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E-Bulletin - May 2021


Our New Snapshot Poll

Off the back of feedback from our e-bulletin review survey we will now include a new monthly themed quick snapshot poll. The May theme is Long COVID and to take part please Click Here

For more information of what Long COVID is please Click Here


Looking After Yourselves - events, courses, things to do and more

Are you a Merton resident 50+ and would like to boost your fitness and lift your spirits?  Take the Merton Moves 6-week Pledge!  It’s completely free and you’ll receive a fantastic fitness starter pack and friendly support to ensure you enjoy your new exercise activities.  For more information and to sign up Click Here

Merton Uplift are teaming up with the Recovery College to deliver an introduction to recovery and identity course and managing change and building resilience.  The FREE courses are open to Merton residents or people registered with a Merton GP who are aged 18+.

For more information Click Here

FREE webinars on wellbeing skills for families, friends & carers of someone with a mental health issue throughout June, delivered by the Recovery College. 

For more information Click Here

Community leaders, the NHS and Local Authorities across South London invite you to take urgent action to prevent a mental health crisis caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual South London Listen's Mental Health and Recovery summit takes place on 16th June (6pm-8pm). For more information Click Here

If you are aged between 11-24 years and would like to learn new skills and get involved in some practical projects at Morden Hall Park then get involved in the FREE National Trust Urban Rangers.  For more info Click Here

Tooting & Mitcham Community Sports Club in partnership with The National Trust is pleased to be able to offer FREE gardening sessions for adults (18+)next week thanks to funding from Clarion Futures. Lunch will also be provided to participants. Places are limited so Book Here

Merton's Walk for Life programme is back.  To find out if there is a walk near you and when they are on Click Here

Check out Merton Connected's Social Prescribing Brochure that showcases the great work being carried out across Merton by the team. Click Here

Ethnic Minority Centre(Merton) are offering a menu of FREE weekly virtual opportunities that include yoga, zumba, ballroom dance steps, maths and somatic (a soft exercise).  To find out more and sign up Click Here 


COVID-19 Updates

Merton COVID-19 Community Champions - Do you want to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by sharing clear and consistent messages? Register to become a COVID-19 Community Champion! 

Merton COVID-19 Testing - Information on where/how you can get tested and self-isolation. 

Merton COVID-19 Community Response Hub - Are you isolated, at risk from COVID-19 and need help with any of the following? 

  • Support with shopping and basic supplies 
  • Access to prescription and medication 
  • Telephone befriending 
  • Advice and practical help to stay active 
  • Support to stay independent at home 

If you, or someone you know, needs help please email or call

020 8685 2272, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out in Merton - Find more info on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.

You Can Book Your COVID-19 Vaccine Online now if:- 

  • you're aged 30 or over
  • you'll turn 30 before 1 July 2021
  • you're at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you're a frontline health or social care worker
  • you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you're a care

Call 119 or click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Vaccine Volunteers Thank You Film - watch this short film that shows the crucial role that volunteers in Merton have played in the mass vaccine rollout.

How are COVID-19 vaccines being developed so quickly? - watch this short film produced by the National Institute of Health Research.


Have Your Say

Your Merton – now and in the future - The way people live, work and study in Merton has changed enormously in the last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Merton want to understand more about local people's views, experiences and ideas in order to help create a vision for the borough that everyone can get behind. To get involved Click Here

The BIG Conversation - Merton Council is currently embarking on an ambitious engagement programme with people who have learning disabilities, their families, carers and the professionals who support them. To be part of the BIG Conversation Click Here

Voiceability - now provide NHS Complaint advocacy for residents in Merton.  To find out more and what other services they can offer please Click Here

Want to learn more about health research or take part in a study? The National Institute for Health Research's aim is to encourage as many people as possible to volunteer for vital health research. Discover how you can be part of research and take a look at studies across the country that are currently looking for people to take part Click Here



Other news/Campaigns


New data indicates the dental crisis shows no signs of slowing, with four in five people (80%) struggling to access timely care during the last COVID-19 lockdown. For more information of Healthwatch England's findings Click Here


People have told us they want to feel listened to and involved in decisions about their social care. Here are six things you should expect from care services, according to new guidelines. To read more Click Here


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