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MAPS Mentoring introduced our young people to using clay in a workshop funded by The Arts Society.

The Sutton Youth Summit, held on Thursday 16th November 2023, was a resounding success, drawing over 80 young people and 20 adults from the community.

Sutton Council has extended funding for our new project supporting the Afghan community in Sutton.

Sam, a 17 year old care leaver, was at risk of becoming homeless but her volunteer Advocate helped her to secure a Care Leavers support package, including a secure home.

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Volunteering as a Sutton Befriender helped Elisabete recuperate from her own mental health problems, as well as helping Pat to regain her confidence.

MAPS Practitioner Teresa Martucci shares her thoughts on what Care Leavers need, for National Care Leavers' Week.

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Ethan has been connected to MAPS Mentoring for over 10 years, firstly as a Child in Care and then as a Care Leaver.

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Get ready for the Sutton Youth Summit 2023: cost of living, safety, inequalities, mental health.

Alongside a MAPS Mentor, Sonny learnt to express himself, overcome his fears and and find more stability in life during a turbulent time.

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Our MAPS Mentoring project has been supporting Ukrainian young people in the London Borough of Sutton, thanks to funding from Sutton Council.

Calling all organisations, we want to hear your thoughts. We're now three quarters through the year and are starting to plan our free organisational support for 2024 and need your input.

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In just over a week away, on 16th September, our wonderful swimmers are once again supporting us by doing the Serpentine Swim at the famous Hyde Park Serpentine lake.

We had planned for nothing formal set up in August, however due to popular demand from our successful July Forum, Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum members asked for a casual meet up, picnic and a chance to play some games - so we made it happen!

Sutton Befrienders walking tennis group's seven week trial in June and July has proved so successful it will return in September!

Volunteer Centre Sutton's newest project: The Community Volunteer Squad is helping vulnerable residents across the borough.

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Community Action Sutton kindly hosted the July Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum at their Hill House and Garden community venue. A friendly space for volunteer coordinators and those who work with volunteers to come together to network, learn and help one another.

Our annual event to celebrate the impact of Volunteer Centre Sutton and celebrate all that has been achieved over the past year took place on the afternoon of Thursday 6th July.

Previously owned laptops used by LexisNexis Risk Solutions colleagues are being distributed to disadvantaged families, providing them with access to technology they wouldn't otherwise have.

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Over 150 members of the public came to meet 25+ local volunteering organisations at the Sutton Volunteer Showcase

We were delighted to welcome Ellie Simmonds to Sutton to meet some of our activity buddies, filmed for BBC Morning Live in the run up to Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day.

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A group of our local Hong Kongers joined the Ukrainian Saturday School at Christ Church Sutton to share how the Lunar New Year is celebrated.

Our trip to London’s West End, thanks to Ian Williams, Hyde Housing Match My Project and the Rotary Club of Wallington.

Sutton is one of three finalists for the "Great British Spring Clean Award"

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Our Ukraine Coordinator, Nataliya Semchyshyn, tells us about how the Ukrainian Community in Sutton has celebrated Christmas this year.

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Following November 2022's Sutton Plan Partnership Meeting, our CEO Anita Maullin shares her thoughts and updates

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White Ribbon Day was on 25th November this year and marked the beginning of 16 Days of Action against gender-based violence.

Information about Warm Spaces in the borough of Sutton

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Our Community Space Co-ordinator Ben Thomas has been working closely with parks, cafes, libraries and other community settings across the whole of Sutton to install a series of litter picking stations at targeted locations.

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We were delighted to welcome staff from British Airways to learn more about our Activity Buddy programme, funded by Comic Relief.

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Join our team of Warm Spaces Volunteers

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Volunteer Centre Sutton is one of over 40 national and regional projects being allocated further government funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to help British National (Overseas) families settle successfully into life in the UK.

Volunteer Centre Sutton is delighted to announce that the charity has achieved the London Youth UK Youth Bronze Quality Mark Award for 2022 to 2025.

The awards were live streamed on Wednesday 23 February across social media, hosted by comedian and actor Tim Vine.

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Volunteer Centre Sutton is one of 47 national and regional projects being allocated government funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to help British National (Overseas) families settle successfully into life in the UK.

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Volunteer Centre Sutton and Sutton Council are joining forces for Sutton Spring Clean 2022 - a huge community effort to get the borough looking its best for summer

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A huge thank you to all the people in Sutton who generously bought gifts for the vulnerable children and aduts we support

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We are all so excited to launch our Christmas Appeal to give a gift to the vulnerable children and adults we support. Will you help us light up someone's Christmas?

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UPDATE: Thank you to EVERYONE who has donated to this appeal. We are now full and are no longer accepting any more physical donations.

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Our Volunteering Delivery and Development Manager, Marta Rocco, shares her thoughts on the recent report "The Road Ahead" from the NCVO

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Sutton's Community Awards 2020 celebrates the people who make Sutton a great place to live, work and bring up a family and who have gone above and beyond in the face of COVID-19.

Volunteers living in Sutton helped deliver more than 5000 food packages to Suttons' vulnerable and severely ill. Marta Rocco, Volunteer Centre Sutton's Volunteer Delivery and Development Manager, explains their role in coordinating volunteers to provide essential support to the shielded community

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With lockdown easing and shielding guidance changing, you may have concerns about the kind of support you'll be able to access in the next few months. We wanted to assure you that there will continue to be support available for you, no matter what your circumstances.

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From managing 150 volunteers to managing 733 volunteers during Covid-19: #SmallCharityBigImpactDay 19th June 2020

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Joint Statement from Alison Navarro, CEO Community Action Sutton, Anita Maullin CEO, Volunteer Centre Sutton, and Nicola Upton, CEO Age UK Sutton

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We are fundraising to give young care leavers in Sutton a Christmas to remember

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Do you know an individual or group that deserves special recognition? Nominate now for Sutton's Community Awards

For the fourth year running, Volunteer Centre Sutton is delighted to support ShareTheMiracle, a community initiative collecting chocolate eggs to donate to those less fortunate at Easter.

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Our Young Commissioners help shape Healthwatch Sutton's recent survey into young people and mental health

With this funding, our two organisations will work together to deliver a programme across Sutton's voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector. We will build and develop the capacity, skills, knowledge and experience of the sector, helping to transform Sutton's communities.

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