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Posted: 28 Jul 2017
A chance encounter with an elderly lady on a canal bank inspired busy student Imogen Horn to give up her time and volunteer as a befriender with local charity Wimbledon Guild. The 21-year-old now loves spending time with 83-year-old Vera, to whom the charity introduced her, and is taking on three gruelling swimming challenges to raise funds to help support its work. Imogen said: “I was on a walk along a canal one day and I saw an older lady on the opposite bank – I’m not really sure why but I... read more
Posted: 26 Jul 2017
Last week, 12 young people from NCS The Challenge came to visit the MVSC Youth Action Connect Befriending Project and made a really positive impact! They originally visited us two weeks ago to learn more about the project and how they can help. They then raised funds in their own time, planning a special fundraising event AND planning on how they can volunteer their time too. Team Sabesan decided to come back and re-vamp the garden space at Vestry Hall so that befrienders and befriendee’s have... read more
Posted: 25 Jul 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. Volunteer Merton 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 15th August 2017 at 10am Vestry Hall, 336 - 338... read more
Posted: 25 Jul 2017
On Sunday 30th July, Team Merton Volunteers and Merton Police Cadets were in action as ‘Veloteers’ in Wimbledon Town and Village for the fifth Prudential Ride London. They helped pedestrians to cross safely and make the event run smoothly.  Hopefully, you saw us there with our orange t-shirts! It was a spectacular event and a fantastic atmosphere, as 25,000 amateur cyclists passed through Wimbledon on the final leg of their 100-mile route, starting at the Olympic Park and finishing up in The... read more
Posted: 21 Jul 2017
The Good Grief Trust contacted MVSC last week as they are desperately seeking volunteers to help make up comfort gift packs for survivors affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. At present, there are 2,000 bags of donations awaiting distribution. If you are able to assist for a few hours, please click here to sign up to help. 
Posted: 5 Jul 2017
Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2017 Achievement Awards – nominations close on 21 July 2017. Volunteers can be nominated across a broad range of categories that seek to capture the full diversity of London’s volunteering community, with awards for volunteers under 25, volunteers over 25, and people who volunteer in a team. The winners will be presented with their award at the prestigious ceremony at City Hall in the... read more
Posted: 28 Jun 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: 28 Jun 2017
On Sunday 30th July the fifth Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it's a truly spectacular event for all involved. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the ... read more
Posted: 22 Jun 2017
On Thursday 15th June, a warm and breezy evening, the Merton Partnership held its annual Volunteer Awards at Chak89 in Mitcham. This was a positive and lively event, which recognised and acknowledged the invaluable contribution of volunteers in the borough. The evening began with a selection of young Merton Police Cadets greeting the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Marsie Skeete and 20 local organisations promoting volunteering opportunities at the Volunteer’s Fair. Volunteering can be done for as... read more
Posted: 19 Jun 2017
Could you do with a tech savvy volunteer to help you refurbish your computers? We have two talented young volunteers that have excellent skills to offer…get in touch with Amy to find out more – amy@mvsc.co.uk  

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