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Posted: 19 Jan 2015
Merton is a fantastic place to get involved with volunteering. The borough is volunteer-rich and there are hundreds of inspiring volunteering stories from across the borough. Aisha contributes to her community as a volunteer Information Assistant at the Merton and Lambeth Citizen Advice Bureau in Mitcham, “I decided to volunteer there because of the training they give." "It also gives me the opportunity to help people from all walks of life with different cultures and different problems. It has... read more
Posted: 5 Jan 2015
A new year and new opportunities!  Merton Mencap has a range of volunteering and internship opportunities across all areas of the charity – including drivers, activity facilitators, fundraisers and Trustees.  For more information, contact Andy Whittington on 020 8687 4676 or chief.executive@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk
Posted: 22 Dec 2014
Merton Home Visits Library provides an invaluable service to housebound residents, who are no longer able to visit their local library to take out books. A team of volunteer book selectors and drivers work on a rota basis to choose and then deliver the books and talking tapes to the very grateful clients/users. If you could spare 2-4 hours a month to support this much needed service, or if you know anyone who is housebound and cannot access their local library,  please contact debby@mvsc.co.uk
Posted: 22 Dec 2014
Merton Council and Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) are excited to be working in partnership to recruit and support a new group of Merton Young Advisors. Young Advisors are trained young consultants who help show community leaders and decision makers how to encourage young people to get involved in community life, local decision making and improving services. The aim of the partnership is to build on the positive work of previous groups of Young Advisors by recruiting a ‘Merton wide’... read more
Posted: 15 Dec 2014
Love Wimbledon is offering an exciting opportunity to be part of the Information Desk team in Centre Court Shopping Centre. They are seeking a small team of reliable volunteers to cover the Information Desk during afternoons to help with enquiries from members of the public. You could even get the opportunity to help at events held on The Piazza and in the local area. The information desk has up to 1000 enquiries and distributes nearly 5000 pieces of literature to visitors, residents and... read more
Posted: 24 Nov 2014
The Hospital Home Volunteer will help reduce the fear and anxiety that vulnerable patients including those with dementia feel when they are discharged and return home after a hospital stay. During this transition period volunteers will offer practical and emotional support in hospital by running errands, accompanying patients on the journey home and will keep in touch through telephone befriending. Volunteers will provide assistance for up to six weeks and will build a relationship with service... read more
Posted: 10 Nov 2014
The Wimbledon Society is currently seeings a Secretary to the Planning Committee. The Planning Committee (PC) examines applications to the Merton Council Planning Department as well as takes an oversight on the Policies etc used by that department. The PC meets monthly on Mondays at 7.15pm in the Museum at 22 Ridgway. Meetings are planned and booked a year ahead. On average they last between two and three hours. The Secretary is responsible for booking the meetings, preparing Agendas, taking... read more
Posted: 28 Oct 2014
Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) which incorporates Volunteer Centre Merton, has launched a new innovative project that aims to raise the standard of volunteering for young people.   The ©Youth Approved Volunteering Award, funded by the Circle Housing Merton Priory Community Fund, aims to recognise and promote the achievements of organisations working with young volunteers as well as helping to raise the standards of volunteering to ensure young people are having the best experience... read more
Posted: 8 Oct 2014
Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL) have developed new training packages for disabled people and carers with an interest in working with disabled people. Richard Downes, Engagement and Development Worker at MCIL says: “We are in a time of great social upheaval and cultural change which is affecting the lives of disabled people. As activists and organisations we have made many calls for rights to be enacted and have won many a battle. Yet austerity packages have had a detrimental impact... read more
Posted: 3 Sep 2014
Merton Centre for Independent Living recently won the Innovative Volunteering Opportunity of the Year Award 2014, awarded by the Merton Partnership. As an organisation of disabled people, they need volunteer advisers, advocates, ambassadors, peer supporters and admin and events support. They also encourage people to promote and use their existing skills. Their new training package includes Disability Equality and skills set training in Safeguarding, Listening, Confidentiality, Note Taking,... read more

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