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Coronavirus news and updates for Balham

Coronavirus news and updates for Balham

2020-03-15 
| by Editor

If you're looking for support or are able to help others during the coronavirus situation in Balham, then we've rounded up a list of local support services & new community groups that have sprung up. We’ll be updating this page regularly with news of local groups, organisations and initiatives that are providing advice and assistance.

Updated Wednesday 22nd April, 12:30
 

St George’s Hospital have a dedicated information page for patients and visitors. If you’re planning to visit the hospital, please check before doing so: stgeorges.nhs.uk/newsitem/coronavirus


MP for Tooting, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has set up a support and volunteer hub called Tooting Together to help anyone in Tooting, Balham and Earlsfield access support as well as volunteer during the coronavirus outbreak. tooting.org
 

A Facebook group has also been set up by Dr Rosena for people across Balham, Earlsfield, Furzedown and Tooting and beyond to co-ordinate a local response to the coronavirus outbreak: facebook.com/groups/SW17Coronavirus
 

Dr Rosena has also set up a Street Volunteer initiative – information here
 

Tooting Covid Call is a volunteer-run phone service enabling local residents to call and access help. Full details of how to access it and also to sign up as a volunteer are here: covidcall.org/gb/tooting
 

A number of local Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook & Whatsapp Groups are being set up by local residents in order to help others in the community who need help with shopping, prescriptions or just need someone to talk to during this period of uncertainty and self-isolation. You can see the full list here: covidmutualaid.org/local-groups
 

These local Covid-19 groups include:
 

Balham Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/872651583186527
 

Wandsworth Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group (covering Clapham South, Balham & Tooting Bec:  facebook.com/groups/2712863618831932
 

Wandsworth Council and Richmond Council have launched the Community Hub - a first response to all residents especially elderly and/or vulnerable without support networks, who need support to access medical / care services and food supplies. This is to help those most in need stay safe and well while they self-isolate at home. For support, call 0208 871 6555 or email covid19support@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk


A food parcel drop-off point is now operating at the back of Balham Sainsbury's, manned by the Dons Local Action Group. Set up by supporters of AFC Wimbledon, the group are collecting essential items to drop off to elderly & vulnerable residents all over Wandsworth, Merton and Kingston.⁣ The fans are working with multiple organisations to identify those needing support and are also offering to run errands, pick up prescriptions, do the shopping, walk dogs, give people lifts and more. Potential volunteers can call 020 3301 4511 or email dla@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk.⁣


South London Scrubbers is a new community initiative, financing and sewing urgently-needed scrubs for NHS hospitals in South London, including St George's. To find out more and to donate, visit https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8o3HDSOVeV. If you'd like to help by sewing, email Sarah-Jo Millan at sjmillan@yahoo.co.uk.


Wandsworth Council have setup a page outlining how you or your organisation can volunteer, supporting your neighbours and community during the Covid-19 outbreak: wandsworth.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/coronavirus/how-you-or-your-organisation-can-help


Balham Mosque and Tooting Islamic Centre have set up a helpline to offer support and help to anyone in the community who needs it, regardless of faith and background. This may be particularly valuable to those without internet access. Simply call 0300 30 30 694 – the team are there to help with support, assistance, reassurance or a general chat.


The SGUL Covid Response Group is a volunteer group set up by students from St George's, University of London. They want to help local groups and services in any way they can during the current situation with Covid-19. Email covidresponse@hotmail.com or follow their Instagram @covidresponse
 

Talk Wandsworth is offering talking therapies for people with common mental health problems. Their Wellbeing Team offers workshops for the local Wandsworth community, discussing how we can maintain and improve our wellbeing. These workshops range from topics such as: Coping with Stress, Self care and Relaxation and Maintaining your Wellbeing as a Parent. In light of the current situation, they are offering 1-2-1 telephone-based sessions and a special workshop on Managing your Wellbeing during COVID-19. talkwandsworth.nhs.uk/index.php/wellbeing/wellbeing-team


Age UK Wandsworth have released information about how you can support your elderly neighbours and volunteer locally as the crisis unfolds: ageuk.org.uk/wandsworth/about-us/news/articles/2020/covid-19
 

Wandsworth Community Transport are working with Age UK Wandsworth to deliver food parcels to the isolated elderly. They’re relying on food donations of non perishable goods like tins of meat, fish, soups, vegetables, long life milk, disinfectant products and toilet rolls but are desperate for more supplies. You can drop stuff off to their main base at 1b Yukon Road, Balham, SW12 9PZ, weekdays 8.30 to 2.30, or to their Shopmobility at Sainsbury's in Wandsworth Town Centre (opposite Southside - rear entrance from the car park). Call 020 8675 7460 if you need to talk to them. They also need small cardboard boxes to use for the deliveries.
 

The latest updates from Wandsworth Council can be found at wandsworth.gov.uk/coronavirus
 

Viral Kindness cards are a great and simple way for people to offer help in their community. Just print the cards, listing your services, and pop them through the letterbox of someone who you think needs help. You can download the cards via bit.ly/balnewsie128 and read the full story via the Guardian: bit.ly/balnewsie129
 

NHS 111 have up-to-date details at nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
 

St George’s Hospital Charity are raising funds to support their staff with everything they need in this critical time. You can also leave messages of support. More info / donate: stgeorgeshospitalcharity.org.uk/donate/intro
 

A local fundraiser has been set up to support the critical care staff working at St Georges Hospital. Money donated to the PayPal pool is being used to fund regular lunchtime and evening deliveries to St Georges to feed the critical care nurses and in turn, support our local shops and restaurants. More info / donate: paypal.com/pools/c/8nvYv7w5NH


We’ve published a list of local eateries that are offering delivery: bit.ly/balhamfood


Are you a Balham business, group or organisation? We've started a simple, free directory – balhamdirectory.co.uk – where you can add your details, let the community know how you're adapting during Covid-19 and what services you're currently offering.⁣ Submit your details and if your preferred category is not there, then please email us at info@localnewsie.co.uk


Support for local businesses

The Department of Work & Pensions has advice on sickness and disability benefits, as well as guidance for employers and businesses: gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
 

BarLifeUK has advice for those working in the hospitality industry: barlifeuk.com/index.php/category/covid19

 

If you’re a local group, organisation or initiative that are doing something to help out in the current situation or if you think there’s some information that needs to be included on this page, please email details to info@localnewsie.co.uk

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