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Posted: 10 Aug 2020
The Coronavirus Community Support Fund (CCSF) prioritises funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.   This fund is aimed at activities supporting people and communities affected by COVID-19, and prioritise:   organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19 organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19 organisations which connect communities and support... read more
Posted: 10 Aug 2020
As you may be aware, in the current warmer weather, the Warm & Well campaign in Merton is working in partnership with Merton Council, Wimbledon Guild, Age UK Merton and Thinking Works to provide information and support on how to stay well during the summer months. This is particularly key with many older and vulnerable people at home more now than usual, especially with 1 in 5 homes at risk of overheating in England.  Please see the documents attached below on how to Beat the Heat and read... read more
Posted: 10 Aug 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has brought uncertainty and anxiety to us all. But for many young people already struggling with mental health issues, this has been a hugely distressing time. Social isolation became the norm as lockdown was enforced, and the usual services and support were no longer available. Hearts & Minds, a charity for 14-to-25 year olds experiencing mental health difficulties, saw a huge increase in demand for its services as the impact of the pandemic took hold, both from... read more
Posted: 10 Aug 2020
The NHS-led series of Coping Well During Covid webinars will be delivered in August, they will also cover new sessions with specific topics on mindfulness, working from home and staying well, and wellbeing amongst BAME communities, which is being co-delivered with David Truswell. The 60-minute webinars are developed for anyone feeling anxious about coronavirus and how it is impacting you, your loved ones or your work. You'll come away with quick and practical tools to support your mental health... read more
Posted: 10 Aug 2020
Mitcham Community Orchard was as project initiated by Sustainable Merton and inspired 200 residents and 12 partners to transform a local derelict area of spare land into an award-winning community orchard with 30 different varieties of fruit trees, 7 raised beds, ponds, a soft fruit collection, a wild garden. ​Join Sustainable Merton for a family-friendly action day at Mitcham Community Orchard - a hidden treasure in the heart of Mitcham. Discover this wonderful community space, meet local... read more
Posted: 10 Aug 2020
Join Merton Council for an interactive workshop to share your views and help them prevent outbreaks of COVID-19. The aim of the workshop is to reduce the health impact of COVID-19 in Merton: The impact of COVID-19 on Merton’s communities so far What outbreak prevention means and what we want to achieve Your ideas to support our communities and vulnerable people Your ideas to create messages for community involvement and action Event Details Tuesday 11th August, 2pm - 4pm This interactive... read more
Posted: 27 Jul 2020
We are delighted to announce that Social Prescribing in Merton has been shortlisted for the Social Prescribing Programme of the year award - organised by the National Association of Link Workers. This category recognises a social prescribing programme that has been running for at least 1 year or more and has made outstanding positive social prescribing impact powering up community wellbeing and demonstrates an all-round excellence in social prescribing practice.   Ben Halschka, Head of Social... 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
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
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

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