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Posted: 29 Jul 2011
A £10million fund is being made available to charities and social enterprises to help them develop the skills and infrastructure to win more capital investment and public service contracts. The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund is one of the latest in a number of actions paving the way for charities, social enterprises and other civil society organisations to play a bigger role in public service delivery. As well as new opportunities to earn income from public service contracts, civil... read more
Posted: 29 Jul 2011
The Summer 2011 issue of Charity Commission News is now onbline. This edition introduces new guidance aimed at helping smaller charities manage risk, and explains how you can prepare for possible changes to the accounting framework for charities. For full details click here.  
Posted: 29 Jul 2011
Imagine Mental Health is hosting an exhibition of art by mental health service users at Wimbledon Library from 10 to 15 October. Anyone interested in submitting a piece of work can contact Laurie at Imagine on 020 8408 1614. For a event poster, please click here.
Posted: 28 Jul 2011
Community Matters has published Premises Fact Finder - a resource that covers every aspect of finding, managing and maintaining premises as well as information about where to go for professional advice. To view this resource please click here.
Posted: 27 Jul 2011
The Government announced the establishment of a £20m Homelessness Transition Fund, which will be administered by Homeless Link. At a time when homelessness is rising and many services are facing cuts, the fund will aim to support the ambition to end rough sleeping by: • Helping to protect key frontline services that work with single homeless adults and supporting them to find a more sustainable future, and • Supporting the introduction of No Second Night Out and other innovations. The fund has... read more
Posted: 25 Jul 2011
The Federation Clinical Commissioning Pathfinder, which will take over the role of commissioning local health services as part of the government’s NHS reforms, has appointed Dr Chris Elliot and Dr Geoff Hollier as its joint chairs.
Posted: 25 Jul 2011
Two new funds totalling £14 million are being made available to the voluntary sector to empower communities to take action against crime and antisocial behaviour. As part of the government's ambition to drive up community activism and build safer neighbourhoods, organisations from the voluntary sector across England and Wales are being invited to apply for a share of two new funds to support local areas in tackling the issues that matter most to them. The funds are:  A £5 million 'Community... read more
Posted: 25 Jul 2011
At its Annual General Meeting on 14th July, Merton Chamber of Commerce celebrated a year of firsts as well as unveiling its new look logo in front of an audience of 70 local businesses. In her address Diana Sterck, Chief Executive, said that it had been an amazing year for the Chamber with the introduction of many new initiatives, all aiming to support the business community and a business friendly borough. New activity included the running of The Generator Business Centre in Mitcham, with 18... read more
Posted: 22 Jul 2011
MVSC is pleased to announce that it’s contract with the London Borough of Merton to host the Local Involvement Network (LINk) has been extended for a further 12 months to June 2012.  To find out more about the work of LINk Merton please see the attached annual report, or visit  
Posted: 11 Jul 2011
MVSC, as part of the South London CVS partnership, is planning a Sustainable Funding event in late autumn. This free event will be a fantastic way for your organisation to get information and advice on how to fundraise more effectively, how to diversify your income streams and how to plan for the future. But to plan the event we need your help. To ensure the event meets your needs we'd like you to click here and spend a few minutes filling in our short survey. This will help us to make the day... read more