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Posted: 28 Jan 2021
The census is run by the Office for National Statistics and is a once-a-decade survey of all the households in England and Wales. It gives a detailed snapshot of the population that helps to inform policy making, plan public services and inform where billions of pounds are spent, for instance, on roads, schools and hospitals. What’s more, charities and voluntary organisations often use census data as evidence to secure funding. The next census will be on Sunday 21st March, but people will be... read more
Posted: 28 Jan 2021
The Mayor of London has launched a new programme to work with communities who are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to lay foundations for the future.   The Community-Led Recovery Programme offers the opportunity to collaborate with decision makers to reimagine our city as fairer, greener and more resilient than it was before. Community-Led Recovery Grants The Community-Led Recovery Programme will offer two grants streams: Community-Led Action Grant: offers grants of... read more
Posted: 28 Jan 2021
Sustainable Merton, Merton’s local environmental charity, has come together with the Loving Earth Project to invite Merton residents to create a permanent and creative record of their experiences and thoughts during the Coronavirus pandemic. The ‘Loving Earth: A Legacy of Lockdown’ project is aimed at supporting people with their wellbeing during these challenging times. The project asks people of all abilities to create a textile panel that captures their feelings towards the environment,... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2021
During these times of pandemic-induced social isolation people are consuming evermore online video. So, it will come as no surprise that video continues to rank as one of the most important overall digital marketing trends. Back by popular demand, CharityComms video for charities conference will explore all things video – from utilising user generated content during lockdown to producing video for different channels and objectives. They will explore how charities with a range of budgets can... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2021
Wimbledon Guild and Merton Council launch “Merton Moves” today, a new campaign with partners to inspire older Merton residents to adopt a more physically active lifestyle. Regular physical activity is key to healthy ageing and becomes even more important as we get older. The benefits associated with safe, physical activity in older adults, far outweigh any risks. The good news is that it's never too late to start. Merton Moves signposts to local clubs, classes and organisations offering an... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2021
Voluntary and community organisations across the borough are already experiencing testing times due to the pandemic, however it is vital that they also take action now to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period. On 1 January 2021, the UK will have left the EU single market and customs union. The free movement of workers between the UK and the EU countries, and the associated rights to the same working conditions, social security and health services, will have also ended. There are... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2021
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: 7 Jan 2021
Rapid 30-minute COVID-19 tests (lateral flow tests) are now available for residents, key workers, carers and volunteers in Merton. Testing for residents is at Morden Assembly Hall, Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PJ, with additional sites being added through January. For key workers, volunteers and carers, testing will be carried out by a network of up to 40 community pharmacies. You will attend a short appointment, self-administer swabs under supervision of pharmacy staff, and wait while the result... read more
Posted: 7 Jan 2021
Can you help inspire and develop the voluntary and community sector with us? MVSC is a hugely motivated and influential organisation, sharply focussed on successfully representing and supporting the voluntary, community and faith sectors across the Borough of Merton for over 35 years. MVSC has a diverse and talented Board of Trustees from a range of sectors, enthusiastically and diligently led by our current Chair. As MVSC steps into the challenges and opportunities of 2021, we are looking for... read more
Posted: 7 Jan 2021
Merton Uplift is an integrated Primary Care Mental Health service accessible to anyone living in Merton or registered with a Merton GP. They support anyone who has a mental health or wellbeing need, whether this is due to emotional difficulties or life stressors.  We are delighted to share their latest online training schedule below. Please click the booking link here to find out more and book your place. 

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