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Posted: 12 Jan 2018
This training is particularly suitable for new volunteer managers and ‘Accidental Volunteer Managers’ – i.e. anyone with a responsibility for working with or recruiting volunteers. It covers the nuts and bolts of creating and recruiting to a volunteer role, such as writing a role description and managing the application process. With a well-designed volunteer role description in hand, you will explore how to find, promote and attract the right people for the right role. Then we will look at... read more
Posted: 11 Jan 2018
Congratulations and best wishes go to Aarhus, Denmark for their year as the European Volunteering Capital. London, Lisbon and Barcelona have previously held this title and in 2017 it was Sligo, in Ireland. The title is given each year to a European municipality which has been particularly notable in terms of volunteering. In Aarhus’s case, the jury emphasizes that Aarhus City Council has adopted a citizenship policy. It also highlights the integration that takes place between the municipality,... read more
Posted: 4 Dec 2017
Join us at 10am 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: 6 Nov 2017
An estimated 14.2 million people formally volunteered at least once a month in 2015/16. That is amazing! Let's keep working together to make that number rise. VolunteerMerton is here to help you do just that. Come along to our Volunteering Recruitment Session and let us advise you on available volunteering opportunities that might interest you. We’re here to offer a bit of help and advice about what is available and how to get involved. Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 10am Vestry Hall, 336 - 338... read more
Posted: 6 Nov 2017
There are approximately 194,000 charities in the UK with just over 1 million trustees. WOW!  Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that these 1 million trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. 10 top tips for what to do during Trustees’ Week Work with other charities - contact other local charities that might be interested in holding joint events to either thank your trustees or to attract... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2017
A team of volunteers working with Merton Council’s heritage service to create an online archive of Merton in the First World War, have been shortlisted for a prestigious award -  the team will find out if they have won the award at a ceremony to be held at City Hall on 6 November. The Carved in Stone team of volunteers have been selected as finalists in the Culture of London category of the Team London Awards. The awards, run by the Mayor of London, recognise the achievements of volunteering... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2017
A new report by nfpSynergy has been released showing the proportion of the UK public that volunteer. The report gives an overview of volunteering over time from as far back as 2003 up until August 2017. Their findings show that 16-34 year old men are now one of the most likely groups to volunteer closely followed by women in the same age group. Here are some of our key findings: Overall volunteering levels are fairly stable; however, individual waves show volatility, possibly due to a season... read more
Posted: 6 Oct 2017
The government has launched a review to find out what barriers exist to prevent young people from participating in full-time volunteering. The review has been commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is being chaired by Steve Holliday, former chief executive of the National Grid. The consultation is asking what could be done to enable more full-time volunteering and social action. You can read a Third Sector article describing the review here and the government... read more
Posted: 26 Sep 2017
NHS England has released new guidance that provides support for NHS providers to grow and develop volunteering in the NHS. NCVO was commissioned to develop the guidance and Kristen Stephenson, volunteering development manager, led on the work. The guidance helps providers develop the right framework to support quality volunteering, based on Investing in Volunteers. It also helps to ensure approaches to volunteering are accessible, inclusive, open to a diverse range of people and that volunteers... read more
Posted: 26 Sep 2017
Milton Keynes Council has placed a young person into care arrangements in Morden, and Barnardo's has been asked to find a volunteer to support him. The Independent Visitor (IV) role provides a source of support and an extra listening ear at a time when other people involved in the young person's life is paid to undertake a role, and inany case may change frequently. The IV is there because he or she wants to have a positivie influence in the life of a young vulnerable person. As the point is to... read more