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Posted: 7 Nov 2016
The Youth Action Connect project is looking for males aged 18 - 25 to befriend other young men in the borough of Merton aged 14 - 18. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a real impact on a young persons life through the role of their befriender. As a befriender you would meet once a week, or every other week for six months - one year, to do things that they wouldn't usually be able to do initially without you. This could quite simply be going for a coffee and a cake to chat, going to a... read more
Posted: 7 Nov 2016
It’s Youth Work Week and we want to get Merton on the map! The week is an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work. This year’s theme is Fair Chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures– find out more about the theme. Why not join the Twitter selfie campaign! Download the banner, print and tweet us a selfie telling everyone why you are supporting youth work using the hashtag #YWW16 – and... read more
Posted: 4 Nov 2016
Local welfare charity Wimbledon Guild is appealing for volunteers as part of National Befriending Week 2016. The charity, which has supported the community since 1907, is appealing for volunteers to come forward who may be able to offer friendship to someone in Merton who is battling loneliness or isolation. The Wimbledon Guild team have highlighted Mitcham as the area that most needs help and would like to hear from anyone who may be able to spare an hour or more a week to support an isolated... read more
Posted: 21 Oct 2016
The Office for Civil Society and Nesta announced three new grant funds totalling £4 million which aim to increase volunteering among the over 50s. With life expectancy in the UK increasing, a valuable opportunity has opened up for greater numbers of volunteers to share their skills and talents with others in later life - offering a rewarding experience for both sides. Recognising the important contribution that older volunteers already make, these new funds will explore how more people can be... read more
Posted: 18 Oct 2016
What does good volunteer management look like and how do you put this into practice? Good practice in volunteer management is key to unlocking the potential of volunteering in your organisation. Based on NCVO’s UK wide quality standard, Investing in Volunteers, this course provides an introduction to the key principles of good practice in volunteer management and how to apply them to your organisation. By the end of the day you will: be able to demonstrate the key principles of good practice... read more
Posted: 23 Sep 2016
The number of volunteers in charity shops has fallen by around 6 per cent, according to data from this year’s Charity Shops Survey. The survey, published by Charity Finance and Fundraising magazines, and sponsored by the Charity Retail Association, collected data from 75 charities which between them have around 137,000 volunteers in their shops. When comparing shops which completed both this year’s and last year’s survey, the survey found a drop of around 9,000 volunteers. Total hours... read more
Posted: 13 Sep 2016
One of the Wimbledon Guild’s most popular volunteers is celebrating two milestones this week – her 50th birthday and clocking up more than 5,000 hours of volunteering. Noreen Sheridan, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a valued member of the team, where she holds a special place in the hearts of customers and staff. Staff say she has made an ‘outstanding’ contribution and have nominated her for the Merton Community Awards. For the last nine years, she has been working part-time alongside the café... read more