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It’s been another hugely successful year for Merton Means Business - a partnership between Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Voluntary Service Council that champions the support for local charities by local businesses. This year over £40,000 worth of support has been provided by local business... more
Great to see that Victoria at Office Angels in Wimbledon recently visited students at Project Search to provide training and advice on securing employment.  Project SEARCH provides real life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills, to help young people... more
Congratulations to Merton Chamber member The Wimbledon Guild who are celebrating having won accreditation under the London Healthy Workplace Charter, with our help. Verifiers were particularly impressed with elements of the Guild’s practices including senior management support, team involvement,... more
I was honoured to have been invited to the recent Merton Community Awards and what a night it was! I was particularly pleased to see so many amazing organisations there and in particular, Haygarth, who I presented an award to award for their work supporting social welfare charity Wimbledon Guild.... more
Getting your children ready for school in the morning can be very frustrating. Have you got the right books in your bag? Have you got PE today? Have you brushed your teeth? Have you done your homework and is it in your bag? Where’s your other shoe?! For some young people they don’t have someone... more
Great to see such a strong presence from Merton’s voluntary sector at last night’s Merton Best Business Awards. Stem4 were runners up in the Best Enterprising Business category, Carers Support Merton runners up in the Employer of the Year Award and Merton Mencap capped off a fantastic evening by... more
Faith in Action’s fabulous Merton Homeless Project  provides 7000 meals a year for local homeless people but its ageing cookers (appliances not people!) are creaking under the strain and need to be replaced…..quickly! Twice a week volunteers provide breakfast and lunch but their tasks are being... more
I was delighted to be invited to the opening performance of the Attic Theatre’s production of Beacons at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park. I’m not a regular visitor to the theatre but just love what the Attic Theatre does as a not for profit organisation based in Mitcham.   They are also a member... more
I know it’s well publicised, but, in it’s short life, the award winning Mitcham Community Orchard has produced some astounding results! The project has transformed a derelict site into a community resource - an orchard of fruit trees and bushes, a garden of flowers and decorative shrubs a meadow of... more
Did you know Jigsaw4u is a local charity working to support children and young people through trauma, loss and bereavement? It brings together children and young people who feel alone and different, so that by sharing their experiences they can develop the tools to move forward in their lives.  ... more
Merton Chamber of Commerce was delighted to support MertonVision in their 50th Anniversary year.  CEO, Fran Hibbert, joined us and our members at the annual Merton Chamber Christmas lunch in December.  There, our generous guests, helped raise a staggering £782 to support MertonVision in their... more
Getting involved in the community can make a real difference to people’s lives. By getting involved in Merton Means Business everyone wins. Charities will be able to deliver more effective support to those who need them and businesses will receive publicity and the potential to access new markets... more
Three years ago I was invited to meet Somayeh from Geeks Ltd, one of the fastest growing software development companies based in Morden, to discuss her passion for supporting the local community. It’s fabulous to see that, three years on, Geeks are not only one of Merton’s fastest growing... more
The South Mitcham Community Association (SMCA) was established in the 1970s to support the residents of Phipps Bridge - located in one of the most deprived wards of the borough The Association is supported by one of my favourite people in the borough, Bec Yusf of MVSC, a tireless, positive... more
Approximately 50 residents came together in response to a call for volunteers to transform the site and they toiled through the afternoon sun to complete the final ground work. New friendships were formed and the sense of community was noticeable amongst this band of brothers and sisters. The... more