What We Do...for the local community
Support from the heart of the community.
We aim to improve the lives of people who live, work or study in Merton to help you live your life to the full. Our team of caring and friendly staff and volunteers are to here to listen, understand your needs and concerns, and support you with your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
Here are just some of the practical ways in which we do this.
Transport, benefits, debt and housing support
We can check that you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, provide advice about form filling and provide other guidance, for example with debt, living safely in your home, and transport options. We aim to understand what will most make a difference for you. Usually this is best achieved if we can come to you, and meet in your home.
We have built up strong contacts with local support services and activities so that if we can’t help we will link you up with someone who can.
Clubs, classes, talks and trips
Come and meet new people at any of our relaxed and friendly activities, ideally suited for complete beginners.
Talking can alleviate emotional distress and can help you manage difficult transitions in life. If you are feeling stressed or depressed, suffering from anxiety or having relationship difficulties and would like to talk to someone, you can call us.
We offer individual counselling, group psychotherapy, family and couples therapy and emotional support groups. We subsidise our counselling services to make it as affordable as possible.
Through our small grants programme we are able to buy items that Merton residents need but cannot afford, often when they have exhausted all other avenues of help.
Our grants are generally modest, usually between £40 and £300 in value. The most common items we help people to buy are replacement cookers, fridges, beds, winter and maternity clothing, school uniforms and emergency food. We have a simple application process and also welcome referrals from professionals.
Tasty, nutritious, home cooked meals
At our HomeFood café on Worple Road, Wimbledon, you are guaranteed a warm welcome and a tasty, home cooked meal. We offer a freshly prepared dish of the day and a great selection of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soups, all followed by a delicious dessert. Our cakes are made in house and are a perfect treat with a tea or coffee. We are open Monday-Friday 10am - 3pm. It’s the ideal place to catch up with friends or just enjoy reading the paper or a magazine.
We can help you with one-to-one support and information if you are recently bereaved or planning for your future. We can support you during what may be the most difficult and stressful time of your life.
If you, or a family member, are over 65 living in Merton, housebound, living alone, recently bereaved or with a diagnosis of a long term condition then we will help to find a volunteer befriender who will make a weekly social visit.
Hairdressing, chiropody and handyperson service
We offer hairdressing, styling and chiropody services by appointment at Guild House on Worple Road in Wimbledon. Our Handyperson service is provided by trusted people from your local community who are police checked. They can carry out household repairs and decorating for Merton residents over 50 years old, fit key safes and grab rails, move or assemble furniture and a range of other practical jobs.
Volunteer for us
Over 230 talented volunteers currently help us by leading activities, assisting with classes, serving meals in our café, working in our charity shop, and befriending people throughout Merton. They come from every walk of life and range in age from 16 to over 80 years old.
If you have a few hours to spare, let us know what your interests are and we can find something that’s right for you. Whether you’re retired, work full time, in full or part time education, we have volunteer roles that are flexible and can fit your schedule.
Support for community organisations
Our hall, lounge, meeting rooms and training room are used by a wide variety of community groups and associations for socials, meetings, clubs and events. Through our ‘Combined Clubs’ programme we also provide small annual grants to help sustain the activities and trips organised by community groups and host information exchange meetings twice a year.
To find out more email us at firstname.lastname@example.org