Covid-19 Volunteering Update

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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.

Facebook Group: 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-51880695

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

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

DONS Local Action Group
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.

DLA, collaborating with other groups, now have over 500 volunteers across Merton, Kingston & Wandsworth. In the week ending 10 May they 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 200 devices, making sure children without phones, laptops and tablets needed to access online school work are not left behind during lockdown.

You can find out more about their work & 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 our recent Post on DLA. To keep up to date with their rapidly growing activities, follow them on Twitter.


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