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Eleven local groups will share over £45,000 from the latest round of Sutton Community Fund grants to help them provide services and activities for residents of Sutton into 2017 and beyond.
The Community Fund programme, financed by Sutton Council and administered by the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (Sutton CVS), supports projects that benefit Sutton residents, meet local priorities and help build community and developmental assets in the borough.
The list of fund recipients for 2017 is as follows:
Surrey Youth Focus £5000
Knots Art £4595
Sutton Mencap £5467
Gary Mason Charity £3000
In Unity Ltd £5000
St Teresa’s Church £5000
Together We Create £3600
A full list of the awards and how they will be used is below.
David Hobday, CEO of Sutton Mencap, said:
“We would like to thank the Sutton Community Fund for its award of a grant to Sutton Mencap. This funding will enable us to continue to offer our very popular Breakaways service, which provides weekend activities for adults with a learning disability, whilst giving parents and family members a break from their caring responsibilities.
Having a local grants fund which understands the needs of local communities makes a huge difference for organisations like ours and the people we support. We are very grateful to Sutton Council for their support through the Sutton Community Fund.”
Hazel East, Session Leader at Knots Art, said:
“A grant from the Sutton Community Fund means that we can continue to provide fun and exciting sessions for girls with autism and social communication difficulties living in and around Sutton. For many girls that attend this is their only social interaction each week and it is vital that they have a safe space in which they can make friends with others who understand the difficulties that they face. We are hugely grateful for the support.”
Cllr Simon Wales, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council and Lead Member for Finance, Assets and the Voluntary Sector, said:
“We want to congratulate the local organisations that have been successful in their applications. There is a strong voluntary sector in Sutton and this funding will go towards securing the future of these local organisations and supporting them to deliver their invaluable work in our community.
“We’ll be working closely with our partners across the voluntary sector as we strive to deliver brilliant and cost-effective services for Sutton residents in the years to come. The Community Fund grants will help them to prepare for this challenge.”
Applications for Sutton Community Fund grants of between £300 and £1000 from the next round of funding are open until Monday 3 April 2017. You can find out more on the Sutton CVS website here, and Sutton CVS will be happy to answer questions you may have or offer assistance completing the application form.
Notes to editors
The Community Fund awarded the following seven applications full grant funding:
1. Focus Surrey
Charity number: N/A Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £5,000
This project will help children with ASD improve their communication, social and play skills, provide a friendly, inclusive and sociable environment for parents/ carers and siblings and provide training for tutors and young volunteers.
2. Knots Art
Charity number: N/A Company number: 8631074
Amount allocated: £4,590
Funding will support weekly social activity sessions specifically for girls with autism or social communication difficulties. Art, drama and games activities are tailored to support social interaction. They will also work closely with parents to find ways to explore issues relevant to the group.
Charity number: XT36173 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £1,680
Funding allocated to support the sustainability of ongoing group exercise within the community for up to 12 people with cardiovascular disease.
4. Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton
Charity number: 11050500 Company number: 08026961
Amount allocated: £2,662
Improving systems to allow more time giving advice to clients, reducing waiting times for clients and to improve monitoring of service performance.
5. Riverside Community Association Limited
Charity number: 1156422 Company number: 8555270
Amount allocated: £1,975
Funding allocated to help achieve the PQASSO quality standard Level 1, which will help the organisation run more effectively and efficiently.
6. Riverside Community Association Limited
Charity number: 1156422 Company number: 8555270
Amount allocated: £5,650
Funding will help them achieve the London Youth Quality Mark, Bronze Level: a leading quality standard for organisations working with young people in the voluntary sector. Organisations working in partnership under this bid include: My Time for Young Carers, The Springboard Project, In Unity UK and the Riverside Community Association.
7. Sutton Mencap
Charity number: 1080514 Company number: 03915936
Amount allocated: £5,467
Funding allocated to continue the Breakaways in-house service for a year. The service consists of alternate Friday night and Saturday day time groups for mainly younger adults with a learning disability. This bid aims to improve mental health and wellbeing through tackling social isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing for carers and help people with a learning disability play a greater part in community life.
The Community Fund awarded the following five applications partial grant funding:
1. Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church
Charity number: 1130318 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £3,200
Funding allocated towards providing a ramp for disabled access.
2. Gary Mason Rhythmical Charitable Foundation
Charity number: 1140518 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £3,300
Funding allocated towards the costs of hand drumming therapy session facilitation.
3. In Unity Ltd
Charity number: N/A Company number: 07808693
Amount allocated: £5,000
Funding allocated to support the delivery of a youth project held at the Phoenix Centre
4. St Teresa’s Church
Charity number: 235468 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: Up to £5,000
Funding allocated to develop an older people’s project aimed at alleviating isolation, increasing intergenerational work and improving life skills.
5. Together We Create
Charity number: 1140617 Company number: N/A
Amount allocated: £3,600
Funding allocated to help reduce anti-social behaviour, unite the Hamptons Community and improve parental engagement and support the development of family boundaries, so as to ensure that there is a long-term change in the area.
Care Quality Commission has published their annual ‘State of Care’ report
The Care Quality Commission has published their annual ‘State of Care’ report, this is an annual report on the quality of health and social care in England.
The CQC have seen services providing good and outstanding care and making improvements by collaborating outside traditional organisational boundaries – hospitals working with GPs; GPs working with social care and all services working with people who use services.
They are also seeing some deterioration in quality, and some services are struggling to improve. The CQC have raise concerns that the sustainability of the adult social care market is approaching a tipping point. The fragility of the market is now beginning to impact both on the people who rely on these services and on the performance of NHS care. The combination of a growing and ageing population, more people with long-term conditions, and a challenging economic climate means greater demand on services and more problems for people in accessing care.
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Dear Hamish Pollock
You may have seen the BBC website report on 15th November about threatened cuts to health services across the UK, including the possible closure of St Helier Hospital in Carshalton and Wallington.
Full details of 44 reviews of services around the country – part of the government’s sustainability and transformation plans – which involve closing some A&Es or, in South West London, a whole hospital or, in the worst case scenario, two, had not been made public until some local Councils, including Lib Dem run Sutton Council, rebelled and released NHS plans recently. They can be read here http://www.swlccgs.nhs.uk/our-plan/.
A report by The King’s Fund suggests that NHS England had told local managers to keep the plans “out of the public domain” and avoid requests for information, whilst managers were even taught how to reject freedom of information requests.
Changes are being explored which may see the closure of one or more hospitals in South West London, including StHelier in Carshalton. Nothing has been decided. What we currently know for certain is that last year Epsom and StHelier NHS Trust launched their five year strategy which gave a commitment that both Epsom Hospital and St HelierHospital will continue to provide consultant led, 24/7 A&E, maternity and inpatient paediatric services for five years.
It is clear that there has to be major investment in Epsom and St Helier hospitals. There are issues with the buildings and facilities within Epsom and St Helier Trust which need to be addressed. It is not appropriate that patients are being treated in buildings that are unable to offer infection free care, where there are so few side rooms, where privacy and dignity for patients is poor, where the hospital is spending so much to keep patients safe instead of on medical equipment.
The hospital Trust has a great staff team and it isn’t fair that they are required to provide care in unsuitable buildings. Simon Stephens, Chief Executive of NHS England, has written about wanting an infrastructure fund for the NHS as part of the Brexit NHS settlement to replace ‘clapped out hospitals and GP surgeries’. I think St Helier meets that criteria and I will fight to ensure that St Helier Hospital receives some of the £350 million a week which is apparently going to be available to the NHS when the UK leaves the EU. I wrote to Jeremy Hunt urging him to ensure that this happens, perhaps unsurprisingly, he refused to commit to extra funding. So did the Prime Minister when I raised the matter directly with her, in Prime Minister’s Questions recently.
In the meantime, I am reassured from my contact with the CEO at the Trust that the Trust is working hard to ensure that they continue to provide an acute hospital for the 500,000 people who live in the Sutton and Epsom areas. As ever, I will support the Trust in their bid to do so. Any attempts to remove our A&E, maternity and inpatient services from the borough will be met by the stiffest possible community resistance.
Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington
0208 255 8155
Hamish — I’ve just spoken in Parliament about the impending cuts to local pharmacies. I told the Health Minister that I agreed with our award-winning Sutton pharmacist Reena Barai that the Government’s plans are putting 1 in 4 pharmacies at risk. He responded by saying he had no idea how many will close. That is simply shocking. We need to step up and show the Government just how important local pharmacies are to our community.
By spreading the message on social media, you can help us reach more people with our campaign and get more signatures on our petition (we’re closing in on 1,000 signatures). Thank you for everything you do.
Best wishes, Tom Brake MP
Statement regarding the closure of Sutton Centre for Independent Living and Learning (SCILL).
Councillor Simon Wales, Sutton Council’s Lead Member for Finance, Assets and the Voluntary Sector, said: “Everybody at Sutton Council is sorry and saddened to hear that the trustees of SCILL have decided to cease operating next year. The Centre is valued by very many in the community and has made a recognisable difference to local individuals and families. I want to put on record the council’s thanks to everybody at SCILL for their hard work and dedication to Sutton’s residents over the last 21 years.
“The council has always offered SCILL support, most recently with efforts to keep the Centre open. Ultimately we respect the decision of the trustees and the council will now support the orderly closure of the centre next year.
“Our focus has always been how we support all SCILL’s clients, particularly the most vulnerable. Our immediate attention now turns to exploring all options available to secure the future of services on which residents depend.
“We understand this decision may be upsetting for residents and staff, so I want to reassure everyone that we are doing all we can, as quickly as possible, to ensure these essential services provided by SCILL remain available to the community in the borough. We will keep everybody informed of developments and share more information as soon as it is possible.”