Staff Blogs

Merton Voluntary Service Council works to support and inspire the voluntary and community sector in Merton.

Read our staff blogs to learn more about their work.

Some advice on updating your IT
26 May 2017 - 14:39
At the last INVOLVE meeting there was a lot of discussion around IT. People seemed a little nervous about junk mail, hackers, IT updates, data protection. I said we would try and share more information in our bulletins about IT.
A gentle guide for the non-financial charity trustee
15 May 2017 - 09:34
I came across this guild last week and wanted to share it with you all. It aims to help trustees understand — in a simple and practical manner — what is expected of them when it comes to the governance of their charity’s finances.
Social Prescribing leads to volunteering opportunities
27 Apr 2017 - 11:05
​The Social Prescribing project has really taken off at the two GP surgeries in Pollards Hill. One of the patients seen at the project is now a volunteer in the café at Commonside Community Development Trust.
Speak Out was INCREDIBLE
10 Apr 2017 - 11:37
Two weeks have passed now since I was invited to be a judge at the Jack Petchy Speak Out Challenge and I’m still thinking about how refreshing it was to see such a diverse range of young people talk about such a diverse range of topics.
Speak Out!
22 Mar 2017 - 15:17
At 15 could you have spoken for 3 minutes to a crowd of 150 about a subject of your choice? Does the idea of it make you want to run on stage or run away?
Top 10 mistakes to avoid when using Google Analytics
3 Mar 2017 - 16:32
This guide by Matt Trimmer of ivantage and published by Smart Insights gives you a checklist of issues to review to improve your implementation.
MVSC in a month
27 Feb 2017 - 11:25
It has been another busy month here at MVSC. Take a look below at what some of us have been up to!
Find your passion this Valentine’s Day
14 Feb 2017 - 11:21
Looking for love? A new passion? Don’t spend hours swiping through tinder, or sitting in a bar waiting for Mr or Mrs Right …the new craze is to find love through volunteering. Yep, you heard it here first!
Friends of Mitcham Common make 'friends' with The Avanti Club
7 Feb 2017 - 10:13
Friends of Mitcham Common kindly raffled a prize at their Christmas party and the money raised went to The Avanti Club!
Get help to demonstrate impact using technology
6 Feb 2017 - 09:31
Find out what we think about Impact Aloud and how it can help your organisation!
Welcome Ray Hautot, our new Social Prescribing Coordinator
16 Jan 2017 - 10:52
Hi I am Ray Hautot I am the new Social Prescribing Coordinator here at MVSC. I am really excited about working on the Social Prescribing Pilot.
Fundraiser on the Roof
12 Dec 2016 - 10:36
It’s been another hugely successful year for Merton Means Business - a partnership between Merton Chamber of Commerce and Merton Voluntary Service Council that champions the support for local charities by local businesses.
Wimbledon’s Office Angel
18 Nov 2016 - 12:53
Great to see that Victoria at Office Angels in Wimbledon recently visited students at Project Search to provide training and advice on securing employment.
Making Merton a healthier borough
16 Nov 2016 - 11:56
Congratulations to Merton Chamber member The Wimbledon Guild who are celebrating having won accreditation under the London Healthy Workplace Charter, with our help.
Superhighways share their favourite apps in 2016
16 Nov 2016 - 11:34
Check out these Top 10 tips for 'Bring Your Own Device' from Superhighways! These are things to think about if you're using smartphones & tablets for data capture.