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.

Robmobile's picture 4 big challenges, 4 stone by 4th October. Can he do it?
17 Jul 2015 - 12:16
Rob Mobile, an associate at MVSC, is taking on the biggest challenge of his life. Find out what his plans are and hopefully you can show some support by donating to 4 amazing charities.
Ray's picture Come on baby light my fire!
13 Jul 2015 - 11:32
The South Mitcham Community Association are staging an international summer event at Phipps Bridge and looking for business sponsorship and support to provide a barbecue. Do you know someone who can help?
The Avanti Club...find out what the fuss is all about!
6 Jul 2015 - 11:48
Since launching The Avanti Club in December last year we have seen the group grow and flourish as service users and volunteers enjoy meeting and connecting with like-minded individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. Do you know someone who would like to come along?
becyusuf's picture Bec's personal challenge of celebrating ‘National Walking Month’
29 Jun 2015 - 12:11
Back in May I set myself a personal challenge of celebrating ‘National Walking Month’ with a pledge to walk at least 50 minutes 5 times a week. Find out how I got on!
New member of staff at MVSC to support youth volunteering and the new Children in Need befriending project
29 May 2015 - 10:34
Meet Gemma as she joins MVSC as the Youth Action Project Support Worker - she will be supporting youth volunteering and the new Children in Need funded befriending project.
Ray's picture A short back and sides – community and business give their time to Fieldgate Lane
22 May 2015 - 14:32
Approximately 50 residents came together in response to a call for volunteers to transform the site and they toiled through the afternoon sun to complete the final ground work.
How to develop a social media strategy for your organisation
18 May 2015 - 10:13
Building a social media strategy is like building your own motorway and driving on it!
DaveC's picture Appointment of Brian Dillon as Chair of Healthwatch Merton
8 May 2015 - 16:24
Healthwatch Merton welcome Brian Dillon to the team as the Chair of Healthwatch Merton. Hear what Brian has to say!
How to write a charity marketing strategy
1 May 2015 - 14:31
A great marketing strategy will help your charity reach more people and generate more income. Without one, you could end up wasting a lot of money and time. So here’s everything you need to know.
Ray's picture A Mitcham entrepreneur dedicated to changing lives
20 Apr 2015 - 12:31
Ray meets with the inspirational Alexander McLean, the founder of the African Prison Project,
Email Marketing How To Guide
20 Apr 2015 - 12:14
Check out this really handy 'Email Marketing How-To Guide' developed by Technology Trust - great guide including info on getting started, lists, design and testing.
The Charity Guide to Gift Aid
13 Apr 2015 - 10:15
Gift Aid is a tax relief provided by the government that adds 25% to the value of donations to charities. It allows charities access to extra revenue without costing the donor money. Are you claiming Gift Aid?
Ray's picture A proud day
30 Mar 2015 - 09:20
Hundreds of people descended on the Old Rutlishians rugby club to enjoy a feast of rugby in memory of 2 Old Ruts players who, tragically, died from previously undiagnosed heart conditions. Ken was in his 30s and Kyle only 15. In arguably the best ever day of rugby in 6 Nations history the crowd enjoyed five matches. The Six nations games were screened live on TV but the crowd were also treated to two matches at the Club involving some of Ken and Kyle’s old team mates.
Adele’s Fond Farewells
30 Mar 2015 - 09:20
As Adele comes to the end of her time here at Healthwatch Merton and MVSC she says her last goodbyes! Adele was a big part of the team and will be missed by us all.
Fayre & Square then move on from there!
23 Mar 2015 - 12:38
Hopefully many of you will know of Fayre & Square on the Upper Mall of Wimbledon’s Centre Court. If you haven’t visited yet, then don’t delay – you are missing out!