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Sutton Women’s Centre are continuing to support women during the Covid-19 pandemic

Support includes:

  • Online Freedom Programme
  • Free telephone counselling
  • Free online counselling
  • Online Art for Wellbeing Classes – Anna is running her popular classes online. 
  • Free Weekly Wellness Workout with Adore via Zoom
  • Why do I feel like this? – New sessions via Zoom from Linda Wood
  • Dramabuds sessions at Sutton Women’s Centre over the summer
  • Summer play and learn sessions for families who speak another language
  • Relaxation and Mediation sessions – starting in September

Contact us on 0208 661 1991 or info@suttonwomen.co.uk for more information.

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Urgent appeal for volunteers needed for borough’s Covid response

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme – URGENT APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS 

The Volunteer Centre Sutton (VCS) is asking for help with recruiting for an exciting volunteering opportunity – The COVID Vaccination Programme that will be rolled out across Sutton in the coming months starting next week.  Volunteers are needed to help support those people who have been called for their vaccination.

 The Vaccination Programme will comprise many phases.  During this first phase, COVID-19 vaccines will be available for Sutton residents of the age of 80+.  

“As a volunteer, it would be wonderful if you could support the NHS efforts to get vulnerable residents in Sutton vaccinated. These are the roles that volunteers are needed for:

Lead Marshal: To manage the team of volunteers for a shift
Site Marshal: To provide guidance at the entrance and dedicated points at the vaccination site to ensure the safety of residents who have come for their vaccination.
Other roles will be available in the future and more information will be available when recruiting for them starts.  
Volunteering details
Volunteers are needed at an easily accessible location in Sutton – Tuesdays to Friday, at 7.45 am for a 8am start or 12.30pm starting on Wednesday, 16th December, broken into two shifts.  Volunteers will be told where to report in their induction pack. 

Each day will comprise of two shifts, however arrive a little earlier to collect equipment and sign in:Morning Shift: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Afternoon Shift: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
VCS are building a roster and need people urgently so if you are able to volunteer please use the online form on the link below. 
This form this will enable you to pick which day(s) and shift(s) you would like to volunteer for.https://forms.gle/ZPyiy1R4U5noQAY8A 
Once you have confirmed your interest and availability, we will send your induction details.  You will also receive an onsite induction where VCS staff will go through everything. Induction sessions will start on:Monday 14th December 12.30 to 1pm and 1pm to 1.30pmTuesday 15th December at 10 to 10.30 pm and 11 to 11.30 am.
Each Monday we will run induction sessions, 4 times per day. 
If you are available please fill in the form on the link above as quickly as possible.  VCS staff will be available to process your details asap and send you the induction pack. But don’t worry if you can’t make these dates as there will be other sessions. 
What is important is that you have registered that you are prepared to help. All volunteers will be required to wear high vis jacket and masks for safety, which will be supplied.  However, since these are roles that will take place outside, please wear your own jackets, hats and gloves, because the weather may be cold and wet.  Hot drinks and breaks will be provided.  
Next steps:
If you are interested in volunteering, please email info@vcsutton.org.uk for any questions or use the link https://forms.gle/ZPyiy1R4U5noQAY8A to register. 
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Six arrests and firearm seized after proactive operation in south west London

Six men have been arrested arrested and three knives and a firearm have been seized during a weekend operation targeting violent crime in south west London

Between Friday, 11 December and Sunday, 13 December, officers from the South West Violence Suppression Unit, the local neighbourhoods team, the Dog Support Unit, as well as Special Constables, took part in Operation Speicher, a proactive operation focused on cracking down on violence, drug supply and gang activity, particularly around the Mitcham area.

Officers deployed a range of tactics, including: weapons sweeps, arrest warrants, and used Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to detect and apprehend individuals using the local road networks to commit crime, in addition to patrolling violence hotspots.

In total, the operation resulted in:

  • Six men, aged between 19 and 35-years-old, arrested on suspicion of a range of offences, including: possession of a firearm, possession of a knife, possession with intent to supply, and driving while disqualified;
  • three knives seized;
  • one firearm recovered;
  • A quantity of class A and B drugs recovered, namely cocaine and cannabis.

Sergeant Tim Williers, of the South West Violence Suppression Unit, said: “Operation Speicher has led to some great results, with dangerous weapons being taken off the streets, which could have been used to seriously harm someone.

“Our work does not stop here – we will continue to conduct proactive operations like this to prevent further violent crime from happening in the area, as well as targeting the drivers of violence which we know include drug dealing.

“If you have any information about violent crime or those who might be involved, please contact us so we can take action and make the area in which you live safer.”

We would like to hear from anyone who has information about crime, those who carry a weapon, or those who exploit others for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk.

Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives. If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you will remain 100% anonymous – they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Alternatively, visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

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Dog thefts warning from Sutton police

Sutton police has issued a statement with regard to incidents of dogs being stolen.

We strongly encourage the communities in Sutton and across the South BCU to be mindful when exercising their pets.

“Due to the pandemic the market for dogs has seen an increase in demand. Unfortunately this demand has led to criminals taking advantage of the situation and targeting family pets as a way to make fast money.

We would encourage dog owners to be mindful of the following information:

Never leave your pet tied-up unattended, such as outside shops for example. Or unsupervised in your garden.

Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag when in a public place, as you are required to do by law. Include your surname, telephone number, address and full post code and if there’s room, put ‘microchipped’ on the tag if your dog has a chip. Ensure your dog can be permanently identified by its microchip. A microchip is helpful to identify your pet if it does become lost or stolen. Ask your vet to check your dog’s microchip every year to ensure your details are accurate and up-to-date. As the correct details on the Micro-chip are required to be kept up to date by law, since April 2016.

Keep all documentation relating to your dog(s) in a safe place. Include clear photos of front and side profiles of your dog. Make a note or take a picture of any unusual markings.

Be cautious when choosing someone who will care for your dog(s) while you are at work, in hospital or on holiday. Be clear about when the dog will be handed over and who will collect it.

Use a registered boarding kennel or professional dog carer with documentation to this effect unless you know someone who is trustworthy that will care for your dog in your absence.

Train your dog not to go out of your sight on walks. Use an extending lead if the dog does not comply. Vary your walk times and routes.

Walk in pairs with a family member or friend and try to stay in well-lit areas and to main roads. Beware of strangers who show interest in your dog: don’t give details about your dog.

Don’t allow strangers to have their photograph taken with your dog.

Ensure your garden or yard is secure. Check it regularly for wear and tear or gaps. It should keep your dog in and trespassers out. Keep your dog in view when it goes out into the garden, don’t leave it unattended. If you spot any suspicious behaviour or have any information about a stolen dog, you can report it to police on 101 or online https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/

If your dog is stolen then it’s vital to report it to police but also consider: Report to local authority – Sutton Council and notify your microchip database provider: https://www.sutton.gov.uk/…/1222/stray_and_lost_dogs Report to www.doglost.co.uk as they coordinate thefts for each county and offer advice and support.

Microchipping Dogs: As of 16th April 2016, it is compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped. If your dog isn’t microchipped and registered on an approved database then you could be served with a notice ordering you to microchip your dog.

You’ll have 21 days to do so or you may be liable to pay a £500 fine and could face criminal prosecution. If your contact details change and you don’t update your details on the database, then you could also receive a notice and may be liable to pay a fine of £500.

A dog is only exempt from being microchipped if a vet certifies in writing that they cannot be microchipped for health reasons.