Help us to keep Merton's Carers Connected resources MERTON'S CARERS NEED YOUR HELP Unpaid carers of all ages in Merton are enduring an unprecedented period of isolation and heightened anxiety as they shield their vulnerable loved ones from Covid-19. At the moment when carers need our support most, we’ve had to withdraw face-to-face services. That’s why we’ve launched Care Calls. We're reaching out to every one of the adult carers in Merton registered with us because we know what a difference a phone call can make to somebody struggling to care alone. With over 3000 calls to make it’s a mammoth task. We need your help. “I am getting emotional every day and do not know what I am going to do if I get ill.” The challenges posed by Covid-19 to the delivery of our services and to our fundraising activities means that your support has never been needed more to ensure the wellbeing and peace of mind of the carers in our midst. At the same time, because of the crisis, the government has temporarily relieved local authorities of their responsibilities to meet assessed needs in full which may result in some carers not getting all the help they need. Across Merton people are rallying to the aid of their vulnerable neighbours. Now we are asking for your help to keep the isolated carers in your community connected and reassured. Please help us: Stay connected to carers by phone and online to provide advice and reassurance. Continue to advocate on behalf of carers and arrange emergency support Deliver exercise classes and social activities online to promote wellbeing and reduce isolation. Even a small amount helps. Remember life before lockdown? For the cost of your weekly commute, your first flat white of the day, your lunchtime sandwich or that post-work drink you'll be helping to keep Merton's carers connected and resilient through this crisis. Staying indoors for days on end, social life on hold, outings limited to a dash to the supermarket and little opportunity for exercise is ‘normal’ life for many carers at the best of times. As the rest of us are discovering, staying connected with our friends and family, having someone to talk to when we are feeling most alone, is what makes life bearable. You can help to make life under lockdown more bearable for Merton's carers. With your help, we will continue to be here for all carers in Merton throughout this crisis and beyond. Because when life returns to normal carers will still be caring.