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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
Posted: 27 Feb 2017
If volunteers make a difference to your charity, community or organisation then make sure you’ve got Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June in your diary! It’s the annual campaign to be part of to thank your volunteers and celebrate the difference they make. Last year there was a record breaking 900 events across the country posted on our Volunteers’ Week map and we hope that many more will be inspired by the campaign this year. From running events to sharing thank you messages on social media we want to... read more
Posted: 17 Feb 2017
Home-Start Merton is seeking a Trustee Treasurer to join their well-established London based children’s charity. They offer support, friendship and practical help to families across Merton. They train volunteers who are usually parents themselves to visit families with at least one child under 11 in their homes. A key element of the Trustee Treasurer role is to help with decisions on budgets and forecast, to attend funding meetings with the scheme head and major funders and to give general... read more
Posted: 9 Feb 2017
Although volunteering is unpaid, it should not cost a volunteer anything either. That’s why it’s good practice to reimburse a volunteer for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the course of their volunteering. Why reimburse expenses? Expecting volunteers to cover their own expenses could be a barrier to people with low incomes or little spare cash. Not reimbursing expenses could also deter people who feel they are already contributing a significant amount of time. Which expenses should be... read more