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Posted: 8 Aug 2018
Merton Council and partners have launched the formal consultation on the draft funding prospectus for the Strategic Partner Programme 2019-21.  The scope of the programme has expanded and the Council will be looking to fund voluntary sector organisations delivering services in the following areas: information and advice provision, infrastructure support for the voluntary sector, wellbeing services, carers support services, and Healthwatch. You can find further information on the programme as... read more
Posted: 8 Aug 2018
  A Great Big Thank you to our Team Merton Volunteers.  On Sunday 29th July 2018, they braved the wind and rain to assist at the annual Prudential RideLondon Cycle Race.  This saw an amazing 20,000 amateur cyclist ride through Wimbledon as they neared the end of their 100-mile challenge.  Team Merton Volunteers helped to man crossing points, ensuring local residents and spectators were able to safely cross the road.  A cohort of 30-plus individuals, Team Merton Volunteers assist at local... read more
Posted: 30 Jul 2018
Vestry Hall in Mitcham, in which MVSC's offices are located, re-opened on 1st August 2018 after short-term, unplanned building works.  This means that we can now see visitors again, and our landline phones will be answered. Thank you for your patience from all the team at MVSC.
Posted: 26 Jul 2018
Better Schools Careers, Says All-Party Parliamentary Group In its annual report for 2017-18, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships has mades a number of recommendations on how to improve the system: Government should ensure that the system – including the apprenticeship levy – is flexible enough to meet the changing needs of business, and allows small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the resources they need to deliver apprenticeshipsGovernment should ensure that... read more
Posted: 20 Jul 2018
Project Information for Partners and Service Users   The YMCA St Paul’s Group Inclusive Lives Project is delighted to announce the release of the #EveryBodyCanDance instructional fitness video.   WHY did we make a fitness video?   There are approximately 1.4 million disabled people living in London1 A disabled person is twice as likely to be inactive as a non-disabled person2 Obesity is twice as common in people aged 18-35 with learning disabilities3 7 out of 10 disabled people want to be more... read more
Posted: 17 Jul 2018
About this event:  The Market Engagement Event will take place on Monday 23rd July 2.30pm to 4.30pm in Room 6.3, 6th Floor, 120 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1RH NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is hosting a market engagement event to discuss its future plans for commissioning Primary Mental Health Care Services. The event will provide an opportunity for the CCG to describe its key objectives from the new service and give interested providers the opportunity to ask questions and... read more
Posted: 13 Jul 2018
Morden Hall Park is currently playing host to plants waiting to be re-homed from Hampton Court Flower Show. We will be scheduling times throughout National Park City Week (21st-29th July) for community groups and schools to pick-up plants for free.   Below is the link to apply to re-home plants. Please note that you can only apply as a community group or school and that individuals are not eligible to apply. Please click here 
Posted: 12 Jul 2018
Groundwork London, an environmental charity, are running an exciting food action campaign: Small Change Big Difference.     Did you know that Londoners create more than 900,000 tonnes of household food waste a year? That’s the equivalent to a LOT of football pitches!  The Small Change Big Difference campaign aims to help reduce this. Small Change Big Difference aims to help Londoners make a positive difference to their health, pockets and the planet by getting savvier with their food.  Small... read more
Posted: 12 Jul 2018
Come along for inspiring children’s activities in the stunning surrounds of the historic Canons House. Did you know growing and distilling lavender was one of Mitcham’s most important industries for hundreds of years? Join us at The Canons house and gardens on Saturday 21st July to pot your own lavender plant, bottle lavender oil and take home a dried lavender sachet.  There will also be a family-friendly photo-trail around The Canons to help you discover more about this lovely green space.... read more
Posted: 12 Jul 2018
All are invited to the launch of a new service that is going to be available in the Mitcham area.  It is brought about through collaboration between a number of local churches and organisations in response to growing mental wellbeing issues in families. The aim of the service is to provide opportunity for individuals and families to access advice and support within their locality.   The launch of the new service will be at Rhema Church.  The service is called the 'Pastors Network for Family... read more