Volunteering News

The latest news about volunteering in Merton powered by Merton Voluntary Service Council.

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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
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