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Posted: 22 Dec 2020
The plans for Christmas bubbles have changed across the UK. British Heart Foundation explain the risks involved in seeing friends and family, and what you can do to try and minimise your risk this festive season. Check out their latest news item which covers: Should I form a Christmas bubble? I'm worried about seeing my relative who is at higher risk than me. Should I see them this Christmas? How do I tell my family I won’t be seeing them at Christmas? Is there anything I can do to reduce my... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
Hope2020 is a campaign being led by a collective of cross-sector organisations aiming to share stories of ambition and hope following the untimely death of Damilola Taylor twenty years ago. Clarion Housing would like to recognise the campaign through sharing stories of voice and action from their communities and are aiming to do this in various ways over the next few months. About Hope2020 The Hope 2020 Campaign is inspired by the life of Damilola Taylor who was murdered in South London. Ten... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
Waitrose and John Lewis have joined forces for their Christmas campaign called Give a Little Love. The campaign aims to encourage one small act of kindness that can spark a heartfelt chain reaction showing how powerful giving a little love can really be.   All profits from the Give a Little Love campaign will be split equally between the two charities (FareShare and Home-Start) and shops will work with their local charity branches to give help where it's needed in their communities. This could... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
We are delighted to announce that Merton Council has launched their Climate Strategy and Action Plan. It forms Merton's response to their declaration of a climate emergency, which set net zero carbon targets of 2050 for the borough and 2030 for the Council.   This 30-year plan sets out their vision for Merton in 2050 and the key actions required to get to net-zero carbon across four thematic areas (the Green Economy, Buildings and Energy, Transport and Greening Merton), as well as how the... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
With the capital in another lockdown and communities facing difficult times ahead, London’s funders have once again come together to provide new funding for civil society organisations. The London Community Response is taking applications for grants of up to £10,000 to help groups support Londoners affected by COVID-19 over the next six months. Applications will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, with a final deadline of 5pm on Thursday 3 December 2020.   Who can apply? And what... read more
Posted: 23 Nov 2020
Merton Giving Week is returning for its third year. Our official week of fundraising and celebration of local giving takes place from 30th November to 6th December 2020 with residents and businesses being asked to help those in our community facing food insecurity through financial donations to the ‘Food for All’ fundraising campaign or by donating a Festive shoe-box hamper through  ‘A Gift for All’. We’ve witnessed such inspiring acts of kindness during the pandemic and, in the run up to the... read more
Posted: 9 Nov 2020
MVSC is delighted to welcome Inter Faith Week 2020, to Merton. The annual celebrations started on Sunday 8 - Sunday 15 November and are a great way to:  Highlight the good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations  Draw new people into inter faith learning and cooperation  Enable greater interaction between people of different backgrounds  Help develop integrated and neighbourly communities  Celebrate diversity and commonality  Open new possibilities for... read more
Posted: 2 Nov 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: 2 Nov 2020
Safeguarding Adults Week 2020 will take place from 16- 22 November. The week aims to create a time where we can all focus on safeguarding adults, with each day focusing on a different issue.  Safeguarding Adults Week 2020 – Key Themes: Monday – Safeguarding and Wellbeing  Tuesday – Adult Grooming  Wednesday – Understanding Legislation  Thursday – Creating Safer Places  Friday – Organisational Abuse  Saturday – Sport & Activity  Sunday – Safeguarding in Your Community  MVSC will be getting... read more
Posted: 2 Nov 2020
In what has been a tougher year than most, the charity is calling on Mo Bros to unite, farewell the follicles and shave down on October 30 to raise funds which will stop men dying too young.  Now in its 17th year, the annual Mo-growing campaign encourages Mo Bros and Mo Sisters around the world to rally in support of Movember’s cause areas; men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.   Men’s mental health and COVID  Figures released earlier this year by ... read more

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