This festive season, we invite you to join us in thanking some of the organisations which have helped to make life a little easier for the most vulnerable people in the borough this year.
The borough’s strong community spirit was highlighted in Your Merton, the council’s biggest ever conversation with people who live, work and study in Merton, earlier this year who told us it was one of the things they valued the most in Merton.
As we move into the second winter of the pandemic, many residents are facing uncertain times, with high infection rates of COVID-19 and economic pressures, including the cut to Universal Credit, soaring energy bills and the rising cost of living, making it hard for many families to make ends meet.
However, a multitude of organisations across Merton are continuing to work tirelessly to ensure that there is plenty of support available for help those facing tough times.
If you or someone you know needs support, please get in touch with the relevant organisation.
Show your thanks by:
Can you spare some time to help people who are isolated and vulnerable? Community organisations looking for volunteers include:
- Merton Community Hub
- Dons Local Action Group
- Age UK Merton
- Sustainable Merton Community Champions
- Merton's Community Fridge Network
Show your appreciation for Merton’s good causes by making a donation:
- The Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund supports organisations in the borough that help residents most affected by COVID-19
- Age UK Merton support older people in Merton
- The Commonside Community Development Trust, is a local charity working to improve the lives and environment of people living in Merton
- Merton's Community Fridge Network and Wimbledon Foodbank welcome donations of good quality food.
- The Dons Local Action Group run the Keep Kids Connected project which provides laptops to children who need access to online learning.
This year, our high streets need our support more than ever and Christmas shoppers are urged to help give the local economy a much-needed boost by buying gifts and festive food from local retailers. There are more than 6,000 businesses in Merton, many of which are small businesses, family firms and local companies. Many were forced to close in the run up to the festive season last year, the busiest trading period of the year for many, due to lockdowns.
Many independent outlets relied on websites and deliveries during the pandemic, so you can shop with them online again this year. If you can, please consider buying an extra item or two and donating them to a local food bank. With the shopping done, there are plenty of local cafés, pubs and restaurants to choose from to enjoy a drink or a meal with family or friends. Don’t forget to leave positive reviews on social media to help retailers to attract new customers.