Wimbledon Guild Coronavirus response

Following government advice, we have had to make some temporary changes to how we operate. We continue to be overwhelmed by the response from the people of Merton and thank you for your ongoing support.

Thank you, Merton statement from our CEO

Statement from our CEO 27 March

How are we continuing to support people? 

We are working with our partners in the London Borough of Merton, the Clinical Commissioning Group, Age UK Merton, and the Merton Voluntary Service Council and others to coordinate our efforts and resources across the borough as The Merton COVID-19 Community Response Hub. It was set up in March 2020 to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19. 

Talking Therapies remains open, both for current and newly self-referring clients.  We are currently offering support online or by telephone and ask that clients do not come to Guild House. We are taking new referrals for Talking Therapies, for details see our telephone triage times.

Our Grief Support service is providing support via video and telephone calls. Due to high client demand, we may be fully booked for 1:1 appointments but will always do our best to help where we can. We aim to respond to your email within 48 working hours, but this may be longer due to the current circumstances.

Our Befriending volunteers are no longer making home visits but are keeping in contact with their friend via phone calls.

Our Small Grants programme is now open for referrals from professionals/key workers. We are currently distributing supermarket vouchers only, and assessments are taking place over the phone.

Our Activities team has moved many of their activities online, and is also staying in touch over the phone with their clients. 

Our Wellbeing Support team is still taking referrals but are encouraging people to communicate by phone rather than in person. 

Our HomeFood Café team is making meals to deliver to clients in their own homes, so they can continue to enjoy our wonderful, freshly cooked food.

Our charity shop in Mitcham has reopened and is accepting donations during opening hours. We are also accepting donations at Guild House on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Please call or email in advance to book a time slot.


What is closed for now?

Our HomeFood Café remains closed until further notice, however as mentioned above, meal deliveries are being offered. 

All of our clubs, classes, talks and trips have been suspended until further notice. 

We have taken the decision to cancel all of our Counselling Training courses taking place in 2020. We are instead offering an online programme of CPD events

Please do not come to Guild House unless you have appointment to do so. 

How can you help?

We are working with Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC), Merton Council and others in the voluntary sector in the borough to mobilise a volunteer taskforce to help isolated households and those at higher risk from COVID-19. Anyone who puts themselves forward may be asked to support people who are currently unable to leave their home.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this form.

If someone requires help, ask them to email help@mvsc.co.uk or call 020 8685 2272.

You can also help by donating to Wimbledon Guild. Head over to our donate page to help us help others. 

Updates from our staff

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Volunteer chat - Dawn

How has Dawn, our Wimbledon Guild Community Garden Lead Volunteer, adjusted to life since lockdown?

Our volunteer story - Capsticks

Capsticks tell us how they're supporting Wimbledon Guild customers during Covid-19.

My volunteer story - Jennifer

One of our Talking Therapies volunteers shares her story.

My Volunteer Story - Toby

One of our volunteers shares how and why he became a befriender.

We need your help...

Socially isolated people across Merton are depending on us for immediate and practical support with food deliveries, telephone befriending and much more. In what is a difficult time for everyone, help us support vulnerable people who are likely to feel the impact most.

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