Chapter 8 – Education, Employment and Volunteering

This chapter detail educational, employment and volunteering opportunities in and around Merton.


Local Education Providers


Merton Adult Education

Telephone: 07976 888 657 

E- mail


Sutton College

St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 1EA

Telephone: 020 8770 5566



Based at our Sutton Centre our friendly Customer Enquiry team will help you to enrol and help with any course queries.


Vocational Training Colleges

There are several residential colleges that offer job training or re-training to people who have a physical disability or a sensory impairment.

Contact the Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) at your local Jobcentre

Telephone: 0845 604 3719   

Textphone:0845 608 8551



An apprentice works with experienced staff to gain job-specific skills and earns a wage, while studying for a related qualification. Apprenticeships take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Find out more about apprenticeships (GOV.UK website)

Find an apprenticeship (Apprenticeships website)



A traineeship will help you to develop the skills you need to secure and succeed in employment, including apprenticeships. If you have been unsuccessful in applying for apprenticeships due to a lack of skills and experience then you might be a good candidate for a traineeship.

Find out more about traineeships (National Careers Service)

Find a traineeship (Apprenticeships website)


Merton’s Adult social care workforce development

You may apply for the free learning provision in this programme if:

  • you work for local voluntary, independent or private organisations.
  • you are a carer or provide social care services within the Merton community.


This year's diverse programme has been designed specifically for Care Workers, Carers and Managers who provide social care services to the Merton Community. Your work may support local people with mental health needs, learning or physical disability, or other adult care needs. The specialist events in this programme aim to support your continued development to enable you to deliver the care and empowerment that our customers require.

These learning initiatives also give you the opportunity to network with other people who do similar work in a fun and productive way. You will be able to discuss issues and share ideas in an environment where you can learn from one another.

Merton continue to work in partnership with a variety of professional training organisations to provide access to excellent quality social care training. Some of the training is accredited under the QCF (Qualification credit framework) and this includes the Diploma in Health and Social Care and leadership programmes.

Merton seek to continually improve their support and partnership arrangements with local service providers and invite you to submit comments about this programme and your ideas for future events.

Adult Social Care

HR Policy Development Team, 5th Floor, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3383


Education Benefits


Disabled Students’ Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) provide extra financial help for higher education students with a disability, ongoing health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia.

This non means-tested allowance is to help  to meet extra studying costs arising from their disability,  including equipment, paid helpers, or extra heating.


Student Finance England

Address for paper applications and evidence 

Student Finance England, PO Box 210, Darlington, DL1 9HJ

Telephone:0300 100 0607

Minicom: 0845 604 44 34 

You can apply online at :


Useful Organisations


Open University 

Welcomes and supports students with disabilities.

The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

Telephone: 0300 303 5303

The Disability Resources Team                                                                                                                

Telephone: 01908 653745                                                                                            

Textphone:01908 655978

Fax:01908 655 547                                                                                                                                   


Useful information can be found on


Disability Rights UK                                                                                                                            

Provides advice to disabled students

Ground Floor, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Rd, London, N1 6AH                                                                                                    

Office Number: 020 7250 8181

Disabled Students Helpline – 0800 328 5050

(this line open Mon-Fri, between 10.00 and 12.30pm and 1.30 and 4.00pm)





Disability Employment Advisors

Are located at your local job centres

Telephone: 0845 604 3719

They provide the following services:

  • An employment assessment to identify what type of work or training would suit you best or a referral to a Work Psychologist for a more detailed assessment.
  • A job-matching and referral service - the DEA can let you know about jobs that match your experience and skills and provide advice about Access to Work, if require
  • A referral, where appropriate, to the Work Programme to help you prepare for and stay in work
  • Referrals to programmes for disabled people, such as Work Choice or Residential Training
  • Information on employers who have adopted the Two Ticks  disability symbol, awarded by the Job Centre to employers who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop disabled staff.


Local Organisations


Mencap Direct

Mencap Direct is the easiest way for you to access advice and information about learning disability and find the right support and Mencap services in your area.

Telephone: 0808 808 1111 (From 9am until 5pm)



Merton Mencap

Merton Mencap, Wilson Hospital, Cranmer Road, Mitcham CR4 4TP

Telephone: 020 8646 0965





Volunteering Centre Merton

Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC)
The Vestry Hall, London Road, Mitcham, CR4 3UD

Telephone: 020 8685 1771



National Organisations



A national database of volunteering opportunities. Part of the YouthNet charity

First Floor, 50 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

Telephone: 020 7250 5700     



A charity that finds placements for skilled volunteers in voluntary sector roles where their skills are needed.

89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
Telephone: 020 7582 6543    

Fax: 020 7582 2423



NCVO - Volunteering England

Offers a range of services designed to support and enable volunteering.

Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL

Telephone: 020 7713 6161

Fax: 020 7713 6300



Action on Hearing Loss (the new name for RNID)

Action on Hearing Loss is the Royal national charity helping people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss to live the life they choose.  Your skills, commitment and enthusiasm could help to make a real difference to the lives of the 11 million people with hearing loss in the UK.

Telephone: 080 8808 0123   

Text phone: 080 8808 9000



RNIB (The Royal National Institute of Blind People)

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) support everyone affected by sight loss.

Volunteering Team

Telephone: 0845 603 0575  or  01733 375450 



Shaw Trust

A national charity that supports disabled and disadvantaged people seeking independent living and work.

Telephone: 01225 716300          

Minicom: 08457 697 288