Volunteering News

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

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Posted: 1 Jun 2020
It is our priority to celebrate and reward volunteers in Merton all year round – but there’s no better time than National Volunteers' Week to go above and beyond to do this.  Although the coronavirus pandemic has stopped many of the things we would usually do, we are still enourcgaing all Merton organsations to get involved.  The annual celebration is the perfect time to celebrate and thank those who give up their time to make a difference. Especially in recent times, when we have seen an... read more
Posted: 1 Jun 2020
For National Volunteers’ Week we wanted to shout out to the Dons Local Action Group. When the Coronavirus pandemic hit Merton, their mission simple - help vulnerable residence get access to food.  The initiative hit new hights recently as they have now delivered over 3000 food packages in Merton alone. Their great work and support of many wonderful volunteers was mentioned in BBC London News.  If you would like to support them; please donate non-perishable items at the food collection... read more
Posted: 29 May 2020
We are delighted to see that library membership has doubled during lockdown and although the library buildings still remain closed, new memberships continue to increase. Would you like to access books? Your first option is to sign up online for instant access to thousands of free eBooks, eComics, eMagazines and eAudiobooks.  Your second option is to get hold of our team of volunteers who can help select and deliver books to your home, safely!   If you have received a shielding letter from the... read more
Posted: 18 May 2020
From lending a hand to local charities to strengthening the efforts of the NHS, there are many ways people are volunteering in Merton. Below we share pictures of just a few ways in which people have contributed to our borough. Share your volunteering story with us by emailing us or tagging us on Facebook and Twitter.   
Posted: 6 May 2020
Wimbledon Guild is a local charity with the aims of reducing social isolation and loneliness, helping people through difficult times and enabling older people to be active and healthy. During the coronavirus pandemic the charity is supporting over 600 existing customers as well as providing assistance to over 400 vulnerable people in Merton who have been referred to the charity through the COVID-19 Community Response Hub.    Wimbledon Guild has required additional volunteers to deal with the... read more
Posted: 4 May 2020
Help local video production company, Filmanthropy, to make a film all about what it looks and feels like to live in Merton at this strange time. As they're not allowed to go out and film, they're asking all of Merton's residents to become their film crew. Filming scenes in your living rooms, hallways or even during your daily exercise.  To help you do this, they will be releasing weekly tasks, as well as lots of helpful guides with tips and tricks about how to film the best content. Anyone... read more
Posted: 28 Apr 2020
Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) is working with the voluntary sector in the borough to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. Anyone who puts themselves forward may be asked to support people who are currently unable to leave their home. How Do I Get Help? If a person requires help, you can ask them to email help@mvsc.co.uk or call 020 8685 2272. Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm. How Do I Volunteer? We are currently not... read more
Posted: 16 Mar 2020
Volunteers' Week is a Time to Celebrate volunteers and say thanks for the fantastic contribution millions of people make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and each year, thousands of clubs, groups and organisations celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. With under 100 days to go, it’s time to start preparing. Not sure where to start? Join the NCVO Volunteers’ Week webinar on Tuesday 31 March at 11am where they will explain all about what happens during the week, what... read more
Posted: 4 Mar 2020
We provide a range of support, advice and information services for any organisation needing to recruit and manage volunteers.  Our downloadable information bank provides a wide range of guidance and information on the following topics: Planning for volunteers. What you need to think about when considering using volunteers The essentials. The essential things you need if you are going to use volunteers Getting recruitment right. How to plan recruitment, market volunteering opportunities and... read more
Posted: 28 Feb 2020
Want to make a difference in a young person's life? Carers Support Merton is looking for mentors to inspire a young carer to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. There are believed to be at least 1500* young carers in Merton. You may already know a young carer without even realising it (39% young carers say that nobody at school knows they care). Young carers provide care to a family member, usually a parent or sibling who cannot look after themselves due to disability, mental or... read more