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Posted: 16 Mar 2020
In April, we will welcome Rough Runner to Merton, the UK’s only TV game show inspired obstacle course.  Inspired by TV game shows like Total Wipeout, Gladiators, Takeshi’s Castle and Ninja Warrior, this is the only event that will give you the chance to take on a load of epic obstacles that you’ve only ever seen on screen and always wanted to try. We are delighted to announce that Dr Mohan Sekeram and his team will be raising money for Merton Giving – the partnership between MVSC, Merton... read more
Posted: 16 Mar 2020
Volunteers' Week is a Time to Celebrate volunteers and say thanks for the fantastic contribution millions of people make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and each year, thousands of clubs, groups and organisations celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. With under 100 days to go, it’s time to start preparing. Not sure where to start? Join the NCVO Volunteers’ Week webinar on Tuesday 31 March at 11am where they will explain all about what happens during the week, what... read more
Posted: 16 Mar 2020
Sound financial management during the period of Government austerity has resulted in money being available to invest into services for families across Merton, after the council agreed its annual budget. The council’s business-like approach to long-term financial management has already seen it protect many services in recent years – such as libraries, where councils across the country have closed them down. The council was recently praised by the national Local Government Association, which... read more
Posted: 16 Mar 2020
The Charity Times Awards return for their 21st year. The awards, organised by Charity Times, celebrate best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Charities, companies and individuals have until 8th May to submit their entries. With the introduction of five new categories, this year's Charity Times Awards are set to be bigger and better than ever. The objectives of the awards have remained consistent since their inception: To honour the outstanding professionals in the many and... read more
Posted: 16 Mar 2020
The Merton Community Panel provides a local voice to support Clarion Housing in monitoring regeneration activity, delivery of housing services and the development of Clarion’s Community Investment strategy in Merton. The panel’s remit has widened to include new financial responsibility and it now manages a Clarion Futures community investment budget. This is an exciting opportunity for residents to work together with Clarion to improve local neighbourhoods in Merton. The Panel’s fist grant... read more
Posted: 16 Mar 2020
Pet charity Blue Cross has reopened the doors to its animal hospital in Merton following a refurbishment. The work was needed to update the reception, dispensary and other public areas within the hospital on Merton High Street, which was originally opened in 1999 by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. A new operating theatre and a new exotics kennel has also been built as part of the improvement work at the hospital, which undertakes around 12,000 veterinary consultations every year. Louise... read more
Posted: 4 Mar 2020
On Thursday 12th March, we will be joining the rest of the nation as we celebrate Social Prescribing Day - a great opportunity to highlight the importance of Social Prescribing in Merton. Please join us and celebrate the success of Merton Social Prescribing as we look at the history behind the service, the significance of Social Prescribing, success stories and hear from the Social Prescribers themselves. We also invite Merton organisations to join us for our Digital Masterclass to find out... read more
Posted: 4 Mar 2020
Merton Giving, a partnership with Merton Chamber of Commerce and supported by Merton Council has been going from strength to strength. The focal point for local giving to tackle inequality in Merton has recently announced the latest round of Merton Giving Funding – with 11 local organisations sharing the £10,000 Winter Grant Fund pot. We were also invited by AFC Wimbledon to hold a charity collection at their home match on 22nd February. We were supported by the team at Centre Court Shopping... read more
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

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