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Posted: 15 Jun 2020
Charities are being invited to apply to take part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, which helps to raise millions of pounds for good causes each year. The annual match-funding event, which was first held in 2008, raised £15.6m for almost 600 UK good causes last year.  After registering, which must be done by 5pm on 3 July, charities will have until 28 August to raise pledges from major supporters that will form the basis of each organisation’s match-fund pot. The scheme’s “champions... read more
Posted: 11 Jun 2020
Cyber experts have launched measures to protect the UK from online harm as the country continues to rely more on technology while staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives. The National Cyber Security Centre recently launched the  ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign, which offers actionable advice for people to protect passwords, accounts and devices. In addition to the broader campaign, the organisation has also published specific advice for personal and professional use of video conferencing... read more
Posted: 11 Jun 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. Below, we have listed a wide range of funding opportunities currently available in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you would like to find out more about a specific fund and to apply, please visit their website. If you would like to speak to someone... read more
Posted: 11 Jun 2020
MVSC is working with the voluntary sector to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. We have received over 800 volunteer offers from people with a wide range of skills and experience and we are working with partners to match as many of them as we can. If you are delivering COVID-19 front line services and need support from volunteers, please get in touch. We may be able to partner you up with our volunteers during this challenging time. ... read more
Posted: 11 Jun 2020
As things stand, charity shops in Merton can expect to open in June. It comes as the government announced plans to allow non-essential shops to open from 15 June 2020, including charity shops, which have been closed since March. In order to prepare, we wanted to share with you a reopening pack which sets out ways in which stores can operate under existing social distancing rules, and with hygiene at the forefront. The pack, developed by Charity Shop Association, shares helpful guidance to... read more
Posted: 9 Jun 2020
The Charity Commission share guidance for Trustees on what needs to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic. During this challenging time, Merton organisations are facing demanding and ever-changing challenges – with your primary interest to look after the beneficiaries you serve. It is still important during this time that Trustees are aware of matters that may need to be reported as a serious incident. Timely reporting of serious incidents enables the Charity... read more
Posted: 8 Jun 2020
Unfortunately, criminals will exploit every opportunity they can to defraud innocent people of their money, or steal their personal details. This could include impersonating public sector officials and taking advantage of the NHS Test and Trace system.   This service is extremely important in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public get on board with it. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams. Please see the below... read more
Posted: 8 Jun 2020
The COVID-19 in-kind offers list is an online source to help you access support from business organisations. Business offers to support London’s voluntary and community sector organisations include:   Employee volunteers from companies including Citi Group, Jacobs Engineering Group and URW, owners of Westfield Free use of fleet cars, transportation and delivery services, including offers from Jaguar Land Rover, Ola taxis and Mitie A range of in-kind digital offers, including platforms, Apps... read more
Posted: 1 Jun 2020
It is our priority to celebrate and reward volunteers in Merton all year round – but there’s no better time than National Volunteers' Week to go above and beyond to do this.  Although the coronavirus pandemic has stopped many of the things we would usually do, we are still encouraging all Merton organisations to get involved.  The annual celebration is the perfect time to celebrate and thank those who give up their time to make a difference. Especially in recent times, when we have seen an... read more
Posted: 1 Jun 2020
We are delighted to share with you a selection of statistics and updates of what we have achieved in the month of May.  

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