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Posted: 12 Feb 2018
Take a look at a selection of the latest funding opportunities from Museums and Heritage Awards, Children in Need, Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund and much more. 
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
Charity Finance Group, in partnership with Buzzacott, Crowe Clarke Whitehill and Kingston Smith, has launched the General Data Protection Regulation: A guide for charities. The guide has something for every charity and is split into five parts; governance, fundraising data, financial data, beneficiary data and employee data. The guide is aimed at helping to build knowledge and understanding of what the GDPR is what responsibilities organisations have to be GDPR compliant and know what to do in... read more
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
The purpose of this fund is to benefit the community and provide support for local organisations to meet local needs in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth. Groups based in Merton and Wandsworth are eligible to apply. Although there is no income threshold imposed for the applicant organisation, the fund may give priority to smaller, locally-based organisations within the two boroughs. In addition, priority will be given to organisations supporting the following beneficiary groups: Disability... read more
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
Drawing upon trends, facts and statistics from a range of sources, NCVO have gathered up the data to map how people take part in society for their Getting Involved report. It’s full of interesting charts and graphs, and looks volunteer demographics, motivations and whether participation has changed over time.
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
For an interesting application of micro-volunteering see Be My Eyes; an app that has been developed to connect blind and visually impaired people with sighted volunteers from around the world via live video call. How does it work?  A blind person requests assistance in the Be My Eyes app. The challenge that he/she needs help with can be anything from knowing the expiry date on the milk to navigating new surroundings. The volunteer helper receives a notification for help and a live video... read more
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
See below guidance to help you understand your legal rights and obligations when managing volunteers.  This content has been reviewed by Bates Wells Braithwaite, a professional services firm providing specialised legal advice to the voluntary sector: Volunteers and employment rights Employment Status Volunteering and benefits Volunteering, tax and National Insurance Volunteering and health and safety Insurance and volunteers Safeguarding, vulnerable clients and DBS Copyright and volunteers... read more
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
Carers Support Merton is offering a range of interactive workshops specifically designed to support carers in their caring role. They aim to provide information and knowledge, to explore skills and strategies, to promote discussion between carers and to produce better outcomes for people in their caring role.  To find out more about what's available and how Carers Support Merton and support you, join them at their information day on Tuesday 20th February. This is a great opportunity for all... read more
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
Join us at 3pm at our Volunteering Group Recruitment Session and meet members of our volunteering team. Here you will be able to find out more about us and what we do as well as have an opportunity to sit down and chat with our team, who can advise you on available volunteering opportunities that might interest you. This session is ideal if you want to find out more about volunteering in Merton or would like a bit of help and advice about what is available and how to get involved. Event and... read more
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
The CAP Money Course is a free course that will teach you budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks, you will get to grips with your finances so you can budget, save and prevent debt. Whether you feel pretty organised or whether it's like a lucky dip every time you try to withdraw cash from your account, the CAP Money Course will help you take complete control of your finances. There are hundreds of courses run throughout the country each year, along with... read more
Posted: 9 Feb 2018
Blue Cross pet charity is opening the doors of its animal hospital in Merton to give people the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes. Their dedicated veterinary staff will be on hand offering free microchipping and health checks for pets and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your pet or the charity’s services. There will also be a raffle and stalls along with a dog show with prizes including 'best child and dog partnership' and 'best condition dog'. Louise Newman... read more

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