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Posted: 22 Feb 2020
The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced new funding to deliver its vision of inspiring activity and enabling people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background. £5.2 million of grants are available for the Facilities Grants Programme to fund the building, renovation or modernisation of facilities in London and Surrey. The grants thresholds are: Small Grants £5,000 - £50,000 Major Grants £50,001 - £250,000 The 2020 grant application... read more
Posted: 22 Feb 2020
London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund have come together to launch a new round of ‘Partners for Health’ for 2020. Grants will be considered for social action projects tackling health inequalities in London (in 2019 the average grant was £5,000).  ‘Partners for Health’ is open to charities that have a specialist understanding of the health and wellbeing of their service users and are developing a response to social or healthcare care needs. This should involve joint working with an... read more
Posted: 22 Feb 2020
Merton Council is encouraging residents to apply to close their road for a street party on 8, 9 or 10 May in celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe after five years of carnage and destruction will be an opportunity to both celebrate peace as well as mourn all those that died in the war. In May 1945, millions of people up and down the country took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the... read more
Posted: 22 Feb 2020
A number of retailers are donating profits to mental health charities this week, following the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack. Fashion retailer In The Style launched a limited-edition “Be Kind” t-shirt – inspired by Caroline Flack’s Instagram post in December – promising to donate 100 per cent of profits to Samaritans. So far they have raised more than £200,000 for the suicide-prevention charity Samaritans in just 24 hours. Caroline, who died on Saturday, wrote on Instagram in December: “... read more
Posted: 18 Feb 2020
MVSC recently met with CREW Energy who have been doing some incredible work in Merton; the community energy group is made up of committed volunteers living in south-west London who care about making this corner of the capital a more resilient and sustainable community. Want to know more? CREW Energy holds free ‘energy café’ advice sessions to reduce energy usage and costs to help make London greener. They are currently running walk-in energy cafés in the Merton to provide energy-saving... read more
Posted: 16 Feb 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: 16 Feb 2020
Simon Shimmens, the new CEO of Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC), which supports and represents the voluntary and community sector in the borough, is keen to visit and meet local voluntary and community organisations. At its heart, Merton has a diverse voluntary and community sector and our CEO would like to experience what Merton has to offer. Would you like Simon to visit your organisation, meet your team and find out more about what you do? The intention is for Simon to gain valuable... read more
Posted: 16 Feb 2020
Do you have a good idea for an activity that will benefit Clarion Housing residents and the communities in which they live in, in the London Borough of Merton? Clarion Housing is offering Micro-Grants to organisations that need funding of up to £500 for activities that will benefit Clarion Housing residents and the communities in which they live in. If you need further information or assistance, or would like an application form, please contact Rasna Khanom on 07824 335 255 or via email Rasna.... read more
Posted: 16 Feb 2020
As we continue to celebrate Student Volunteering Week – we take this opportunity to shine a light on 8th Wimbledon Scout Group. Based in Wimbledon, the 8th Wimbledon has a strong history (over 100 years old!). They have a thriving Beaver Colony (6-8 years), Cub Scout Pack (8-10½ years) and Scout Troop (10½-14 years) and provide fun activities, adventure and challenge for young people aged 6-14. They are seeking volunteers to join their team to help provide more Scouting to the children in the... read more
Posted: 16 Feb 2020
Earlier this year, Merton Council launched a new hate crime advice surgery in partnership with charity Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks). Merton was the first borough in south London to work in conjunction with Tell Mama to run these sessions. Aimed at raising awareness and supporting victims of hate crime – the surgeries are a safe space for discussing hate crime and reporting anonymously.  From January 2020, the new times for these meetings are 12pm – 1pm. More information on dates... read more

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