Where to get help and how to volunteer to offer local support
Isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19 in Merton are already being supported by a volunteer taskforce set up by Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC).
Anyone who puts themselves forward may be asked to support people who are currently unable to leave their home.
If you require help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8685 2272 between the hours of 10am and 4pm, Monday - Friday.
If you are able to volunteer, or know anyone that wants to volunteer, contact the volunteer taskforce at email@example.com or go to https://www.mvsc.co.uk/news/coronavirus-support-merton.
Volunteers will be partnered with key groups who will allocate you to tasks which may include:
Volunteers must take the following steps to make sure they do not contribute to the spread of coronavirus:
The Coronavirus Support scheme is being supported by a range of local charities and support organisations, including Wimbledon Guild.
The Guild says it has been calling all its customers to check they are safe and to see what support they need.
CEO Wendy Pridmore said: “As you may have heard this week over 1 million older and vulnerable people will be directly contacted by the Government and asked to stay indoors for 12 weeks. We believe that approximately 3,000 of these people live in Merton.
"On Monday, a voluntary sector led helpline was launched providing practical and emotional support. We are delighted to be part of the taskforce alongside Merton Council and other local charities.
“We are all now on lockdown which can be very challenging, bringing increased levels of anxiety and with that a tremendous impact on our mental health.
“To help with this our staff and volunteers have been busy providing catch up calls with our customers and making deliveries of much needed items where possible. We are also providing counselling services and grief support by telephone to people who may need our support.
“The Coronavirus impact on our local community is changing rapidly and we are doing everything we can to ensure we can adapt our services to help the most vulnerable people in Merton.
“If you are in a position to make a financial donation to help us support people in our Merton community at this very difficult time, that would make a huge difference to our ability to offer direct help with their immediate costs.”
You can donate to Wimbledon Guild via this link: https://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk/support-us/donate.
Other nationwide and London-based helpline services include:
March 27, 2020