17th September 2018 - Welcome to this Edition of the eBulletin


MVSC AGM, Save the Date!

Our AGM is taking place on Tuesday 23rd October 2017, 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Vestry Hall.

Hannah Doody, Merton Council’s Director of Community and Housing, will give the Keynote Speech.

We expect to see you all there (staff, Trustees and volunteers).  BOOK HERE.  If your organisation is currently registered as a member of MVSC, you are entitled to speak and vote at the AGM.

At the AGM, some of the current Trustees will put themselves forward for re-election.  Further information to follow. 

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.


Mental Health & Health and Social Care Forum 

MVSC is holding a joint meeting between the Mental Health Forum and Health and Social Care Forum. In this meeting we are going to reviewing the overall delivery of services/how they interact for 2019-20 and to explore any shared views/concerns around budgets and the effect of these. 

Here is more information on booking your place.  Public Services Speakers will be confirmed.

The forum will provide an opportunity for organisations to exchange ideas about project development and implementation, develop shared understanding and will be a platform for in-depth discussions.

Vestry Hall, 336 London Road, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 3UD
9th October 2018; 10:00 – 12:00



The NCVO volunteering round-up up for August contained their analysis of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, which we covered in the last eBulletin.  This Strategy potentially affects the whole sector as it will shape what individual Government departments do.  NCVO are pleased that it recognises the value to the nation of volunteering.  But they are disappointed that it seems to offer little new in practice.



Promote Mental Wellbeing with Right to Thrive

Thrive LDN, supported by the Mayor of London and the London Health Board, is a citywide movement for mental health.

Thrive LDN want to know how discrimination and inequality impact on Londoners’ mental wellbeing through the Right to Thrive project, so they we can work with Londoners and partners to address these issues. 
The first stage is Londoners sharing their stories in a safe and confidential way through their secure website.
They would like you to: 

  • Share this link with your networks or any individuals or organisations who you think may be interested

  • Promote it on social media

  • Take part yourself.  

They have also produced a resource pack with further information and some social media images. 

Grants for Remembrance Day Installations  

Applications are now open for micro-grants of up to £500 for installations to support their Remembrance Day activities for the centenary of the First World War.
This programme will allow communities to remember and commemorate by accessing our silhouettes for benches and chairs free of charge thanks to the support of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
These silhouettes can be placed within community halls, places of worship and places of education, bringing to mind those who went to war and did not return. You can apply for an award to purchase up to 10 silhouettes.
As part of the award, your organisation will need to hold a self-funded event to bring your local community together.
Applications are open until the 1st October 2018. 
Who can apply for an award?
Your organisation cannot be a for profit/commercial organisation but, aside from that, pretty much anyone can apply, including:

  • A charity

  • A Community Interest Company (CIC)

  • A school

  • A place of worship

  • An Armed Forces base

  • A community organisation with a constitution and a community space (Including councils).



Stem 4: New Anxiety Apps and Worlf Mental Health Celebration

Stem4 will celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10th October by launching their second app for anxiety and a a proposed new stem4 app for parents and friends.  The stem4 World Mental Health Day celebration will be held at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Wimbledon, well known for its delicious food.  It will start at 7.30pm and finish at 11.45pm.  Bookings currently available for a minimum donation of £65 for a three course meal, a glass of bubbles on arrival and a glass of wine. Tables of ten have a reduced rate of £600. To book please contact enquiries@stem4.org.uk or see the website


Silver Sunday 2018

To celebrate older people and their contribution to the community, hundreds of organisations from across the UK will this year be taking part in Silver Sunday. You are cordially invited to nominate a relation, friend, neighbour over 65 and resident in the borough who may live on their own, to join the Mayor of Merton for afternoon tea and entertainment on Sunday 7 October from 3-5pm.  It is an opportunity to invite people who may live on their own to meet other like-minded people and organisations.  The invitation is also extended to you as guest of the nominated person.

To apply for tickets please complete the form and return to the Mayor’s Office, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX by Monday 17 September.
To apply to attend, complete this application form or contact the Mayor’s office: mayor@merton.gov.uk or telephone: 020 8545 3517.


Solve a Murder Mystery!

On Saturday 29th September...  You are invited to help solve the murder in...  Case Noire

A wealthy property developer is murdered at his party in 1948 New York, leaving a motley crew of socialites, ex-cops and mobsters as the subjects. 

Dress code: 1940s/50s evening wear, bring your reading glasses and a small torch to solve the mystery

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm – 11pm
Location: The Chapter House, Merton Priory (Chapter Way, London SW19 2RX) 
Price: £50 ticket price includes a complementary drink on arrival and a gourmet meal 
Please advise of any dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc)

Bookings: Online
Or via Mayor’s Office mayor@merton.gov.uk 0208 545 3517



Opportunities at Inner Strength Network CIC

Inner Strength Network (ISN) are looking for:

  • Trustee to Join Team  

Skilled in the following areas:

  • Able to chair meetings

  • Ensures the organisation is running efficiently and effectively. 

  • Must be able to understand budgets

  • Must have a passion to support  women and girls and young people

  • Support the ISN CEO

  • Ensure and effective relationship between board and ISN team

Application deadline: Please send an CV and cover letter by 1st November 2018

Start date: January 2019
Location: Work from home, UK. Attend quarterly board meetings in London.
Further information contact: admin@innerstrengthnetwork.com

  • Volunteer Bookeeper 

We are looking for a skilled in the following areas:

  • Balancing accounts (also known as double book keeping)

  • Processing sales invoices, receipts and payments 

  • Preparing invoices for the Inland Revenue

  • Checking company bank statements

  • Dealing with other  financial paperwork and filing

Register your interest by contacting: admin@innerstrengthnetwork.com

Black History Month Action Learning Support Coaching Session

ISN are looking to deliver a series of coaching sessions to support entrepreneurial individuals.  The action leaning will require  2.5 hours of your time each month for 6 months.  To log your interest please email admin@innerstrengthnetwork.com

Girls Aloud Empowered to Lead Programme Delivered

Delivering by ISN - Free of Charge

Established in 2012, ISN has been dedicated to developing the lives of women and girls.
A fantastic opportunity for young girls to be accredited on a leadership course with a difference
The opportunity is open to:

  • All female Merton residents

  • With the opportunity to develop their own social action community event

  • 12-18 years olds

  • Females

  • Merton Residents.

We are particularly looking for residents in the following areas

  • Phipps Bridge and Cherry Trees, Mitcham

  • Eastfields and Laburnum, Mitcham


Merton Mencap

Head of Community Engagement & Deputy CEO

35 hours per week
£30,000-£33,000 (depending on experience) + pension

Merton Mencap is a dynamic independent charity providing a range of innovative services and activities for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and their family carers in the London Borough of Merton. 

Due to our growth, we seek to appoint to this new post.  The successful applicant will work closely with the Chief Executive and Trustees to contribute to and implement our strategic plan, and provide the leading voice for people with learning disability and their families in the borough.  As Head of Community Engagement, this role will be pivotal in the delivery of a newly funded Community for Life project to build impactful partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders in our community, whilst developing and delivering our volunteer strategy. 

Applicants should have demonstrable experience of developing and sustaining relationships with donors, funders, and senior contacts with commerce and business, to promote our work, secure funding and build mutually beneficial relationships.  Team management experience will be important as this role will have up to six direct reports, and be responsible for the volunteer team.  A good grasp of budgeting and financial controls is essential to understand and track our projects along with the credibility to liaise with a wide variety of stakeholders, including in the local authority, businesses and VIPs.  
Applicants must be committed to improving the lives of people with a learning disability and their families and carers through increased opportunity and choice and by involving local people in the planning and delivery of the charity’s services.

Merton Mencap is a Disability Confident Employer which underlines our commitment to treating people fairly at all stages of the recruitment process.  We will interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria and consider them on their abilities.

Application packs can be obtained in the following ways:-
Telephone:       020 3963 0599
Email:               office.manager@mertonmencap.org.uk
By email:          info.merton@mertonmencap.org.uk 
Or through the website   


Alcohol Concern

Merton’s Public Health team have commissioned Alcohol Concern to run a programme of free training courses in Merton.  All the courses are held at Merton Civic Centre in Morden.   There is no cost to these courses.   

To book, click on thedate you require and follow the instructions.  Please feel free to pass this on to colleagues.

One day - Alcohol and the Older Person: Identification, Brief Intervention and Appropriate Care Planning Course
17th October 9.15 for 9.30am – 4pm

Half-day Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice training Making Every Contact Count

22nd October 9.15 for 9.30am – 12.30pm


16th November 9.15 for 9.30am – 12.30pm

Or email mward@alcoholconcern.org.uk


Training Opportunitoes from Voluntary Action Harrow Co-operative 

Creating A Monitoring Framework

Tuesday, 11th September 2018, from 10am to 1pm

Introduction To Volunteer Management

Friday, 14th September 2018, from 10am to 1pm

GDPR and Confidentiality

Tuesday, 18th September 2018, from 10am to 1pm

Volunteers & The Law

Thursday, 20th September 3018, from 12pm to 3pm

Identifying Need & Need Assessments

Monday, 24th September 2018, from 10am to 1pm

Volunteer Co-ordinators Forum

Tuesday, 25th September 2018, from 10am to 12pm

Big Lottery: Awards For All Workshop

Wednesday, 26th September 2018, from 6pm to 8pm

Nominated Safeguarding Person (Level 3) Training

Thursday, 27th September 2018, from 10am to 1pm

Update on Universal Credit - Implementation

Friday, 28th September 2018, from 10am to 12pm

Digital & IT Security

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, from 10am to 12pm

Crowdfunding Workshop

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, from 6pm to 8pm

Emergency First Aid At Work

Thursday, 4th October 2018, from 9.30am to 4.30pm


If you Would Like to Have an Article in the eBulletin


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Also... events

A reminder anyone who has signed up to the MVSC website can enter details of their events and they will be available on the site immediately.