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Londoners thanked for raising record amount to support capital’s homeless

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has thanked Londoners for their generosity after they donated a record £247,742 to his winter rough sleeping campaign. The funds will be split equally between 22 London homelessness charities who came together as part of the Mayor’s campaign.

The charities will use the money for a wide range of projects including helping homeless people off the streets and into permanent housing, developing life and job skills and providing meals and emergency accommodation to the most vulnerable people.  

Launched at the end of November 2018, the campaign encouraged Londoners to play their part alongside City Hall’s services for rough sleepers. Sadiq appealed to Londoners to make donations, refer rough sleepers to support services via StreetLink, and volunteer their time to homelessness charities.

For this campaign it was easier than ever to give money thanks to the roll out of ‘TAP London’ contactless donation points across the capital. The Mayor supported the installation of 91 TAP London payment points over the duration of the campaign, which raised £72,627 through individual contactless donations of three pounds. This has been complemented by £102,615 in online donations through the campaign’s GoFundMe page, and £72,500 from corporate partners to give a final total of £247,426, £50,000 more than the 2017/18 winter campaign.

Londoners have also taken direct action to help people sleeping rough over winter, with 2,550 people offering their time to homelessness charities through the volunteering opportunities available on the Mayor’s website. These volunteers have worked on projects including helping people who have been homeless to craft CVs and job applications, engaging with rough sleepers on the streets, and making nutritious meals from food donated by supermarkets.

The campaign also encouraged Londoners to let services know about rough sleepers they were concerned about through the StreetLink. The charity’s app sends details of rough sleepers to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which they’ve been seen to help connect them to support.Since the start of the campaign, StreetLink has received 19,000 referrals – more than double the number recorded during the 2017/18 winter campaign.

Petra Salva, Director of Rough Sleeper, Offender and Migrants Services at St Mungo’s, said: “As a member of the London Homeless Charities Group, we want to say a huge thank you to the many generous people who have backed this campaign. The money St Mungo’s receives as one of the charities involved will go into services that help people who are tackling physical and mental health problems.

“We’d also urge people, whatever the weather, to continue to use the StreetLink app and website to help connect anyone sleeping rough with their local services so that with the right support at the right time, we and other homelessness services can support people to move away from the streets for good.”

Katie Whitlock, TAP London co-founder, said: “We have had over 20,000 people engage with us, raising over £73,500 in partnership with the Mayors Winter Campaign. 

“We are so pleased with how it’s been received, lots of people have engaged with tapping while they are grabbing a coffee, paying for cinema tickets or just out and about. We want to make TAP a staple of London life and will be continuing our work in connecting Londoners with amazing projects and services that change lives.“

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Borough commissions charity and housing association to provide housing and tenancy support

The London Borough of Sutton has commissioned leading homelessness charity and housing association St Mungo’s to provide housing and floating tenancy support to around 200 people across the borough.

This new £2.8 million contract over three years means St Mungo’s will be working to provide services to people in Sutton living in a mix of housing, from a high support assessment hub through to semi-independent housing where staff regularly visit.

St Mungo’s will also manage a tenancy support service – supporting people in their homes – to help prevent people becoming homeless.

Gemma Goacher, St Mungo’s Regional Head, will manage the service implementation and oversee the service. She said: “This is an exciting project as we’ll be directly helping around 200 people to sustain their tenancies and prevent people from becoming homeless.

“This will be the first time St Mungo’s has been able to work with people in Sutton and our aim is to offer a great housing service to existing and new clients providing the right support at the right time.”

The service will include properties in nearly 40 sites across Sutton, with the support team working across multiple offices to maximise support for clients.

The service was being managed by three organisations, Penrose, Peabody and Thames Reach. Staff were transferred over to St Mungo’s to ensure a smooth transition for clients.

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TfL publishes report showing strong support for extention of Trams network to borough

TfL has published a report showing 81 per cent of respondents support the extension of the London Trams network to the borough.

A public consultation into the proposed ‘Sutton Link’ generated 5,980 responses between 31 October 2018 and 6 January 2019. Of those who supplied a postcode – 3,906 (65%) were from Sutton.

Respondents were presented with various transport options and routes on which they could express support. Over 80 per cent supported the extension of the London Trams network as opposed to 40 per cent who supported a Bus Rapid Transit option.

TfL will review all consultation feedback before any final decisions are made on the next stages of the Sutton Link development later this year. The council will share news of the final decision as soon as possible.

TfL will also publish a ‘Responses to issues raised’ document at this time, listing and responding to all of the issues raised by respondents to the ‘Sutton Link’ consultation. 

A copy of the TfL consultation report is available at: tfl.gov.uk/sutton-link

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CAOS Descends once again on village of Carshalton

In June 2019 the Carshalton Artists Open Studios festival will once again celebrate the rich diversity of artistic expression, cultural activities and heritage within the historic village of Carshalton, South London.

This will be the third year of an extraordinary arts event that has something for everyone, from children and families to the serious art collector; all on an art trail that includes artists studios, galleries, historic buildings, free workshops, demonstrations and even a pig trail!

There will be 60 carefully selected artists in 25 locations, displaying professional produced and affordably priced artwork. These artists will not only show their work, but will also create opportunities for free demonstrations at many venues across the event. The Stonecourt building on the edge of Grove Park and Oaks Park Studios in Carshalton Beeches will be two of these venues, with demonstrations, puppet shows and storytelling creating a festival atmosphere at both venues. You can join in further by following the Pig Trail. Many of the artists will be decorating ceramic Pigs, displaying them at locations for the public to win in raffles, with all proceeds going towards the Mayor of Sutton charity.

This year brings a special collaboration with Sutton Museums and Heritage and local schools, to celebrate the work of Carshalton Arts and Crafts artist Frank Dickinson. Dickinson’s stunning, self built, Little Holland House in Carshalton Beeches will be open for all four days of the CAOS festival and local schools are busy producing their own Dickinson inspired artwork to be displayed across Carshalton. There will also be specialist workshops in printmaking, run by local artist Jackie Smith, that use the house and its contents as its inspiration. Sutton Museums and Heritage will also embrace the CAOS at Honeywood Museum in the centre of Carshalton for both weekends. Here professional artists will be displaying work, visitors will be able to follow an arts trail round the house and workshops will be run by local arts engagement specialists ‘Team Imagineers.’

If you want lively fun and artistic inspiration for all, then join in the CAOS. The Carshalton Artists Open Studios will run over the weekends of 22rd/23rd and 29th/30th June and details of the event can been found on their website: www.carshaltonartists.com. You can also follow the news on twitter, Facebook and Instagram by looking for Carshalton Artists.

Email: carshaltonartistsopenstudios@gmail.com

Web:  www.carshaltonartists.com

Twitter: @Carshalton_art

Instagram: www.instagram.com/carshaltonartists

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CarshaltonArts

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Major event offers chance to hear about experience of living with mental distress – book now “Chat to Change”

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Sutton Time to Change Hub (Community Action Sutton, Sutton Mental Health Foundation, London Borough of Sutton, Sutton 1 in 4 Network) have developed a really exciting programme of events to raise awareness around mental health and to challenge stigma and discrimination.

One of the key events is the ‘Chat to Change’ conference taking place on the 13th May at the Salvation Army.

The event will provide the opportunity for you to hear from people within the community talking about their experiences of living with mental health distress – these people are from a range of backgrounds and include local Councillors, CEO of a charity and people operating in peer support roles.

Through listening to other people’s journeys we are hoping to inspire people who are also living with mental health distress to see that it is not the only thing that should define who they are.

The conference will also provide an opportunity for us to collectively think about what more we can do as employers and community members to support people with mental health distress and to challenge stigma and discrimination.

“I really hope that you are able to attend this event – a good turnout will help to provide reassurance to people living with mental health distress that they are part of the community and that by chatting about the issues we face then change is possible,” said a spokesperson from Community Action Sutton.

“Please use the link here to book your place http://bit.ly/chattochange and please free to share this email within your networks

“We welcome people who live and work in Sutton – from local residents to those running organisations or managing teams.”

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Top comic Jimmy Carr brings his sold out performance to theatre in May

Comedian Jimmy Carr returns to Richmond in a now sold out performance of his new show TERRIBLY FUNNY. Audiences can expect jokes about all kinds of terrible things, terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo…

Richmond Box Office: 0844 871 7651* Website: atgtickets.com/Richmond*

In PAUL MERTON’S IMPRO CHUMS, Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton come together for an evening of mind-blowing improvisation. The collective improvisational experience embodied in the Chums is enough to stun an elephant and create a 5 star show. They flex their improvisational muscles ready to delight and entertain Richmond’s audience.

Follow the sad yet triumphant story of the Everly Brothers in WALK RIGHT BACK – THE EVERLY BROTHERS STORY. From their rise to fame, decade-long feud and glorious reunion, this magical evening features all their biggest hits including, Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dreamand Cathy’s Clown.

From the success of Remembering Fred in 2017 comes another uniquely brilliant show REMEMBERING THE MOVIES. Strictly Come Dancing’svery own Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara bring you a remarkable and star-studded rollercoaster ride through some of the most successful, Oscar-winning and most memorable movies of all time.

Two musical theatre masters, Jonathan Ansell (G4 frontman) and Jai McDowall (Britain’s Got Talent winner) join forces for LES MUSICALS.This vocally dynamic evening showcases even more smash hit songs from the greatest musicals of all time, brought to you by two of the world’s finest voices.

The comedy phenomenon podcast now comes alive on stage in THE GUILTY FEMINIST LIVE. With host Deborah Frances-White and guests,Felicity Ward, Rachel Parris, Kemah Bob and Jessie Robinson, the show explores the noble goals of 21st century feminists whilst confessingthe insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes which undermine those goals. Expect laughs, excitement, tears and spectacle as only The Guilty Feminist can provide. 

Following a sell-out show in 2018, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is back in LIVING DANGEROUSLY. Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph’s many ambitious endeavours have pushed his endurance levels to the very limits, inspiring generations and making his a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell.

Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter comes to Richmond for his highly anticipated new show FACING THE BEAST. Dubbed ‘a comedy of rare scope’ by The Times, Reginald’s searingly honest material will no doubt have audiences entertained from the outset.

The Chicago Blues Brothers set off on another musical conquest for 2019 in MOTOWN MISSION. With over 40 hits performed in this high octane party show including Blues Brothers classics and Motown anthems, don’t miss this award-winning show.

From the English National Ballet comes MY FIRST BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY, the perfect show to introduce kids (and adults!) to the magical world of ballet. Enjoy this classic fairy tale together in a new version created especially for children aged three and above. With narrations to help the young audience follow along and a shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, MY FIRST BALLET makes for a fantastic family day out.

Back in its fourth year running, the world’s official No.1 Eagles tribute THE ILLEGAL EAGLES promises yet another outstanding show. With their trademark prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship, enjoy it all along with all the classics including Hotel California, Take It To The Limit, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and more! This show is available to attend for review, please contact Julia Canavan (juliacanavan@theambassadors.com) to request press tickets.

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Carshalton Lavender project public Open weekend to be on July 27 and 28

Carshalton Lavender, an award-winning heritage community project, opens its gates to the public at its 20th Open Weekend on 27th and 28th July from 10am until 4pm both days. This popular community harvest, and London’s only Pick Your Own Lavender event, will be held at the three acre Carshalton Lavender field, which is part of the Stanley Road Allotment site behind the Day Centre on Oaks Way, SM5 4NQ. It can be reached from Stanley Park Road via Balfour Road. It is advisable to travel by public transport as parking in neighbouring residential roads is very limited: only disabled parking is available on site. For a map and full details of the event, visit our website www.carshaltonlavender.org.

As well as picking their own lavender, visitors will be able to enjoy hot food, visit stalls selling lavender related products, buy lavender plants and have aromatherapy and reflexology treatments from qualified practitioners. A charge is made for the picked lavender. The lavender harvest is an excellent opportunity for taking photos of friends and family in a beautiful outdoor setting. There will also be some activities for younger visitors and their families.

This weekend is the main opportunity for buying our Carshalton Heritage Lavender products, which contain our essential oil harvested from the field. We do not, and never have had, a shop, so take care not to confuse us with any commercial or retail sites using very similar names to ours. Apart from the Harvest Weekend, other ways of obtaining our products are noted on our website, where a small number of official stockists and producers who use our oil in their products are listed

Carshalton Lavender has been distilling its own lavender essential oil ever since the harvest events started, and have done this on the field since 2009. The still will be in operation over the weekend and there will be opportunities to see demonstrations of the distillation process.

In the early 1900s, blue fields of lavender could be seen all over Carshalton, Wallington, Mitcham, Waddon and Sutton. The Carshalton Lavender project aims to revive and maintain the heritage of this local lavender for future generations. The lavender plants grown on the field are all from cuttings taken from the lavender originally grown in the area. This is a unique feature of our field. The project is run solely by volunteers, and proceeds from this harvest event keep the project running from year to year. New volunteers are always welcome to join. See website for details.

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Carshalton’s Environmental Fair returns to Carshalton Park on August 26

Carshalton Environmental Fair 26th August

The Environmental Fair returns to Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road, Carshalton on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August from 10.30am to 8.00pm.

Whatever your age or interest, there is sure to be plenty that captures your imagination and makes you smile at this fantastic local fair. With so much to see, do, learn about and taste, this is the ideal day out for all the family. Children’s activities include: a cycle obstacle course; face painting; circus skills; crafts and other games. We present a range of local artistic talent including; the Main Stage showcasing local rock, pop and indie bands; the Music Café with acoustic folk, blues, country and more; and the Performing Arts Marquee which entertains with an eclectic selection of dance, music and entertainment.

You can browse among over 150 stalls selling artisan local crafts, with interactive demonstrations, environmental information and promotion of local groups/sustainability initiatives. The fair includes a Farmers’ Market offering tasty local produce. Try some yoga, or relax with a massage in the complementary health area.

For the first time this year the Fair will host a Clothes Swap. Visit the ‘Stitch To Wear’ Clothes Swap stall where you can swap up to 5 items of good condition adult clothing, bags, shoes and accessories in exchange for points. With those points you can pick items from the rails for just £1!

The fair boasts a great range of delicious catering, including vegan:. From Thai noodles to French crepes, jacket potatoes, Caribbean food, Indian Street food and more. Savour quality beer at our bar by The Craft Beer Man. Or relax at the Music Café with a cup of tea and slice of home made cake baked by the Women’s Institute. Don’t miss their special cream teas!

Children under 12 get FREE entrance, 12-16 year olds and concessions are £3, adults are £5. Family deal ticket of £15 for families with two adults and up to three teenagers under 17.

A special FREE bus service will bring you to the fair from all parts of the borough, so you can stay all day and take the bus home. Bus maps and timetables will be available before the event at local libraries and www.envfair.org.uk There are parking restrictions in the surrounding roads and we only have very limited parking onsite for those with disabilities who have blue badges. Or come by bike and bring a lock for the cycle parking area where Dr Bike will check your bike over – for free!

The event is organised by EcoLocal, a Carshalton based charity, which runs the fair with the help of over 100 volunteers, but we always need more! If you would like to help as a volunteer steward at the fair we will give you free fair entry and refreshments as well as a great day out. If you would like to help before the event too, email or phone us ASAP.

For further information visit www.envfair.org.uk facebook/envfair twitter@envfair 

Enquiries email: fair@ecolocal.org.uk or telephone 020 8404 1522


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Get your company greater protection sign up to Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams has had a spring clean and spruced up its website.

Scams cost the UK £5-10 billion every year, Friends Against Scams aims to tackle scams by raising awareness. Scams can take many forms such as postal, telephone, doorstep and email. Once someone responds to a scam, their details are sold onto other criminals and a cycle of victimisation starts. Would you notice if your relative fell victim to a scam?

Help to protect yourself and others by doing the free training on the new and improved website. Learn more about how to spot scams and sign up your company as a FAS organisation or register to become a Scam Champion or even a Scam Marshal!

#ScamAware

www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

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Watch out for window cleaner scam preying on vulnerable residents

Police have received reports of people knocking on doors posing as window cleaners in the Sutton South area, it has also been reported that on one occasion the scammers were able to gain entry in to a vulnerable resident’s home.

REMEMBER Trading Standards and the Police do not advise you to engage traders at the door and do not let anyone in to your home if you have the slightest concern.

If you require a trader why not use the London Age UK Business Directory open to all Sutton residents online www.aubdlondon.co.uk/ or by calling 0800 3345056