Volunteering and help in Merton
We understand that many residents are eager to help those in need in the community during this difficult time. Merton’s response is being led by the Merton Voluntary Service Council, their Coronavirus page can be accessed at: https://www.mvsc.co.uk/CoronavirusSupport.
If you need help from MVSC then you can phone on 020 8685 2272, or email: email@example.com.
If you would like to volunteer with MVSC then please contact the volunteer taskforce by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can sign up online at the MVSC corona support webpage.
Latest government advice
Please make sure you keep up to date with the latest advice from the Department for Health on Facebook or Twitter, or check their website on: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus . If you are self-isolating and cannot find any help, or know of someone who needs help, please contact your local Conservative councillors on 0208 545 3764 and we will try our best to assist you.
Elderly residents can also contact Age UK’s free advice line 0800 055 6112 which is available 8am-7pm every day. The Wimbledon Guild remain on hand for local advice and support and can be contacted on 020 8946 0735 or email@example.com
Please be aware that during these times a small number of people with alternative ideas may seek to take advantage of the situation. At these times please remain mindful of the following advice:
- Seek assistance from trusted neighbours and friends wherever possible, or reputable local charities and churches if this isn’t possible.
- Only give cash to someone you know well and trust.
- Do not give your bank card and pin number out to anybody.
- Plan in advance as online shopping deliveries currently take over 7 days to arrive.
- Consider alternative delivery services to the supermarket, such as the local milk man (who can deliver groceries as well as milk) or businesses delivering food locally such as “veg box” type deliveries.
If you or someone you know is being targeted by a scammer purporting to be aiding with home assistance, or any other scam then please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
The council is actively signposting residents to the latest advice through its website and twitter account to ensure that everyone remains alerted to further updates as they appear. This includes encouraging visitors to the Civic Centre to use the website where they can make contact with the council rather than attending in person as they might normally. Links to the latest national advice can be found on the council’s website here .
Latest news from Merton Council
The London Borough of Merton is working with the Government to ensure that those members of our community who are ‘shielded’ from the Coronavirus receive the support that they need by ensuring that they have enough food and medicine during this crisis.
The council has established a food hub and has already made over 150 deliveries to people in need across the borough. The civic centre remains closed but council services are continuing to operate remotely, and the council has redeployed staff to focus on assisting the local community.
Educational websites for local children
We know how difficult it is for parents and children across the borough at this times, the websites below provide useful material to teach and entertain children:
Girl Guides - https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/
Scouts - https://www.scouts.org.uk/
Natural History Museum - https://www.nhm.ac.uk/
BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Liverpool War Museum - https://liverpoolwarmuseum.co.uk/
Imperial War Museum - https://www.iwm.org.uk/
BBC Teach - https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach
Local food delivery
There are a number of local food delivery companies operating in Merton during the crisis, please see below:
Solstice food - https://www.solstice.co.uk/
Coppin Brothers - www.coppins-butchers.com
Smith and Brock - https://www.knock-knock-groceries.com/
Sushi Cupcake - https://sushicupcake.co.uk/grocery/
Clapham Fresh - https://www.claphamfresh.co.uk/
First Choice Produce - https://www.firstchoiceproduce.com/
Earles & co - https://www.weareearles.co.uk/eat/delivery
Pale Green Dot - https://www.palegreendot.co.uk/
Heanens Wholesale Meats Ltd - http://heanens.com