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Posted: 29 Jan 2020
London Youth is a charity on a mission to improve the lives of young people in London, challenging them to become the best they can be. In partnership with the Golf Foundation, London Youth is recruiting 10 organisations to participate in their pilot Tri-Golf programme for 2020. The programme aims to provide an opportunity for young people from across London to try a new sport through a 6-8 week block of coaching, with the opportunity to compete against the other youth organisations at a... read more
Posted: 22 Jan 2020
The Merton Giving Winter Grants Fund programme is now open, and will only fund not-for-profit, voluntary, community & faith organisations, based in or delivering services in Merton. This round of the Fund will support the delivery of projects that address one or more of the priorities outlined below. Priority will be given to not currently receiving other funding from the Merton Giving Fund, organisations must also prove they are: Delivering services that generate a quantifiable benefit to... read more
Posted: 22 Jan 2020
The Get Set, Get Active Fund aims to help people of all ages and abilities to take part in physical or sports activities in their community. Local groups and clubs active in the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth can apply for grants ranging from £500 up to £2,500 towards the costs of direct sports or physical activity provision including equipment and kits, coaching fees and venue hire. Applications are encouraged from groups which tackle social problems and help people facing disadvantages... read more
Posted: 22 Jan 2020
The private sector in Merton has always placed value on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and we have always been impressed with the amount of support the voluntary sector receives from our local business community. With support from Volunteer Merton, Merton Giving and MVSC; Close Brothers Group were able to give their time at Christmas to an organisation needing some extra hands to feed 200 residents.  At Close Brothers Group, corporate social responsibility is actively... read more
Posted: 22 Jan 2020
Christians Against Poverty are on a mission to release thousands of families from grinding poverty through award winning debt counselling and community groups. Need support? Find all their details below. 
Posted: 20 Jan 2020
Sustainable Merton, the borough’s leading environmental charity, is excited to announce the launch of Refill Merton, the latest addition to their #PlasticFreeMerton campaign. Refill is a national award-winning scheme by City to Sea that tackles plastic pollution at the source. It’s estimated that the scheme, now being rolled out nationwide with support from Water UK and local water companies, will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year.  Through bringing a local Refill chapter to... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2020
Merton’s Safer Neighbourhood Board engages with the local police and ensures the police remain accountable to the local community. Each year the board receive funding from MOPAC (Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime) to give grants to small scale projects delivered in the local area that may help cut crime and boost public confidence. Applications are invited for the 2020-21 round of funding for grants of up to £4,000 over a period of one year to tackle the following: Putting victims first and... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2020
Next month VolunteerMerton, and the rest of the country, will be celebrating Student Volunteering Week, taking place from 10th - 16th February 2020. This is the 19th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place and is a great opportunity for students and staff from colleges and universities to celebrate not-for-profit work in Merton and beyond. We want to hear from you!  Whether you’re a student, university, college, students’ union, charity or social enterprise this is your chance to... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2020
The Childhood Trust supports charities in London working with children and young people from low income backgrounds. Working in partnership with The Big Give, The Childhood Trust builds charities’ capacity to run fundraising campaigns and leverages match-funding for the money raised. The Summer Give campaign raises funds for projects taking place during any school holidays (not just the summer!) between Summer 2020 – May half term 2021 (inclusive). Applications will be open 20th January - 21st ... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2020
Citizens Advice Merton and Lambeth (CAML) are running a free service for European Union (EU) nationals, and those concerned about their residency status after the UK leaves the EU. The specialist service, open to all Merton residents, offers advice on making applications for settled status, assistance with appeals and support for complex cases. Merton Council allocated funding to the scheme from its Brexit fund, given by the Government, due to concerns that some residents may struggle to get... read more

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