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.

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?
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!
Searching for talent?
16 Mar 2015 - 12:36
Last month 5 students with learning disabilities visited me at the Generator to find out what I do and tell me about the jobs that they would like to find.
Data protection advice. In a day. For free
9 Mar 2015 - 11:48
Here are ICO's top five of data protection tips for small and medium sized charities and third sector organisations.
Touring Local Cinema helping people with dementia
25 Feb 2015 - 13:08
Hear from our guest blogger Ben Benson from the Touring Local Cinema about the work they do visiting care homes and community centres putting on musical cinema events for with dementia.
Staff at Carers Support Merton are enjoying a healthier workplace thanks to CEO Melanie Monaghan.
23 Feb 2015 - 15:45
Staff at Carers Support Merton are enjoying a healthier workplace thanks to CEO Melanie Monaghan. Staff sickness levels had been high with everybody suffering from colds, coughs and nasty viruses and we needed a positive way to encourage staff to try and stay fit and healthy both mentally and physically.
Recruitment process more efficient with Consortium working
16 Feb 2015 - 10:06
The South West London Adoption Consortium brings together four London boroughs making the adoption journey easier for prospective adopters.
Commission backs London-wide safer giving campaign
9 Feb 2015 - 12:02
The Charity Commission is supporting a London-wide campaign led by the London Prevent Network and the Metropolitan Police to encourage Londoners and London businesses to support genuine charities with confidence.
Funding opportunities you can apply for at any time
26 Jan 2015 - 10:45
We've brought together a host of funding opportunities that you may not have come across before. There is no time limit on any of these opportunities. If you would like advice and guidance on any of the below then get in touch with MVSC.
Top tips for charities that use images to appeal to donors and supporters
19 Jan 2015 - 10:49
Carefully selected images on your charity website will help to increase your organisation's impact. Blog by Vicky Reeves is managing director and founder of Chameleon.
Adoption! Experiences of adopters and help that is available.
7 Jan 2015 - 14:20
Guest blogger Candice Siddle talks about adoption and shares the story of Louise and John who found out they would not be able to conceive naturally. Read their story and find out more about adoption.
The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal Success
5 Jan 2015 - 14:42
We would like to send a huge thank you to all the organisations and individuals of Merton who responded to our Christmas Present Appeal 2014.
Merton CCG supports Stop Start January​
5 Jan 2015 - 14:03
Merton CCG is excited to support Stop Start January, a campaign being run by Merton Voluntary Service Council in partnership with Merton Council and Healthwatch Merton.