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.

Sutton Council’s home care service given Good rating by Care Quality Commission

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Sutton Council’s short-term care service to assist residents’ independence in their own homes has been rated Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC inspected the borough’s START (Short Term Assessment and Reablement Team) last month and rated the service Good in all five core areas – Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led.

The START team provides short-term care and therapy to assist people to maximise their independence in their own homes by supporting them to manage their personal care and other daily tasks including preparing meals, advice on food and hydration, and referrals to other services as needed.

In its report the CQC described START as a “well organised and efficiently run service” and that this “was particularly important given the complexity and short-term nature of this service, together with the level of demand for such a service in the community of Sutton”.

The report added:

“All of the people, relatives, staff and healthcare professionals we spoke with as part of the inspection commented that the service was well-led. They felt that the managers took time to listen and would take action to make improvements when needed. People felt that management were approachable and had a visible presence in the operation of the service.

“We found that the registered manager conducted a range of checks to assess the standard of care. This included ‘spot checks’ and satisfaction surveys where people rated the service positively.”

“People’s needs were regularly assessed and they were involved in the assessment of their needs. Care plans were personalised and updated regularly as and when people’s needs changed. People’s views were always taken into account and they consented to their care.”

Cllr Colin Stears, Chair of Adult Social Services and Health Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“The START service is doing tremendous work with Sutton residents and we are delighted that the CQC recognises the professionalism of the staff and their caring and respectful approach when working at home with residents and with their families. The entire team do fantastic work here and deserve recognition for their high standard of care. All the relatives the CQC spoke with were told that their family members felt safe, that staff arrived on time and that they stayed the amount of time necessary to provide their care. One relative told the CQC: “The service to my Dad has stopped now, but they were brilliant”, while a resident said: “(The staff) are excellent, they really are so committed. They make me feel very safe and well cared for.”

The CQC report said:

“All of the people we spoke with… strongly agreed that the service was safe. They said they felt safe with the personal care provided, that staff had not missed any calls to their home and that they were not rushed with care provided by staff. People did not have any complaints about the service but knew how to complain if they had any concerns.”

Local Citizens’ Help and Advice

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 –  –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 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

 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

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

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

Sutton’s disabled residents can get free assistance with their Blue Badge applications

Sutton Council is encouraging residents with mobility difficulties or impairments to apply for a Blue Badge parking permit through its website or to contact the council directly by telephone.

Residents who need assistance in filling in the Blue Badge application form can receive the necessary support they need free of charge at any of the borough’s libraries. Successful applicants will be charged a one-off £10 fee when they collect their Blue Badge, renewable every three years.

Carshalton Central’s Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We would strongly recommend that any disabled people in the borough requiring a Blue Badge to park free near the shops should apply through Sutton Council’s website or in person. Should they need support when applying they should visit one of our libraries, where staff will provide free assistance. Blue Badge applications can be made direct on the Sutton Council website by clicking here“.

Sutton residents can request a Blue Badge paper application form by telephoning Sutton Council on 020 8770 5000.

Residents requiring a Blue Badge can apply either online or in person at Civic Offices in Sutton. They must meet certain criteria and all applications require a passport-standard photograph of themselves, and proof of their identity and where they live in the borough.

Sutton seniors celebrate Silver Sunday in style

IMG_1300The attendees of the Meet and Greet session at St. Michael’s Church Hall, Wallington.

Hundreds of older Sutton residents and their relatives have enjoyed a range of borough-wide activities to help mark Silver Sunday on 4 October.More than 100 people attended a Meet and Greet session in Wallington, organised by Cllr Nali Patel, the Older Person’s Champion at Sutton Council. The event at St. Michael’s Church Centre hosted demonstrations of dancing and singing by community groups. Organisations including Sutton Council, the Metropolitan Police, and Age UK were present to offer information and guidance.Other events held across the borough with the aim of combating loneliness amongst elderly people included a Planning for the Future session at Sutton Central Library. The session, in association with Age UK Sutton, gave elderly residents the chance to receive expert advice on a range of issues affecting them. Local solicitors were on hand for residents to discuss sensitive matters in depth.The Silver Sunday Storytime Special, also at Sutton Central Library, saw grandparents and grandchildren spend time reading stories and enjoying books together.

Cllr Colin Stears, Chair of Adult Social Services & Health Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“Giving our older residents the help and support they need is extremely important to us. We’re very happy to see that the events to mark Silver Sunday 2015 have been such a success. There is still much we can do to aid our senior residents and we’re committed to making sure that we are offering them any assistance which we can.”

The Silver Sunday scheme is an annual initiative established in 2011 by Westminster Council. It aims to help combat loneliness among older people by encouraging them to join community groups and offers them guidance about ways to keep in contact with friends and families.

Mayor of Sutton raises £12,500 for local charities

The former Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Arthur Hookway, has raised £12,500 to support the work of two local charities – Sutton Seniors Forum and SMILE (Sutton Mentoring and Independent Leisure Experiences). 

The theme for his Mayoral year was Volunteers and Volunteering in the Community.

The Mayor presented cheques for £6,250 to representatives of both charities at a reception in Sutton Civic Centre on Friday 15 May that was also attended by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Margaret Court.

Afterwards Cllr Hookway said:

“I wanted to do everything I could to support these very worthy people, who I consider the backbone of our community in Sutton. I am delighted that we were able to raise £12,500 to be split evenly between both of these charities.This is a tremendous achievement for Sutton, given that this is still a time of economic difficulty for many. However, the fact that so many people have so generously supported the fundraising is a tribute to the fantastic work the charities do for our young people and senior citizens in our Borough.”

The Sutton Seniors Forum was represented by Jill Gascoine-Becker, Chair, and Chris Pennington, Vice-Chair. Jill said:

“We want to thank the Mayor and his team for all of their hard work in raising such a wonderful sum to enable us to do our work in the community. We intend to put the money towards the running of Connect, a project for elderly people who are unable to come out of their homes due to physical frailty or dementia. Being one of the Mayor’s charities has helped raise our profile in the borough and we are grateful for the Mayor’s support.”

SMILE was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Scott-Dickeson, who said:

“We want to thank the people of Sutton for their generosity and kindness in fundraising for our work. We support around 70 disabled teenagers living in Sutton Borough who are all supported by some fantastic young volunteers from local schools and colleges who all give up their spare time to join in.  We have a year-round programme of social activities that we run for these youngsters during evenings and weekends in term-time as well as throughout every school holiday. The funds raised by the Mayor and his team will help us to provide some great activities and opportunities for our SMILE members right through the long summer break and for the rest of this year. We are extremely grateful for this terrific generosity and want to thank everyone who contributed to the Mayor’s charity appeal.”

Sutton Council seeks residents’ feedback on local advice services

sutton_council_logoSutton Council has launched a new survey asking residents how they would prefer to access information and advice about issues they face in Sutton such as finding out if they are eligible for social housing, what childcare services are available locally, and who can help if they are caring for an elderly relative.

The survey is part of a review of information and advice services in the borough which includes looking at services commissioned by Sutton Council in the voluntary and community sectors as well as reviewing the council’s own services. The poll is being carried out through the council’s online residents’ panel which has around 1,000 members, and it asks residents where they tend to turn for advice and what they expect from information providers.

Those who are not members of the online panel can tell the council what they think by visiting

Councillor Simon Wales, Sutton Council’s Lead Member for Finance, Assets and the Voluntary Sector, said: “We want to ensure that all residents can access information and advice when they need to and in ways that suit them. Whether it’s advice about dealing with debt, finding social housing or accessing healthcare, it’s important that residents know where to go and that they are given the support they need. I hope that as many residents as possible will take part in this survey and give us their feedback so that we can improve the services provided by both the council and our partners.”

Age UK Sutton holds ‘Know your rights day’

On Friday 7th March Age UK Sutton is holding their next flagship ‘Know your rights day’.

There will be financial help and advice, support with debt, practical help to claim benefits, information about how to access direct payments for social care, help with NHS costs and free sessions with a local solicitor.

For those struggling with paying for the basics such as rent or a mortgage, fuel bills or weekly shopping then the Age UK Sutton team will be available between 10am – 2pm at:

·         Barclays Bank, 43 High Street, Sutton; or

·         Outside TazZa Coffee shop , 188 High Street, Sutton
(where their new advice van will be parked)

There are limited free sessions with the solicitor so please book in advance.

For more information call 020 8770 4510 or email

Judy Okeke
Individual Services Senior Manager
AGE UK Sutton

Sutton Council has launched an online one-stop-shop to support its residents and businesses though the winter months.

The Winter Information Centre (WIC) brings together information from a range of council services, and those of our partners, so residents can use as a place to find out about any disruption, look up health advice and report any problems.

Parents can find out if the borough’s schools are open or closed; there are links to travel advice for the buses, trains, tubes and roads; advice on how to stay warm and healthy, access to five day weather reports for the area; and information about Sutton’s gritting programme including the locations of gritting routes and bins.

Sutton is already leading the way for collaborative winter planning having provided 4,200 residents with free grit to use themselves though our Free Gritting Scheme.

Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“Winter can be a very difficult time for people when the temperature drops so we wanted to make their lives easier by creating one place to find important information. By providing regular updates through the Winter Information Centre and social media we can help our residents to make informed decisions about what action to take to cope with cold weather disruption. We have also taken extra measures to support our vulnerable residents by providing grants for warm homes, making extra checks on their wellbeing and ensuring our meals on wheels vans are prepared for the cold weather. This, along with other measures such as providing free grit to 4,200 residents and filling all of our 450 bins, means that Sutton is better prepared for winter than ever before.”

In addition to gritting, Sutton is taking extra care to support its elderly and vulnerable residents by offering grants and support through its Warm Homes scheme, Meals on Wheels and a new homeless support service. The mobile hot meals service has never missed the delivery of a hot meal and Sutton Council is doing its best to keep the record intact by fitting 5 out of the 10 Meals on Wheels vans with winter tyres and having access to 4 by 4 vehicles on standby in case of the worst.

Meals on Wheels staff and other council outreach workers will also be extra vigilant in making sure the home of elderly and other vulnerable people are warm and that they have enough information and provisions to look after themselves.

Winter weather guidance for individuals


A. General winter preparedness

  • Guidance on staying healthy this winter is available from the NHS by clicking here.
  • If you are receiving health services or social care, ask your GP, key worker or other contact about staying healthy in winter and the services available to you. Make sure you have a list of emergency numbers if you need to call for assistance or advice during cold weather.
  • Get a flu jab if you are in a risk group. Anyone in a high risk group should have been contacted by their GP to arrange vaccination. You can check if you may be in a high risk group and what to do by clicking here.
  • Give up smoking – this would improve circulation and reduce the risk of heart attack.
  • You can check your entitlement to benefits and tax credits by clicking here.
  • Find energy grants and help with heating costs by clicking here.
  • Check that your heating is working properly. Check room temperatures – especially those rooms where disabled or vulnerable people spend most of their time. If you or someone else is likely to be restricted to one room during the winter period or during a cold spell make sure that it can be kept at or above recommended temperatures and that you plan what resources you / they need to keep them safe and warm.
  • Make sure that you have access to sufficient fuel supplies for the winter period, especially if you rely on deliveries of oil or solid fuel. Consider alternative heating measures if required.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by insulating them. Draught-proof around windows or doors. Avoid blocking ventilation points in the home. Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm that is EN50291 compliant.
  • Look out for vulnerable neighbours and help them prepare for winter. Consider other preventive action you can take, perhaps volunteering to help the community.

B. What to do when severe winter weather is forecast

  • Monitor the weather forecast. Ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance.
  • Take the weather into account when planning your activity over the following days. Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.
  • Check room temperatures – especially those rooms where disabled or vulnerable people spend most of their time.
  • Maintain regular contact with vulnerable people and neighbours you know to be at risk in cold weather.
  • Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from the front of your house and public walkways nearby.

C. Responding to severe winter weather

  • Continue to monitor the weather forecast.
  • Check and maintain daytime room temperature at 21°C. Check bedroom night-time temperature and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
  • If you have to go out, make sure you dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes. Also tell someone where you are going and let them know when you get back. If you have a mobile phone, keep it charged and on you at all times.
  • Dress warmly, eat warm food and take warm drinks regularly.
  • Check on those you know are at risk.
  • If you are seriously concerned about your own health or that of others, alert the emergency services. If it is not a 999 (life threatening) emergency, you should call the NHS on 111, a free to call number (mobiles and landlines). The 111 service provides initial assessment and directs people to the right local service.
  • Clear pavements of ice or snow if you are able to do so safely. Essential guidance is available by clicking here.