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SV TV (Episode #4)

David Blackmore, Hannah Jackson and Emma Dempsey are at Sutton Volunteer Centre for September’s episode of SV TV. Watch David interview Sutton’s Member of Youth Parliament, Ethan Smith, and Hannah catch up with Councillor Jayne McCoy, chair of the housing, economy and business committee at Sutton Council as well as the latest good news headlines from around the London Borough of Sutton with Emma Dempsey. Continue reading SV TV (Episode #4)

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National Apprenticeship Week to take place in March

All of those who have interests in apprenticeships will have a focus for their activities with the National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2016) which is due to take place from 14th-18th March 2016.

The week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 is all about ‘rising to the top’.
Apprenticeships – key facts:
1,000 businesses are now involved in designing the new apprenticeship standards
1,500 different apprenticeships on offer in more than 170 industries
the government invested £1.5bn in apprenticeships in 2013 to 2014
businesses report an average increase in productivity by £214 a week when they hire apprentices

If you would like to get involved follow the site where toolkits and resources will be posted. Also more information is available at APPRENTICE

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Kew Gardens can help your community group transform a space

Sutton community groups can make communal spaces brighter thanks to a Kew Gardens initiative.

Kew Gardens, with the assistance of money from the Lottery, is making thousands of packs of wild seeds available for free, to encourage groups and communities to get together and make their communal spaces brighter and more colourful. This great free offer which could help to transform a local green space. The registration deadline is 14 February 2016.

Join 25,000 people in the UK’s biggest ever wild flower campaign by sharing Grow Wild seed kits with groups where you live. We have thousands of free seed kits available.

Each kit has seed to transform up to 10 square metres, so please share these packets to transform any space – from balconies to old boots, streets to boxes and buckets.


For more details on this initiative go to SEEDS 

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Topps Tiles could help with vouchers to transform a space

Do you need to improve or transform your community space? Topps Tiles are offering a top prize of £2,000 in vouchers to a community group in their Tile Transformations competition. To enter simply take a photo of the venue and upload it on the Topps Tiles Transformation site with information about what you plan to do. There is no charge to enter.

For more information go to TILES

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Sutton young people’s career fair to take place next week

Carshalton College will host the annual London Borough of Sutton Young People’s Careers Fair on Wednesday 3 February. During the fair Sutton Council’s Education Business Partnership and partner organisations will provide essential impartial advice and information about getting into employment, education and training.

The fair is for young people aged between 15-24 and who are looking to make their next steps in the world of work. They will be able to learn about current vacancies and different pathways, find out how they can apply for apprenticeship programmes, and get help writing an effective CV.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy & Business Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We’re committed to giving young people in the borough all the opportunities we can to help them get on the job ladder and making sure they have the best possible chances in life. From advice on writing CVs to interview techniques, the event aims to show our youth that the future is what they make of it.

“The LBS Careers Fair not only gives young people the tools they need to succeed in the job market, it’s also a great chance for employers to come and meet some of our talented young people in Sutton.”

Previous careers fairs have resulted in some real positive stories of young job-seekers being given an opportunity to succeed. In 2015, Chelsea Hersey started a trial role at Sutton-based Champion Timber.

Chelsea Hersey said:

“I attended the careers fair at Carshalton College and met the Champion Timber team. They explained what roles they had at their branches and it sounded like a great company to work for.

“Since joining them, I have worked at their New Malden and Sutton branches and have progressed from Yard Sales into a Trainee Desk Sales role. I enjoy the variety of the work, the customers I meet, working in the team environment, the salary, and coming into work every day.”

The careers fair is also a fantastic chance for local employers to identify and meet talented local young people and find out more about what they can offer as employees.

Stephanie Boughtflower, HR Manager at Champion Timber, said:

“During the day Chelsea enquired as to whether we had any opportunities that would enable her to get into employment within our organisation but was concerned as she didn’t have any relevant work experience. We were all very impressed with Chelsea and her can-do attitude, and offered her a trial position at New Malden Branch.

“Chelsea was an instant success and is an asset to her colleagues. In less than a year Chelsea has been successful in obtaining a promotion to our Sutton branch as a trainee Desk Sales Assistant.”

The LBS Careers Fair takes place on Wednesday 3 February at the Pulse Centre, Carshalton College, Carshalton and runs from 1.30pm through to 5.30pm. For more information please contact Chris Jones or the team at Sutton Education Business Partnership on 020 8770 6962.

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Sutton making steady progress towards sustainability targets

Sutton Council is continuing to make steady progress in ensuring the borough meets its environmental, social and economic sustainability targets. The One Planet Sutton Progress Report for 2014-15 published today (Wednesday) shows the council is continuing to meet key priority targets under five themes:
Cutting carbon emissions
Cutting waste
Valuing our natural environment
Supporting healthy communities
Supporting the local economy

The 24-page progress report says that of Sutton’s 32 targets, 21 targets have been exceeded, met or are on target to be met, seven are not on target and the remaining four targets do not apply to 2014-15.

Key target findings are:

Cutting carbon emissions
The council’s Carbon Management Plan has saved the council an estimated £1.9m in energy costs since 2010-11.

Cutting waste
Total household waste in the borough has decreased since the baseline from 77,045 tonnes in 2009-10 to 73,350 tonnes in 2014-15, representing a 4.8 per cent decrease. This is above the national average of 2 per cent waste reduction per household.
Valuing our natural environment
The Sutton Food Forum was formed in December 2014 to drive delivery of local and sustainable food targets. The Sutton Food Forum has achieved Sustainable Food Cities Status and Sutton is one of only seven London boroughs to have achieved this standard.
During 2014-15 a number of improvement projects were undertaken along the River Wandle to enhance habitats and biodiversity, and reduce river pollution, including a Silt n SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) project in Hackbridge to alleviate flooding.
Supporting healthy communities
During autumn 2014 the council and its partners ran 47 free One Planet Sutton-themed events across 20 venues as part of the Imagine Festival 2014.
Fourteen parks across the borough have outdoor gyms, nine of which were installed in 2014. These outdoor gyms give adults access to free exercise equipment aimed at all levels of fitness and deliver health improvements.
In March 2015 a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid for £1.52m was submitted to improve Whitehall Museum in Cheam and bring the heritage of Whitehall to life in the community.
Supporting the local economy
Opportunity Sutton, Sutton Council’s economic development arm, has attracted £330m investment into the borough and has contributed to the continued positive progress towards the Supporting the Local Economy targets.
On 1 April 2014 the council commenced payment of the London Living Wage for all employees, recognising the minimum income required for employees to meet their basic living needs.
However, the One Planet targets are ambitious and there are short- and medium-term goals of 2017 and 2025 respectively. Although all goals may not be reached by 2017, the overarching aim is for Sutton to become a One Planet Borough by 2025.

For example, while between 2007 and 2013 there was a 14.4 per cent reduction in CO2, which is on track to meet the 20 per cent target by 2017, the council has only been able to reduce carbon emissions from council buildings by 15 per cent between 2010/11 and 2014/2015 when the target was 50 per cent.

This is mainly because of an increase in the use of more CO2 intensive fuels by the UK power grid, however overall Sutton has the third lowest CO2 emissions out of the 32 London boroughs.

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

“Sutton prides itself on being a green borough and I am delighted we are meeting the majority of the One Planet Sutton targets. We are one of the best London council’s for low carbon emissions and our carbon management plan has saved £1.9m in energy costs over the past five years.

“There is no question that these targets are ambitious, and the work to meet them is made even harder in the current financial climate where our budgets are being cut by government.

“However, we will continue to look for ways to innovate and improve our performance and the One Planet Sutton report is a useful guide to benchmark where we are and see which areas we are succeeding in and which require more work by the council and our partners.”

The council committed to One Planet Living in 2009, creating a set of challenging sustainability targets to enable Sutton to become a One Planet Borough by 2025. But targets have twice been revised since 2009 to reflect changes in national policy and funding to local government.

Over the coming year Sutton will continue to deliver a wide variety of projects to help the borough meet its One Planet Sutton targets. These include the start of renovation of Whitehall Museum to make it into a historical and cultural hub, holding recycling roadshows and workshops across the borough, and continue progress towards creating a low-carbon energy network.

The One Planet Sutton report can be found at ONE PLANET here.