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Debenhams names Sutton store as first location for SWEAT! gym partnership

Debenhams has named Sutton as the first site for its partnership with SWEAT! gyms as part of the department store’s strategy to deliver social shopping to customers.  Opening 10th September, the 17,575 sq. ft revolutionary gym will offer a friendly, group-oriented and performance driven environment to Sutton residents, fitted with state of the art exercise and health monitoring equipment.


The Sutton site will be the sixth gym in the ground-breaking fitness club’s chain and is the first to be sited within a shopping environment.  Offering a totally innovative gym experience which combines the best fitness Technogym equipment, immersive cinematic exercise activity and digital health check points, SWEAT! members will also be able to take advantage of assistance from friendly and welcoming personal trainers along with the latest in wearable performance tracking technology.


Operating at a fraction of the cost of other gym memberships, SWEAT! offers seven group exercise activities from virtual spinning and aerobics as well as core exercises that burn 1,000 calories per hour. Members can gain comprehensive feedback on their work outs through their personal digital “My Wellness” account which can then be shared on social media.


Additional benefits of the Sutton facility and Debenhams include cross promotions and incentives which build the more that members visit the gym.  Debenhams Sutton store manager, Martin Taylor says, “We are hugely excited to be selected as the first site to offer Sutton residents our first partnership with SWEAT! gyms. We are confident that customers will appreciate the opportunity to combine a work out, possible meet up with friends and convenient shopping trip all under one roof.”


Frank Reed, CEO of SWEAT! gyms says, “Our Sutton SWEAT! gym will not only provide a revolutionary experience to local fitness fanatics, it will also offer a friendly and welcoming environment to those returning to fitness, with an encouraging and highly social atmosphere.  We anticipate the site will attract members who will visit the facility 3-4 times per week by creating both innovative fitness experiences and a social meeting place, rewarding loyal customers for improving their fitness levels and lifestyle.”


Memberships to the Sutton SWEAT! gym will open from on 10th September 2018 with prices starting from £18.99. To find out more about SWEAT! gyms and pre-register visit A limited number of memberships are available at a discounted pre-launch rate.

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Homeless photographers produce exhibtion

In June 100 disposable Fujifilm cameras were handed out to rough sleepers, sofa surfers and other people affected by homelessness at St Paul’s Cathedral. Five days later the cameras were returned and the film developed with incredible results.

The photographers in the MyLondon Photo Project exhibition have all experienced homelessness. The goal of the project was to focus on what they love about London. The exhibition opens in Spitalfields Arts Market, Brushfield Street, on Monday 30 July and is up for 7 days and every photo is for sale, earning money for rough sleepers, sofa surfers and other people who have experienced homelessness.

Twenty photos were chosen as finalists and are voted on by the public to get a chance of getting into the 2019 MyLondon calendar. More than 200 other photos are in the exhibition as every participant was asked to choose their best photos to exhibit.

The MyLondon Photo Project is run by Cafe Art, a social enterprise. Every photo is for sale and the money raised will go to the photographers and to fund more art projects for people affected by homelessness – getting people into employment.

In June 100 disposable Fujifilm cameras were handed out to rough sleepers, sofa surfers and other people affected by homelessness at St Paul’s Cathedral. Five days later the cameras were returned and the film developed with incredible results.

The project is now in it’s sixth year and participants in the project have earned more than £150,000 from selling their photos and the annual MyLondon calendar. The winners of this year’s exhibition, as chosen by public vote, will go into the 2019 MyLondon calendar in October.

The Royal Photographic Society has supported the project since 2013 and the executive director Dr Michael Pritchard said: “Café Art has found an innovative way to use photography to support and empower the homeless to change their own lives for the better”.

Paul Ryan from Cafe Art said: “The project has been very successful in helping give participants a sense of self worth. By giving them confidence they are able to go further. The project has inspired other projects around the world and we have connected Fujifilm with partner projects in many cities, including Budapest, Sydney, New Orleans and Toronto. This year we helped set up MyBrighton & Hove and their calendar will launch at the same time as our one in October.”

The exhibition in Spitalfields Arts Market is funded by Tower Hamlets council.

The exhibition runs from Monday 30 July to Sunday 5 August in Spitalfields Arts Market from 10am to 5pm. The market is also providing space for artists who have been homeless and they are being mentored by regular market traders next week.

You can see the 20 photos from this year’s project on

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Get along to TaZZa Coffee shop and find out about great volunteering opportunities

Volunteer Centre Sutton is holding a drop in session at TaZZa Coffee Shop (188 High Street, SM1 1NR) on Monday 30th July from 10am to 12pm. One of our members of staff, Claire will be at TaZza all morning and available to chat to any members of the public who are interested in volunteering in the borough. Volunteer Centre Sutton is the borough’s hub for volunteering and we work with hundreds of local organisations and charities helping them to find volunteers.

These have promoted this through our social media channels in partnership with our generous hosts at TaZza Coffee.

Our channels:

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Fantastic range of events at Riverside centre

Activities & Events – Summer 2018
We have a busy summer ahead. These are just some of the activities planned.
Our full calendar can be viewed here:
Coming soon – our new project for Skateboarding and Scootering!
Our On The Street project
will be out in the community
three times per week this summer
working with 11-19 year olds.
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Free rewards app encourages sustainable travel around borough

Sutton Council has launched a free rewards app to encourage residents to be more active and travel sustainably in the borough to help improve air quality.

Run in partnership with an organisation called BetterPoints, residents can download the app and track their sustainable activity and travel using a smartphone. Points are earned for walking, cycling, running, scooting or even taking the bus.

BetterPoints can be converted to vouchers to spend in local shops, restaurants or even donated to a charity.

Over the school summer holidays the app will feature a treasure hunt, encouraging families to get out and active in Sutton’s parks.

To download the app and for more information visit the BetterPoints website.

The app is the winning solution to the council’s Smart Place challenge which aims to raise people’s awareness of their impact on air quality and encourage them to change their behaviour. Smart Place is about finding innovative solutions, including the use of digital technology, to improve the lives of people in the borough. For more information on Smart Place click here.

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Great opportunity for borough’s women in business

The prestigious five-star venue Sofitel St James London was the suitably appropriate venue for the introduction of the inaugural National Business Women’s Awards, on Tuesday 17th July 2018.

Launched by Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women & Equalities, the awards are a celebration of the very best Women in business from across the UK. Unusually these awards cover every aspect of business from a sole trader to the very elite in the corporate world. This allows every deserving candidate the opportunity to share their experiences and successes at an illustrious awards ceremony at Wembley Stadium in December, home of course to many winners.

Speaking on behalf of the awards organisers, Charlotte Prosser said “Over the last few years we have been inundated with entries from women across all our awards and so it was right and inevitable that a quality completion was opened to celebrate their success.”

There are 14 categories to choose from and candidates can enter up to 3 categories. Businesses can enter at WWW.NBWAWARDS.CO.UK and entries close on 13th September 2018.

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New marriage room opened at Sutton’s register office

Couples tying the knot can now share their big day with a larger group of friends and family thanks to a new marriage room at Sutton’s register office.

The newly built garden room at the historic property known as Russettings, in Worcester Road, provides space for up to 90 guests in a contemporary setting. Bi-folding doors can be opened up to lead straight out onto a terrace and garden.

The modern space can also be used as a conference facility and perfectly complements the traditional Drawing Room at Russettings which is newly redecorated and provides space for up to 30 wedding guests.

The Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Steve Cook, formally unveiled the new facilities at a ceremony held on 17 July attended by guests including council members.

Cllr Cook said: “Russetings is already a beautiful setting for couples to celebrate their special day. The new garden room provides a bright and airy space which I am sure will be very popular.”

Russettings was built in 1899 at 25 Worcester Road in the Arts and Crafts style. It was originally occupied by George Smith and his wife Mary, who was the sister of local benefactor Thomas Wall. Original period features include gabled roofs, large chimneys, bay windows, a green copper dome and a porch with a tiled roof and marble floor.

The house became Sutton Register Office when the London Borough of Sutton was formed in 1965. It was last refurbished in 1994.

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Tackling domestic abuse is urgent priority, say Sutton Plan partners

A major new report published today based on a survey of local residents reveals the public perception of domestic abuse and the urgent need to tackle it.

Last year in Sutton, domestic abuse accounted for more than a third of incidents of violence resulting in injury (467 out of 1,242)** and Sutton had the twelfth highest number of reports of domestic violence per 1,000 people out of the 32 London boroughs.

The survey of 270 local residents conducted by Sutton Council in December 2017 revealed:

  • 96 per cent said they were familiar with the concept of domestic abuse.

  • Women were more likely to say they were familiar with domestic abuse.

  • Nearly two thirds said domestic abuse was a problem in Sutton.

  • 55 per cent said they would feel comfortable discussing concerns about domestic abuse with friends, 46 per cent with family, 18 per cent with neighbours.

  • 44 per cent would know where to go if they needed help from domestic abuse services.

  • 37 per cent would know where to go if they were concerned about their own behaviour.

  • Fear of making things worse was the top reason given as a barrier to seeking support, followed by uncertainty of what would happen to children.

Many incidents of domestic abuse are not reported to police. The estimated number of victims is thought to be much higher than the number of incidents and crimes recorded.

Domestic abuse has been identified as an urgent policy priority of The Sutton Plan, a partnership of 23 local public, private and voluntary organisations. The Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme has been launched in Sutton, with £1.25 million being invested over three years to improve awareness and services relating to domestic abuse, including early intervention and prevention, such as working with schools.

The survey’s findings are now being used alongside the findings of an independent review of local services to improve the services Sutton provides and the support offered to address issues of domestic abuse over the next two years.

Its aims are:

  • People affected by domestic abuse will feel empowered to come forward early, knowing there is safe and effective support in place.

  • Perpetrators will be held to account, managed effectively and supported to make lasting change.

  • All public services will be working together with the community to prevent domestic abuse from happening.

  • Domestic abuse will in the long term be significantly reduced.

The Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme is a partnership involving Epsom and St Helier hospitals, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police Service, Primary and Secondary School Headteachers, Community Action Sutton (on behalf of the voluntary sector), Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group, Sutton Council and Sutton Housing Partnership, working together to reduce domestic abuse in the borough.

Click below for:

Sutton domestic abuse research report


Campaign website:

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Healthwacth Sutton announces its annual meeting

Healthwatch Sutton will be hosting its annual general meeting 26th July 20181pm – 2:30pm at Granfers Community Centre, SM1 3AA.

Throughtout the event the group will be reflecting on the year and looking at highlights.

If you would like to attend please click the button below to sign up. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you have any queries about the meeting you can contact us at

To book you ticket go to MEETING

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MP Tom visits veterans mental health charity

Tom Brake MP visited veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress to find out how former servicemen and women are supported to overcome trauma-related mental health problems.
At the charity’s head office and treatment centre in Leatherhead, Mr Brake met Chief Executive Sue Freeth and Coulsdon veteran Tom Fox.
They spoke about the issue of veterans’ mental health, its impact on their families, and of the different support and treatment programmes Combat Stress provides to former servicemen and women.
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
“It was a real pleasure to meet with local veteran Tom and the Combat Stress team. I was pleased that he was able to share with me the impact on him of serving our country overseas and his life since.
“Combat Stress is a brilliant charity who have been helping former servicemen and women deal with mental health problems for nearly 100 years.
“They provide effective peer-to-peer support, giving veterans the help they need from people who have a very real idea of what they are going through — as well as support from experienced professionals.”