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Posted: 13 Jul 2020
If you would like an overview of the NHS test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive, please visit the NHS website here.   If you live or work in Merton and have had symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) you can get a free test to check if you have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too.  There is another test (antibody test) that checks if you've already had the virus. This... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2020
Merton Giving grant provides women and girls with support when they’re at their most vulnerable.  The lockdown has had a huge impact on us all. But for those confined to just one room, those already struggling with mental health difficulties, and for those whose home is not a safe space, the consequences have been devastating.    The Inner Strength Network (ISN) provides vital support to women and girls during traumatic times in their lives due to issues such as domestic abuse, exploitation, or... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2020
Do you know how to protect your organisation against a cyber-attack? Sometimes it's easy to assume that charities and community groups are either too small or too 'nice' to be targeted, but we all know how easy it is for a fraudulent invoice to get through the system, how difficult it is to be truly data secure, and how damaging it is to find your email system or website unexpectedly offline. The smallest organisations are often the most vulnerable in all sorts of ways and the average cost to a... read more
Posted: 6 Jul 2020
Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions are a group of 73 local residents passionate about improving the environment, encouraging sustainable behaviour change, and addressing issues around waste, air quality, energy, and food.   Despite many planned activities being cancelled as a result of COVID-19, 20 of their Community Champions have contributed over 250 hours since lockdown began.   In the 8 months that she has been a Community Champion, Blanca Pena-Mendez has been very involved with... read more
Posted: 6 Jul 2020
Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions are a group of 73 local residents passionate about improving the environment, encouraging sustainable behaviour change, and addressing issues around waste, air quality, energy, and food. Despite many planned activities being cancelled as a result of COVID-19, 20 of their Community Champions have contributed over 250 hours since lockdown began. Their efforts have been focused on projects and activities that address both social and environmental goals... read more
Posted: 6 Jul 2020
Organisations with ongoing fixed property costs may be eligible for a grant from the Discretionary Grants Scheme. Phase 2 is now open and the following types of organisations will be eligible, subject to funding being available: Organisations that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis Organisations with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs Organisations that occupy a property with a rateable value below £51,000 Priority... read more
Posted: 6 Jul 2020
Comic Relief has distributed more than £3.4m of funding to BAME-led voluntary sector organisations for the first time. The grant-maker said it had identified 10 charities that would each receive funding of between £275,000 and £440,000, to be distributed to smaller organisations that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Of the £3.4m, £650,000 is being provided by Comic Relief, with the remainder coming from the National Emergencies Trust. A Comic Relief spokeswoman said BAME-led... read more
Posted: 29 Jun 2020
As the weather warms up, the Warm & Well campaign in Merton is working in partnership with Merton Council, Wimbledon Guild, Age UK Merton and Thinking Works to provide information and support on how to stay well during the summer months. This is particularly key with many older and vulnerable people at home more now than usual, especially with 1 in 5 homes at risk of overheating in England. How they can help: Keeping cool in the summer talks: Online talks for community groups with tips... read more
Posted: 29 Jun 2020
The Heritage Emergency Fund is providing a package of support for the heritage sector as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. This includes increased advice and support, longer-term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need. The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for two grant levels to cover emergency costs during this difficult time. The application criteria and priorities are different... read more
Posted: 29 Jun 2020
Music Relief Foundation has developed a 360°, interactive gallery exhibition, that will bring together the best of music, art, augmented, and virtual reality. They are seeking submissions for the exhibition, which will take place on Saturday 11th July @ 1pm. The event will be streamed worldwide on YouTube, to promote unity and solidarity with the global community. The deadline for submissions is Saturday 4th July. They are accepting entries from young people (aged 11-25) in the form of poems,... read more

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