COVID-19 MERTON COMMUNITY RESPONSE & VOLUNTEERING

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THANK YOU to everyone who has been involved in the amazing 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 in Merton and further info on how you can get involved, volunteer, donate, or register for receive support for you or someone you know who needs help. 

For a comprehensive list of additional support resources available to Merton Residents, please make sure you visit our Merton Community and Support Resources pages.

MERTON COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE HUB

The Merton COVID-19 Community Response Hub is a partnership between Age UK, Merton Voluntary Service Council, and Wimbledon Guild.  It was set up in March 2020 to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19.  

Are you isolated, at risk from COVID-19 and need help with any of the following? 

  • Support with shopping and basic supplies 

  • Access to prescription and medication 

  • Telephone befriending 

  • Advice and practical help to stay active 

  • Support to stay independent at home 

If you, or someone you know, needs help please email help@mvsc.co.uk or call 020 8685 2272, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. 

How do I volunteer? 
Volunteers will be allocated tasks to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. If you would like to add your name to the volunteer waiting list please email volunteer@mvsc.co.uk

Note: If you feel unwell, do not volunteer to help others who are isolating. Please ensure you wash your hands regularly, especially before and after you deliver any items to a person in isolation and stay 2 meters away from the person where possible. 

To access this information in another language, please click here.   

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 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, and to find out how you can get involved, read our Wimblecomm Spotlight and visit their website: https://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk.  

DONS LOCAL ACTION GROUP

Dons Local Action Group Wimbledon Morrisons

Dons Location Action Group have been key in the continued provision of practical support to vulnerable Merton residents and those in need of a little extra help during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A while back we reported on their milestone achievement of enlisting 1,000 volunteers!  Since then they have continued to go from strength to strength – as of late August they work with 1500 volunteers, delivered 31,000 one week food parcels, 720+ laptops and tablets, and 120+ pieces of furniture and appliances, and are working with 90+ aid agencies across Merton, Wandsworth and Kingston.  

They have started to promote access to sports, essential life skills coaching and mentoring, initiatives to improve local environments, enrich lives and strengthen our community.  It’s great to hear that they are ‘hear to stay’ and expanding their services beyond the immediate crisis support during COVID-19!  

To find out more make sure you read our recent Wimblecomm Spotlight Interview with Xavier Wiggins, one of the co-founders of the Dons Local Action Group.

Contact Details

 Telephone Hot Line: 020 3301 4511, Email: 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

Older News on the DLAG

A few weeks ago, we reported on DLAG’s work… 

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 the AFC Wimbledon website.  

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

A grassroots community network supporting vulnerable Merton residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Visit their website for more information Merton Mutual Aid
 
If you would like to volunteers, sign up via WhatsApp to the Merton COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group; and connect with them on Facebook .

POSTCARD BID TO HELP SELF ISOLATING NEIGHBOURS

Postcard bid to help self-isolating neighbours, find out more here.  

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…

CIVIL SOCIETY SUPORT GOVERNMENT WEBSITE

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 the COVID-19 crisis.  Find out more on the government’s civil society support website.

 

 

 

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