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Posted: 12 Oct 2020
October sees the return of Black History Month, an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of black people in the UK and the vital part they have played in the development of this country. As part of the borough's celebrations, Merton Heritage Service has produced a special resource page page for the Merton Memories website. This features a range of online displays, films, recommended weblinks, research guides, quizzes, children's resources and information on local... read more
Posted: 7 Oct 2020
One of our priorities at MVSC is to support volunteer-involving organisations in Merton. We are particularly pleased to see a new partnership between NCVO, Volunteer Now, Volunteer Scotland and WCVA establish.   This partnership is giving organisations access a free IiV Essentials online tool designed to help you do a basic health check on your volunteer practice. It covers the basic areas to model good practice for involving and managing volunteers. It will help you to think about volunteers’... read more
Posted: 7 Oct 2020
Merton organisations have an opportunity to apply for the latest Tackling Inequalities’ fund   The purpose of the fund is to reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity through increasing availability of exercise opportunities in local communities within Merton.  The funding will be targeted to help support people with long-term health conditions, Black, Asian minority ethnic groups and lower socio-economic groups.  As well as... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2020
Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership and Merton Safeguarding Adults Board are inviting voluntary organisations in Merton to take part in a selection of free virtual training courses. They are currently offering:   Understanding and managing neglect  Domestic Violence and Abuse   What is sexual violence?  Trauma informed practice   Impact of parental mental illness on children and young people  Race culture and faith belief systems in safeguarding children  Working with resistant families... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2020
MVSC is working with the voluntary sector to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. We have received over 800 volunteer offers from people with a wide range of skills and experience and we are working with partners to match as many of them as we can. If you are delivering COVID-19 front line services and need support from volunteers, please get in touch. We may be able to partner you up with our volunteers during this challenging time. ... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2020
Employers with up to 100 employees can draw down £2,000 funding per manager (max 12) towards accredited management and leadership development programmes designed to change the performance and results of the individuals, their teams and their employers. Final date for application is Friday 30th October 2020 unless the total fund is allocated in advance. Key points: All employers in the UK, whether private, public, or charitable with up to 100 employed staff are eligible Up to 12 supervisors,... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2020
COVID-19 has created a step-change in the use of digital and technology throughout our sector, creating serious challenges to delivering our desperately needed activities. And yet, there are also new opportunities, a chance to work smarter, reach more people and gather vital information about how to re-shape what we do for the future. The latest Superhighways autumn training programme aims to help you both cope with the challenges ahead and grow towards healthier and happier times.  Thanks to... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2020
Earlier this year, an army of volunteers and community groups assembled across Merton to make sure help reaches those who need it most.  Over 2000 isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19 asked for help, with nearly 800 volunteers stepping forward to make sure they got the help they needed.  The hub continues to offer support and is determined to make it easy for you to get the help you need. Simply call 020 8685 2272 or email help@mvsc.co.uk (between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday) ... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2020
Thanks to the Mental Health Foundation for creating this thought-provoking podcast. The latest episode is about the coronavirus pandemic and our mental health.   Host Bethan begins by talking about how the pandemic has impacted different people, from students returning to university, to furloughed workers now returning to work.  The podcast gets even more interesting as they talk to Suba, a junior doctor who works in the Emergency Department of an NHS hospital. You will then hear from, Dr David... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2020
Local organisation, Sustainable Merton, has continued to inspire people in Merton during this challenging time, to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Last week, they shared a new project with us called Loving Earth: A legacy of lockdown. We wanted to pass that information on to our readers, so please read below and take part in this exciting local initiative.   The COVID Pandemic has affected people in different ways. As well as suffering, sorrow, fear, loneliness, hard work for many, it's also... read more

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