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Posted: 4 May 2012
LINk Merton is a local network which enables people to influence health and adult social care services. We are looking for five people to join a newly formed steering group which will act as the decision making body in relation to the work programme and, in conjunction with the Host, promote the work of LINk Merton and ensure the voice of local communities influences local services. For further information about the role of the steering group and how to apply see the documents below. If you... read more
Posted: 3 May 2012
If you are a local voluntary or community group and you need funding for a project focusing on Education or Community Development in London this grant fund may be able to help. Fund Themes1. Education   Retention - projects that ease the transition between primary and secondary schools, reduce absenteeism, and help prevent exclusion. Achievement - projects that raise people’s aspirations, achievements and attainment levels, for example in financial literacy, business awareness, functional and... read more
Posted: 3 May 2012
The latest newsletter from the Sutton and Merton Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service is available to download below. The service is due to move from the Nelson Hospital in June. For more information on the move click on the flyer.
Posted: 3 May 2012
Dear all We have made an excellent start to the performance year with reductions in Residential Burglary, Robbery and Theft of Motor Vehicle just three examples of the excellent work that your officers and teams have achieved. Many of you will have heard me say that we have one over arching priority and that is to have less victims of crime than last year. I know that we will be challenged by this during the Olympics but "Team Merton" have risen to the challenge superbly so far, and hopefully... read more
Posted: 2 May 2012
The latest NHS update on Better Services Better Value is now available – click here to view
Posted: 1 May 2012
Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council and Chair of the Merton Partnership will launch this new grants fund on Monday 14th May, 10.30 to 1.00pm at Grenfell Housing and Training. The fund, which will provide grants of up to £10,000 for voluntary sector projects in the east of the Borough, is being administered by MVSC on behalf of Merton’s Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board. For more information and to book your place, click here  
Posted: 1 May 2012
The Family Strategic Partnership, a consortium of national charities working with families, and Sound Delivery have produced an introductory guide for voluntary organisations on using social media. To download a copy visit
Posted: 25 Apr 2012
A reminder that the deadline for the next Empowering Communities grant programme is the 14th May. Grants are available up to £3,000. Small new groups and groups that are not constituted are encouraged to apply and Merton Priory Homes will help them to work with an established partner. Merton Priory Homes staff are able to offer one-to-one appointments to support grant applications or discuss project ideas however as the deadline gets closer, their time is being booked up. If you do require... read more
Posted: 24 Apr 2012
The INVOLVE meeting on 18th April included information on a new grants programme for the voluntary sector, work to promote the take up of childhood immunisation and a roundup of news for the local voluntary sector.   1. Merton Partnership Voluntary Sector Grant proposals Naheed Chaudry, Policy and Partnerships Officer from LBM Corporate Services Department gave a presentation on proposals for a new £142,000 Merton Partnership voluntary sector grant programme. For a copy of the presentation... read more
Posted: 23 Apr 2012
Sport Relief is supporting The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund with a grant of £1million. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to small community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.   Organisations can apply for funding towards work that addresses one or more of the following themes:   Training and educating people who have dropped out of mainstream education; Getting people into work... read more