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Posted: 4 Mar 2020
We provide a range of support, advice and information services for any organisation needing to recruit and manage volunteers.  Our downloadable information bank provides a wide range of guidance and information on the following topics: Planning for volunteers. What you need to think about when considering using volunteers The essentials. The essential things you need if you are going to use volunteers Getting recruitment right. How to plan recruitment, market volunteering opportunities and... read more
Posted: 4 Mar 2020
NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group have launched a public consultation on three potential options for the location of a brand-new specialist emergency care hospital – on the Epsom, St Helier or Sutton hospital sites.  The consultation is taking place over 12 weeks starting on 8 January 2020 and will finish on 1 April 2020. They are urging people to give their views on their proposals during this... read more
Posted: 4 Mar 2020
Over the past year, Healthy London Partnership (HLP) has been working in collaboration with three London boroughs (Camden, Merton and Southwark) to design and test new integrated service models for mental health, musculoskeletal pain and employment support. In London, musculoskeletal disorders and mental health problems are the most common conditions that influence people’s ability to work. The Work and Health Accelerator model aims to provide as many people as possible with access to the... read more
Posted: 2 Mar 2020
The Merton Partnership is seeking partner organisations to run stalls at a Market Place event taking place during the Merton Partnership Annual Conference on 31 March 2020, at the Chaucer Centre, Canterbury Road, Morden SM4 6PX.  The Market Place will be happening from 2-3pm. The theme of the conference is ‘Listening to and involving young people’ and we would like to give voluntary sector and public sector services who work with children and young people or have a link to the priorities that... read more
Posted: 28 Feb 2020
Giving World is a registered charity who redirect new business end-of-line and discontinued stock (e.g. warm clothing, food, toiletries) for free to the most deprived communities in the UK. Their evidence indicates charities across the UK are struggling to meet the increasing level of need in their communities and that beneficiaries face multiple and complex problems. Amongst the highest are loneliness, unemployment, low income, homelessness, and mental health needs. With the removal of... read more
Posted: 28 Feb 2020
Want to make a difference in a young person's life? Carers Support Merton is looking for mentors to inspire a young carer to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. There are believed to be at least 1500* young carers in Merton. You may already know a young carer without even realising it (39% young carers say that nobody at school knows they care). Young carers provide care to a family member, usually a parent or sibling who cannot look after themselves due to disability, mental or... read more
Posted: 28 Feb 2020
War Child UK is looking for volunteers, who are interested in making positive change for children affected by conflict around the world, to join their Youth Advocates Panel. They feel strongly that young people who themselves have been affected by conflict, are the best advocates for their peers still living in war zones. The panel represent War Child - as ambassadors and representatives at events.  What do Youth Advocates do?   Help raise awareness of issues affecting children in current and... read more
Posted: 24 Feb 2020
Local councillors on Merton’s overview and scrutiny panels regularly carry out reviews of issues and services that affect people living in the borough. They would welcome your views on what they should look at next. It could be about transport, parks, leisure centres, health and wellbeing, recycling or even road safety. Ideas are not limited to council services. Councillors will consider any suggestions as long as they affect people living in Merton. Past reviews have covered issues ranging... read more
Posted: 22 Feb 2020
The London Marathon Charitable Trust has announced new funding to deliver its vision of inspiring activity and enabling people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background. £5.2 million of grants are available for the Facilities Grants Programme to fund the building, renovation or modernisation of facilities in London and Surrey. The grants thresholds are: Small Grants £5,000 - £50,000 Major Grants £50,001 - £250,000 The 2020 grant application... read more
Posted: 22 Feb 2020
London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund have come together to launch a new round of ‘Partners for Health’ for 2020. Grants will be considered for social action projects tackling health inequalities in London (in 2019 the average grant was £5,000).  ‘Partners for Health’ is open to charities that have a specialist understanding of the health and wellbeing of their service users and are developing a response to social or healthcare care needs. This should involve joint working with an... read more

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