Build Back Better – Webinars & Resources for Venues

Webinars and Connect & Learn Gatherings

At our first Connect & Share Zoom Gathering, aimed at Merton community venue managers and operators, we heard from John Merriman (Crown Lane Studios); Chris Roe (Cranleigh Tennis & Social Club) and Martin Lake (South Wimbledon Community Centre) who shared their respective stories in successfully adapting their venues and operations to Covid19.  Many other venues contributed their experiences and plans for the future which generated an engaging and insightful discussion.  A private link to the recording is available to members.  

Our webinar/roundtable discussion for venue members on Finance/Funding for Build Back Better took place at our AGM on 26 November 2020.  Please use the links below to download the Webinar flyer and guest speakers’ slides.  Access to the webinar recording is available on request.  

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Financial Sustainability Presentation
Merton Giving, Response, Resilience and Recovery Fund Presentation
Integrate Agency Overview

Re-opening & Build Back Better Webinar

We recently hosted our first webinar for Wimblecomm venue members and partners. The session was developed and facilitated in partnership with Cathy Varley, a consultant from the national charity, Locality.

Thank you to those who attended and shared their experiences to date. It was great seeing so many of you and hearing about your plans for re-opening and the positive action you are already taking in making your buildings Covid19 secure.   A recording of the webinar has been shared with all Wimblecomm members and post webinar support to help answer any questions not covered has been arranged.

Future webinars and web meetings to enable networking and sharing of best practice and resources will be set up over the coming weeks.  We are keen to hear from our members and partners about any specific issues they are facing that they would like support on.  After all, we are ‘all in this together’!


Please note the resources below were either shared or referenced in our webinar.  If you have any resources that you are happy to share on here, or with our members specifically, please get in touch on Email Susanne.

As always, we advise you to also visit the official government websites for any up-to-date and official guidance which is rapidly evolving in these unprecedented times. 

Locality Website 

Locality Online Resources

Locality Webinar Presentation Slides

Wimblecomm Webinar July 2020

Locality Re-opening Guidance & Checklist

Wimblecomm Webinar July 2020 Reopening Guidance for Members June 2020

Finance & Funding 

The new funding mentioned during the webinar is the Community Lead Organisations Recovery Scheme. The application windows go live from 28th July so still time for people to look into it and there’s a free webinar next Thursday for more information. All of the details are here: 

Power To Change Funding Information

Please visit the MVSC website for information on funding opportunities and other support available for Merton voluntary organisations.

Additionally, the Small Charities Coalition website hosts an excellent resource section, including webinar recordings covering Funding and Financial Management/Cashflow Management during COVID-19 and other topics. 

Government Advice 

Please click on the following link:

Government Guidance on Re-opening Community Facilities

Risk Assessment Templates

Risk Assessment Templates and Examples

Venue Members' Vlogs & Blogs

Naomi Martin from the Commonside Community Development Trust/New Horizon Centre shares her thoughts on re-opening the New Horizon Centre after the first Lockdown; and a more recent update on the challenges and opportunities she and her team are facing.

If you are happy to share your experiences and thoughts on re-opening and building back better in Merton, please get in touch by Email Susanne.

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