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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
Posted: 3 Dec 2019
Christmas is a time of goodwill and giving back, so why not put the magic back into someone's Christmas this year by giving your time? Many small groups, charities and organisations in Merton need a little extra help during the festivities and rely on a legion of brilliant volunteers to help feed the homeless, collect money at carol concerts or visit an older person who's facing spending Christmas alone. Here are some top tips and opportunities to give the gift of time: Volunteer at a food bank... read more
Posted: 25 Nov 2019
North Wimbledon Girlguiding would love to hear from people interested in volunteering with them.  They are a busy and friendly group of 13 units across Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers.  In terms of location, they have units spread out from Wimbledon Library all along Worple Road to Raynes Park and their units meet in term time, with occasional nights away depending on what time the leaders can spare.    They are looking for:    Brownies:  Helper: unit meeting Thursdays 6.00pm Leader:... read more
Posted: 6 Nov 2019
Wimbledon Foodbank will have an open door for temporary volunteers to walk in and help on certain days over the Christmas holiday:   Monday 16th December Tuesday 17th December Thursday 19th December Monday 23rd December Tuesday 24th December.     The volunteer session is from 10.00am till 12 noon.  Please feel free to come along on any of these days.    
Posted: 17 Sep 2019
London is hosting 7 #EURO2020 games and The Mayor of London is recruiting 2,000 #London- Squad volunteers for the Host City volunteer programme during the tournament.  The #LondonSquad will provide a world-class welcome to visitors across London at tourist hotspots, transport hubs and at official fan zones during the tournament in June & July 2020. As a volunteer, you will be the face of London, showcasing our fantastic city to a global audience.  The roles on offer range from bringing... read more
Posted: 11 Mar 2019
Merton Volunteers gathered together at the Vestry Hall on Thursday 28th February in recognition of the amount of voluntary work they had done in Merton.  The volunteers had been invitated by MVSC, Merton Council and ValueYou, to receive a ValueYou Certificate and Reward Card as a special thank you for giving over 100 hours of their time to volunteering in the borough.   Most of the volunteers attending had been volunteering for many years and had clocked up well over 100 hours! Certificates... read more
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