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Posted: 6 Nov 2019
As the CEO of  Sustainable Merton, Merton’s leading environmental charity, I am writing to seek your support for our new Community Fridge initiative by helping us to spread the word.  Bringing the first Community Fridge to Merton, this project offers an exciting opportunity to stop edible surplus food from going to waste, and instead make this available to those who are struggling to afford to eat.    I am very excited to share that Sustainable Merton’s Community Fridge project has been... read more
Posted: 6 Nov 2019
Wimbledon Foodbank will have an open door for temporary volunteers to walk in and help on certain days over the Christmas holiday:   Monday 16th December Tuesday 17th December Thursday 19th December Monday 23rd December Tuesday 24th December.     The volunteer session is from 10.00am till 12 noon.  Please feel free to come along on any of these days.    
Posted: 6 Nov 2019
FSI are a small charity that provides free and heavily-subsidised training and support services to other small charities.   Here's what they say.   The courses are excellent value, all held by very experienced trainers – this year’s full day course is just £20 for our members – and it’s easy to become a free member of the FSI on our website.   We are due to hold the events in the lovely venue of Amnesty International, London, EC2 this November 12, 13 and 14th: https://www.thefsi.org/services/... read more
Posted: 6 Nov 2019
Carers Rights Day is an annual national awareness campaign organised by the charity Carers UK, which aims to reach as many of the 6.5 million carers in the UK as possible with information about their rights and the financial and practical help they are entitled to: including benefits, such as Carer’s Allowance, breaks and access to equipment and technology which can help them in their caring role. This year, the charity is encouraging people to think about how caring might affect them now and... read more
Posted: 6 Nov 2019
Applications for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s flagship Influencing Change programme are now open.     The five-day training programme is for campaigners working in London who want to take their skills to the next level. Participants begin with a deep immersion in how social change is happening today, looking at key drivers and emerging trends. We will then cover how to design and activate a campaign, from planning to final evaluation. You’ll leave with new knowledge and tools, and the... read more
Posted: 30 Oct 2019
Merton Giving, a charitable partnership between Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Voluntary Services Council, has reached its first birthday and, since its launch, the business community has responded incredibly to help local causes with cash donations to the Merton Giving Fund and/or non-monetary in-kind support totaling in excess of £60,000.  To continue its work, Merton Giving Week is back for 2019.  In its second year, the week marks a dedicated focus on fundraising to help grow the... read more

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