Covid-19 Merton Community Response & Volunteering Update

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THANK YOU to everyone who has been involved in the various volunteering and fund raising efforts we have seen come together in Merton over recent months.  

Read on for an update on the Covid-19 Community Response, how you can get involved, volunteer, donate, or register to receive support for you or someone you know who needs help.

MVSC – Volunteer Merton

In Merton, the MVSC (Volunteer Merton) is working with a range of key partners, such as Age UK Merton, Commonside Trust (New Horizon Centre), Wimbledon Guild, Merton Council, and the NHS Merton CCG to address the challenge of supporting older people and vulnerable groups at this unprecedented and concerning time.

They want to make sure that the response to Coronavirus is both save, relevant and in line with guidance from the government whilst being locally supported. Existing and new volunteers will be valuable in supporting local residents, often with simple acts that help to mitigate those who choose or are encouraged to self-isolate.

Further communication on how individuals and voluntary sector groups can volunteer is available on the MVSC website and you can find out more about their fantastic work in the latest edition of CommunityBytes.

The latest stats from the Merton Covid-19 Community Response Hub are shown below. What amazing support their teams and volunteers have provided to the Merton communities during the pandemic!

 

Wimbledon Guild

During the Covid-19 outbreak Wimbledon Guild are supporting #Merton in numerous ways. They are contacting isolated customers & delivering essential items – giving food vouchers to those on low incomes or unable to work.

Wimbledon Guild staff and volunteers are also out and about across the borough delivering tasty, nutritious meals. On the 27th April, they partnered with Two Teaspoons UK ( https://www.two-teaspoons.com/two-teaspoons-to-your-door ) to deliver home cooked meals to their HomeFood Café customers in return for donations to Wimbledon Guild.

If you can, please donate and help them to help others: 
http://https://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk/support-us/donate

To find out more about Wimbledon Guild and all the fantastic work their teams and volunteers are doing in Wimbledon and surrounding areas read our latest Wimblecomm Spotlight.

DONS Local Action Group

Dons Local Action achieved an amazing milestone during National Volunteers’ Week.  A total of 1,000 volunteers have now been enlisted for a community project that keeps on delivering – and finding new ways to help vulnerable people.

Earlier this week there was a message from the Dons Local Action Group Twitter page that proudly stated: “We’ve reached 1,000 registered volunteers! A huge milestone and perfect for #VolunteersWeek2020.”

DLA, collaborating with other groups, now have over 1000 volunteers across Merton, Kingston & Wandsworth. In the week ending 10 May they had already distributed over 1,800 food packages, supplied five hospitals and three ambulance stations, as well as homeless shelters and care homes!

On top of that, their Keep Kids Connected project has distributed over 300 devices, making sure children without phones, laptops and tablets needed to access online school work are not left behind during lockdown.

Their volunteers continue to support thousands of families in need, delivering countless weekly food parcels. You can find out more about their work as well as how you can get involved or how to register for help if you or someone you know needs it in our Spring Edition of CommunityBytes and find out more about how the DLA group started out in our Post on DLA.   

To keep up to date with their rapidly growing activities, key achievements and other news, follow them on Twitter and for a recent interview with Xavier Wiggins visit https://www.afcwimbledon.co.uk/news/2020/june/1000-and-counting-for-a-squad-that-keeps-on-delivering/

They can be contacted on their Telephone Hot Line: 020 3301 4511 or by Email on DLA@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk.

If you would like to support their work with a financial donation please go to their Crowd Funding page at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/donslocalactiongroup

Merton Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group

If you would like to volunteer, sign up via WhatsApp to the Merton Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group; it is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/563133244302570/.

Postcard Bid to Help Self-Isolating Neighbours

Postcard bid to help self-isolating neighbours https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-5188069

Nextdoor Neighbourhood App

If you don’t already have the Nextdoor Neighbourhood App, go and get it to see for yourself if it is for you. Local groups are mobilising to provide support to local residents, there is bound to be some activity happening near you…

Government Website with information on civil society support

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering/coronavirus-covid-19-civil-society-support

What began as a local attempt to help those in isolation or otherwise unable to go shopping for food has, since Easter 2020, grown into one of the biggest volunteering efforts in the country in response to Covid-19.

 

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