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Posted: 19 Aug 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... read more
Posted: 14 Aug 2014
Home Start Merton has been supporting families in Merton since 1993 and offers support to families with at least one child under five.  Families are visited regularly in their own homes by volunteers who have all had experience of parenting, and know how hard it can sometimes be. By visiting a family in their own home and offering support, volunteers represent a lifeline for many families who are finding it hard to cope. Volunteers visit the family for 2-3 hours one day a week. They work... read more
Posted: 7 Aug 2014
Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Their vision is a nation of confident children who can read and grow up to lead successful lives.  As a Beanstalk reading helper, you will work with children on a one-to-one basis, giving them your full attention and support to improve reading levels, increase overall confidence and inspire a lifelong love of reading... read more
Posted: 18 Jul 2014
Prudential RideLondon, is a multi-award winning festival of cycling, that see 24,000 individuals riding to raise funds for small and national charities, ride a gruelling 100 miles, following the Olympic route, from the Queen Elizabeth Park ( Stratford), through several London boroughs( including Merton),   out to the Surrey Hills and finishing along The Mall.  This year’s event takes place on Sunday 10th August 2014 and we are seeking Merton residents to volunteers to help in various roles... read more
Posted: 17 Jul 2014
Merton Community Transport is launching a new Volunteer car scheme.    Their goal is to enable and encourage people who have difficulty using existing public transport services to carry on with their routines by providing essential, cost effective transport—helping them to lead healthier and more active lives.    Can you give some time using your own car, alternatively MCT’s MPV to transport a person locally? They will arrange training and ensure that all the administration is in place. You can... read more
Posted: 1 Jul 2014
On Friday 27 June the staff from the London offices of Indigo Planning spent the day volunteering for local charity The Wimbledon Guild helping to create a new communal garden for local residents and customers. The site for the communal garden is at Dundonald Road in Wimbledon.  The land is owned by The Wimbledon Guild whose aim is to create a multi-purpose space offering something for everyone.  It will include places to sit, raised vegetable beds and a sensory garden.  The Indigo Planning... read more
Posted: 30 Jun 2014
Neighbours donned gloves and litter-pickers for the first in a series of big clean-ups of their community. Councillors, volunteers and residents joined forces for the Big Pollards Hill Clean Up in the park behind the New Horizon Centre on Friday, June 27. Mervin Eubanks, a Team Merton volunteer, said: "We are trying to get the residents involved in a clean-up of their area because at the end of the day it's their community, they have to live here and it's a very nice area. There are some... read more
Posted: 27 Jun 2014
The Colour House Children’s Theatre is currently seeking new trustees. They are looking for self-motivated people with an interest in theatre, who have the time and energy to commit to promoting and supporting their projects and activities, and to developing new ideas. They particularly need help with PR, marketing and fundraising. If you are interested please contact either Linda or Geraldine for an interview. Linda Kirby 07946 533 374  Linda.kirby@merton.gov.uk or Geraldine Stanford  07961... read more
Posted: 27 Jun 2014
Merton Against Trafficking will be holding an information evening for anybody interested in becoming a regular volunteer. If you would like to hear more about the work that they do at MAT and find out some of the ways that you could volunteer your time and skills, then join them on Thursday 3rd July, 7.45pm at 21 Crown Lane, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5BY to find out more. If you would like to join them please contact the team on stoptraffik.merton@gmail.com or call 07896 269 487
Posted: 23 Jun 2014
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. In Merton, we run activities throughout the month. This week we will highlight people who contribute to their community by adding their inspiring stories below. Hopefully it will raise awareness of the varied and exciting ways in which people give their time and the organisations they give it to. Scroll down to see this weeks stories... read more