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Posted: 18 May 2020
Superhighways is a friendly team with a passion for helping local communities make best use of technology for social impact.  They are currently providing useful guides and resources for small charities and community organisations during the coronavirus pandemic, including: Office 365 - Accessibility Features Don't get caught out by phishing emails Office 365: 2 more useful apps for small charities Video conferencing options Zoom security tips Remote working - some best practice tips To... read more
Posted: 18 May 2020
MVSC is working with the voluntary sector to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. If you need help, or know someone that does, please email help@mvsc.co.uk or call 020 8685 2272, Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm. Support from volunteers may include: Shopping/basic provision parcel delivery Prescription/medication collection Dog walking Electricity/gas pre- payment card top-up A telephone call or keeping in touch Posting letters
Posted: 18 May 2020
Merton Council has launched a £1 million neighbourhood funding programme to enhance community spaces and invest in infrastructure across the borough. This year’s bidding to the Neighbourhood Fund opened on Tuesday 12 May and will close on Friday 3 July, with a decision on successful bids made at Merton Council’s Cabinet meeting in September. The key criteria for funding, is how proposed projects will bridge the gap between the east and the west of the borough - to reduce the economic and social... read more
Posted: 17 May 2020
Aileen Buckton arrives in Merton following a long and distinguished career at Lewisham Council, where she won praise for putting her commitment to the local community at the heart of all the council’s work. The former Executive Director of Community Services at Lewisham, was honoured by the Queen with an MBE at the beginning of this year for her services to adult social care. During her tenure in Lewisham, Aileen was always committed to working across boundaries. Lewisham was one of the first... read more
Posted: 17 May 2020
Organisations wishing to enter the 2020 Charity Times Awards will have extra time to do so now the deadline for entries has been extended to 22 May. Now in their 21st year, the awards reward leadership and excellence across almost 30 categories. The best individual charities will be recognised, alongside specific areas including community involvement, corporate partnerships, fundraising, campaigning, use of technology, and many more. A number of categories also recognise the contribution that... read more
Posted: 17 May 2020
Over the past four years Merton Council has effectively enforced parking restrictions, but this has not provided enough of a deterrent to reduce the number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) being issued. There has been a 25% increase in the number of PCNs issued for parking contraventions between the financial years 2015/16 and 2018/19. Their powers to issue penalty charge notices come from the Traffic Management Act 2004, and the primary aim of that act is to encourage compliance. They believe... read more
Posted: 6 May 2020
Wimbledon Guild is a local charity with the aims of reducing social isolation and loneliness, helping people through difficult times and enabling older people to be active and healthy. During the coronavirus pandemic the charity is supporting over 600 existing customers as well as providing assistance to over 400 vulnerable people in Merton who have been referred to the charity through the COVID-19 Community Response Hub.    Wimbledon Guild has required additional volunteers to deal with the... read more
Posted: 5 May 2020
Following the weekly Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund panel meeting, we’re pleased to announce that a further four beneficiaries have been granted a total of £9,472.  To date, the fund has now awarded a total of £63,021 to 29 organisations. Grants have been allocated to organisations that are either delivering COVID-19 front line services or whose organisation’s ability to operate has been impacted by the measures put in place to stem the pandemic.   Donate We want to grow the Merton Giving... read more
Posted: 4 May 2020
As we enter this phase of lockdown, we continue our work with the voluntary sector to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. We have been delighted with the response from members of the public willing to give their time to help others. Those that have put themselves forward have been partnered with key groups who have allocated them to tasks such as shopping, prescription/medication collection supported by Merton Social Prescribing, dog walking, posting letters, a friendly... read more
Posted: 4 May 2020
The UK food chain is changing rapidly and as we enter this phase of lockdown, we begin to see the full effects of initiatives being set up to help people in Merton who are struggling to access food. These initiatives not only help those that are currently shielding, but whose income has been effected by COVID-19, leaving them in food poverty. Firstly, we would like to highlight the Merton Food Distribution Network that has delivered more than 1000 food parcels and meals every week since the... read more

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