facing small organisations. He has prior experience of working in Merton for the Training... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
MVSC would like to congratulate Anthony Hopkins, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM), for services to libraries. This honour is for people who have given a hands-on service to the community that has made a significant difference. Anthony’s dedication to Merton libraries goes back to his childhood. From early visits to Pollards Hill library as a toddler, Anthony went on to do work experience at Mitcham Library, which led to a job as a Saturday assistant. Two decades later, Anthony... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
If you have an idea that will benefit the community and you have the support of at least two other Clarion Housing households, then Clarion Housing can offer micro grants of up to £300 to help get your idea off the ground. The micro grants are ideal if you’re not part of a formal group or you are a non-profit group needing small funding to try something new. As an example, one resident bought materials to start a new food growing area for their street. Another resident wanted to run a social... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is offering small charities grants of up to £100,000 towards their core costs. Applications are being accepted from charities with annual incomes of between £25,000 and £1m that are working to address complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness or domestic abuse. The foundation has refined its grant-making process, with improvements including a continuously open application process and a simplified reporting procedure. Visit their newly... read more

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