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Posted: 28 Mar 2018
MVSC will no longer offer a DBS checking service after 31st March 2018. We would like to signpost Merton groups and organisations to the following alternative services: Sutton and Merton Disclosure Service:  offers a DBS checking service, both paper and online: https://www.sutton.gov.uk/info/200514/community_safety_and_policing/1444/sutton_and_merton_disclosure_service ACEVO (in partnership with uCheck):  for organisations and groups whose CEO is a member of ACEVO (Association of Chief... read more
Posted: 23 Mar 2018
National Volunteers’ Week, which runs from the 1st – 7th June, is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate volunteering in Merton along with the rest of the UK. Every year, over 20 million people across the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. What will your organisation be doing to recognise and celebrate your volunteers? When thanking your volunteers this year, take a moment to remember each and every one of your volunteers. From trustees and... read more
Posted: 22 Mar 2018
A celebration award ceremony was held on Thursday 8 March at Merton Arts Space, Wimbledon Library to recognise the work of Merton’s amazing Library Volunteers. The event was presented by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Marsie Skeete, Councillor Nick Draper, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Community and Culture and Merton Voluntary Services Council’s Sarah Hanningan. Over 600 library volunteers were honoured during the event. Speaking of their work, Councillor Nick Draper, said: “Our devoted... read more
Posted: 22 Mar 2018
Join us at 3pm at our Volunteering Group Recruitment Session and meet members of our volunteering team. Here you will be able to find out more about us and what we do as well as have an opportunity to sit down and chat with our team, who can advise you on available volunteering opportunities that might interest you. This session is ideal if you want to find out more about volunteering in Merton or would like a bit of help and advice about what is available and how to get involved. Event and... read more
Posted: 8 Mar 2018
Merton Council is calling on residents to team up with its street cleaning crews and councillors this month, by donning rubber gloves and litter pickers in a bid to give the borough a spring clean. Residents and council staff ahead of the 2017 Merton Big Community Clean Up. Weather permitting,  Merton's Big Spring Clean will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 17 March at the Haydon’s Road Rec, with plans to litter pick the park and the surrounding areas. The event marks Merton’s contribution to... read more
Posted: 8 Mar 2018
2018 will see in Clarion Futures 5th team of National Ambassador’s start their journey. With a growing number of young residents, they are looking for a dynamic team to represent their views within Clarion. As a team their National Ambassadors will decide priorities to focus on for the year ahead and aim to solve them with the guidance and support from staff around the business. They will offer a tailored training package to ensure this is a personal development opportunity, while making sure... read more
Posted: 26 Feb 2018
Well done to the team of volunteers who helped Friends of Mitcham Common fill over 50 bags and cleared some of Commonside East, and also a stretch along the Croydon Road. Everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the coffee and biscuits afterwards. One of the volunteers said: “We found it really therapeutic to be with like-minded people who want to make the area litter free – we felt like we were part of a community." Great thought which sums up what the Friends are all about. They are holding... read more
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
Drawing upon trends, facts and statistics from a range of sources, NCVO have gathered up the data to map how people take part in society for their Getting Involved report. It’s full of interesting charts and graphs, and looks volunteer demographics, motivations and whether participation has changed over time.
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
See below guidance to help you understand your legal rights and obligations when managing volunteers.  This content has been reviewed by Bates Wells Braithwaite, a professional services firm providing specialised legal advice to the voluntary sector: Volunteers and employment rights Employment Status Volunteering and benefits Volunteering, tax and National Insurance Volunteering and health and safety Insurance and volunteers Safeguarding, vulnerable clients and DBS Copyright and volunteers... read more
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
Join us at 3pm at our Volunteering Group Recruitment Session and meet members of our volunteering team. Here you will be able to find out more about us and what we do as well as have an opportunity to sit down and chat with our team, who can advise you on available volunteering opportunities that might interest you. This session is ideal if you want to find out more about volunteering in Merton or would like a bit of help and advice about what is available and how to get involved. Event and... read more

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