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Fantastic job opportunities to work in local schools

Fantastic new job opportunity from Orchard Hill College Academy Trust:

Lead Special
Support Assistant
– Student Support
and Intervention
Full-time, permanent
Salary: Scale 3/4, SP14-21. £16,692 – £18,709 per
annum including London Weighting Allowance;
(FTE £20,007- £22,425 per annum)
Term-time only
The Link Secondary School caters for pupils with
speech, language and communication difficulties,
many of whom are on the autistic spectrum.
Abilities are wide ranging, varying from pupils
who meet cognitive milestones to pupils with
complex needs.
At the Link, we are currently looking to recruit
a Lead Special Support Assistant for student
support and intervention. To be successful, you
will be self-motivated, with a genuine desire and
commitment to help children and young people
to fulfil their potential. In addition to the role of
Support Assistant, you will lead and manage tutor
time programmes to ensure a smooth, productive
and effective start for all students each day. Also,
you will be responsible for supporting aspects of
teaching and learning in school with appropriate
intervention work.
We offer a supportive learning environment for all
and a cohesive team ethos.
Officers x 2
The Link Secondary – Fixed Term
(Full Time – 36 hours per week, Term Time Only);
Salary: Scale 4/5, £17,242 – £20,857 per annum
including London Weighting Allowance;
(FTE: £20,667 – £24,999 per annum)
The Link Primary – Permanent Part time
(Part Time – 21 hours per week, Term Time Only);
Salary: Scale 4/5, £10,058 – £12,166 per annum
including London Weighting Allowance;
(FTE: £20,667 – £24,999 per annum)
We are steadily extending the reach of our
provision within our local communities from
primary through secondary to further education,
smoothing transitions and giving pupils and
students the benefit of expertise generated from
our collegiate approach to knowledge-sharing
amongst our staff. All of this is underpinned
by a suite of shared services whose expert
staff work closely with students and staff in
each school/College centre and with affiliates
and commissioning organisations to improve
educational and operational quality at every level
to benefit our students.
With strong administrative and organisational
skills, you will support the PA/School Secretary
in a range of administrative and office duties
providing effective and confidential comprehensive
administrative support in order to ensure the
smooth and efficient running of the school.

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New service launched in borough to help with crucial care decisions

A new care service has been launched for those who are facing the crucial decisions surrounding their own care or the care of relatives.
Encompass Living has been created to give support, advice and guidance  to try to ensure the best possible type of care is available and delivered.
And it starting by offering everyone who contacts Encompass Living a free assessment to identify what may be available to ensure the highest level of support.
“Whether a family member or you yourself need assistance with day to day living, or full time care we have the knowledge and networks to provide tailored, cost effective solutions that are right for your circumstances,” said a spokesperson.
Encompass Living can support you in making those important and right choices for you or your family member. This will enable you to stay in control over how your support is tailored. Encompass Living has the skills and knowledge of the local options available to help you make positive decisions, whether it’s choosing a care agency, a residential home or employing a personal assistant (carer).
Encompass Living can help you by:
 Planning care and support that will best meet your needs
 Finding the right care provider to meet your needs and preferences
 Arranging care for anyone looking to stay in a care home
 Negotiating the cost of your care and support with the provider
 Working with your care provider to address any concerns or complaints about the quality of the care you are getting
 Checking your invoices to make sure they accurately reflect the cost of the care and support against what has been provided
For full details of the services that Encompass Living can provide go to free assessment
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Uber licene will last for 15 months

Uber has been given permission for a 15 month licence to operate in London and the Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that this move justifies TfL decision to oppose the licence application previously.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I fully supported Transport for London’s decision not to renew Uber’s operating licence last September – I believe everyone must play by the same rules, no matter how big or powerful they are.

“After years of operating poorly in London, Uber has now accepted that TfL’s action in refusing to renew their licence was totally justified. Today our stance has been vindicated by the court.

“Uber has been put on probation – their 15 month licence has a clear set of conditions that TfL will thoroughly monitor and enforce.

“As a result of us standing up for Londoners, Uber has been forced to overhaul the way it operates not just in London but across the world, including completely changing its global governance structures and implementing new systems for reporting alleged crimes.

“As Mayor, I’m working to ensure that London continues to be at the forefront of innovation and a natural home for new and exciting companies. But no matter how powerful and how big you are, you must play by the rules.”

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London’s Assembly and Mayor oppose expansion of Heathrow airport

Following the outcome of the Commons Vote on Heathrow Expansion, Chairman of the London Assembly, Tony Arbour AM, said:

“The London Assembly unanimously opposes the expansion of Heathrow airport on the grounds of air pollution, noise and the health impact it will have on Londoners.

“Together with the Mayor we shall seek to overturn this calamitous decision, which can only increase the environmental harm that the airport already creates.”

This follows a previous statement from London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan that if the vote was to go ahead he would support legal action.

At Mayor’s Question Time recently he reiterated his opposition to the Government’s decision to back Heathrow expansion and highlighted the many obstacles in the way, including significant environmental and noise impacts that a third runway would have on Londoners’ lives, as well as concerns about funding necessary transport improvements.

This announcement builds on his previous support for the joint legal challenge by the affected borough councils – Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead Councils. To date, TfL have provided valuable technical support to the local councils, which Hammersmith and Fulham Council recently indicated they would join.

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Now there is a chance for a community conversation

Community Conversation is a space to explore and have dialogue around topics such as young people, mental health, lived experience, shared decision-making/co-production and community values. It is envisaged that this will become a useful resource for young people and professionals alike.

Check out the short introduction video

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Range of organisations to create dementia “pop up” hubs across borough

A group of Sutton organisations have come together to create dementia pop up hubs for those living with dementia, their carers, and family & friends

Healthwatch Sutton, Age UK Sutton, Citizens Advice Sutton, Sutton Carers Centre, Alzheimers Society, Riverside Community Association Ltd and Admiral Nurses (Specialist Dementia Nurse’s) have launched dementia pop up hubs which will seek to help local residents who are living with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.

The hubs will provide an open and accessible space for local people to come and meet other people. Representatives from several organisations will be available at each pop up to provide information and advice. There will also be presentations at midday at each site on dementia related themes such as power of attorney.

All events are 11am—2pm

Sutton Carers Centre– MONDAY 23 JULY

Benhill house, 12-14 Benhill Avenue, Sutton SM1 4DA
Sutton Alzheimer’s Society – WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST

Pandora House, 41-45 Lind Road, Sutton SM1 4PP
Citizens Advice Sutton (WALLINGTON) – FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

68 Parkgate Road, Wallington SM6 0AH
Citizens Advice Sutton (SUTTON) – WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

Civic Offices/St. Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA

113 Culvers Ave, Carshalton SM5 2FJ

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Sutton police circulate warning about courier fraud

Sutton police has been asked to circulate the latest warnings around courier fraud

“The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud
from the public concerning courier fraud.

Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate
this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full
name and address.

“They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this
number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust
has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;
– Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are
– Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.
– A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to
help secure evidence.
Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing
foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who
will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier
appears genuine.
At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be
reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.
Courier Fraud
Your bank or the police will never:
– Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.
– Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect
cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.
Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic
Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name),
it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence
by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud
Stay in control
If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for

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Community groups to be invited to talk about extraordinary women

As part of “Open House London” and to mark the centenary of when women first gained the right to vote, The Friends of St Nicholas Churchyard in conjunction with St Nicholas Church will be hosting an exhibition and series of events celebrating the lives of some Extraordinary Women.

They would like to invite the Community Groups who serve the people of Sutton to participate in this by providing a speaker to give a short illustrated talk (or performance) on the theme of Extraordinary Women on any one of the days that the exhibition is open.

The theme can be interpreted any way that the speaker wishes.  A projector, screen and amplification are available and the talk/event/performance (about 30 minutes) could be structured in any way that the speaker wishes. It can be modern or historic, it could be a speech or it could be a performance.

The Exhibition will be open on these dates:
6-9 Sept.13-16 Sept. and 22-23 Sept.

Contact Jeff Richards if you have any question or would like to take part

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Participants wanted for discussion on cancer support and services


for a discussion on:

What people think about Cancer Support and Services”

Your opportunity to help influence Cancer support services in Sutton by meeting with the Clinical Commissioning Group, to help identify gaps in services and support.  

Thursday 5th July
Sutton Women’s Centre

3 Palmerston Road

Refreshments provided

Please contact Liz to confirm attendance on 0208 661 1991

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Borough’s faith forum holds latest meeting

The borough’s faith and belief forum which was established to raise awareness, increase knowledge and educate the community about the Faith and Belief sector has held its latest meeting.

There was a wide ranging discussion and it as agreed to look at some project work.

“We are pleased to say we will be holding another meeting as all in attendance agreed they would like to continue to meet.  The date of the next meeting is 26 September 2018 from  10:00 – 12:00 at Granfers Community Centre, 73-79 Oakhill Road, Sutton, SM1 3AA,” said a spokesperson

Click here to book your place at the next meeting.