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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
Posted: 23 Apr 2012
Have you ever wondered what your local area was like in the past? Or how people in your community used to live? This week, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is launching a new £1m small grant programme designed to help local communities answer these and countless more questions about their past. All Our Stories will make available grants ranging from £3,000 - £10,000. From researching local historic landmarks, learning more about customs and traditions to delving into archives and finding out the... read more
Posted: 23 Apr 2012
Mayor of Merton's Medieval Banquet in support of the Mayor's Charities will be held on the 4th May 2012 at 7pm. Venue: St Barnabas Church, Gorringe Park Avenue, Mitcham CR4 2DJ 4 course meal Medieval entertainment Fancy dress preferred Tickets: £30, cheques payable to 'Mayor of Merton's Charity' to Mayor's Parlour, Civic Centre, Morden, SM4 5DX Please contact for more information.  
Posted: 20 Apr 2012
Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage and the Mitcham Society invite you to Heritage Bingo on May 9th at the 3,200 seater Art Deco former cinema in Tooting. For more infomation on this event please click here to view the flyer or call Mags Alexander on 020 8715 6568  
Posted: 20 Apr 2012
London Borough of Merton Community and Housing have published their first adult social care 'local account' detailing performance on delivering services to Merton residents. This is a basic report for the first year, with the aim that it will evolve over time. They are also keen to get feedback on how to improve this report in the future. The report is a self-assessment published by the council and includes details about outcomes achieved for service users, budget, comparative performance with... read more
Posted: 18 Apr 2012
As part of MVSC's new Volunteering Strategy Project Manager role, Hayley will be working across Merton with all sectors to implement the strategy. One of the priorities is to publish guidance for voluntary organisations that: clarifies the current safeguarding position during this transition period in legislation outlines how to decide if a CRB is needed for volunteers signposts to umbrella organisations that administer CRBs explains other safeguarding tools which are important in protecting... read more
Posted: 17 Apr 2012
The organisations that were allocated Positive Activities Funding this year are now on the LBM website, please click here for more information.