Merton comes Together to support the most vulnerable this Christmas

VOLUNTARY organisations, charities, businesses, communities and charitable groups have all come together in a unique partnership to bring #MertonTogether this Christmas. 

The unique #MertonTogether partnership is aiming to reach as much of the borough as possible to promote ways in which we can all give a little extra to help those in need during what will be a tough winter for many. 

All those involved in the project provide vital support services to vulnerable groups – and all will be working together to help engage residents to bring Merton Together. 

All the services provided by each organisation – as well as the many ways in which you can support them – will be listed on the Merton Council website. Residents and businesses can sign up for information, or make a pledge to the organisation that suits their needs (eg financial donation or volunteering). 

Additionally, it will bring together all the existing campaigns & promotions of each partner, amplifying them to thousands of residents to ensure everyone in Merton knows how to help someone in need.  

Organisations partnering in the campaign at launch include: 

  • Merton Giving which supports organisations in the borough that help residents most affected by COVID-19. Find out about their winter campaigns – Food and a Gift for all Christmas Appeal.
  • Merton Voluntary Services Council  
  • The Merton Association for Polish Families 
  • Commonside Community Development Trust 
  • Wimbletech – the Community Interest Company helping bring work life balance to the borough 
  • Age UK Merton  
  • Love Wimbledon 
  • Merton Council 
  • AFC Dons Action Group 
  • Sustainable Merton

Councillor Mark Allison, Leader of Merton Council, said: “This winter, thousands of vulnerable, elderly and isolated residents will be facing an unimaginably tough time. But together, we can help. I volunteer at a local foodbank every week, so I see the need all the time, but I also see so many acts of kindness, and it’s these little gifts of kindness that help make Merton a great place. 

“Merton has some incredible voluntary groups, charities and businesses, all doing their part together to ensure communities in the borough are supported. What we want to do is bring everyone in Merton together, asking you to add that little extra bit of goodwill this winter by helping one of these organisations. 

“People can offer as little or as much as they can spare – a few hours to help out as a volunteer, a few pounds to support a local community group like Merton Giving or the Commonside Trust, or food to donate to our local food banks. 

“It might seem a small thing to us individually. But more than ever given the pandemic, it’s these small, individual acts of kindness from each of us that will help bring #MertonTogether this winter.” 

Residents and businesses can both help to support these vital organisations over the coming months, through one of the following ways: 

  • Visit the Merton Together webpage where you can find links to ways you can support each organisation. 
  • Follow the #MertonTogether hashtag on social media. (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) or sign-up to email updates on the website – this will help ensure you see all the latest updates on these vital services and when they are available.
  • Think of others – follow the partner organisations on social media, and use these updates to signpost people you may know to the support they need this winter; help us bring #MertonTogether 

 Simon Shimmens, Chief Executive of MVSC, added: “One of the positives of 2020 has been the way the community and voluntary sectors in Merton have come together to help support those in need.  

 “Those people will need us now more than ever, so we’re proud to continue helping bring Merton together to support all our community and voluntary organisations.”