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Posted: 21 Apr 2020
One You Merton has been delivering health and wellbeing support across the London Borough of Merton since 2017. They have recently adapted their services so that they support people as well as possible under the current governmental restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are currently offering the following services: Supporting individuals over the phone giving advice on the coronavirus with regards to isolation, healthy eating, physical activities and making referrals, if and when... read more
Posted: 20 Apr 2020
The 2.6 Challenge takes place from Sunday 26th April, the day that the 40th London Marathon was due to take place. A UK wide initiative, supporting all charities, we’re asking people to get involved and support Merton Giving. What is the 2.6 Challenge? The challenge can be any activity you like, related to the numbers 26 (miles in a marathon) or 2.6. So, anything from walking, jogging, running, climbing up stairs, hopping, skipping, hop-scotching to cycling, keepy-uppies, juggling, an online... read more
Posted: 20 Apr 2020
As we enter this phase of lockdown, we continue our work with the voluntary sector to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. We have been delighted with the response from members of the public willing to give their time to help others. Those that have put themselves forward have been partnered with key groups who have allocated them to tasks such as shopping, prescription/medication collection supported by Merton Social Prescribing, dog walking, posting letters, a friendly... read more
Posted: 17 Apr 2020
stem4 is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them including their families and carers, education professionals, as well as school nurses and GPs through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention. They have created downloadable mental health resource sheets in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. There is information for parents, teenagers and primary care workers on how to promote positive mental health for... read more
Posted: 16 Apr 2020
The Seasonal Health Intervention Network (SHINE) is a fuel poverty referral network and free energy advice service for Londoners. SHINE London offers a dedicated helpline and affordable warmth interventions to ensure households get the help they need to reduce utility bills, tackle energy debt and ultimately stay well and warm. You can access free support from SHINE if you are living in London and one of the following apply: over 60 on a low income have a disability or a long-term illness have... read more
Posted: 10 Apr 2020
Charities are able to get extensions on their annual return deadlines during the coronavirus pandemic, the Charity Commission has announced. The Charity Commission said any charity that is due to submit an annual return imminently, but feels unable to do so, can call the regulator to request a filing extension. The regulator said, “We want to assure charities that our approach to regulation during this period will be as flexible and supportive as possible. Charities’ primary interest, and... read more
Posted: 10 Apr 2020
Merton Giving has launched the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund, providing £150,000 of financial support to organisations working locally that are either delivering COVID-19 front line services or whose organisation’s ability to operate has been impacted by the measures put in place to stem the COVID-19 pandemic.   This grant fund is intended to provide urgent financial support, to assist: Costs incurred by an impact on service delivery due to increased demand (i.e. more immediately incurred... read more
Posted: 10 Apr 2020
Mental Health Foundation stand for prevention in mental health and are working tirelessly to help get information to people about the outbreak. As time passes they will also be getting ready to address the very real mental health challenges that this pandemic will bring to communities across the UK and beyond. Tips to look after your mental health during coronavirus outbreak Try to avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak Try to stay connected at times of stress, we work... read more
Posted: 10 Apr 2020
“Kindness” has been announced as the new theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The change - from the original theme of “Sleep” - was made by the Mental Health Foundation, the charity that has set the theme and hosted the Week for the last 20 years.  The Week will run as planned from 18th to 24th May and is a moment for the UK to focus on mental health.  The charity will publish new polling data and a summary of the latest research evidence about the... read more
Posted: 10 Apr 2020
Merton Council is giving residents access to parks and open spaces to allow people the opportunity to get outdoors especially, those without gardens. In these unprecedented times, it is important to balance that up with keeping everybody safe. It is for that reason, they have taken the difficult decision to suspend pay and display parking bays around Wimbledon Common (except for key workers) from Friday April 10 to at least April 30. At the same time, they have also closed some of their car... read more

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