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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
Posted: 22 Mar 2018
Join us at 3pm 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... read more
Posted: 8 Mar 2018
Merton Council is calling on residents to team up with its street cleaning crews and councillors this month, by donning rubber gloves and litter pickers in a bid to give the borough a spring clean. Residents and council staff ahead of the 2017 Merton Big Community Clean Up. Weather permitting,  Merton's Big Spring Clean will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 17 March at the Haydon’s Road Rec, with plans to litter pick the park and the surrounding areas. The event marks Merton’s contribution to... read more
Posted: 8 Mar 2018
2018 will see in Clarion Futures 5th team of National Ambassador’s start their journey. With a growing number of young residents, they are looking for a dynamic team to represent their views within Clarion. As a team their National Ambassadors will decide priorities to focus on for the year ahead and aim to solve them with the guidance and support from staff around the business. They will offer a tailored training package to ensure this is a personal development opportunity, while making sure... read more
Posted: 26 Feb 2018
Well done to the team of volunteers who helped Friends of Mitcham Common fill over 50 bags and cleared some of Commonside East, and also a stretch along the Croydon Road. Everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the coffee and biscuits afterwards. One of the volunteers said: “We found it really therapeutic to be with like-minded people who want to make the area litter free – we felt like we were part of a community." Great thought which sums up what the Friends are all about. They are holding... read more
Posted: 29 Aug 2017
Have you completed 100 hours of volunteering in the past 12 months? If so, you can sign up here to receive your ValueYou discount card for use in over 25 local small businesses in Merton.  You will also receive a certificate to verify your 100 hours of volunteering. You can register with the scheme either online through the website http://tinyurl.com/VYMerton or with a paper application form. Volunteer managers can email contactus@valueyou.org to receive guidance on how to support volunteers to... read more
Posted: 21 Aug 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 September 2017 at 10am Vestry Hall, 336... read more
Posted: 8 Aug 2017
A good board of trustees is vital for the sustainability of the organisation. Each trustee has the opportunity to bring a wealth of experience and skills to the organisation and to contribute to its impact and overall success. However, the role of a trustee can also be particularly challenging, especially in this fast changing environment.  Sign up to a free 'Introduction to Trusteeship' training session - aiming to provide you with the knowledge to meet these challenges and will include... read more
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