MVSC eBulletin 1st October 2018

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Weekly news from Merton Voluntary Service Council     1st October, 2018

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This fortnight's news - 1st October 2018

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Merton Council Launches 2019-22 Strategic Partner Funding Programme

Merton Council’s Strategic Partner Funding Programme has opened for bids from voluntary and community sector organisations.  This fund comprises five separate elements:

  • Information and advice
  • Voluntary sector infrastructure support
  • Wellbeing services
  • Carers services
  • Healthwatch Merton

The outcomes and strategic delivery models that being sought are set out in the Funding Prospectus.  More detail on each element is set out in the relevant sections of the Prospectus.

The Council are looking for organisations that have a track record of delivery which they can evidence.  They want to work with organisations that can work collaboratively and constructively with them and the other strategic partners.  They will look for organisations who have a strong track record in generating resources from a diverse range of sources.

The deadline for funding bids is 5pm on 12 November 2018.  Look here for further details and information on to apply.


Stay Up to Date with Plans for INVOLVE Meeting on 16th October 2018

The next meeting of INVOLVE, the forum for the voluntary and community sector in the borough, is on 16th October 2018.  Do make sure you stay in touch with the plans for the meeting and register to attend.

Wimbledon Foundation Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, are inviting applications to their Health and Wellbeing Fund.  They are aiming to fund projects that will help local people to improve their health and wellbeing and meet social needs in the London boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth.  Community organisations with experience working with local health issues and delivering effective, engaging and well-designed projects are encouraged to apply.



Grants of £10,000 to £30,000 a year are available for three-year projects.  The total fund available to the scheme is £600,000 over three years.  Local charities or community interest companies (CICs) based in Merton or Wandsworth, which have been established for at least two years, are eligible to apply online by 9 November 12pm.  Further details are available here and in the attached press release.


Merton LGBT+ Forum

The Merton LGBT+ Forum has long been established in Merton.  It and provides a variety of social events, representation and advocacy for all those within the LGBT+ community.  



The Forum does now need more volunteers to assist with organising events and activities. In particular, they have current vacancies for a Chair, Treasurer and Fundraiser.  Please email their Secretary at if you would like to get involved or to discuss these positions - or anything else!

Stay in tough through the LGBT+ Forum's website



Calling All Young, Aspiring Filmmakers!

London Film Academy is partnering with BFI Film Academy again to deliver a 16-day practical filmmaking experience for anyone aged between 16-19.

Participants will be able to explore all the main disciplines of filmmaking: Screenwriting, Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Sound and Editing.

Previous participants have developed their training through the BFI Film Academy Trainee scheme, which has helped many achieve on-set experience for some incredible TV and Film productions, including: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’.

To apply, simply download and complete this application form and email to:

More information is available here.


Mental Health Problems Associated with Isolation and Loneliness

A talk with David Hobbs, Chair of the Mental Health Forum

Wimbledon Library, 10 October 2018, 5.00pm-6.00pm

More information.


Have Fun and Compete with England Netball

England Netball are delivering a Netball project funded by Clarion Futures for women in Merton.  The project is culminating in a charity tournament at Harris Merton on 21st October.



There will be stall places available on a first-come-first-served basis.  If you are interested in being a stallholder contact Shanaide Basquine directly using details on the attached flyer.

…or if you fancy joining the netball sessions or participating in the tournament then please also contact Shanaide.


Charity Property Seminar from Russell Cook

10th October, Putney.  Book soon.

For more information.


Wimbledon Guild Waggy Walk

Book in Advance and your Dog Goes Free

On Saturday 6th October, charity Wimbledon Guild is holding a family dog walk on Wimbledon Common to help raise money for people in Merton who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.  The event is open to everyone, with and without dogs.

Everyone who completes the event will receive a goody bag from Pet Pavilion – who will also offer, for an additional fee, dog grooming and spa services on the day – and an H. R. Owen Maserati sponsored commemorative rosette for each dog.  The luxury car brand will also have one of their luxury cars on display.

Wimbledon Brewery and Cawston Press will be on hand to quench the thirst of happy dog owners and post-walk refreshments will be provided by Two Teaspoons Cookery.

When and Where?

Saturday 6 October 2018.  9.00am - 10.15am: Check in.  10.30am: The walk begins!
Check in is at the Hand in Hand pub, 6 Crooked Billet, Wimbledon Common, SW19 4RQ.
How Long Are the Walks and What Facilities Will There Be?

Longer route: approx. 7km.  Shorter route: approx. 4km.  The route will be marshalled and maps will be provided.

There will be toilets at the start and finish of the walk and on the route close to the Windmill Café.

How much is the entry?

All include dogs: £10 per adult; £5 per child (age 4-16); £25 per family (two adults and two children).

Entry fees are non-refundable and there is an additional Eventbrite booking fee.  You can register online up to 5pm on Friday 5 October 2018.

Limited spaces for people turning up on the day.


Are you a Baker?

Sunday 7th October 2018 is Silver Sunday, a national day of free events and activities for older people.  In Merton, the Mayor, Councillor Mary Curtin, is hosting a special tea party
Donations of freshly-baked cakes, fairy cakes and muffins are welcome.  If you are a baker and would like to make a cake for the occasion, please bring your donation to The Function Suite, Tooting & Mitcham community Sport Club, Bishopsford Road, Morden, SM4 6BF any time between 1.00 and 3.00pm on the day.



Detached School Youth Worker - Personal Independence – Lambeth and Southwark

A vacancy for a detached schools youth worker has arisen in Personal Independence in Lambeth and Southwark.  The post is self-employed and is for 16 to 20 hours a week and until March 2019 (with possible extension).

The closing date for applications is Monday 24th September 2018 at midday.  This job notice give further details.


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