This fortnight's news - 11th June 2019

MVSC chief executive

Our Chief Executive, Khadiru Mahdi, retired on 7th June 2019.  The Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his contribution to the development of the organisation over the last four years and specifically for the work he has undertaken in supporting and leading on developments with BAME and smaller organisations, Merton Social Prescribing, the Voluntary Sector Conference and Merton Accord.  We are sure that you will join us in wishing him well for the future.

The Trustees are currently in the process of agreeing the interim CEO arrangements to be put in place.  During that time, our Chair Barbara Price will be overseeing the management of the organisation with support from the rest of the Board of Trustees.  Barbara has extensive senior management experience in health and in the voluntary sector, has been a board member for several years and is also Vice-Chair of AUKM.  Barbara can be contacted via the MVSC office.

MVSC has a great deal planned for the coming year and we will be launching our new strategy during the annual Voluntary Sector Conference on 1st July.  The information on the Conference is in the next article in this eBulletin.

Annual Voluntary Sector Conference on 1st July 2019

MVSC’s Annual Voluntary Sector Conference will take place on 1st July 2019 at the Everyday Church, 30 Queens Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8LR.  Key speakers from the CCG, Borough Council and NAVCA, will be delivering the conference themes of Leadership, Innovation, and Collaborative Partnerships.  We will also be launching our new strategy and there will be opportunities for you to contribute to its development and the future direction of MVSC. 

We invite everyone in the sector to join us to what will be an exciting and participative  event.  To do so, please register on the MVSC website.  We look forward to seeing you.

Wilson Wellbeing Steering Group nominations open

The application and nomination process for the Wilson Wellbeing Steering Group is now open.

Follow this link to a flyer with information and a link to the application and nomination process.  The Steering Group will be responsible for the development of wellbeing services and activities and will hold its first meeting in September.  Please circulate the flyer far and wide to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of the opportunity.

The closing date is 30th June 2019.


£10m fund open for applications

If your organisation has a new or existing project aimed at tackling hate, extremism, and child safety (online and offline), you can submit a proposal to receive a grant from the Impact Challenge £10m fund.  Impact, feasibility, innovation and scalability are the criteria that will be used to select successful projects.

Applications are open until 28th June 2019.  A workshop to provide guidance on applying will be held on 11th June 2019.  Follow this link for more details.

Clarion micro-grants

The Clarion Futures Communities summer and autumn micro grant fund 2019 is now open.  Follow this link for the application form.  The deadline for submitting applications is 5.00pm on 5th July 2019.

The fund offers grants of up to £500.

Basic criteria:

  • Have a good idea for an activity that will benefit Clarion Housing residents
  • Need funding of up to £500?
  • Have a bank account.

The project must be completed by 31st October 2019.  Successful applicants will be notified by 12th July 2019.  For more information, contact the Clarion team at


Charity Digital News

Among this fortnight’s pieces are:

How to make migrating to the cloud easy for your charity
In this video, Kate White from Superhighways talks through how charities can easily migrate their data, work and people to the cloud in Office 365.

Positive culture for success
In not-for-profits, people work for a cause.  This article sets out five reasons why charities need a great company culture to harness productivity.

The basics of good website design
With website design, everyone has the same tools and canvas.  Knowing the basics is half the battle.  This video from Harry Hurd from Clear Honest Design shows you how.

Does your HR data satisfy GDPR?
Organisations need to understand how the data in their HR systems may be subject to data protection law and what to do about it.  There are key lessons in this free webinar at 1.00pm on 20th June 2019.  Follow this link to register.

NCVO Charity Impact round-up
This very useful blog from NCVO pulls together a wealth of information on what impact means for charities and how to measure and demonstrate it.

NESTA have also brought together creative methods to understand what difference an event makes.

Sally Cupitt from NCVO shares ten tips for developing a theory of change.

NAVCA Policy and Insight Bulletin

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration has published its interim report on bridging the gap between older and younger people, Healing the Generational Divide.  Key recommendations include:

  • A 1p charge for use of self-service checkouts
  • Nurseries, schools and care homes to nurture connections between the generations
  • Development of a new national scheme for older people to volunteer
  • Tax breaks for people who commit to a set number of hours of volunteering.

The End Child Poverty Coalition has highlighted an increase in the number of children in poverty since 2010.  Around half a million more children have fallen below the poverty line.  The total number of children in poverty has risen to 4.1 million.  The  Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts an increase up to 5.1 million by 2022.  The Coalition have also undertaken mapping of the concentration of deprivation and child poverty across the UK.  Follow this link for the research and campaigning materials.

Personal Independence training

Personal Independence is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to reduce the number of young people excluded from mainstream society and entering criminal and unhealthy lifestyles.  They challenge the way young people view themselves, and hold professionals accountable for change and enriching children's lives.

Wellbeing and Reflective Practice training on 2nd July 2019
This day will cover:

  • Reflective Practice
  • Stress Management
  • Vulnerabilities and trauma-Informed education

Mogador, Surrey.

£120 per person.


  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Yoga and meditation class.

Delivered by an experienced team including a Behavioural Consultant, a Therapist and a Former Chief Inspector of Trident, Metropolitan Police.

Click here to book.

Ethnic Minority Centre runner up in Culture Seeds Awards 2019

EMC connects people through traditional cultural arts, music and dance, promoting the rich heritage of the diverse communities in the London Borough of Merton.  EMC have been successful in attracting all cultures and age groups to these interactive events for sharing, learning and experiencing arts, dance, live music and African dance. 

This has now been recognised in the award of runner up at the Culture Seeds awards.

Justine Simons's Guest Curator Season: Radical Women

Deputy Mayor of London for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons, has chosen a season of films as part of FilmMerton.  Radical Women explores women's lives portrayed on the screen in challenging and uplifting ways.

They are American judge and trailblazer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the award-winning documentary, RBG; a group of gangland wives who take fate into their own hands in Widows; and the dreams of a young woman to live free and equal in Wadjda, the first film made by a female director in Saudi Arabia.


  • 6th June – RBG
  • 13th June – Widows
  • 20th June – Wadjda.

6.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm)

Mitcham Fire Station, 421-445 London Road, CR4 4BJ


To reserve a free ticket, please follow this link.  If you have any questions please contact Maureen Mckarkiel

Run the Club

Vi-Ability's award winning business of sport programme in partnership with Tooting & Mitcham Football Club.

Interested in working in the sports industry?  Join the programme to gain knowledge, qualifications and the opportunity to gain experience within the sports industry.  Follow this link for more details.

Brand Memories

Brand Memories is a programme for people affected by dementia hosted by the Museum of Brands.  Memory sessions at the museum offer people with dementia an opportunity to reminisce in a friendly setting.  Guides bring the brand to life with items, sounds and scents from the past.  Carer evenings offer an opportunity to visit the museum after hours for exhibitions and peer support.

Follow this link to information on attending the memory sessions and (separate) training from professionals.  There’s also a nice quiz.

Blue Cross - 20th anniversary tea party!

Our Merton animal hospital cares for sick and injured pets when their owners can’t afford private treatment.  Most of their services are offered on a contribution basis to pet owners on means tested benefits in the catchment area.  

Blue Cross will be celebrating 20 years in Merton and invite people working in Merton charities and service users to see the behind the scenes, meet the team and most importantly join us for some tea and cake on 24 June.  Follow this link to the event flyer.

Get on stage with WCTT

Young Actors Company – 11 to 19
Make new friends
Develop your talent
Perform at New Wimbledon Theatre
Follow this link to the Theatre’s flyer.

Free mental health training and resources for small charities

Mind have launched a free e-learning for small organisations.  Health for Small Workplaces has three modules: Building your awareness, Looking after yourself and Supporting each other.  Following this link to the programme.

The Voluntary Sector Partnership podcast

Don’t miss this podcast from NHS England which identifies the benefits of voluntary sector involvement in health and care partnerships and what this means for clinicians and patients.

Vacancy at Fulham Football Club Foundation

Employability Officer (Schools)
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and inspiring person to join the Fulham Football Club Foundation team as Employability Officer, with responsibility for developing, coordinating and delivering the Foundation’s Premier League programmes, predominantly based in secondary schools.  Follow this link for more information.

Vacant offices at Vestry Hall, London Road, Mitcham, CR4 3UD

Office No. 15
Size 18.02 square metres
1st floor
Desk space 5/6
Monthly charges £508
Available now
Office No. 36
Size 14.77 square metres
2nd floor
Desk space 4
Monthly charges £416
Available now
Office No. 26
Size 32 square metres
2nd floor
Desk space 7/8
Monthly charges £901
Available December 2019

These charges include heating, lighting, cleaning, small maintenance jobs, shared use of reception and kitchen, reduced hourly room and hall charges and free use of the interview room.

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact: or 020 8274 5200.  

Also, please follow this link for what's on at Vestry Hall.

Morden Hall Park volunteering opportunities

The Green Academies Project at Morden Hall Park will hold its third Fun Palace this year.  This is an event where people from the community set up in the park and share their skills.

As part of this, they are offering young people the opportunity to gain valuable event management and community engagement experience.  If you know any young people interested in the environment or working with people, please let them know about this opportunity.  Follow this link to the event flyer.

The opportunities are from late July to mid-October.  There will be no salary but lunches and travel expenses will be covered.

Merton CIL is recruiting for a Trainee Advice and Advocacy Case Worker

Do you have what it takes to join a growing and dynamic user-led deaf and disabled people’s organisation in Merton?

We have been described by our evaluators as an organisation that ‘contributes significantly and positively towards enabling its service users to grow in confidence, self-advocate and assert their rights toward a more independent life’.  You can find out more about Merton CIL by watching this short film.
This trainee role is a great opportunity to develop core information, advice and advocacy knowledge and experience while working with and supporting our committed team of caseworkers.  You will be focusing on Personal Independence Payment applications, from form-filling to representation at the First-tier Tribunal and social care (Care Act 2014) assessments, reassessments and reviews.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community and the role would be equally as suitable for someone changing career as for someone just starting out.
We are an equal opportunities employer and we will interview and consider on their abilities deaf and disabled applicants who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria for a job vacancy at Merton CIL, if they declare their disability at application.  If you require additional support completing this application due to an access need, please get in touch on 0203 397 3119.
This role is for 21 to 35 hours per week and the starting salary will be circa £18,000 pro rata, with the potential for increase to £24,000 pro rata.
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on 26th June 2019.
Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 4th July 2019.
Please download the Application Pack here.
Please email applications (completed application form and personal details form) to




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Next edition and copy deadline

The next edition of the eBulletin will be on 24th June 2019.  The copy deadline for this is 11.59pm on 19th June 2019.  Sorry, we are not able to accept copy received after this.