MVSC eBulletin - this fortnight's news - 9th September 2019

MVSC events

1st October - Health and Social Care Forum
9th October - INVOLVE (standard meeting, not conference)
22 October - MVSC annual general meeting
12th November - Mental Health Forum

Click this link for more details of our events.

Mayor of Merton events

Mediterranean evening

Friday 20th September

Hosted by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Stephen Alambritis
Enjoy a traditional Turkish meze and belly dancing charity evening
Ambience Restaurant, 10–12 Leopold Road, Wimbledon SW19 7BD
Tickets are £30 per person inclusive of food

The below events all to be held at The Wimbledon Club, Church Road, Wimbledon SW19 5AG

Silver Sunday

Sunday 6th October (3.00 to 4.30pm)

Residents age 60 and over and a carer are invited to afternoon tea with the Mayor of Merton, Cllr Janice Howard.  To apply for an application form and tickets contact the Mayor’s Office at or 020 8545 3517

Mayor’s Quiz Night

Friday 11th October (7.00pm for 7.30pm start)

Tickets: £15 per person (includes a plated meal).  Teams of four

Mayor’s Christmas Dinner

Saturday 30th November

Welcome fizz, three-course meal, half bottle wine, coffee and mince pies. 

Early booker: £50 per person (from 1st November onwards £55 per person)
Bookings close Friday 15th November.

Bookings for these events can be made via the Mayor’s page on Merton Council’s website or by contacting the Mayor’s office or 020 8545 3517.

MVSC Funding Update

The best advice on funding is so valuable to organisations in Merton.  That is why we are delighted that the latest (September) edition of MVSC’s Funding Update is now available.  Click here to read it.

Let’s keep kids safe online!

Bethel United Church are teaming up with NSPCC to help keep children safe online, when using the internet, social media, apps, games and more.
Talk to the experts at 2.00pmon Saturday 21st September 2019.

Bethel United Church, 2A Kohat Road, Wimbledon SW19 8LD.

Click on this link for more information.

Provide unpaid care and support?  Come share your views

If you look after someone and provide care because of illness, disability, mental health problem, or addiction, Merton Council would like to hear from you.
By sharing your views and experiences of providing care and support in Merton, you can contribute to the improvement of services for carers and the development of a new carers strategy for the borough.
How to get involved
Come to one of the discussion events:

  • Merton and Morden Guild, SM4 5LF on 19th September 11.30am to 1.00pm
  • Wimbledon Guild, SW19 4EF on 20th September 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Merton Civic Centre, SM4 5DX on 23rd September 6.00pm to 8.00pm  
  • Commonside Trust, CR4 1LT on 28th September 11.30am to 1.00pm

To book onto one of these sessions please email
You can also get involved by clicking here to complete the online questionnaire.

The survey can be completed by people with caring responsibilities, as well as people who work/volunteer with unpaid carers.

Get involved in cancer psychological services group

The South West London Health and Care Partnership have a new and exciting opportunity for local people to get involved in their ‘Cancer Psychological Services Working Group’.  They’d like your help with sharing this with your local networks, contacts and interested parties.

They are inviting people who live in within south west London to apply to become volunteer patient and/or carer representatives on our new working group.  They would specifically like to hear from people who have experience of using cancer services and who have accessed psychological support during or after treatment.

The group will meet every two months for one hour in Wimbledon.  They will offer all volunteer patient representatives induction meetings and one-to-one support.

Reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

Please circulate this opportunity within your networks, and encourage people to apply.  The Partnership will also share this opportunity on their social media channels.  Please do retweet or resend if you can.

They are particularly keen to hear from people from south west London whose voices are seldom heard in healthcare planning, and who can contribute our strong commitment to equalities and diversity.

The closing date for interested applicants to return their forms is: Monday 28th October 2019.  The information pack explains who to submit the applications to and how to get further information.

Free mental health and suicide awareness training

Public Health Merton have commissioned a series of free mental health and suicide awareness courses running from September 2019 to January 2020 available to local partner organisations and voluntary and community groups.
Who should attend?

Front-line staff who work with ‘at risk’ and vulnerable groups (these are groups who experience poor mental health and/or are at great risk of suicide) and those who want to champion good mental health within their organisation.

Training is free to attend and has been commissioned by Merton’s Public Health team.

Click on these links for more information:

For more information or to book on to a course, please contact the Public Health team on with names, email addresses, manager’s email and course date as soon as possible.  Spaces are limited and are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Team London recruiting volunteers for Euro 2020

London is hosting 7 #EURO2020 games and The Mayor of London is recruiting 2,000 #London- Squad volunteers for the Host City volunteer programme during the tournament.  Click here for more information.

The #LondonSquad will provide a world-class welcome to visitors across London at tourist hotspots, transport hubs and at official fan zones during the tournament in June and July 2020.  As a volunteer, you will be the face of London, showcasing our fantastic city to a global audience.

The roles on offer range from bringing fan zones to life, directing visitors to famous landmarks, leading teams of volunteers at iconic venues, and many more.  Whatever your #LondonSquad volunteering role, you’ll be creating lifelong memories for everyone taking part, including you!

Everyone is eligible to be in the #LondonSquad.  Team London are looking for people from all backgrounds, with all levels of volunteering experiences.  All they ask is that you’re over 18 by May 2020.  So, if you’re passionate about London and want to make UEFA EURO 2020 the best it can be – this role is for you!

To find out more, or apply to join the #LondonSquad, click here or email  Your application should only take around 10 minutes to complete – it couldn’t be simpler to get involved.

Image also available by clicking this link.

Off the Record

Off the Record provide drop in counselling in Mitcham every Wednesday.  Click here for more information about this excellent service, including timing and venue.

Global Solutions funded accredited courses in Merton

Click on these links for information:

Emergency first aid at work course – Merton Chamber of Commerce

Last few places remaining.  Click here for more information

Home-Start’s AGM

This is on Tuesday 24th September 2019 and all eBulletin readers are invited.  Click on this link for the invitation.   

Home-Start are incredibly proud to be celebrating 25 years of supporting Merton families.  They hope you will be able to join them on the day to hear about their achievements and plans for the future.  If you are part of an organisation and you are unable to attend, please feel free to invite a colleague to represent your organisation.

There will a light lunch and refreshments provided and time for some valuable networking opportunities. 

Please confirm if you are able to attend to or by phone on 020 8646 6044.  Please also provide any special dietary requirements.

Mentoring Circles

Hosted by London Fire Brigade

Are you 18-24?

London Fire Brigade are working in partnership with DWP to deliver Mentoring Circles….

Mentoring Circles create an opportunity for young people to meet face to face with employers.  Employers can give valuable insight into what an organisation values when recruiting and can give practical tips on application forms and interviews.  Click this link for more information.

Home-Start Christmas event and fundraiser

Home-Start invite you to celebrate the festive season and enjoy the evening helping to raise vital funds for Home-Start.

£30 per ticket.

6.30pm to 11.30pm 6th December 2019

105 Bond Road

Click on this link for the invitation.

Warm and Well in Merton information fare

Pop in to find out how to stay warm this winter and to have a free blood pressure check.  Speak to local organisations such as Wimbledon Guild, Age UK Merton, Thinking Works and One You Merton about preparing for winter.  There will be free refreshments and brownies.

Monday 14th October 2.30-4.30pm
Mitcham Library, 157 London Rd, Mitcham CR4 2YR

Click on this link for the invitation.

Merton Giving – Rough Runner – message from Rob Clarke from Age UK Merton

On 6th October, I will be joining a team of representatives from across statutory and voluntary sectors at the Rough Runner in Morden Hall Park.  Members of the team include Andrew Murray, Chair of Merton CCG, Mohan Sekeran, Clinical Lead for Social Prescribing, Barry Causer, Head of Commissioning at Public Health, Naomi Martin, Director of Commonside Trust, Ben Wilkins, MVSC Trustee, and a number of others who are heavily involved in the community here in Merton.
We are raising money for Merton Giving, which will be distributing funds to local charities affected by the increase in demand as a result of Social Prescribing.
Click here for our fundraising page.
If any of you would like to sponsor me I would be very grateful, it’s for a good cause and I’m sure Age UK Merton will benefit as a result.  I’m likely to be low on energy due to endless nappy changing, so your support will help to spur me on.
If you feel compelled, spread the word and you can also come down to cheer us on.

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