Volunteering News

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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
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