MHA Communities Green Care Activities – February 2022

During the cold winter weather, the Wilderness bog garden is in full flood with snowdrops and snowflakes emerging everywhere while Daffodils are showing and one or two are out.

During Green Care for people living with Dementia, participants and their carers are invited to join a Nature Art and Mindfulness Walk session on Wednesday 16th February.

During Green Care for all, participants will join a Potting Up activity and a Nature walk session on Wednesday 23rd February.

Please book your place by getting in contact with MHA Communities South London manager Marco Galli.

Check out the MHA Communities Newsletter – February 2022 to see what’s on their activities calendar. Let’s embrace the winter with social and engaging activities at MHA Communities South London.

MHA Communities South London at the Wilderness
17 Shirley Church Road, Croydon CR9 5AL

Relaxation of Covid-19 Measures

England’s Plan B restrictions are to end from 26 January.

People are still urged to continuing taking steps to keep the virus at bay, including hand washing, ventilating rooms and self-isolating if positive – and those who are unvaccinated should still come forward to get their vaccinations and boosters.

In a statement to MPs in the House of Commons, the prime minister said:

  • Mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events would end, though organisations could choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wished
  • People would no longer be advised to work from home and should discuss their return to offices with employers
  • Face masks will no longer be mandated, though people are still advised to wear coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces and when meeting strangers
  • Secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms and government guidance on their use in communal areas would be removed.

Further announcements on the easing of travel rules and restrictions on care home visits in England are expected in the coming days.




MHA Communities South London January 2022 Newsletter

The MHA Communities South London January 2022 Newsletter is finally here!

We have FREE and exciting events and activities for older adults living in South London.

From Coffee Morning to Soups and Chats; to Green Care and Wellbeing Walks; at the Wilderness garden or in the community, there are a lot of things to do for you and your friends.

To join our activities is very simple: book your FREE place by email at or call us at 07597 135 220.

Do you know someone who could benefit from our initiatives? Please share our newsletter with your friends, family and people in your community – MHA relies on the generosity of people like you to help us bring the best possible quality of life to more older people. You really can make a difference!

MHA Communities South London at the Wilderness, 17 Shirley Church Road, Croydon CR9 5AL

How to Book your Covid Booster

The government hopes to offer every adult in England the chance to book a Covid booster before the end of 2021.

Booster campaigns are being brought forward across the UK, in response to worries over the Omicron variant.

A booster is available to every adult aged 18 or over from this week – as long as you had your second dose at least three months ago.

Over 30s can already book a booster online, from two months after their second dose. From Wednesday this will be extended to over 18s.

Beforehand, some walk-in appointments will be available – depending on where you live. The government says: “If there are long queues or all slots have been booked, people are encouraged to be patient and keep trying, or book online.”

Please note that the online booster booking service is currently experiencing extremely high demand and is now operating a queueing system. If you’re unable to book now, please try again later today or tomorrow.

For users aged 18-29, please be aware that booking opens on Wednesday 15 December.

Covid 19 Update – Further Measures Introduced

The government has announced new Covid rules for England – including working from home if possible and wearing masks in more public places.

From Friday 10 December, face coverings are mandatory for most indoor public venues including places of worship, theatres and cinemas – as well as on public transport and in places like shops and hairdressers.

Masks won’t be needed in pubs or restaurants, nor in venues like gyms where it’s “not practical to wear them”.

From Monday 13 December, people should work from home “if they can”.

From Wednesday 15 December (subject to parliamentary approval), people will need an NHS Covid Pass – showing their vaccination status or a recent negative lateral flow test – to gain entry to:

  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people
  • Unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people
  • Any venue with more than 10,000 people

The government also wants people to do a lateral flow test (LFT) before entering “a high-risk setting” – such as a crowded place – “involving people you wouldn’t normally come into contact with, or when visiting a vulnerable person”.

All over-40s in England are now able to book an appointment to have a Covid booster jab three months after their second dose.

If you’re 40 or over, or in a high-risk group, you can now book to have your booster jab 12 weeks after your second vaccine dose (or third, if you have a weakened immune system and had to have an extra primary dose).

You can arrange your booking a month in advance – in other words, from two months (61 days) after your second jab.

The government says it aims to offer a booster to all UK adults, as well as a second primary dose to 12 to 15-year-olds.