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COVID-19 Shielding Support

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are some people who have been shielding for many months. We are aware that shielding practices and some packages of support available for those shielding will officially be coming to an end on 1st August 2020 and we appreciate that you may be feeling particularly stressed, worried or low in mood because of this.

In Merton Uplift we provide support for people struggling with worry and low mood which may have been caused or exacerbated by the current pandemic, lockdown and shielding, as well as difficulties that may arise as lockdown eases. We are also able to provide support for problems with worry and low mood related to living with any Long Term Physical Health Conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact of shielding and social distancing. If you are struggling with worry or low mood as a result of the pandemic and the impact it is having on your life, please do get in touch with our service and your GP so that we are able to support you during this difficult transition.

To refer yourself to Merton Uplift, you can fill out our referral form below, via the link. Once we have received your referral, one of our administrators will contact you. Please also find other resources below which you might find helpful in relation to COVID-19 shielding support.

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COVID-19 Shielding Resources

General Shielding Support

Royal Voluntary Service

https://volunteering.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/nhs-volunteer-responders-portal/isolating

Will continue to offer support after shielding has stopped on 1st August 2020. You can ask for support by visiting the website or calling 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm. They can provide help with shopping, collecting medication or other essential supplies; regular phone calls; and transport to medical appointments. 


General Wellbeing Resources and Support:

NHS

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/moodzone-mental-wellbeing-audio-guides/

Offer a series of wellbeing audio guides. 

Mind

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#TakeCareOfYourMentalHealthAndWellbeing

Coronavirus and your wellbeing. 

Anxiety UK

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/blog/health-and-other-forms-of-anxiety-and-coronavirus

Advice and helpline. 

Mental Health Foundation

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. 

OCD Action

https://www.ocdaction.org.uk/support-groups/online2

Provide Skype and telephone support groups. 

RCOG

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy

Advice for pregnant women. 

BEAT

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

Support for people with eating problems including tailored advice to the current pandemic and more time at home. 

Psychology Tools

https://www.psychologytools.com/articles/free-guide-to-living-with-worry-and-anxiety-amidst-global-uncertainty/

Booklet on managing worry and anxiety during these globally uncertain times. They now have various translations of this booklet. 

Mental Health UK

https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/covid-19-and-your-mental-health/

Useful information on managing mental health during Covid-19. 

 


Support for Older Adults

 

Independent Age

https://www.independentage.org/get-support/receive-regular-phone-calls

Provide a helpline and you can sign-up to receive regular phone calls. 

Silverline

https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

Free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call on: 080 0470 8090. 



Merton Specific Support

Merton Voluntary Service Council

www.mvsc.co.uk/CoronavirusSupport

Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC) is working with the voluntary sector in the borough to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. Volunteers will be able to help with: shopping/basic provision parcel delivery, prescription/ medication delivery, dog walking, gas & electricity payment card top ups, keeping in touch via telephone and posting letters. 

Wimbledon Guild

https://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk/coronavirus

Offers a range of services to support local residents including grants, befriending, activities and free /low cost psychological therapies. 

Age UK

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/merton/

Offers a range of advice on pensions, benefits and social care in addition to a telephone befriending service. 

Common Side

https://commonside.net/contact/

Support and assistance to vulnerable individuals and families in Pollards Hill. 

Wimbledon Food Bank

https://wimbledon.foodbank.org.uk/

Part of a nationwide network of food banks, supported by The Trussell Trust. 

Mutual Aid

https://mertonmutualaid.co.uk/

A grassroots community organising network established to support vulnerable Merton residents during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Muslims for Humanity

https://www.muslimsforhumanity.org.uk/

Network of volunteers providing support to the vulnerable and those self-isolating. Linked to Bhaitul Futuh Mosque in Morden.

Carers Support

http://www.csmerton.org/covid-19-update

Providing support to unpaid carers, both adults and young people.

 African Educational Cultural Health Organisation

https://www.mvsc.co.uk/news/african-educational-cultural-health-organisation-covid-19-support

Providing support for anyone from Afro/Caribbean and other ethnicities feeling worried, afraid or lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Polish Family

https://www.polishfamily.org.uk/

Providing advice, information and guidance including on Covid19 related issues. The service is available in Polish/English from 9am – 2pm Monday-Friday.

Dementia Social Care

https://www.merton.gov.uk/social-care/adult-social-care/dementia

Providing support for people with dementia as well as their families and carers.

Domestic Abuse Support

https://www.merton.gov.uk/communities-and-neighbourhoods/crime-prevention-and-community-safety/domestic-violence

Providing support information for victims of domestic abuse. 

Merton Safeguarding

https://www.mertonscp.org.uk/merton-borough-councils-covid-19-childrens-safeguarding-social-care-services-from-april-2020/voluntary-community-and-faith-sector-vcfs/

Resources on adult and child safeguarding for the borough of Merton.

 

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