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Posted: 18 Apr 2017
Download your digital resource pack - it has everything you need to help plan your celebrations, including bunting, the logo and press release templates. Don't forget to post your event on here and tell MVSC about your plans so we can share them for you!   
Posted: 29 Mar 2017
Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. If you want to assess the quality of your volunteer management and involvement, prove and improve the effectiveness of your work with volunteers, and enhance your organisation's reputation, Investing in Volunteers provides the ideal framework. The benefits Enhance your volunteers’ experience and increase their motivation Strengthen your reputation and encourage more people to volunteer Minimise... read more
Posted: 29 Mar 2017
It makes sense to use the growing rise in the use of technology to your advantage when it comes to showcasing your volunteering opportunities. These tips will help you devise a plan for attracting volunteers and capturing attention online. Utilise your networks to build reach: Successful engagement comes from mobilising your supporters and the key players who will be able to reach people you're not able to. Research key organisations' social networks and reach out to them, asking them to share... read more
Posted: 20 Mar 2017
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is looking for volunteers to help at their three-day Fundraising Convention in London at the Barbican Centre. It’s one of the largest fundraisings event in Europe, with over 2,500 fundraiser, suppliers and experts coming together to share, network and learn from each other during this truly innovative and immersive experience. In order to run this event, the IoF needs a large number of volunteers. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend this event and... read more
Posted: 8 Mar 2017
The list of largest charities by volunteer numbers is one of a number of pieces of information that Civil Society News has gathered from the Charity Commission's website recently. Top ten volunteering charities Methodist Women in Britain (140,000) Royal British Legion (119,000) Scout Association (116,438) Girlguiding (100,000) Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter day Saints (62,000) National Trust (61,000) National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies 2003 (55,122) British Trust for... read more
Posted: 7 Mar 2017
Join Team London's Enterprise Adviser programme and be part of this national network of high-calibre business professionals signing up to be an Enterprise Adviser. This programme brings together business and education. For more details of the opportunity see here. Please feel free to advertise amongst your networks. As an adviser you will: You will spend approximately 8 hours a month working with a school allocated to you, both remotely and face to face. You will be supported by a partner... read more
Posted: 3 Mar 2017
Everyone can volunteer, from all cultures, abilities, backgrounds and age groups. Visit www.volunteermerton.org.uk to search for opportunities that suit you. If you cannot find what you are looking for on our website, why not come to our next recruitment session, where you can talk to someone on our team to discuss your interests and match you with a suitable volunteering opportunity. We will be joined by Sustainable Merton so you can find out about the role of a Community Champion. From... read more
Posted: 3 Mar 2017
How are we going to bring Londoners together? The short answer is: there is no short answer. However, there's definitely a role for volunteering, that's the view of Matthew Ryder, the deputy mayor of London with special responsibility for social integration, social mobility and community engagement. He - and long-standing friend Sadiq Khan - believe that volunteering is a great way to build stronger links between communities as it brings people of different ages and backgrounds together. Read... read more
Posted: 1 Mar 2017
Are you interested in learning more about learning disabilities? Keen to make a difference in the community? Or just have a couple of hours to spare? Merton Mencap is a charity supporting adults, young people and children with a learning disability and their family carers in Merton.  They have a range of projects and activities to choose from and you will be provided with all the training and support that you need to make the most of your volunteering experience with them. For further... read more
Posted: 27 Feb 2017
Do you have just one hour a week spare to visit an older person in their own home? The Wimbledon Guild has socially isolated older people currently waiting for the right volunteer to come along. They desperately need volunteers for their Befriending Service throughout Merton. You will be carefully matched with someone according to shared interest, language and cultural needs, as well as geography. Many of their volunteers visit someone very local to them from their own community. For many... read more