In such a short time, our world has changed. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is creating anxiety and over-shadowing other priorities, such as the Climate Emergency. We are told this is a temporary situation and we need to live each day as it comes but also not to forget what the future is about too. Here, we will share important updates that are relevant to both the current situation and the Climate Emergency. We are also putting systems in place so we can communicate more online - so although we need to distance ourselves physically, we aim to remain socially connected. Please note that our office will be closed until further notice. If you would like to contact us during this time, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Keep well and we will keep in touch!
CEO, Sustainable Merton
** Full Government guidance on staying at home and away from others **
'The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.'
Information for residents and businesses
Merton Council is in regular contact with both Public Health England and central government and will continue to follow and share their guidance as we prepare for the spread of COVID-19. An information page with the latest news and advice will be updated regularly, so please click here for details about school closures, council services and community action.
Merton’s COVID- 19 helpline is now live Merton Voluntary Service Council is working with Merton Council and the voluntary sector to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. Can you volunteer?
t: 0208 685 2272
Support local people at risk from COVID-19
Merton Giving has launched a Coronavirus Fund to provide monetary grants to charities working locally to help older people and other vulnerable groups at risk of Coronavirus. Your donations will be used to help assist volunteers to deliver shopping and other vital support to vulnerable people who are isolated in their homes during this difficult period.
Wimbledon Foodbank COVID-19 Crisis Appeal
Wimbledon Foodbank is raising emergency funds to allow them to deal with the increased demand across the London Borough of Merton due to COVID-19.
** DONATE NOW **
How you can help? If you can donate food then please donate at one of the locations listed HERE. If you cannot get to these locations then please give to the crisis appeal to help the food bank purchase the food they need.
Merton Mutual Aid
Merton Mutual Aid is a network of local volunteers aiming to support their vulnerable neighbours in their communities who are facing quarantine and isolation during the COVID-19 crisis. They are working to provide food and supplies and reduce social isolation and loneliness during these challenging times.
Dons Local Action Group
A group of kind-hearted football fans from AFC Wimbledon has set up an action group to help local people during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Dons Local Action Group is providing practical and emotional support to the people of Merton they are looking for food, other useful items and volunteers. An urgent public appeal for food has been launch and donations can be dropped off at three venues in the borough – The Alexandra pub and Morrisons in Wimbledon and Old Ruts sports club in Merton Park.
Follow @DonsLocalAction on Twitter for updates on collection points.
t: 020 3301 4511
More ways to help your community
Merton Council has shared some of the keys ways you can support your local community during these difficult and uncertain times. 1) Connect and reach out to your neighbours - As self-isolation increases, we will need to find new ways to stay in touch with neighbours to check on their physical and mental health. Share contact details and stay in touch. 2) Make the most of local online groups - Keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of your local community conversations. 3) Support vulnerable or isolated people - Different groups in our communities are at increased risk and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. Consider volunteering for local support services or donating to food banks to help. 4) Share accurate information and advice - Support anyone who may be anxious about Covid-19. Signpost them to the correct advice from Public Health England and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.
Fresh fruit and vegetables delivered direct to your home New Covent Garden Market is now offering fruit & vegetable box deliveries to homes and businesses located within the M25 with a London postcode. Currently, there are nine businesses offering Londoners a wide choice of options at competitive prices, including essentials such as milk, butter, eggs and fresh juice. Find out more
Waste and recycling collection
London boroughs are committed to supporting Londoners during the coronavirus pandemic and are working hard to continue to run essential services, including waste and recycling collections. Residents can help ensure the safety of waste operatives and limit the spread of the virus by ensuring refuse is securely contained, using extra bin bags if possible.