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Posted: 27 Jul 2020
We appreciate that you might be worried about the impact of the current situation on your organisation so we have made it our priority to support your needs and develop the sustainability of the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Merton. We have listed a wide range of funding opportunities currently available in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please click the category that fits your organisation. If you would like to find out more about a specific fund and to apply, please visit their... read more
Posted: 27 Jul 2020
Do you know how to protect your organisation against a cyber-attack? Sometimes it's easy to assume that charities and community groups are either too small or too 'nice' to be targeted, but we all know how easy it is for a fraudulent invoice to get through the system, how difficult it is to be truly data secure, and how damaging it is to find your email system or website unexpectedly offline. The smallest organisations are often the most vulnerable in all sorts of ways and the average cost to a... read more
Posted: 27 Jul 2020
Merton Giving has launched the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund, providing £150,000 of financial support to organisations working locally that are either delivering COVID-19 front line services or whose organisation’s ability to operate has been impacted by the measures put in place to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant fund is intended to provide urgent financial support, to assist: Costs incurred by an impact on service delivery due to increased demand (i.e. more immediately incurred costs... read more
Posted: 27 Jul 2020
Here at MVSC, we understand the importance of good practice in volunteer management. It is key to unlocking the potential of volunteering in your organisation. NCVO is organising an online course providing an introduction to the key principles of good practice in volunteer management and how to apply them to your organisation.   They have redesigned their face-to-face training to ensure your learning needs are still met through interactive, live sessions with knowledgeable trainers.  By the end... read more
Posted: 27 Jul 2020
NCVO champion the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. They have shared information and advice on involving and managing volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak on their website.  Their information and advice covers: How volunteers can make a difference Redirecting volunteers if you cannot take on any more How volunteers are affected by the lockdown Volunteers in key worker roles Furlough and volunteering Insurance and volunteering Volunteer... read more
Posted: 27 Jul 2020
Merton Centre for Independent Living helps deaf and disabled residents through the crisis with advice and advocacy and disability arts.   Reaching out to already isolated and vulnerable groups through lockdown has been a vital but challenging endeavour. For those with disabilities, this has been compounded with some unable to use the technology that many other groups have been able to utilise.   Merton Centre for Independent Living is run by deaf and disabled people for deaf and disabled people... read more
Posted: 26 Jul 2020
Merton Council has a Local Outbreak Control Plan that sets out how we will manage future outbreaks of COVID-19 in Merton.  The new plan sets out how the council will work with its partners including Public Health England, the NHS, the voluntary sector, businesses and with community leaders to keep all people in Merton safe, and support those who are vulnerable and require our help for protection.  It will focus on how Merton Council can prevent the spread of the virus and local outbreaks, for... read more
Posted: 22 Jul 2020
We are delighted to see that library membership has doubled during lockdown and although the library buildings still remain closed, new memberships continue to increase. Would you like to access books? Your first option is to sign up online for instant access to thousands of free eBooks, eComics, eMagazines and eAudiobooks.  Your second option is to get hold of our team of volunteers who can help select and deliver books to your home, safely!   If you have received a shielding letter from the... read more
Posted: 22 Jul 2020
A 2019 stem4 survey of GPs revealed 83% of GPs had seen a rise in the number of patients aged 11-18 suffering with anxiety, the COVID-19 crisis looks only to have amplified stress and worry for young people further. The many challenges caused by COVID-19 are, however, constantly evolving, making it difficult for health professionals to give consistently clear advice to young people with regards to managing their mental health. To help meet this immense challenge, stem4 has launched a new... read more
Posted: 22 Jul 2020
MVSC has been working closely with organisations in Merton since lockdown in March. Thank you to everyone that completed our Impact Survey or got in touch directly to let us know about your concerns about the impact of the current situation on your organisation. It is our priority to support your needs and develop the sustainability of the voluntary, community and faith sectors – therefore we are offering all Merton organisations the opportunity to speak to our development team 1-2-1.   These... read more

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