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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
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: 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: 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
Posted: 22 Feb 2020
Merton Council is encouraging residents to apply to close their road for a street party on 8, 9 or 10 May in celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe after five years of carnage and destruction will be an opportunity to both celebrate peace as well as mourn all those that died in the war. In May 1945, millions of people up and down the country took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the... read more
Posted: 22 Feb 2020
A number of retailers are donating profits to mental health charities this week, following the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack. Fashion retailer In The Style launched a limited-edition “Be Kind” t-shirt – inspired by Caroline Flack’s Instagram post in December – promising to donate 100 per cent of profits to Samaritans. So far they have raised more than £200,000 for the suicide-prevention charity Samaritans in just 24 hours. Caroline, who died on Saturday, wrote on Instagram in December: “... read more
Posted: 18 Feb 2020
MVSC recently met with CREW Energy who have been doing some incredible work in Merton; the community energy group is made up of committed volunteers living in south-west London who care about making this corner of the capital a more resilient and sustainable community. Want to know more? CREW Energy holds free ‘energy café’ advice sessions to reduce energy usage and costs to help make London greener. They are currently running walk-in energy cafés in the Merton to provide energy-saving... read more

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