Sutton Community Fund grants news….

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

RACE £1680

Refugee & Migrant Network Sutton £2662

Riverside Community Association £1975

Riverside Community Association £5650

Sutton Mencap £5467

Carshalton Beeches Baptist Free Church £3200

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.

3. RACE 
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.

A Message from UKPN about Electricity Supply in Carshalton Central

Many local councillors have received this message today, 14th November….

“Dear Cllr Pollock,

UK Power Networks delivers the electricity to homes and businesses across London, including your ward of Carshalton Central, and it’s our job to make sure that the lights stay on. 

Since 2010 we have reduced the frequency of power cuts by 42%, however we recognise that while power cuts are less frequent, when they do still occur they can be very worrying, especially to older people, people with chronic medical conditions or parents of very young children.  That’s why we have set up a ‘Priority Services Register’ to enable us to identify vulnerable people quickly in the event of a power cut and get them the help they need.

You can find more about our free Priority Service Register, including information about who is eligible to register at: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/power-cuts/priority-services-during-a-power-cut/

This winter we are keen to increase the number of people who are registered for help so we can provide the support they need quicker in case of a power cut.  We are therefore asking for the help of local councillors to encourage constituents, who may be eligible for help, to join the Priority Services Register.

Do you or someone you know need extra help if there’s a power cut?

Join the Priority Services Register today ukpowernetworks.co.uk/prioritysupport

Although power cuts don’t happen very often when they do they can be worrying.  UK Power Networks is the electricity network for London and it provides a ‘Priority Services Register’ for people who might need extra help in a power cut.  Older people, families with very young children, and people with specific medical conditions are among the many people who are eligible to register for free support.  You can find more details and register by visiting ukpowernetworks.co.uk/prioritysupport or calling 0800 169 9970.

I hope you will help us to help your constituents get the support they need and please do send me a copy of your newsletter if you include information about the Register, so we can share it as an example of good practice.

In the meantime, if you would like any further information about the Register or about UK Power Networks please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes

Peter Kocen

Public Affairs Manager

Tel: 020 7397 7710  Mob: 07812 262 504 Twitter: @UKPNnews

Sutton Centre for Independent Living and Learning (SCILL)

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.”

Dig out your bric-a-brac and dust off your old clothes – Jumble Trail is coming to Sutton

A jumble trail event.

Jumble Trails are a fantastic way to clear out some old items you no longer as you make new friends in your neighbourhood.

Jumble Trail is coming to Sutton for the first time on Saturday 1 October, with the support of Recycle for London, the South London Waste Partnership and Sutton Council.

Residents who live in the Benhilton area are encouraged to clear out their cupboards and set up stall in their front gardens. As the saying goes, ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure’.

A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street.  Communities coordinate via www.jumbletrail.com to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or whatever.  The aim is to encourage reuse and recycling at a grassroots level and to enhance community spirit.  The Sutton Jumble Trail will take place on Saturday 1 October between 10am – 4pm in residential roads in the Benhilton area.

Cllr Marlene Heron, Chair of the Sutton Local Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“I’m really pleased that Sutton is holding a Jumble Trail event – many thanks to the organisers for their hard work. Reusing or recycling our unwanted belongings rather than simply throwing them out makes a big difference to our environment. The Jumble Trail in Benhilton is a great opportunity for residents to make new friends in their neighbourhoods as they clear out some of their old items – and who knows, maybe even pick up a bargain or two in the process.”

The event wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for local Jumble Trail Champion Jacky Barker.  As a Jumble Trail Champion Jacky’s role is to encourage households in her local community to register their involvement in the event and set up a stall for the day.

Taking part in the event won’t cost you a penny as the usual stall fee is being covered by funding from Recycle for London. The Jumble Trail is part of their ‘Repair and Reuse’ programme of events taking place across London this autumn.

Even if you live outside the catchment area for this particular Jumble Trail, you can still get involved and support the event by popping along on the day and seeking out a bargain or two.

To check whether your address is inside the event radius and for further information visit the Benhilton Jumble Trail event page here.

Save our Pharmacies – Tom Brake’s Campaign

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Many residents, whether they are young or old or have children, use local pharmacies. Pharmacists take pressure off GPs and St Helier’s A&E, meaning people in need of urgent care are seen more quickly. They don’t just give out medicines — pharmacies can provide medical assistance and advice and treat minor ailments.
Earlier this year the Government had decided that £170 million would be cut from pharmacies in 2016/17.

That would be an estimated £660,000 cut for Sutton’s pharmacies or the closure of 11 pharmacies in our borough — or 1 in 4 of them!

I was and remain concerned about these proposals which are nothing more than a backdoor health cut. When I met with local pharmacists, they told me that the reasons for the changes were not explained and the public will receive a worse service because of the cuts.

Although I welcome this week’s pause in Government plans for these cuts, the battle isn’t over yet. Knowing this Government, their ‘pause’ could easily switch into an attack on pharmacies. We must all remain vigilant.

So… will you add your voice to my campaign?

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I will continue to work with our local pharmacists in putting pressure on the Government to abandon these plans once and for all.

Regards,

Tom Brake MP

PS. Please forward this email onto friends, family, and neighbours who may want to sign the petition.

Sutton students celebrate their tremendous A-Level achievement

Sutton logo big full colour

Sutton Council is congratulating pupils and staff in schools across the borough as they celebrate this year’s outstanding A-level results.

Sutton schools have maintained their high performance in the examinations, with results consistently above the UK average.

The proportion of students across the borough achieving the highest A-level A* and B grades is 65.5 per cent.

The percentage of students achieving an A-level pass grade (A* to E) has dropped slightly to 99.3 per cent from 99.4 (2015 figure) per cent last year. This is above the UK average as, across all UK students, the proportion achieving A* to E is 98.1 per cent.

Cllr Arthur Hookway, Vice Chair of the Children, Family and Education Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Sutton strives to help all of our young people realise their potential and once more they have achieved some of the best A-level results in the country. This year’s A-level students have succeeded thanks to the dedicated support from the excellent teachers, school governing bodies and support staff in our schools, and of course from their parents and carers. The main credit, however, must go to the students themselves for attaining such high grades. I’m delighted to see the hard work of so many people pay off.”

Please note that the figures below are provisional figures and may be subject to change.

Across all UK students, the proportions achieving A-level grades in summer 2016 are as follows:

The proportion achieving A* has dropped 0.5 per cent from 2015, to 8.1 per cent.

The proportion achieving A* and A is down 0.1 per cent from 2015, to 25.8 per cent.

The proportion achieving A* to E remains the same as 2015 at 98.1 per cent.

Local Citizens’ Help and Advice

www.suttonalps.org.uk

020 8254 2616

Citizens Advice Sutton is the lead agency for Advice Link Partnership Sutton (ALPS). ALPs is a partnership of local Not for Profit organisations providing free, confidential, independent and impartial advice for people who live or work in the London Borough of Sutton. You can contact Citizens Advice Sutton, Sutton Carers Centre and Age UK in the following ways:

Alps Web site – www.suttonalps.org.uk  –No email address is needed as we can call you back.

By Telephone call 020 8254 2616   between   9.00 and 5.00 Monday to Friday. Sutton Library & Heritage Service provides local community information from this number Monday – Friday from 9.30 – 5.00 pm.

The ALPS number also provides access to the following national organisations:

  • Samaritans
  • Citizens Advice Consumer Service
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline
  • Age UK Advice line
  • Carers Direct Helpline 

Citizens Advice Sutton, Sutton Carers Centre and Age UK Sutton are established registered local charities who have served the people of Sutton for many years providing free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on issues such as welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment and social care issues. 

Services from Citizens Advice Sutton

Citizens Advice Sutton holds the Advice Quality Standard for Advice. Our services are provided by both paid staff and volunteers.

Citizens Advice Sutton also provides various specialist services:

Pension Wise

Pension wise is a new, free, impartial and confidential guidance service from Government, to help people understand their pension choices. If you are aged 50 or over and have a Defined Contribution pension you are eligible for a face to face appointment. You can book an appointment by visiting www.pensionwise.gov.uk/ or telephone 0800 138 3944 

Debt Advice

The Capitalise team at Citizens Advice Sutton provides advice on all aspects of your debt and money issues. We are part of the Capitalise partnership and funded by the Money Advice Service.

We can help you to budget, maximise your income and provide you with all the options available to you to deal with your debts. We also have approved debt relief order intermediaries within the bureau to process debt relief orders (DROs).

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FRN 617761

You can contact us on either online www.suttonalps.org.uk

 or telephone 020 8405 3552   Monday- Friday   9:00am – 5:00pm.

 You can also directly access debt advice from debt hotline located in the Jubilee Health Centre.

Specialist housing advice

The housing solicitor at Citizens Advice Sutton can assist clients entitled to legal aid with certain housing issues including possession, disrepair, homelessness, anti-social behaviour and eviction  To book an appointment please call us on 020 8405 3552 between   9.00 and 5.00   Monday to Friday or submit an enquiry via our website www.suttonalps.org.uk

Carers Centre – outreach sessions

Citizens Advice Sutton offers appointments at Sutton Carers Centre ,on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9am & 5pm at 12-14 Benhill Avenue, Sutton SM1 4DA · To book an appointment call the Carers Centre on 020 8296 5611or call 020 8254 2616   .

Sutton Mental Health Foundation (SMHF) – outreach session

Citizens Advice Sutton provides advice at Sutton Mental Foundation on Thursdays for people experiencing mental distress. SMHF is at 63 Downs Road Belmont, Sutton SM2 5NR  and Cheam Resource Centre, 671 London Rd, North Cheam SM3 9DL. To book an appointment to see a Citizens Advice Sutton adviser at SMHF telephone 020 8770 0172. 

Direct into advice line (DiAL)

DiAL is funded by the big lottery to provide priority access to telephone advice for those in urgent need or those with difficulty accessing advice services. You can get immediate, direct telephone advice from Citizens Advice Sutton, Age UK Sutton and Refugee and Migrant Network Sutton by asking staff to connect you at Homestart, Children’s Centres, Sutton Mental Health foundation and the Womens Centre. It operates Monday to Friday between 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Royal Association for the Deaf (RAD)

RAD provides a drop in service and appointments on Mondays between 10am and 4pm at Citizens Advice Sutton, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA. An RAD adviser provides BSL advice on benefits, employment, debt, form filling and understanding correspondence. Text 07749965727 to book an appointment or call 0845 688 2525. Email advice@royaldeaf.org.uk.

Sutton Uplift

Sutton’s Primary Care Mental Health Service, Sutton Uplift, hold a Wellbeing Drop in Clinic in the Sutton bureau every Monday between 9-5pm.  The Wellbeing Navigators will be able to offer information, and advice around wellbeing and practical issues that may be impacting on people’s daily lives, including offering ongoing short term one to one sessions if needed. Sutton Uplift aims “to help people to connect and access activities and resources to meet their physical, social and emotional needs.  Our team are experienced in supporting people with their Wellbeing, either professionally or through lived experience.” Contact them on 0800 032 1411 or 020 3513 4044, lines are open 9am to 6pm. Website http://www.suttonuplift.co.uk/.

Sutton residents warned to beware of mail scams this summer

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Trudy Richards, Senior Consumer Affairs Officer at Sutton Council, with just some of the many scam letters that residents have received.

Sutton Council is warning borough residents to be careful and not to become the victim of mail scams.

The warning was made by Trading Standards officers from Kingston and Sutton Shared Environment Service after the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTS Scams Team) prevented almost 750,000 pieces of scam mail from entering the UK postal system in the last three months.

Nearly 750,000 (749,500) pieces of scam mail, including fake prize draws and clairvoyant scams, have been stopped from reaching the letterboxes of households around the country in the past three months*.

Although criminals behind the scams continually redesign their products to try to avoid raising suspicions, Sutton residents should look out for signs such as:

  • A foreign return address
  • An offer of a big pay out in return for a small purchase or administration fee
  • Requests for personal details in order to claim a prize
  • A letter claiming you have won a lottery that you did not enter
  • Letters from a psychic or clairvoyant offering their services for a fee
  • An offer that seems too good to be true.

Sutton Council Trading Standards recently came across a 90-year-old woman in the borough who had been conned out of £60,000 by unscrupulous people over the past decade. The pensioner received and responded to thousands of unsolicited letters and phone calls from the UK, France, The Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

Kingston and Sutton Shared Environment Service is urging people to look out for their neighbours, relatives and friends and to contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline if they suspect that someone they know may be responding to scam mail.

Jan Gransden, Group Manager of Enforcement at Kingston & Sutton Shared Environment Service, said:

“We are asking Sutton residents to be vigilant if they receive unsolicited letters with an offer that sounds too good to be true – as this will in fact be the case. We helped a pensioner who ordered some make-up advertised in a mail-order catalogue, and a decade and thousands of letters later had spent £60,000 on worthless goods and lottery scams promising riches. The key message about any such letters is do not respond! We ask friends, neighbours and relatives to look out for scam mail in their parents’, children’s or friends’ houses and for banks to be on the lookout for suspicious transactions and uncharacteristic behaviour.”

Lord Toby Harris, Chair, National Trading Standards, said:

“National Trading Standards and our partners are working hard to stop scam mail reaching the hands of vulnerable people in our communities. However these new figures show that we are facing an uphill struggle.

“I would urge anyone who receives potentially fraudulent mail or who knows someone who might be receiving it to report it to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.”

If you think you know someone who has been a scam victim or perhaps you believe you are a scam victim yourself, contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 0608454 04 05 06. The helpline will provide you with advice and pass the details onto Trading Standards.

How to spot scams and stop scams

  • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  • If you have not bought a ticket – you cannot win it.
  • You should not have to pay anything to get a prize.
  • If in doubt do not reply. Bin it delete it or hang up.
  • Persuasive sales patter? Just say ‘No thank you’.
  • Contacted out of the blue – be suspicious.
  • Never give out you bank details unless you are certain you can trust the person contacting you.
  • Take your time – resist pressure to make a decision straight away.
  • Never send money to someone you do not know.
  • Walk away from job ads that ask for money in advance.
  • Your bank will never attend your home.
  • The bank and the Police will never collect your bank card.
  • Your bank and the Police will never ask for your PIN.
  • Computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help fix your computer.
  • Do not suffer in silence – tell other  about scams.

Honeywood Museum and Age UK team up to offer activities for older residents

A view of Honeywood Museum from across Carshalton Pond.

A range of events for elderly residents will take place at Honeywood Museum, Carshalton, in association with Age UK Sutton.

Sutton Council’s Honeywood Museum in Carshalton is working with Age UK Sutton to provide a range of activities, events, and a valuable support network for isolated elder residents.

The events are the latest in a range of collaborations between Sutton Council and Age UK, who run a range of social activities and exercise classes for older people throughout the borough in order to reduce loneliness among Sutton’s older residents.

Carshalton Central ward’s Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environments & Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Providing for our older residents and making sure they have access to the support they need to continue to socialise and keep in touch with friends and family is extremely important for us.These events at the wonderful Honeywood Museum are a great way for vulnerable and isolated residents to enjoy company and activities in a safe, friendly environment.”

It is widely accepted that incorporating expressive arts into programmes for older adults and patients can have a very positive effect on mental and physical well-being. The activities on offer range from embroidery and arts sessions to musical singalongs. Music, in particular, can be a useful tool for those with memory loss to recapture lost memories.

Sing-a-long groups at Honeywood Museum take place on the following dates:

28th June 2016

16th August 2016

18th October 2016

13th December 2016

Marion Harper, CEO of Age UK Sutton, said:

“We’ve already had some fantastic joint events with Honeywood Museum and we’re delighted that Jane Howard, the amazing curator at Honeywood, sees the potential that this collaboration can have for both organisations – and, most importantly, for the older people of the borough.”

To find out about the range of activities, and the dates to book, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/sutton or call 020 8770 6959020 8770 6959 for full details.

Jane Howard, Curator of Honeywood Museum, said:

“Honeywood Museum is a community asset and resource, which should be used and loved by all. It’s a place where people can come, be made to feel welcome, and get support to embrace the arts and have a good time.”