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Posted: 27 Oct 2020
A new interactive map has been created to support the #EndChildFoodPoverty campaign spearheaded by Marcus Rashford, businesses, charities, organisations and individuals around the UK. The map can be used by families to find free or subsidised meals for children who may be experiencing food insecurity this half term. If your organisation would like to help, or you are already providing free meals for children this half term and would like to be on the map, get in touch using the form here. Food... read more
Posted: 27 Oct 2020
We are delighted to share a new service from StudentSpectra who are providing support to young people (13-18) who identify as LGBTQI+ or are questioning their gender or sexuality - providing information around mental wellbeing, relationships, and sexual health.   Counselling support is available for young people who feel they would benefit from one-to-one support, and who find it difficult to access counselling from non-LGBTQI+ agencies. At present counselling sessions are held remotely, either... read more
Posted: 27 Oct 2020
The Warm and Well in Merton campaign is raising awareness of the importance of preparing for winter and giving you support on how best to stay warm and well. Financial assistance can also be provided through the Wimbledon Guild small grants - eligible Merton residents can get help with items such as food, warm clothing, utility bills, essential furniture and appliances in the home. The application involves completing a form and a telephone assessment, including sending proof of income (a bank... read more
Posted: 26 Oct 2020
Wimbledon Guild Talking Therapies have filmed 6 short videos to provide support for families and carers during the pandemic. Each video lasts about 3 minutes and offers useful coping strategies for lockdown and beyond. The video links are below and can also be found on the Wimbledon Guild website and Facebook page. Through My Window  The first video features a creative exercise parents can do with children who might be nervous about going out or returning to school post lockdown, and you... read more
Posted: 13 Oct 2020
Digital Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects committed to getting Clarion residents, and the wider community, online. Projects must aim to support individuals to improve their digital skills to safely and confidently access online services on a regular basis. They are looking to fund projects and activities that: Support residents to discover the full scope of how the internet can assist them in their everyday lives, and to provide them with the skills and confidence... read more
Posted: 13 Oct 2020
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and Improvement, and Public Health England (PHE) are inviting applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to join the VCSE health and wellbeing fund Starting Well. Projects must: have run for at least 3 years develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian... read more
Posted: 12 Oct 2020
We are delighted to announce that Social Prescribing in Merton was awarded Highly Commended last week at the online Social Prescribing Programme of the year award - organised by the National Association of Link Workers.  We are pleased to have been recognised as a social prescribing programme that has made an outstanding positive social prescribing impact powering up community wellbeing and has demonstrated an all-round excellence in social prescribing practice.    Ben Halschka, Head of Social... read more
Posted: 12 Oct 2020
Join us for the latest VCS Health and Social Care Forum. The forum will take place on Zoom on Wednesday 14th October, 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Booking is essential so please book your place here. Once you book, you will get access to the Zoom link.  The forum will provide an opportunity for organisations to exchange ideas about project development and implementation, develop shared understanding and will be a platform for in-depth discussions.   Agenda: Welcome and introduction, Rob Clarke ... read more
Posted: 12 Oct 2020
Morden Library of Things is teaming up with Merton Council and Sustainable Merton next month to save waste from ending up in landfill.   The social enterprise gives Merton residents the opportunity to borrow useful household items like drills, carpet cleaners and gazebos from as little as £1 per day, before returning them for another neighbour to use. Their mission is to make borrowing more affordable and convenient for people than it is to buy items which aren’t used often. At their first site... read more
Posted: 12 Oct 2020
Like many small organisations, Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health UK CIC (BLAM Charity) did not have the necessary resources or equipment in place to adapt as quickly as it needed to when lockdown hit. The educational organisation provides Black British history, culture and identity workshops in schools and Youth Offending organisations across London to help empower and improve the self-esteem of young people. Through the pandemic, it needed to move its resources online and were... read more

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