Support for Families during Covid 19
Accessing Food banks
There are many charities in Merton who can support you during Covid if you are needing support with providing food to your family.
- A map of organisations and businesses who offered free meals to qualifying children during October half term 2020. 9 Venues offered lunches free of charge in Merton. Check back on this link over Christmas and share with your young people as offers may re-open, many emphasised that the arrangement would be discreet. https://www.allofustogether.uk/?fbclid=IwAR1j6dnibOf4yscZV4dLtY2baIWCxXXdWT9yyEZEcm8K55-nmQ9D8gvxiKI
- Merton’s Community Fridge, Sustainable Merton's long-term initiative to address food poverty and food waste, is lending its name to the borough’s coordinated food poverty response to form ‘Merton’s Community Fridge Network’.Merton Council staff deliver food from the central Hub to a network of local partners and food distribution hubs across the borough. These organisations and their volunteers provide free food parcels and deliver food to homes as well as prepare hot meals https://www.sustainablemerton.org/community-fridge
- Merton Giving Week 2020 ‘Food and A Gift For All’ residents and businesses being asked to help those in our community facing food insecurity through financial donations to the ‘Food for All’ fundraising campaign or by donating a Festive shoe-box hamper to residents in need. Participating organisations include; Age UK Merton, Commonside Trust, Friends of St Helier, Merton Council, Polish Family, St John’s Church High Path, Sustainable Merton and Wimbledon Guild. https://www.mertonchamber.co.uk/post/merton-giving-week-2020-help-local-people-experiencing-food-insecurity
- Dons Local Action delivered food parcels to families in need over October half term. They are collecting donations for Christmas boxes for children with toys and festive treats. https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/xmaspresents?fbclid=IwAR1ZLSG51mXZ59RzUlh3u3aI1PKWFbLalPkEODJ-Bw8KGgZ53YjSqavXq70 to refer a child/family e-mail DLA@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk
Guidance on each supermarket and other help is available below and here
What is Early Help/Family Support?
Early help, also known as early intervention, is support given to a family when a problem first emerges. It can be provided at any stage in a child or young person's life.
for more information please go to the NSPCC guide on Early Help
Parenting Support with Anxiety and Behaviour
Merton's Children and Young People's Wellbeing Service are here to help with signs of anxiety or worry. They can also support with challenging behaviour at home.
This is a self referral programme and is open to all Merton Parents. They work with the parent directly: We aim to give the parents strategies and tools to help them support their child, and to feel more confident in responding to their child’s behaviour.
The program consists of up to 8 weekly sessions with the parent. We are offering virtual sessions currently, due to COVID-19..
If you are interested in our service over the summer please email InfoMertonWP@swlstg.nhs.uk
Leaflets and Self Referral form below.
Uniform Help from Wimbledon Guild
If you need support in buying a school uniform and you are a Merton resident. Please contact us for an application to obtain a Wimbledon Guild Small Grant. Please be aware - your application may not be approved.
Small grants are used to pay for things such as household appliances, school educational trips, furniture, clothing and school uniforms. The team aims to make a decision on applications within two weeks provided all relevant paperwork is supplied by the applicant.
For more information click here https://www.wimbledonguild.co.uk/how-we-help/financial-assistance/small-grants
Support for single parents
To get there, Gingerbread provide information to help single parents support themselves and their family. They run programmes to equip single parents with the skills and opportunities to gain employment. And Gingerbread campaign and influence policy to reduce stigma against single parents, and make services more accessible to all families – whatever their shape or size.
For Further support
Please call and ask to talk to a member of the SEN Team