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Rapid testing services run by Spectra across south and west London

Spectra CIC runs free rapid HIV testing services across west and south London for women, men who have sex with men (MSM), LGBTQ communities and people from Black or other ethnic minority backgrounds.

It’s mission remains to improve the health and well-being of diverse and often marginalised communities by empowering individuals to make positive, informed choices about their health and overall wellbeing.

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Want to work with organisations and carry out independent examinations?

Do you want to work with voluntary and community organisations to carry out Independent Examinations?

Would you be able to provide advice and support to voluntary and community sector organisations?

Then we want you …  We are looking for a qualified Accountant to join our team here at Sutton CVS.

Hours: 21 hrs per week
Contract: Two years
Salary:  £33,500.00 (pro-rata 21 hours)

We are an innovative and well-respected local infrastructure support agency with a long track record of providing quality services to voluntary and community organisations in the London Borough of Sutton.

We are looking to recruit a qualified Accountant who is familiar with a range of accountancy software packages. You will have the skills to support others (one to one and through workshops) and to advise on good financial management and control.

Interested why not apply today…

Job Description & Person Specification
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Unfortunately we do not accept CV’s for this position.

Closing date:   9.00am on Wednesday 2nd May 2017
Interview date: Wednesday 17th May 2017

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Arts Network details its exhibtion plans

Arts Network Sutton has outlined its current plans for its arts exhibtions in 2017.

“Between March 14th and 26th, we held our Youth Art Exhibition at the Europa Gallery which was an enormous success. The quality of the work was as high as it’s ever been – if not higher – and the students and teachers at the 13 schools that took part deserve great praise for all their hard work,”said a spokesperson.

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Great British Tennis Weekend at Sutton Tennis Academy

Better, Sutton Tennis Academy are delighted to announce that they will be hosting their very own Great British Tennis Weekend event on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May.

There will be structured matches, competitions and fun activities for everyone to get involved. So whether you are completely new to tennis, want to introduce your child to the sport or rediscovering your love for the game, they have something for you.

More details can be found here

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Counci leader to open Emmaus store in Wallington

Leader of Sutton Council Ruth Dombey is to officially open the latest store of Emmaus in Stafford Road, Wallington on May 24.

Emmaus (pronounced em-MAY-us) is a homelessness charity with a difference. It doesn’t just give people a bed for the night; it offers a home, meaningful work and a sense of belonging.

“For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless,” said a spokesperson.

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please don’t use the F – Word

Following an acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON’T USE THE F-WORD will embark on a UK tour from April 2017, stopping at Richmond Theatre from Mon 8 – Sat 13 May. Alistair Beaton’s provocative new comedy takes us to an idyllic English village threatened by an energy company intent on drilling for shale gas.

Anne Reid plays Elizabeth, a retired academic who finds herself transformed from obedient citizen to angry protestor. While her increasingly grumpy husband (James Bolam) longs for the quiet life, Elizabeth soars to fame via social media. Desperate to get planning permission, hard-nosed PR men team up with a corrupt local councillor to persuade the villagers that fracking is good. Elizabeth’s having none of it, and mounts the barricades.

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Fantastic Wise and Well Event to be staged in May

Wise & Well event poster A4-page-001A fantastic older persons Wise & Well Event is being staged at the Salvation Army on Monday May 8.

The event promoted by Sutton Housing Partnership is offering all of its visitors the opportunity to: Be inspired, be informed, Be happy, be healthy.

Enjoy a range of fun activities including dancing, musical bingo & quizzes (with great prizes to be
Presentations & talks on looking after your mental health, personal safety and fire awareness from Age UK Sutton, the Met Police and London Fire Brigade.
Information & advice on a range of topics from health and wellbeing to saving money on energy bills, as well as free IT taster sessions.

Details :
Monday 8 May
10.00am – 12.30pm
Sutton Salvation Army
45 Benhill Avenue
Sutton SM1 4DD
Call: 020 8915 2000.

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Mayor of London launches new police unit to combat online hate crime

992_496_mayor_6369_may2016-1The Mayor of London,has launched a new police unit – the first of its kind in the UK – to help tackle online hate crime and improve support for victims across the capital.

Five dedicated Met police officers, led by a Detective Inspector, make up the new Online Hate Crime Hub, which aims to improve the police response to online hate by gathering intelligence, improving understanding and testing new investigation methods.

Working with community groups, social media organisations, academic hate crime specialists and criminal justice partners, these specially recruited and trained officers will help to identify, prevent and investigate these crimes, including abuse on Twitter and Facebook.


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “We know hate crime has a huge impact on those who experience it, and that online hate, where abusers mistakenly believe they are hidden behind a screen, can be particularly damaging.

“The Online Hate Crime Hub will work with community experts to develop the police’s understanding of online hate, helping officers tackle it more effectively and improving services for victims. We need to encourage more victims to report incidents, and explore new ways of  identifying, preventing and challenging hate crime in all forms.”

Whilst between two and five per cent of hate crimes reported to the Met are online, community organisations suggest the number of offences may be much higher. Jewish organisation, Community Security Trust, cites 20 per cent, suggesting these incidents are significantly under-reported* and Tell MAMA, which measures Islamaphobic hate nationally, estimates that over 70 per cent of the reports it receives are about online hate. A key aim of the Online Hate Crime Hub is to build a stronger evidence base and better understanding of the scope, nature and scale of online hate, in order to tackle it.


Once an online hate crime has been reported, it will be automatically referred to the Hub, which will provide referrals to specialist victim support partners and work with the relevant borough officers to carry out a thorough investigation. Discussions are also underway between MOPAC, Stop Hate UK and leading social media companies to develop appropriate online sanctions for perpetrators of online hate, where there is evidence of significant harm to victims.


Victoria Wright, a London-based disability and disfigurement rights campaigner who has experienced online hate, spoke at today’s summit. She said: “As a woman with a severe facial disfigurement, I’ve often found myself subjected to horrendous online abuse because of my disability. It has, at times, been so awful that I’ve been left fearful for my physical safety too, and I know that I’m not alone in this experience. It’s vital that those of us who are victims of online hate crime receive a robust response from the police as well as being better supported by social media companies. The Online Hate Crime Hub is a much needed initiative that will make a real difference, both in helping people to feel protected and reducing this type of crime in the first place.”

The Hub has been granted £452,000 by the Home Office Police Innovation Fund, with the remainder of funding coming from MOPAC and the Met. It has been welcomed by partners including the Ministry of Justice, the National Police Chiefs Council, London Councils and DEMOS, a cross-party think tank which researches online abuse.

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Samantha is complimented when you say she looks like death warmed up


Tell Samantha Womack that she looks like death warmed up and these days, she’ll take it as a compliment – it means she’s got her make-up right. Because if meeting a watery demise earlier this year in EastEnders wasn’t enough, Samantha’s latest project also sees her dabbling with death as she tours in the British and Irish premiere of the Broadway hit musical The Addams Family, playing Morticia Addams, the monster mum of a family of ghouls.
The Addams Family is based on the cartoons of Charles Addams. First published in The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s, the subsequent TV series spawned several spin-off shows, movies and books.
Now the show has made its way across the pond, but Samantha, whose career includes leading roles in South Pacific and Guys and Dolls, admitted that the idea of doing another musical at this point in time wasn’t high on her ‘to do’ list.
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