CHANGING LIVES IN MERTON – we are Merton Giving.
Merton Means Business is changing.
The initiative which links local business with local activity to mutual advantage is stepping up a gear and will be developed into Merton Giving.
Merton Giving is part of the dynamic London’s Giving network, developing across London, to bring communities together to tackle local issues. With an ear to the ground and a finger on the pulse the London’s Giving schemes are breaking new ground on how communities can solve issues such as poverty, exclusion, loneliness, mental health and unemployment, from the grassroots.
Based on the notion that we can all give something – time, skills as well as money – Merton Giving will work to build relationships with businesses, community groups and individuals to support local charities.
With a knowledge of the community’s key issues and acting on facts, data and hard evidence Merton Giving will provide local charities with the resources to deliver programmes which benefit those in need in our borough.
We understand a tailor-made approach is the key to success and will work to provide bespoke solutions to ensure mutually beneficial relationships.
Merton Giving “Our Story so far . . . “
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A Merton Giving Story: Merton Giving encourages people to give their time and skills through volunteering. Read our first inspirational story of those that have been #givingback through a mutually beneficial relationship.
“I joined Sustainable Merton in July 2018 after returning home to Merton from University. It was through researching the impacts of chemical industries that I first encountered the issue of ocean plastic.
From there my eyes were opened to all the other environmental challenges we are facing. I joined Sustainable Merton as a way of continuing my learning and to start making a positive impact.
I became a Community Champion, which is something anyone can do, no matter what your skills are or how much time you have to give. The role is really flexible and varied and some of the things I have done include: writing blog articles and book reviews for the e-news; discussing plastic waste with local businesses and attending a session at Parliament to feedback to Sustainable Merton. But you can really make the role what you want!
In November I attended an air quality event at City Hall held by the London Mayor and the London Sustainability Exchange charity. I discovered the charity were looking for Project Volunteers and began working with them in January and the following month I successfully applied for a paid position. I now lead the air quality project, running workshops with experiments in Surrey schools as well as working on energy projects tackling fuel poverty.
I’ve really enjoyed meeting like-minded people through Sustainable Merton, attending events to learn more about environmental issues and am very grateful for their help in starting my career in sustainability. I’m looking forward to continuing giving back to Merton, a community which has given me so much already!” – Rachel Swiatek
Read more about Support Sustainable Merton’s work at https://www.sustainablemerton.org/
Merton Giving Week
A big thank you to everyone who supported us during Merton Giving Week – from taking an active part in fundraising to supporting us on social media, people have played their part. Our fundraising will go to the Merton Giving Fund and support charities who work to help the most vulnerable in our borough.
Merton Chamber’s previous Business Engagement Manager Raymond Kinsella, , introduced Charity Jigsaw4u to Reed Wimbledon:
“Developing a relationship with a national company such as REED has had great benefits that we hadn’t even foreseen, such as giving us credibility when talking to other businesses interested in supporting us. It has helped us to reach so many more people and shown us the generosity of our community. Having the support of the determined REED team meant that we were able to help whole families feel a little more cheerful.”Michelle Mullarkey