Coronavirus Support

Local Support Services

AGE UK

SHOPPING We have a new service 'Independent Shopper' to support those older people who are not able to get to the shops due to the pandemic. We set up the online grocery account and then do the first few online grocery shops over the telephone. Going forwards we can support people to do the online shopping themselves. To join the service call Chi or Rebecca on 020 8877 8904 or email independentshopper@ageukwandsworth.org.uk

EXERCISE AND WELLBEING We have another new service called 'Active Chats' which matches older people with trained telephone befrienders who will call up for a chat and to work through some gentle seated exercises and mindfulness/breathing. This is a great service for those who may be more inactive and isolated due to the pandemic. To join the service call Sorrel on 020 8887 8940 or email sorrel.brown@ageukwandsworth.org.uk

INFORMATION AND ADVICE We have additional capacity on our advice team to ensure we can support everyone who needs us. Our team can help ensure that older residents have the money they are entitled to and advice on any issue that concerns them. To contact the advice team please call 020 8877 8940 or email advice@ageukwandsworth.org.uk


THE ROEHAMPTON RESPONSE NETWORK

A network of over 60 different groups based in Roehampton exchanging and collaborating on issues that matter to local people from Universal Credit, Foodbanks, Support and activities for vulnerable children and families as well as collaborating and disseminating information about NHS services and devising fun activities for the future. If you are an individual interested in helping your community or part of group, charity or service designed to support the communities of Roehampton and would like to get involved contact Jonathan Palma (JP) on jonathan.palma@cawandsworth.org or call 0203 559 2004


WANDSWORTH CARE ALLIANCE - VOLUNTEER BROKERAGE DATABASE

Since many local people have asked about opportunities to offer help - now is the chance. You may have skills such as administration, social media, mentoring, accounting etc. There are so many little groups in the Roehampton Response Network that might appreciate a few hours of your time. volunteer.wandsworthcarealliance.org.uk T: 0203 984 5935


TALK WANDSWORTH TELEPHONE SUPPORT

Available in pdf form, Wellbeing services and free workshops to help support your mental health. Dealing with current issues such as stress and sleep deprivation. These can be also delivered by post and followed up by telephone if someone is not online. Contact T: 020 3513 6264 https://www.talkwandsworth.nhs.uk/

LET'S TALK For those of any age feeling isolated or alone who just want a chat about their favourite subject or information about resources to keep themselves occupied etc., Wandsworth Libraries are offering support. Contact 0208 780 1945 or email Patrick.malone@gll.org


LIBRARIES CONTINUE TO FLOURISH

Currently libraries are open for collection of pre-ordered items only, plus a wide range of online services including e-books, newspapers and magazines, research tools and local history and heritage material, including free access to the Ancestry site. The programme of events include baby rhyme time, children’s story times, CV and technology workshops, creative writing groups and coding and homework clubs. Some of these have continued to be provided online during the pandemic. For further information visit the Wandsworth Librarians Facebook page or call 020 8877 1742 (Library) or 01527 852 385 (24 Hour Renewal Line)


SIDE BY SIDE  

Matches people with a dementia diagnosis with a compatible volunteer with similar interests who can support them to keep active and engaged in their community. Further details contact Andrew Owen Andrew.owen@alzheimers.org.uk, T: 07703 471 517

The National Dementia Connect Support Line 0333 150 3456 is open 7 days a week. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ also provides a wealth of information and advice as well as personal, confidential 1-1 advice.


LITTLE VILLAGE 

Is like a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. Referrals are through an established organization, there are currently two options:

1. Clothes, kit and bedding for emergency situations

These are available to families living in 22 London boroughs listed on our website https://littlevillagehq.org/make-a-referral/ who meet the following criteria

· families of new-born babies (mums 26 weeks or more pregnant and new-borns up to 3 months old)

· families with children from 3 months to 5 years who have nothing.

We can offer a clothing bundle and appropriate bed and mattress, and for new-borns, a basic set of new-born kit. We will also include a pack of nappies and wipes, and a substantial pack of toiletries for all adults and children in the household. (Please note, we only stock clothing sizes up to the age of 5). All these items are delivered safely and directly to the family’s home.

2. Hygiene essentials packs

We offer a month’s worth of essential provisions to struggling families, including nappies, wipes, toiletries, sanitary products and household items. These will be delivered safely and directly to the family’s home.

If you believe you qualify for a referral, please let the prospective referrer know about Little Village, pass on our details so that person can contact us via the referral form on our website. https://littlevillagehq.org/make-a-referral/ A referral partner might be a GP, midwife, health visitor, social worker or even a teacher at your child’s school or someone they might have contact with at another support service or faith organisation.


THE ROEHAMPTON COMMUNITY BOX

In partnership with Heathmere Primary School and Rackets Cubed we are pleased to announce that Regenerate are working together to provide ‘Community Boxes’ for families on the estates in Roehampton and Putney. Committed to creating opportunities for young people to thrive and at this time show solidarity with those going through the toughest times. For further information visit: https://www.regenerateuk.co.uk/the-roehampton-community-box/ or call T: 020 3195 9607


UBUNTU MUSEUM - KIDS RECYCLED ART

Suitable for ages 6-11 years. Dates: 20th March – 1 May. Time: 10am – 12:30pm. Collect a free creative art kit from: 6 Portwood Place (the former Juice Bar), Roehampton, SW15 4ED. Exhibition date: Saturday 8th May. For more details contact: info@ubuntumuseum.com T: 07479 711420 https://www.ubuntumuseum.com/


INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR EU RESIDENTS

Online information sessions in English, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Italian are being held weekly until June to help people that need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. For further information visit: https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/news-january-2021/information-sessions-for-eu-residents/ Or contact the EU Project team: euadviceservice@cawandsworth.org T: 0203 559 2019 www.cawandsworth.org/eu

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