COVID-19 Community Response Hub

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 continued response from people 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 phone call and more.

We have received over 1500 requests for help, almost 800 offers from volunteers, over £18,000 in donations to the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund and over 500 emergency care packages delivered to local households. Through our Social Prescribing initiative, we have helped near 200 households get access to prescriptions and medication.

Simon Shimmens, the chief executive of MVSC, said: “We set up the volunteer support hub at breakneck speed, and it became one of the first hubs in the country. It was all hands to the pump immediately. We were also amazed to be so speedily inundated with volunteers who wanted to help out. “From day one of the lockdown – Monday 23 March – we were up and running. In the first week we sent out emergency food parcels, which was vital as the Government’s support scheme did not kick in until two weeks later.”

Support is still available. If you need help, or know someone that does, please email help@mvsc.co.uk or call 020 8685 2272, Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm.