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Posted: 22 Nov 2018
This Fortnight's News - 20th November 2018 NAVCA Autumn Statement Analysis The Autumn Budget, also known as the Autumn Statement, is one of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's two main financial statements to the House of Commons each year. NAVCA has produced a great analysis of the Autumn Statement 2018.  This suggests the Chancellor did not have much to say about the voluntery and community sector. Most disappointingly, the Statement included no links between the objectives of the Government's... read more
Posted: 6 Nov 2018
Playground Design Worksop with Studio Hare  Are you a budding architect, designer or engineer? Want to learn more about how to design and build a playground? As part of The Canons House and Grounds Lottery project, Studio Hardie is putting on a series of 3 workshops for parents and children to get involved with planning and designing the new playground for The Canons. These inputs and designs will feed into the final design and build as part of the delivery of this exciting project. These are... read more
Posted: 6 Nov 2018
This Fortnight's News - 5 November 2018 #YouMadeItHappen NCVO have said loud and clear that the public want to know what difference their support for charities has made.  They want to know how their donations, and their volunteer hours, have helped.   NCVO are therefore asking every charity to use the hashtag #YouMadeItHappen on social media on Monday 19 November.   It’s an opportunity to thank your supporters and, after a time when some charities have had media attention... read more
Posted: 18 Oct 2018
This national hate crime awareness week, Safer Merton and partners are asking local residents to tell them whether they have experienced hate crime, where they able to report it, and what help and support would help more people report hate crime. Safer Merton are urging all local organisations to share this short survey with their members and service users to help understand people's experiences of hate crime and what possible barriers to reporting might be. You can find out more about... read more
Posted: 17 Oct 2018
It was a triumphant evening for Merton last night, as our volunteers won four awards at the highly regarded Team London Awards.  The ceremony, hosted at City Hall and in the presence of the Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social mobility and Community Engagement, Matthew Ryder, is held annually to acknowledge and recognised the contribution of London’s volunteers. Each year thousands of Londoners volunteer their time, skills and experiences, to help make London a better place to live, work... read more
Posted: 11 Oct 2018
Vestry Hall would like to invite you to attend Vestry Hall’s commemoration of 100 years since WW1, this includes the special unveiling of the “Tommy” . On the 9th November from 3.00pm Vestry Hall will be giving you a guided tour of the area, tea and a very special talk to celebrate the end of World War 1 and to honor all those who fought and lost there lives.  Please click here to see more information 
Posted: 11 Oct 2018
Dear All   I have sent out the Stakeholder Survey and would appreciate it if you can raise awareness within your teams.  I have sent this to all Drs, Heads of Nursing, matrons, ward managers and asked for it to go on both insite and the external website and to the mental health interface group members.   The Trusts Drugs and Therapeutics Committee are in the process of developing the next medicines optimisation strategy, an enabling strategy to the Trusts overarching strategy.   The use of... read more
Posted: 10 Oct 2018
Join us for our AGM on Tuesday 23rd October.  We will celebrate a year of partnerships with the Voluntary and Public Sector.  Hannah Doody, Merton Council’s Director of Community and Housing, will give the Keynote Speech Find out about our key milestones over the last year, our plans for the future and hear MVSC's current services.  We look forward to seeing you there!   When is the AGM 23rd October, 2018 2:30 PM   to   4:30 PM   Where is the AGM Vestry Hall 336 London Road Mitcham London... read more
Posted: 10 Oct 2018
Today, 10th October 2018, is world Mental Health Day and an ideal time to reflect on how we can promote positive mental health and wellbeing in our work places. Below are 5 simple tips to create a healthier work place: •    Set up a wellbeing committee to raise awareness and promote mental health & wellbeing issues.  •    Carry out an anonymous employee survey to gauge colleague’s sense of wellbeing and identify any issues or potential issues.  •    Insist that colleagues take breaks,... read more
Posted: 9 Oct 2018
Merton Council’s Strategic Partner Funding Programme has opened for bids from voluntary and community sector organisations.  This fund comprises five separate elements: Information and advice Voluntary sector infrastructure support Wellbeing services Carers services Healthwatch Merton The outcomes and strategic delivery models that being sought are set out in the Funding Prospectus.  More detail on each element is set out in the relevant sections of the Prospectus. The Council are looking for... read more