Coronavirus and the Merton community

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

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 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.'

Go to GOV.UK

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 COVID-19 Community Response Hub

The Merton COVID-19 Community Response Hub is a partnership between Age UK

Merton, 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 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

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.

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.

Donate today

Wimbledon Foodbank COVID-19 Crisis Appeal

How you can help? If you can donate food then please donate at one of the locations listed HERE.

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.

Find out more

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.