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E-Bulletin - June 2021


Towards the end of 2020 Healthwatch Merton decided to explore what had been working well across Health and Social care during the pandemic.


Another aspect of this work was to ask people whether they had started connecting digitally since April 2020 and what support was still needed to help overcome the challenges of staying online.

Click Here to check out our What is Working Well Snapshot.


Long COVID Snapshot Poll

Out of the 21 responses we received as part of our snapshot poll 14% stated they or someone they care for had been affected by Long COVID or Post COVID syndrome.


We are keeping the snapshot poll open for another month so take a minute to complete or/and share Click Here

For more information of what Long COVID is please Click Here

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


Supporting Carers to get online - Carers Support Merton’s Digital Skills Project offers one to one support for Carers who want to get online. Digital skills are particularly important for family carers who may feel increasingly isolated or unable to access services, support and information. The project is happy to receive referrals through the Carers Support Merton website and are also looking for volunteers to give up a couple of hours a week to support a Carer to be confident online.


Contact Debbie or Nada on 020 8646 7515 or to find out more Click Here

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 Mencap TV is now LIVE!  - Merton Mencap TV brings a range of online learning and activities people can access from home. To watch the trailer promoting their fitness videos Click Here

Merton Autism Parent Service - A parent-led service offering confidential and practical advice and non-judgemental support for parents/carers of children/young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The group meet every Wednesday on zoom, to find out more Click Here

One You Merton and Wimbledon Guild are doing this joint webinar to encourage people in Merton to live healthily & keep active this summer on July 8th. To book on Click Here

The Young Inspectors – Under 18’s COVID Community Champions, have just released their latest video, comprising an Interview with Dr Joshua Eldridge about assessment and exam stress. To watch Click Here


Can help to connect you to the support you need in your community.


If you, or someone you know, needs help please email or call 0208 066 4086, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. For more info Click Here


Looking for simple actions that are good for you and the planet? Look no further than this FREE Air Quality Handbook by Sustainable Merton. This is your go-to guide for easy changes that will save you money, improve your wellbeing, connect you to your community, and help the planet. From walking for wellbeing, to reducing fuel consumption, to addressing your cycling concerns, this handbook covers it all. Download your handbook Click 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


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. 

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 18 or over
  • 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
  • If you've been invited to book because you're turning 18 soon, please book your 1st dose vaccination on or after your 18th birthday

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


Vaccine Walk In Clinic at the Nelson Health Centre this Saturday June 26th. For more info 

Click Here

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


VacciNation: Exploring vaccine confidence report by Healthwatch England. Click Here



Locked out: Digitally excluded people’s experiences of remote GP appointments report by Healthwatch England. Click Here


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