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We are recruiting for a Working Age Outreach Worker P/T

We can offer you a challenging, developing and rewarding environment, and a competitive salary circa £18,000 – £19,000 depending on experience.

Part time 24 hours per week   Please note that this is FTC: 18 months remainder of a 3 year contract.

We are a successful, highly regarded, sight-loss charity offering much needed support to visually impaired children and adults living in Merton.

We help more than 440 vision impaired young people with varying degrees of sight loss every year. MertonVision is working to be London’s leading sight-loss charity.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Person to develop social and peer support activities and to promote the take up of statutory and voluntary services for working age people with impaired vision in Merton. The post will involve working with community and minority ethnic groups including some older people. You must have excellent communication and people skills.

You will work as part of an Outreach team.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

We encourage applications from all members of the community.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role please apply with your CV and covering letter.

Closing date: 7th September 2020           Interview date: Week commencing: 14th September 2020

Please see job description and person specification

Please apply with your CV and covering letter by 01/09/2020 to:

For further information contact The ServiceAnchor Manager, MertonVision, The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon road, Colliers Wood, London, SW19 2DX. Tel: 020 8540 5446. Email:   Merton Voluntary Association for the Blind   Registered Charity Number 1075388


Band 6 (Actual Salary Range £32,400 to £37,500) depending on qualifications and experience

7 hours per week pro rata

We are a successful, highly regarded, sight-loss charity offering much needed support to visually impaired children and adults living in Merton.

MertonVision is looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and committed Habilitation Specialist to join our successful team within the Sensory Service, supporting children and young people with visual impairment across the borough.

This is an opportunity to work with a committed team which supports children with visual impairment through Primary and Secondary Resources and outreach, to families and settings.

Your role will be to support the habilitation needs of these children and young people. You will develop individually tailored programmes and training based on the identified needs of children and young people 0 – 25 years. You will ensure positive transitions from home into all settings including into adult services as appropriate. You will work in home, school and public settings with children, their families and a range of professionals.

We encourage applications from all members of the community.

The successful candidate will have a nationally recognised qualification in Habilitation training for children and young people with a visual impairment

Closing date: 26/10/2020                                  Interview date: Week commencing: 02/11/2020

Job description and person specification

AnchorPlease apply with your CV and covering letter by 01/09/2020 to:

For an informal chat concerning applications please call Kevin Gregory, Services Manager

MertonVision, The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road, SW19 2DX Tel 020 8540 5446 Merton Voluntary Association for the Blind  Registered Charity Number 1075388



Thank you for you applications. We were delighted with the response we received!

needed support in Merton.  We do this through rehabilitation, mobility training and inclusive social activities. We help more than 400 vision impaired people with varying degrees of sight loss every year.

We offer you:

❖ a competitive salary c£17,500 for 14 hour week
❖ flexible working
❖ great variety
❖ a friendly inclusive work environment in pleasant surroundings close to local amenities
❖ the ability to add real value while making a true impact on our charity

This is a far ranging new role which you can make your own. Our successful candidate will shape how the charity works with different fundraising audiences raising the profile of the charity withregional corporates, trusts, foundations and institutions. The initial appointment will be on a six month fixed-term contract (two days per week) after which a permanent contract may be offered depending on the success of the initial fundraising strategy.

Over the six months our successful candidate will:

✓ Write applications for our existing 5-10 identified opportunities 
✓ Research additional application opportunities
✓ Apply to Merton based organisations to become their 2021 COTY
✓ Develop funds to support fundraising initiatives
✓ Mentor our Community Fundraiser
✓ Initiate systems and processes to help improve fundraising and maximise income 

The successful candidate will be able to work well on their own initiative and within short timelines.

MertonVision is entering into a new strategic period of our development and are offering thisfantastic opportunity for the right candidate.

More information can be found here: here

If you would like to discuss the role please contact Kevin Gregory, the Services Manager, directly on 020 8540 5446 or by email:

Please submit your CV with accompanying letter to:

Closing date for applications 31/07/20

Interviews will be held early August 2020.





We are recruiting a number of voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees                


We are a successful, highly regarded, sight-loss charity offering much needed support to visually impaired children and adults living in Merton.


We do this through re-habilitation, mobility training and inclusive social activities. We help more than 400 vision impaired people with varying degrees of sight loss every year. Over 85 staff, trustees and volunteers help deliver this vital support. MertonVision is working to be London’s leading sight-loss charity.


Whether you’re an experienced Trustee or looking to take your first steps at Board level we want to hear from you.

Our new Trustees will have skills in one or more of the following areas:


Marketing/PR/Digital communications

Fundraising and campaigning/lobbying

Enterprising growth and Business Planning


As a Trustee you will gain:

  • The chance to support a cause you care about- to give something back
  • Opportunities to further your career
  • Experience in the charity sight loss sector
  • The chance to implement social care initiatives

We encourage applications from all members of the local community.


The minimum commitment we need is 6 afternoon/evening Board meetings per year plus the AGM and Members evening, all will be based at the Centre in Colliers Wood.


Please see the role description here

Please apply with your CV and covering letter by 31st July 2020 to:

Subject field: Trustee application


For an informal chat concerning applications please just call Kevin Gregory, Services Manager

MertonVision, The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road, SW19 2DX Tel 0208 540 5446

Closing date 31st July. Interviews to be held early August.      Merton Voluntary Association for the Blind        Registered Charity Number 1075388

Trustee pack June 2020

Attached above and printed below:

MertonVision Trustee Information Pack


About us:

MertonVision (Merton Voluntary Association for the Blind) has been established since 1965. We provide a range of activities for individuals and their families who are blind or partially sighted. Services such as: Information & advice, counselling, transport, lunch, dance, art, fitness and various engaging social groups from aerobics to general discussions and quizzes. We work with children and young people, working age adults and adults over 65 and strive to help them to stay independent, confident and fully active.

Our Vision:

MertonVision believes in the right of an individual to a full role in society. Our aim is to support and provide services to individuals at different times in their lives to enable them to achieve that objective and to deliver the highest possible quality of services to many more blind and partially sighted people in Merton.


Our Mission:

MertonVision was established to ‘…. grant assistance to all blind and partially sighted persons ordinarily resident in the London Borough of Merton…visiting of blind and partially sighted persons in their own homes, hospitals or elsewhere with a view to affording them comfort and encouragement and assistance in the solution of domestic and other problems… provide every other service and assistance necessary for the benefit, health and comfort of blind and partially sighted persons in relation to their visual impairment and any other impairment they may have.’




The Role of our Trustees:

The primary role of our Trustees is to provide strategic leadership and ensure that MertonVision fulfils its duty to our beneficiaries through its charitable activities and delivers on our vision, mission and values.



The role of a Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel and other (pre-agreed) expenses may be reimbursed.



Our offices are located at The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road, Colliers Wood, SW19 2DX, the majority of Trustee meetings and activities will take place here. However, from time to time Trustees might be asked to attend meetings at external venues and will be notified of the venue in advance.


Time commitment: 

There are approximately four full Trustee Board meetings, plus our AGM, per year. In addition, there may be occasional ad hoc and sub committee meetings and task and finish group meetings scheduled to deal with specific issues, projects or programmes.


The sub committees and task and finish groups will report to the Board of Trustees


In addition to Board Meetings, other contact – usually electronic or by telephone – will be necessary at various intervals throughout the year.





Generic Trustee Role Description:

The statutory duties of a trustee are:

  • To ensure the organisation complies with its trust deed, constitution, or articles of association.
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its trust deed.
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives – the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how ‘charitable’ and ‘worthwhile’ those activities are.
  • To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.


  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation


  • To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation’s funds.
  • To appoint the Service Manager and monitor his or her performance or to monitor the performance of other staff managed by the Board or Board members.


  • As well as the various statutory duties, any trustee should make full use of any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board make good decisions.
  • Willingness to act in the best interest of the charity while adhering the Nolan principles of public life

The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Trustee will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.


The qualities of a Trustee:


  • Commitment to the charity’s objects, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the charity’s objects and aims.
  • Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect the confidences of colleagues.
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.


  • Prior experience of committee/trustee work.
  • Knowledge of the type of work undertaken by the organisation.
  • A wider involvement with the voluntary sector.
  • Experience of committee work.

Benefit of being a Trustee of MertonVision:


  • Contributing to a great cause – supporting people with sight loss.
  • Strategic experience – critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Professional networks – meeting diverse professionals.
  • Developing skills and experience – adapting your professional knowledge.
  • Team working – constructively challenge ideas, interpersonal skills.




How to apply:

To apply, please email your CV to MertonVision along with a covering letter of 250-300 words; stating why you wish to join the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.

Please note, an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and reference check will be obtained for the successful candidate.

Application and Selection Process – Dates for your diary:


Application’s Closing Date31st July 2020.
Interview Process  mid August  2020(some flexibility applies)
Induction Process (some flexibility applies)


Board Members – November 2019

Harry Cowd, Chair

Roy Benjamin, Vice Chair

Steven Moore, Treasurer

Valerie Morrison

Wayne Busbridge

Simon Coates

Francine Pugh