Volunteering News

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

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Posted: 27 Jul 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: 27 Jul 2020
Here at MVSC, we understand the importance of good practice in volunteer management. It is key to unlocking the potential of volunteering in your organisation. NCVO is organising an online course providing an introduction to the key principles of good practice in volunteer management and how to apply them to your organisation.   They have redesigned their face-to-face training to ensure your learning needs are still met through interactive, live sessions with knowledgeable trainers.  By the end... read more
Posted: 27 Jul 2020
Merton Centre for Independent Living helps deaf and disabled residents through the crisis with advice and advocacy and disability arts.   Reaching out to already isolated and vulnerable groups through lockdown has been a vital but challenging endeavour. For those with disabilities, this has been compounded with some unable to use the technology that many other groups have been able to utilise.   Merton Centre for Independent Living is run by deaf and disabled people for deaf and disabled people... read more
Posted: 22 Jul 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: 6 Jul 2020
Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions are a group of 73 local residents passionate about improving the environment, encouraging sustainable behaviour change, and addressing issues around waste, air quality, energy, and food.   Despite many planned activities being cancelled as a result of COVID-19, 20 of their Community Champions have contributed over 250 hours since lockdown began.   In the 8 months that she has been a Community Champion, Blanca Pena-Mendez has been very involved with... read more
Posted: 6 Jul 2020
Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions are a group of 73 local residents passionate about improving the environment, encouraging sustainable behaviour change, and addressing issues around waste, air quality, energy, and food. Despite many planned activities being cancelled as a result of COVID-19, 20 of their Community Champions have contributed over 250 hours since lockdown began. Their efforts have been focused on projects and activities that address both social and environmental goals... read more
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 encouraging all Merton organisations 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: 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

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