Merton celebrates library volunteers

Merton’s award winning libraries are celebrating Volunteers’ Week by saying thank you to its volunteers for the fantastic contribution they make to their service.

Over 500 volunteers have contributed their time to one of the seven libraries in Merton over the last year, with over 27,000 hours of volunteering being completed. Merton’s successful volunteering model is widely recognised across the country, receiving a number of awards including praise from Volunteering England.

Merton libraries volunteering recruitment campaign.

Cabinet member for Commerce, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah said: “Our volunteers come from all walks of life and bring a broad range of experience to their roles. People volunteer for a variety of reasons, it might be to meet new people, improve their skills or to give something back and make a difference to their local community.

“We have hundreds of volunteers making a huge difference to our award winning library service and this is our chance to recognise them for their hard work and commitment.”

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event that celebrates the fantastic contribution that volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too.

Ahead of Volunteers’ Week, Merton libraries hosted a thank you celebration to mark the excellent contribution volunteers have made to their service. The celebration saw over 130 volunteers awarded certificates of appreciation by former Mayor, Councillor Mary Curtin, Councillor Nick Draper and Chief Executive of MVSC, Khadiru Mahdi. The event recognised the outstanding contribution that volunteers make on a daily basis to improve library services and make them more reflective of the communities they serve. Volunteers undertake a wide variety of roles including meeting and greeting, supporting children’s activities, shelving books and helping to deliver outreach sessions.

If you would like to try something new, Merton libraries are recruiting volunteers this summer. To find out about the opportunities available visit: or pop into one of the seven libraries and speak to a member of staff.