About MVSC

Merton Voluntary Service Council works to support, enable and champion the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Merton. 

We are committed to supporting and developing volunteering in Merton. We work with organisations in the public, voluntary and community sectors to develop and match the skills and interests of new volunteers to volunteering opportunities.

Our work is based around a number of core activities:

Our Vision
A thriving Merton community where people’s lives are enriched by voluntary and community action

Our Mission
To inspire and develop an excellent voluntary and community sector in Merton

Our objectives and services

  • Support to voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations      
    • Capacity and capability building
    • Training programme
    • Financial management and systems
    • Good governance and trustee support
    • Helping organisations with fundraising plans and applications
    • Merton Means Business.
  • Encourage, support and develop volunteering and voluntary and community action      
    • Enhance the recruitment, promotion and management of volunteers in Merton
    • Raise awareness of volunteering, gain recognition for the contribution of volunteers and highlight issues affecting volunteers
    • Deliver good practice support for organisations involving volunteers in their work
    • Provide information and advice about volunteering
    • Training for organisations and volunteers
    • Youth, Public Service and Supported Volunteering.
  • Identify changing and emerging need and respond with development 
    • Identify changing and emerging social and community needs and work with communities, the sector and public and private agencies to address them.
  • Promote, support and develop liaison, advocacy, joint working and strategic partnership
    • Healthwatch Merton, the consumer champion for health and social care in Merton
    • Continue leading, facilitating and developing the voluntary sector’s roles in strategic partnerships and strengthening the sector’s voice, representation and influence with the public sector and funders, in Merton and externally
    • Play a key role in bringing together VCS organisations to strengthen collaborative working and partnerships; supporting joint working between sectors and accessing new funding
    • Seek to enhance co-production with the public sector and apply the Social Value Act in public sector commissioning.
  • Promote quality through standard setting
    • Set and raise standards in the voluntary and community sector by promoting organisational quality assurance systems and volunteer management quality standards.
  • Sustainability
    • Undertake sound planning in order to continue MVSC’s work supporting Merton’s VCS
    • Support the sector’s sustainability through diversification of its income streams.