A Friend is leaving after nearly 10 years with us.

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we have a couple of things that might interest you coming to us for August

a couple of things that might interest you in August

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Some Of Our Summer Activities

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Free Training

There are a few places still available for our new courses .
Why not pop in for details.

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Volunteer of the Month: Yosief Tewolde

Yosief is a published author who now volunteers at the New Horizon Centre. He has been trying to improve himself through volunteering. Yosief has been volunteering at Commonside for over 4 years now as a safety advisor. He researches best practices to make sure everything at Commonside runs smoothly. Yosief’s favorite thing about Commonside is how helpful the staff are. He wants to volunteer as much as he can, and the staff are always finding ways to let him.

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Volunteer of the Month: Maureen Middleton

Maureen is 72 years old from Norbury. She and her husband used to come to the New Horizon Centre for lunch, and now she spends her free time volunteering.  Maureen has been volunteering at Commonside since last June. She will spend four to five days per week working at the New Horizon Centre. She volunteers in the kitchen, cooking for the lunch club, as well as the cafe. Maureen’s favorite part of Commonside is its people. Commonside is a big family to Maureen. She says they are all nice, helpful people.

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Andy Hodge Leaving

Commonside Staff

As some of you may know, Andy Hodge will be leaving Commonside this month after more than a decade of what started as a ‘temporary job’ at the Pollards Hill Community Association. Together we have been through some major and minor ups and downs and held the good ship Commonside on course through some very choppy waters. He has been a stalwart at the Commonside Trust with a stock of curious tales and a very kind heart. None of us know anyone with such a rich knowledge of local history, jokes, facilities management and personal contacts and he will be sorely missed.

To mark his departure we are holding a party here at the Commonside Trust, starting in the afternoon of 19th December and finishing sometime in the evening.

You are all very welcome to call in to the New Horizon Centre any time from 2pm onwards to say goodbye and wish Andy well.

Please do pass on this invitation to anyone who has known and worked with Andy in Merton over the years.
There are so many I am not sure where to start.

Best Wishes

Naomi Martin
Commonside Trust

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Root7 – Corporate Volunterring

Root7 Volunteering A number of local businesses help Commonside where they can, one of them is Root7 and recently their work was recognised by winning a Team London volunteering award.

Robert Innes from Root7 had this to say:
‘When Naomi told us she had nominated us for the corporate volunteering award from Team London, we were very flattered, but thought that there was little chance that a small business from South London would win the award.

So we were very suprised and overjoyed when our name was called out on the night.
We went on to have a cracking evening with Shari and Andy as we celebrated the win. We think that businesses have an important role to play in the community, and the partnership we have with Commonside is something we consider important as part of our company ethos.
I would like to thank everyone at Commonside for all the work they do, and for the nomination and recognition of the value of our partnership.’

If you are a business and you want to help out Commonside then please get in touch here

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Get Involved at The New Horizon Centre

At the New Horizon Centre there are activities, throughout the week, for all ages and abilities. Check out our What’s On section or call us for more details on 020 8764 9582.

Whats on at Commonside

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Foodcycle Merton – What Have We Been Up To?

Food Cycle

Hello Merton FoodCyclers! Find out what the Merton hub have been up to!

Merton Foodcycle Volunteering

What a cook!

On Wednesday 21st September, FoodCycle Merton held its first cook, and it was a great success!

We collected surplus from Sainsburys in Colliers Wood as a special one-off donation, and we were also donated dryastore ingredients by United Living, which we made good use of when we got to work in the kitchen at the New Horizons Centre.

Volunteering Merton Foodcycle

Merton guests Florette and Councillor Joan with our lovely volunteer Shari


So what did we make?

Our lovely team of volunteers cooked a delicious menu of:
• Root Vegetable soup
• Cheesy vegetable crumble with rainbow slaw
• Fruit salad

Our guests loved the meal and we had some special visitors including local councillor Joan Henry.

Despite a few challenges, the team worked brilliantly together and thought on their feet. We even managed to get the meal ready ahead of schedule and were able to supply some surplus for the bingo night in the centre later that day.

Let’s do it again!

Big thanks go to the team at New Horizons who got stuck in and helped us get the meal cooked and to Sainsburys Colliers Wood and United Living for helping with the surplus.

We will be holding another Wednesday lunchtime event at the Merton hub soon and will let you all know about this as soon as the details are finalised. If you would like to get involved, please email us.

Keep your eyes open for more news from us!

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