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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
Posted: 6 Feb 2017
The Beyond Barriers Mentoring Project, funded by The Big Lottery, provides general mentoring and IT/Computer Mentoring for adult carers and former carers from hard to reach communities. Their volunteers make a real difference to carers and former carers by building a supportive, trusting relationship empowering them to achieve identified goals. Mentors meet with their mentee for one-hour a week and can provide both practical and emotional support as appropriate. Having formulated an action plan... read more
Posted: 3 Feb 2017
The January edition of DBS Disclosure News is now available for you to read. They have included a mixture of news and updates to interest their wide range of stakeholders. This issue of the newsletter includes: Looking forward from their Chief Executive R1 Project Update Metropolitan Police Update Policy & guidance updates from Department for Education and the DBS Registered Body: Compliance Visits Barring Referral Improvements DBS maintaining accreditation Working together to combat fraud... read more
Posted: 23 Jan 2017
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, has called for a national debate on the role of volunteering in public services. In a letter sent to NCVO members, Etherington says he expects 2017 to be a "bumpy ride", with lower economic growth, higher inflation and the "all-consuming task of Brexit". But most of the letter is devoted to considering the role of volunteers in the sector and in public services. Etherington says that if there is to be a truly shared society - the phrase used last... read more
Posted: 23 Jan 2017
Have you completed 100 hours of volunteering in the past 12 months? If so, you can sign up here to receive your ValueYou discount card for use in over 25 local small businesses in Merton.  You will also receive a certificate to verify your 100 hours of volunteering. You can register with the scheme either online through the website http://tinyurl.com/VYMerton or with a paper application form. Volunteer managers can email contactus@valueyou.org to receive guidance on how to support volunteers to... read more
Posted: 18 Jan 2017
Due to the growth of Sustainable Merton’s work and their recent success in winning part-funding for their Community Champions Project, Sustainable Merton is looking for help to raise the rest of the funds needed for this project as well as to increase the sustainability of their longer-term funding. The role will suit anyone who has some previous experience or knowledge of what’s involved in writing funding applications and an interest in environmentalism and promoting sustainable lifestyles.... read more
Posted: 6 Jan 2017
Team London is offering grants of up to £10,000 to small charities and not-for-profits in London. This funding will help you to increase volunteering amongst 59-69 year olds or increase the number of volunteers who support older people. The focus of the grant round is to: increase volunteering amongst 59-69-year-olds who are about to leave the workforce or have just left it. This volunteering will encourage them to use their skills for the benefit of the community. And/or: increase the number... read more
Posted: 12 Dec 2016
The fully updated third edition of this toolkit can be used by anyone who involves volunteers in their organisation or coordinates their activities and helps organisations assess the difference that volunteering makes.  As well as this printed handbook with step by step guidance on how to assess the impact of volunteering, you will also have access to a range of tools and templates in a free downloadable resource pack. Instructions on how to access the resource pack can be found on page seven... read more
Posted: 5 Dec 2016
Attend our group recruitment session and meet members of our volunteering team who can advise you on available volunteering opportunities that might interest you. This session is ideal if you would like to find out about volunteering with Mitcham Community Orchard and Gardens to continue developing the site for the local community.  Meet their team and find out how you can get involved in this exciting initiative. Tuesday 13th December2016 10am - 12pm Vestry Hall, 336 - 338 London... read more