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Presentations to help children and young people stay safe on the internet

Parents in Sutton can book their seat for the borough’s first-ever Community Safety Presentations to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

Two free hour-long sessions have been arranged at the Sutton Life Centre on Tuesday, 20 October at 12noon and 6pm focusing on ‘sexting’ – the sending and passing on of explicit texts, images and video via mobile phone and the internet.

Parents will hear from two guest speakers who are specialists in protecting children from harm.

The first speaker will be Joanna Sharpen, who is the Children and Young People’s Project Co-ordinator at Against Violence & Abuse (AVA), which is working to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Joanna advises the Government on children’s issues and is working locally on a Big Lottery funded project with Limes College in Sutton to set up a group of students as peer educators.

The second speaker is Detective Constable Karen France from the Met Police Sexual Offences, Exploitation & Child Abuse Command. Det Con France is the Child Sexual Exploitation Special Point of Contact for Sutton Borough and attends the Borough’s monthly, multi-agency child sexual exploitation meetings.

In addition, parents will be able to raise any issues or questions in person with Sutton’s police officers, who work with teachers and pupils at Sutton’s secondary schools, as well as the Council’s e-safety officer, who gives talks about online safety at junior and secondary schools in the borough.

Police schools officers believe that children are unwittingly putting themselves at risk of distress and harm by posting explicit images of themselves with little or no control over those images being seen and captured by internet users around the world who actively seek out such material.

Charities working in this field believe many children have come to accept ‘sexting’ as a normal part of growing up and are often reluctant to talk about it with their parents because they are afraid of being judged or having their phones taken away.

Cllr Wendy Mathys, Chair of the Children, Family and Education Committee at Sutton Council, said: “Increasing numbers of children and young people have ready access to mobile phones and tablets that have cameras built in. We want young people to learn about using such technology in a safe and responsible manner.”

Places are available at both presentations on Tuesday, 20 October from 12-1pm and 6-7pm. To book your place, email and provide your name, how many places you wish to book (one or two) and state which session you would like to attend (either 12noon or 6pm). Or call 020 8649 0681 or 020 8649 0613 weekdays between 8am – 4pm. Please note there is no answerphone on these lines.

Sutton is the greatest borough in London, says new mayor Arthur Hookway

The new mayor has described Sutton as the greatest borough in London and has pledged to celebrate community spirit in his time in office.

Councillor Arthur Hookway, who lives in Worcester Park, is new to Sutton Council after winning a seat in Worcester Park ward in last month’s elections but was made the borough’s first citizen at a meeting on Monday.


St Raphael’s Hospice chairman resigns over concerns about its future after nuns sell St Anthony’s Hospital

St Raphael’s Hospice chairman Dr Ron McKeran has resigned amid concerns about its future after the hospital it shares its site with was sold.

Group of nuns the Daughters of the Cross have run the London Road Hospital for over a century but, as the nuns age, they have decided sell it to Spire Healthcare.


St Anthony’s Hospital sold by nuns to private company

St Anthony’s Hospital in North Cheam is to be sold to a private company.

A group of nuns named The Daughters of the Cross of Liege have run the London Road Hospital for over a century but, as the nuns age, they have decided sell it to Spire Healthcare.


St Raphael’s Hospice future is ‘absolutely fabulous’ says new chief exec

St Raphael’s Hospice’s first CEO has said its future is safe despite widespread fears about its funding.

Serious concerns were raised and a campaign was launched by the Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow when the news was announced a year ago that St Raphael’s Hospice could be left with a £1m funding gap when the nuns who own it sell its sister hospital St Anthony’s.


Young mum fined for stealing children’s shoes from charity shop in Worcester Park

A mother who stole a £3 pair of shoes for her toddler has been fined £90.

The 21-year-old took the shoes from the FARA charity shop in Central Road, Worcester Park, on Friday, November 29.


Big band play in Worcester Park for those affected by Philippines typhoon

A big band took over Worcester Park to raise money for those devastated by the typhoon in the Philippines.

Dave Marrion’s Big Band performed on Sunday afternoon, November 24, at the Royal British Legion, in Central Road, Worcester Park.

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Worcester Park charity shop targeted by thieves twice in one night

Police caught two women rummaging through donated clothes outside a charity shop.

Two women, aged 72 and 47, were spotted by police stealing a pink toy box, two lampshades, a black bag of toys and plastic box of various items from outside the British Heart Foundation shop in Central Road, Worcester Park, at about 3am on Monday, July 29.

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Looking for funds for a community project?

LBS and SCVS have been contacted by Just Giving to offer groups and individuals some free support with fundraising (crowdfunding) for specific projects/items etc. in Sutton.
Do you live or work in Sutton? Are you a volunteer, a community leader, or a passionate individual seeking to make a change in your community?
If you need to build a network of support and fundraise enough money to get started, we would love to help.
This summer for the first time JustGiving community crowdfunding is working in partnership with the community of Sutton.
JustGiving has launched a new community crowdfunding website that helps ordinary people do extraordinary things. It’s a simple, effective way for someone to make a positive change at a local level – for individuals, groups or entire communities. If you’ve got a good idea, whether it’s bringing a community garden back into bloom, equipping an after-school computer club with new laptops or buying a wheelchair for a disabled neighbour, we’ll help you raise the money to make it happen.
If this sounds interesting, come along to our free event ‘An introduction to crowdfunding’ with Just Giving on Thursday 1 August from 4.30-5.30pm in Meeting Room 5 at the Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA to hear more.

Please sign up at or get in touch with me if you have any questions.

Toni Walsh
Development Team Manager