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Posted: 17 Feb 2020
Want to make a difference in a young person's life? Carers Support Merton is looking for mentors. Do you have what it takes to inspire a young carer to reach their full potential and achieve their goals? If so, they'd love to hear from you. 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... read more
Posted: 16 Feb 2020
As we continue to celebrate Student Volunteering Week – we take this opportunity to shine a light on 8th Wimbledon Scout Group. Based in Wimbledon, the 8th Wimbledon has a strong history (over 100 years old!). They have a thriving Beaver Colony (6-8 years), Cub Scout Pack (8-10½ years) and Scout Troop (10½-14 years) and provide fun activities, adventure and challenge for young people aged 6-14. They are seeking volunteers to join their team to help provide more Scouting to the children in the... read more
Posted: 16 Feb 2020
The overall purpose of the Community Champion role is to assist in securing the key objectives of Merton Diabetes Programme, Public Health Merton and Diabetes UK.  You will be raising awareness of Diabetes, how it can be prevented and for those with diabetes, how best to manage their condition to secure better health outcomes. Main elements of the role: Attend a Welcome Workshop where asked to do so  Complete a two day Diabetes Community Champion training course As a Diabetes Community... read more
Posted: 3 Feb 2020
On Valentine’s Day we celebrate love. Love isn’t just flowers, chocolates and cards from secret admirers…it’s about more than just that. It’s understanding, compassion, kindness and generosity. Sounds to us like volunteering.  This Valentine’s Day, celebrate love by giving your time to support and care for others in your community. You might just find nothing gives you the warm fuzzies quite like volunteering. Plan a dinner date They say the way to the heart is through the stomach. Why... read more
Posted: 22 Jan 2020
The private sector in Merton has always placed value on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and we have always been impressed with the amount of support the voluntary sector receives from our local business community. With support from Volunteer Merton, Merton Giving and MVSC; Close Brothers Group were able to give their time at Christmas to an organisation needing some extra hands to feed 200 residents.  At Close Brothers Group, corporate social responsibility is actively... read more
Posted: 20 Jan 2020
Next month VolunteerMerton, and the rest of the country, will be celebrating Student Volunteering Week, taking place from 10th - 16th February 2020. This is the 19th year that Student Volunteering Week is taking place and is a great opportunity for students and staff from colleges and universities to celebrate not-for-profit work in Merton and beyond. We want to hear from you!  Whether you’re a student, university, college, students’ union, charity or social enterprise this is your chance to... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
Kick start 2020 with a resolution to make new friends, spend time helping a great cause and increase your general wellbeing. That’s just three fabulous reasons to get involved with volunteering in 2020. There are many positive reasons to become a volunteer and many people start as a New Year Resolution. As a volunteer, you will have an opportunity to become part of a friendly and dedicated team, meet new people from all walks of life and forge new friendships along the way. Signing up as a... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2020
Clarion Housing is currently on the hunt for their seventh cohort of NATIONAL AMBASSADORS, individuals aged between 17-25 who will be the voice of their young residents over the next year and support them to shape their services and projects as well as developing their own.  Coming from varied backgrounds, the participants learn about life outside of their communities. Throughout the years experience they will embark on a journey of personal growth, skills development and 1:1 tailored support... read more
Posted: 16 Dec 2019
As we rapidly approach 2020, many of us start to think about small acts of kindness or ways to volunteer. VolunteerMerton is asking you to not forget the impact of blood donation. This is an opportunity to be generous and potentially give a lifeline to someone in an emergency. Blood donors, from all backgrounds, are needed to ensure there is the right blood available for patients and to ensure that the nation’s blood stocks continue to remain at a safe level in the future. Most people between... read more
Posted: 9 Dec 2019
MVSC's Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Clark and former staff member, Sarah Hannigan, spent the night in a very wet and windy Trafalgar Square on Saturday 7th December, joining hundreds of others seeking to raise money and highlight the plight of homelessness. They faced temperatures of about 10C and heavy rain - conditions which supporters said rough sleepers face every day. This was part of the World’s Big Sleep Out event, which saw thousands of individuals across the globe, spend the night on... read more

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