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Reopening of the civic centre – how to access our services safely

NEW News from Merton Council - 16 hours 22 min ago

Keeping you and our staff safe is our top priority. This is why the safest way to access support from us is on our website or over the telephone on 020 8274 4901 rather than visiting us in person. You’ve done really well over the last four months by accessing services remotely, let’s keep that up and keep everyone safe.

If you cannot access your service this way and need to visit the civic centre, the building will reopen to the public from Wednesday 5 August, 10am-4pm. It will look and feel a little different and we ask you to follow some simple safety guidance:

  • Do not enter the civic centre if you are ill or have a fever, cough, or a loss of smell and taste or difficulty breathing.
  • Visit alone, unless you need a helper or have young children you need to bring with you.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Use hand sanitiser before entering and when leaving the building.
  • Adhere to social distancing throughout the building.
  • Follow the advice and instructions of staff.
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Merton Community Fridge: feeding the borough and cutting food waste

NEW News from Merton Council - 16 hours 54 min ago

The rise in unemployment and personal issues resulting from the pandemic has massively increased the amount of residents unable to secure an adequate and nutritious diet for themselves and their families. However, Merton’s Community Fridge continues to offer fresh, healthy food.

Each week, volunteers hand out free food parcels to eligible residents at Morden Baptist Church, Grasmere Avenue, on Thursday afternoons from 2–4pm. Merton’s Community Fridge was conceived by Sustainable Merton, Merton’s leading environmental charity, before the COVID-19 crisis, to help find a long-term solution to tackle food poverty and reduce food waste. During the lockdown it became part of the emergency response to provide food for hundreds of people, including residents unable to shop as they were required to shield.

Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions, a 70-strong group of residents passionate about improving the environment, played a key role in establishing Merton’s Community Fridge. They worked tirelessly to get food to people and continue to keep the lifeline going. Thanks to the time they have given, in May and June alone, Sustainable Merton distributed over 1,700kg of food, saving 5,550kg of CO2, and provided food assistance to almost 50 families.

As soon as lockdown came into place, Merton Council, in partnership with Merton College and Sustainable Merton, led on the co-ordination of a rapidly-established network of local organisations working together to tackle the COVID-19 food crisis. A central food distribution hub was set up at Merton College, Morden, which has bulk storage facilities. Food was brought to the hub, staffed by Merton Council employees, by the London Food Alliance and came from surplus stock, donated by wholesalers, manufacturers, restaurants and supermarkets. A range of groups distributed food, including Sustainable Merton, Wimbledon Foodbank, The Wimbledon Guild, The Dons Local Action Group, Kommunity Kitchen, the Salvation Army, Commonside Development Trust, Friends in St. Helier, the Polish Family Association, as well as Tooting and Mitcham Football Club.

If you want to volunteer, receive a food parcel, or donate fresh food, visit www.sustainablemerton.org or email communityfridge@sustainablemerton.org.

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NAVCA - 4 August, 2020 - 15:01
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Advice on social distancing for young people has been updated in collaboration with young people in the hope to identify areas which may not previously have been that clear. https://t.co/H18K8SVibQ

NAVCA - 4 August, 2020 - 10:25
Advice on social distancing for young people has been updated in collaboration with young people in the hope to identify areas which may not previously have been that clear. https://bit.ly/2EPddtF

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Good morning all! What do we all think of these proposed changes to Twitter? Good, bad, no impact at all? https://t.co/HJN3awggSY #TechTuesday https://t.co/x8RcOc4jkF

NAVCA - 4 August, 2020 - 09:22
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Right that's us for today. Thank you all you excellent people out there. You do you and stay safe. https://t.co/rEUJ1hKtFq

NAVCA - 3 August, 2020 - 16:52
Right that's us for today. Thank you all you excellent people out there. You do you and stay safe. https://t.co/rEUJ1hKtFq

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Do you have a story to tell about how a charity or voluntary organisation has touched your life or your family? Then watch this fab video from @CVSBeds and then share your story! #NeverMoreNeeded https://t.co/BnORb025fi

NAVCA - 3 August, 2020 - 15:47
Do you have a story to tell about how a charity or voluntary organisation has touched your life or your family? Then watch this fab video from @CVSBeds and then share your story! #NeverMoreNeeded https://biteable.com/watch/story-to-tell-2666888

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NAVCA - 3 August, 2020 - 15:04
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The Government has announced that it will be opening up the free flu vaccine to a new age group - 50 to 64 year olds. https://t.co/tvFdni7Mk9

NAVCA - 3 August, 2020 - 14:44
The Government has announced that it will be opening up the free flu vaccine to a new age group - 50 to 64 year olds. https://bit.ly/3guGWGo

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For those of you out there who are operating across multiple social media sites... (We know who you are!)... here's a handy guide on how to increase engagement on Facebook. https://t.co/fKiKfwC0GA

NAVCA - 3 August, 2020 - 13:42
For those of you out there who are operating across multiple social media sites... (We know who you are!)... here's a handy guide on how to increase engagement on Facebook. https://bit.ly/3gj7bzj

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Merton Council calls on Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate proposal to downgrade St Helier Hospital

NEW News from Merton Council - 3 August, 2020 - 12:33

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis outside the London Offices of the EHRC

Merton Council is writing to the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), asking him to investigate the proposed decision to downgrade St Helier Hospital.

The letter is being sent following the approval of the decision making business case by the NHS Committees in Common of the South West London and Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Groups on 3 July, to locate a new specialist emergency care hospital in Belmont, south of Sutton, rather than at St Helier Hospital.

The council is calling on the EHRC to investigate because it believes that the effect of closing critical services, including the accident and emergency department, paediatrics and consultant-led maternity services, would be to disadvantage the most deprived residents in the hospital catchment area.

The Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Alambritis, who is a former EHRC commissioner, said: “Downgrading St Helier Hospital is a terrible decision, which will have a particularly detrimental impact on our most deprived residents. We are asking the Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate whether the full adverse impact on BAME communities of closing critical health services at St Helier Hospital has been properly taken into account.

“The importance of this has been underlined by COVID-19 – people from BAME communities are more likely to become seriously ill after contracting the virus and, as we will be living with the pandemic for some time to come, this must be taken into account when planning future health services.”

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Women and Equalities, Councillor Laxmi Attawar, said: “It is clear that BAME communities will be disproportionally adversely affected by the proposed decision to downgrade St Helier Hospital. The plans would result in an unacceptable risk of an inferior health service for residents who rely on acute care the most.

“We are questioning whether the needs of BAME communities have been thoroughly evaluated when planning critical health care services and if their views have been given sufficient consideration.”

ENDS

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Have a great weekend everyone! Stay safe, stay cool. https://t.co/JaASaLHpVp

NAVCA - 31 July, 2020 - 16:43
Have a great weekend everyone! Stay safe, stay cool. https://t.co/JaASaLHpVp

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The @PatientsAssoc has launched a report based on their work looking at patient experience. https://t.co/6SvFeLqYqM

NAVCA - 31 July, 2020 - 15:41
The @PatientsAssoc has launched a report based on their work looking at patient experience. https://bit.ly/3fhWz2c

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NAVCA - 31 July, 2020 - 15:05
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As the tidal wave of digital engagement begins to reduce, most of you social media bods are starting to feel the last few months catching up with you. So take a peek at this handy look at reviewing and planning new content going forward. https://t.co...

NAVCA - 31 July, 2020 - 14:35
As the tidal wave of digital engagement begins to reduce, most of you social media bods are starting to feel the last few months catching up with you. So take a peek at this handy look at reviewing and planning new content going forward. https://bit.ly/2PdLxkc

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Take a look at @NLGNthinktank's report - 'Communities vs. Coronavirus: The Rise of Mutual Aid' which argues that the recent Mutual Aid response is a powerful demonstration what’s possible when communities come together. https://t.co/n0Ts5A9Rns

NAVCA - 31 July, 2020 - 13:19
Take a look at @NLGNthinktank's report - 'Communities vs. Coronavirus: The Rise of Mutual Aid' which argues that the recent Mutual Aid response is a powerful demonstration what’s possible when communities come together. https://bit.ly/3gjysl2

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.@DSC_Charity is hosting a series of 'Zoom talks' aimed at creating an opportunity for people to get together for an honest discussion of the topical issues facing our sector today. https://t.co/yHrhktyquq

NAVCA - 31 July, 2020 - 11:56
.@DSC_Charity is hosting a series of 'Zoom talks' aimed at creating an opportunity for people to get together for an honest discussion of the topical issues facing our sector today. https://bit.ly/3hWldHI

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Discover the hearts and enjoy a staycation in Merton this summer

NEW News from Merton Council - 30 July, 2020 - 15:30

Giant white hearts have popped up in Merton’s parks as part of a campaign encouraging residents to enjoy the borough’s attractions and help its businesses and enterprises recover.

Merton Council has painted hearts in some of its beautiful parks for the Discover Merton campaign, which showcases green spaces and activities residents can enjoy on their doorsteps. It is just one of the council’s initiatives to encourage everyone to come together and help the borough recover from the effects of the lockdown.

Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, the Cabinet Member for Commerce, Leisure and Culture “We’re inviting everyone to enjoy a staycation in Merton this summer to help the borough’s leisure activities, shops, restuarants, pubs and cafes recover following the lockdown. We want to remind residents that we have amazing green spaces, heritage and fantastic attractions across the whole borough for them to explore. The council and businesses have been working hard to introduce safety measures to protect residents from the coronavirus and so we are encouraging everyone to support the local community and economy.”

“Our parks became a haven for residents during lockdown and so the hearts are our way of expressing this love. It’s also to remind people to show love to fellow park users by adhering to the social distancing guidelines and help control the spread of COVID-19.”

Merton has more than a hundred amazing parks and open spaces ranging from, nature reserves and ornamental gardens to the large commons, high profile parks and recreation grounds. The parks offer the chance for residents to discover nature, wonder at floral displays, take part in a range of activities from bowls to kayaking, or enjoy a picnic and heart-to-heart with loved ones.

The council is running a Hunt the Heart quiz, via social media, which gives clues highlighting the unique attractions of the five green spaces where the giant hearts are located.

Here is just a few of our Discover Merton top tips of great activities from across the borough to enjoy over the summer. Visit our website for more ways to make the most of Merton this summer. Download a free activity sheet for children here. Don’t forget to share your pictures on social media using hashtag #DiscoverMerton to inspire other families to join in the fun.

  • Explore Merton Abbey Mills and discover the working waterwheel in the wheelhouse pottery café.
  • Try paddle sports at Wimbledon Watersports Centre.
  • Say hello to the animals at Deen City Farm.
  • Cross one of London’s first rainbow crossings to celebrate the LGBTQ community.
  • Walk in the footsteps of Lord Nelson by following Nelson Trail.
  • Discover Merton’s wartime heritage and women’s suffrage.
  • Get to know the trees in the 140-year-old woods on Canon Hill Common.
  • Cycle round Mitcham Common to admire the ponds and diverse habitats.

Visit: www.merton.gov.uk/discover

 

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NAVCA - 30 July, 2020 - 14:58
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Learn more about the VCS Emergencies Partnership and how this local, national and global collaboration aims to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, so that they can rebuild their lives. https://t.co/A286U5eDSz https://t.co...

NAVCA - 30 July, 2020 - 13:57
Learn more about the VCS Emergencies Partnership and how this local, national and global collaboration aims to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, so that they can rebuild their lives. https://bit.ly/2VAFLNz



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