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Posted: 9 Dec 2019
In a recent survey by Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight – it was highlighted that 41% of small charities expected their income to rise over the next 12 months. We are pleased to see that small charities are feeling more optimistic. MVSC and Merton Chamber of Commerce are working hard to ensure this feeling of hope continues as we celebrated Merton Giving Week - a whole week dedicated to raising the profile, and money, for the Merton Giving Fund. As we reach our first birthday, we have... read more
Posted: 9 Dec 2019
MVSC's Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Clark and former staff member, Sarah Hannigan, spent the night in a very wet and windy Trafalgar Square on Saturday 7th December, joining hundreds of others seeking to raise money and highlight the plight of homelessness. They faced temperatures of about 10C and heavy rain - conditions which supporters said rough sleepers face every day. This was part of the World’s Big Sleep Out event, which saw thousands of individuals across the globe, spend the night on... read more
Posted: 9 Dec 2019
Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club invite you to their Football Festival on Saturday 14th December. Join them for a day of festive fun with a visit from Santa, stalls, face painting, and more.  You can also take this opportunity to have your say on their exciting new plans for 2020. To find out more, please see the attached fliers below. The activities will be before and throughout the 1st team fixture with Ware FC.
Posted: 6 Dec 2019
It was announced last week that the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is offering small charities grants of up to £100,000 towards their core costs. Applications are being accepted from charities with annual incomes of between £25,000 and £1m that are working to address complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness or domestic abuse. The foundation has refined its grant-making process, with improvements including a continuously open application process and a simplified... read more
Posted: 4 Dec 2019
Like any other sector, charities are not immune to criminal abuse from fraudsters. Fraud poses a serious risk to valuable funds and sensitive data, and can damage the good reputation of charities, affecting public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole. Below we share with you, 8 guiding principles on how to tackle fraud: Fraud will always happen – simply being a charity is no defence. Even the best-prepared organisations cannot prevent all fraud. Charities are no less likely to be... read more
Posted: 4 Dec 2019
As the borough’s leading environmental charity, Sustainable Merton has joined the Big Give Christmas Challenge - the UK’s largest match funding campaign - to double donations from residents and businesses supporting Merton’s first Community Fridge. The week-long Christmas Challenge went live on #GivingTuesday (from 3rd - 10th December) with donations being made via The Big Give.  A Community Fridge is essentially a big fridge, located in an accessible, friendly space where individuals and... read more
Posted: 4 Dec 2019
Off the Record (OTR) provides free, independent and professional counselling for 14 – 25 year olds. Their offices will be closed over the Christmas period with their last sessions taking place on 24th December and restarting in the new year on 2nd January. The Christmas period can be a difficult time for some young people, so they will be opening their doors to those in need for 2 days during this time so there will be counsellors available to speak to on a one-to-one basis over the Christmas... read more
Posted: 4 Dec 2019
MVSC is delighted to see another successful partnership between local charities, as they bring ‘Big Night Out’ to Merton. Merton Music Foundation, WCTT Young Actors Company and New Wimbledon Theatre secured funding from the National Lottery, Arts Council England and The Taylor Family Foundation to showcase the best young talent our borough has to offer.  We encourage you to support this great initiative and support the work that Merton Music Foundation and WCTT Young Actors do throughout the... read more
Posted: 4 Dec 2019
The Mayor of London EURO 2020 Grants Programme is providing grants between £500 and £10,000 to innovative projects that bring communities together, tackle prejudices, improve health and break down barriers. The programme is separated into three strands: Celebrate as One Fund Free Kicks Fund Community Fund The deadline for all three strands is the 20th January 9am. To support applicants during the application process, the GLA and Groundwork London (administers of the grant on behalf of the... read more
Posted: 4 Dec 2019
To mark its fifth anniversary and to capitalise on the attention garnered by No.1 Court’s new roof, the Wimbledon Foundation partnered with the London Community Foundation to create a new fund to help combat homelessness. The fund, which was the beneficiary of an online auction and a proportion of ticket proceeds from No.1 Court’s celebratory opening event, is providing multi-year grants to five homelessness charities operating in Merton and Wandsworth. Funding of more than £400,000 has been... read more

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