This fortnight's news - 29th May 2019

Upcoming MVSC and INVOLVE events

  • 6th June - MVSC Annual Volunteering Awards
  • 10th June - Merton Voluntary Sector Engagement Forum
  • 12th June - Merton Youth Partnership meeting
  • 13th June - Sutton and Merton Community Cohesion Conference
  • 18th June Hate Crime Awareness training
  • 1st July - Merton Voluntary Sector Conference
  •  9th July - Health and Social Care Forum
  • 16th July - INVOLVE meeting

Community development in Merton and Sutton

A Community Conference will engage widely with proposals for six wards in Merton and Sutton.  Anyone who lives or works in the wards will be welcome.

The conference will take place on 13th June from 3.00pm to 8.30pm at the Function Suite, Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road, Morden SM4 6BF (Tooting and Mitcham Football Club).  Click here to register to attend.

A little background: Merton and Sutton Councils carried out research in 2017 into community cohesion in the Merton wards of St Helier, Lower Morden and Ravensbury and the Sutton wards of St Helier, Wandle Valley and Stonecot.

Two community events explored the role of community connector.  An ideas fair brought together cross-cutting ideas and funding opportunities.

Some of the themes/ ideas were:

  • Health – walks, park gyms, outdoor lunches, making use of public spaces
  • Youth work – promote cohesion and inclusion, including work on gangs
  • Music
  • Career paths for local people
  • Connecting communities to each other and services that are available
  • Making better use of venues and community spaces.

Merton Neighbourhood Watch event

As part of Neighbourhood Watch Week (17th to 23rd June), Merton Neighbourhood Watch will be hosting these two events open to everyone.

Neighbourhood Watch at Mitcham Carnival

15th June – 12 noon to 5.00pm

Please come and say hello at the stand at this year’s Mitcham Carnival, Three Kings Piece, Mitcham. Talk about signing up and crime prevention.

Scam awareness session

Monday 17th June – 7.00pm, Morden Civic Centre

Following the success of the Scam Awareness conference held in Wimbledon on 2nd February, Merton Neighbourhood Watch are pleased to welcome back PC Tom Lee, Metropolitan Police FALCON team (fraud and linked crime online) to bring you up to speed with the current cyber-crime climate.  The presentation will be tailored to local trends.

Merton Trading Standards will speak about other scams types including how to spot and avoid them.  They will also be able to give advice on what to do if you think you have been involved in a scam or are worried that you or someone you know is being targeted.  Other professionals including Age Concern and financial institutions will also be on hand to provide advice and support.

There is no need to pre-register for this event.  For further information please contact 020 545 3622.

Women-only contraception clinic

NHS Sexual Health South West London manage all sexual health services in Wandsworth, Merton and Richmond.  They have recently moved into a purpose-built clinic in Clapham Junction, and are located only minutes from Clapham Junction station and on many bus routes. 

They offer sexual health screening but also a full service in contraception including pills, depot, implants and coils.

They know from feedback that some women prefer to attend a women-only clinic to obtain contraception.  They have therefore set up a women-only clinic on Wednesday mornings from 8.30am to 11.00am.

At this clinic, women will be seen by a female clinician who will be able to help them make a decision about what contraceptive method is best for them.  They will be able to book them into an appointment to have an implant or coil fitted if this is the preferred option.  There will also be a female Health Adviser in clinic to offer advice and support around any sexual health issue.

This clinic is by appointment only.  Appointments are made by calling 0333 300 2100 and asking for the Wednesday morning women-only clinic.  The clinic is located at 160 Falcon Road, London SW11 2LN.

Click on this link for the service’s flyer.

Mayor of London’s campaign with ConnectSport

The Mayor of London's office is working with ConnectSport to show how sport and physical activity are benefiting people across London.  You don't need to be a sport organisation to take part.  Physical activity just needs to be part of what you do.

To take part simply to create a short video on your smartphone about who your organisation is, what you do, where, when and why.  You can use existing video.  Then upload it to YouTube and submit it with a short description by clicking this link.  If you haven't got a YouTube channel, ConnectSport can host the video for you.

If people in your activities don't want to be filmed, one person talking will be fine.  It's the message, not video production, that counts.  Videos will be showcased on and social media.

Each month, one organisation will receive £250 towards their work.  View other entries by clicking this link.

Grants available from Clarion Futures Digital Grants Programme

Clarion Futures is the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group – the country’s largest housing association with 125,000 homes nationwide.  Clarion Futures exists to deliver local support to transform lives and communities for the better.

The Clarion Futures Digital Team is committed to getting residents online; giving them the basic digital skills and access to equipment and connectivity to safely and confidently access online services on a regular basis.

As part of Clarion’s digital focus, they are pleased to announce that Round 1 of the Clarion Futures Digital Grant Programme (click here) opened to applications on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.  Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to organisations seeking to deliver innovative, well-designed projects that support Clarion residents and the wider community to address digital exclusion.

The fund is designed support residents and communities to get and stay online and to use the internet as an everyday tool, safely and confidently.

To find out more about the Programme including accessing grant guidelines, eligibility criteria and to submit an application, click here

Applications will be open on a rolling basis; with the deadline for Round 1 closing to applications 12 noon Wednesday 19 June 2019.

For further information or enquiries please contact Clarion at

Round up from Charity Digital News

On Tuesday 30th April at 1.00pm, Microsoft is offering the opportunity to discover the potential of Microsoft Teams, in a free webinar, especially for non-profit organisations.

If you haven’t used Teams, this is your chance to find out what Microsoft’s newest collaboration platform as part of Office 365 can do, and learn from the charities already simplifying the way they work through Teams.

If you are already using Teams in your organisation, this is an opportunity to learn the surprising tips and features you may not know about.  Far from just a standalone collaboration tool, discover the full potential of Teams to integrate all areas of your charity and break down siloes to drive efficiency.

To watch the webinar, click here at 1.00pm on 30th April 2019.

Global Solutions courses

These courses will be delivered in Merton, and are open to adults from Merton and surrounding boroughs:

Click on the links above for flyers on these courses.  To book someone on please simply call or email Global Solutions at:

020 8665 4297

Please provide the customer’s name and contact details and they will take it from there.

Free training for volunteers

Would you like to gain accredited qualifications and valuable experience as a volunteer?

Catch22 is a social mobility charity and is currently helping individuals and organisations by providing free accredited courses as part of the UK Adult Education Budget.

The courses are open to anyone aged 19 to 65, for volunteers or individuals working less than 16 hours per week.

The courses include:  

  • Health and safety in the workplace (Level 1)
  • Customer service (Level 2)
  • Food safety in catering (Level 2)
  • Functional skills in Maths and English.

The training usually take two to three days to complete (depending on the level of support) and all coursework materials and certificates are provided free of charge.

For more details of this training, please contact Sudipta on 07872 416 574 or email to register your interest.

Vacancy for Wellbeing Support Coordinator at Wimbledon Guild

Wimbledon Guild’s Wellbeing Service promotes wellbeing by providing person-centred support to residents of Merton, mainly those who are 55 years old and over.  They work with other services to support clients to live an independent and fulfilling life in their own home for as long as possible.

They are delighted to have been awarded a sub-contract by South West London St George’s Trust to provide a wellbeing service in partnership as part of the new Merton Uplift service.  They are now looking for an additional team member.

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on 3rd June 2019.   

Click here for details on the application process, the application form and the job description.

Vacancy for part-time Senior Project Worker at Faith in Action homelessness project

Part time Senior Project Worker 17.5 hrs a week.

The Senior Project Worker will help the Project Manager run the drop-in centre for adult individuals who are homeless or vulnerably housed, suffering from adverse circumstances and in need of help in acquiring a settled way of life. 

Presently operating on Wednesdays and Fridays, based at the Salvation Army Hall, Kingston Road, Wimbledon, SW19.

Salary:  £15,461 per annum, point 32 on the Local Authority spinal column scale plus OLA for 17.5 hours a week.

Closing date for applications:  Friday 28th June.
Interviews: Tuesday 9th July.

For full details and application pack please email

Vacancy for Care Coordinator at Southlodge Care

Mitcham Surrey (Domiciliary Care)
£19,000 - £21,000 a year Full time

Southlodge Care are looking for a driven, motivated and dedicated Care Coordinator who can assist us manage a team of care workers.

The post holder will liaise with clients and care staff making sure that the right carer is in the right place at the right time.  The ideal candidate will have superb administration skills combined with the ability to work under pressure.  Strong verbal communication and a great telephone manner is a must.

Apply by 15th July 2019.

Click here for advertisement with more details.

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