Volunteering News

The latest news about volunteering in Merton powered by Merton Voluntary Service Council.

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Posted: 30 Jan 2021
One of our priorities at MVSC is to support volunteer-involving organisations in Merton. We are particularly pleased to see a new partnership between NCVO, Volunteer Now, Volunteer Scotland and WCVA establish.   This partnership is giving organisations access a free IiV Essentials online tool designed to help you do a basic health check on your volunteer practice. It covers the basic areas to model good practice for involving and managing volunteers. It will help you to think about volunteers’... read more
Posted: 30 Jan 2021
Last year, an army of volunteers and community groups assembled across Merton to make sure help reaches those who need it most.  3348 isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19 asked for help, with over 700 volunteers stepping forward to make sure they got the help they needed.  The hub continues to offer support. Simply call 020 8685 2272 or email help@mvsc.co.uk (between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday) if you, or someone you know, needs:  Support with shopping and basic supplies... read more
Posted: 30 Jan 2021
Do you want to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by sharing clear and consistent messages? Register to become a COVID-19 Community Champion! Merton Council provide Champions with the latest campaign materials on COVID-19 via email and text message, and at weekly virtual drop-in meetings. Community Champions then share this information with their colleagues, family, friends, and communities. The drop-in meetings take place every Wednesday 12-1pm and 7-8pm, and give Champions a chance to feed back... read more
Posted: 7 Jan 2021
Can you help inspire and develop the voluntary and community sector with us? MVSC is a hugely motivated and influential organisation, sharply focussed on successfully representing and supporting the voluntary, community and faith sectors across the Borough of Merton for over 35 years. MVSC has a diverse and talented Board of Trustees from a range of sectors, enthusiastically and diligently led by our current Chair. As MVSC steps into the challenges and opportunities of 2021, we are looking for... read more
Posted: 7 Jan 2021
Rapid 30-minute COVID-19 tests (lateral flow tests) are now available for residents, key workers, carers and volunteers in Merton. Testing for residents is at Morden Assembly Hall, Tudor Drive, Morden SM4 4PJ, with additional sites being added through January. For key workers, volunteers and carers, testing will be carried out by a network of up to 40 community pharmacies. You will attend a short appointment, self-administer swabs under supervision of pharmacy staff, and wait while the result... read more
Posted: 2 Nov 2020
Today, Monday 2nd November, marks the start of Trustees’ Week - an annual event showcasing the great work of the 1 million volunteer trustees who run charities in England and Wales.   Every year, MVSC supports the campaign and encourages Merton organisations to get involved too. It's a great opportunity to highlight the excellent work of trustees, support boards to improve their governance, and encourage new people to consider trusteeship and volunteering opportunities.  Find out how you... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2020
MVSC is working with the voluntary sector to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. We have received over 800 volunteer offers from people with a wide range of skills and experience and we are working with partners to match as many of them as we can. If you are delivering COVID-19 front line services and need support from volunteers, please get in touch. We may be able to partner you up with our volunteers during this challenging time. ... read more
Posted: 21 Sep 2020
As part of the approach to working with the community to understand and tackle the impact of COVID-19 in Merton, the NHS, Merton Council and Keep Merton Safe are developing a network of COVID-19 Community Champions.  This will be an opportunity to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by sharing clear and consistent messages disseminated by the Community Champions. Anyone living or working in Merton can be a COVID-19 Community Champion, this includes residents, workplace representatives and... read more
Posted: 9 Sep 2020
The Merton COVID-19 Community Response Hub is a partnership between Age UK Merton, Merton Voluntary Service Council and Wimbledon Guild. It was set up in March 2020 to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19.   Are you isolated, at risk from COVID-19 and need help with any of the following?  Support with shopping and basic supplies  Access to prescription and medication  Telephone befriending  Advice and practical help to stay active  Support to stay independent at home  If... read more
Posted: 18 Aug 2020
Volunteering during lockdown has become somewhat of the ‘norm’ for people in Merton. For Harry, this has been the ‘norm’ for over 47 years. Harry was given the opportunity to swim when he joined the RAF in 1954 - which is when his passion and love for swimming began. He went on to swim at the highest levels, which led him to train other service men from the Army, Navy, Airforce and even the SAS. When Harry left the RAF, he continued swimming at the local Wimbledon Swimming Club and eventually... read more