Community Action: MK – Weekly Info & Updates

Welcome to the weekly bulletin for the voluntary and community sector of
Milton Keynes.

Community Action: MK are working with partners and the community to ensure residents across Milton Keynes are supported throughout this challenging and scary time.

We are working to provide strategic help to groups and coordinate a volunteer response to arising challenges as a result of Covid-19.

Please read our full Statement of Role here and visit our website for a collection of resources for the VCS sector of Milton Keynes.

Resources for groups
Do you need volunteers or know of volunteers willing to help?
We understand that some volunteer roles may become redundant at this time, or you might be lacking in volunteers. Please contact us if you have volunteers that might be willing to help in another capacity, or any urgent roles in your service that could be filled by volunteers.
The MK Good Neighbour Guide 
Ways to help your community amidst
the COVID-19 pandemic, created by MK Community Foundation and MK Council.
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URGENT call to action for NAVCA Members
Add your voice to over 100 MPs and peers from 7 parties to urge further clarity and urgent action from UK Government for charities who face £4.3 billion loss in income over the next 12 weeks. The sector will play crucial role in fight against Coronavirus and supporting communities.Download a template to write URGENTLY to your MP.
NCVO – Your organisation and Coronavirus 
Updates to guidance on preventing the spread of covid-19, and protecting staff, volunteers and visitors, how you can volunteer to help and support others, holding events, board meetings and AGMs, managing finances and how charities are helping. Read more

Statement from Dawn Austwick, CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19
“We know that many charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19 and we want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time”. Read more
Share with us…the kindness and good work around in your community!
At this difficult and scary time we are seeing a monumental effort and surge in community care and kindness – please share any stories or pictures of what you are doing. Please email us at: info@communityactionmk.org, tag us @ComActMK  or @CommunityActionMK,
Community Kindness in Beanhill and Netherfield
Beanhill Tea Rooms and Bakery is a social enterprise. The meals on wheels cost £3.50 per meal for elderly people and people who are self isolating. Councillors are offering their help with picking up shopping for people, posting mail, etc. Netherfield has their own residents facebook page and are keeping people updated on there.
Step Change – Advice around debt and Coronavirus
As coronavirus continues to spread, you may be worried about what could happen if you have take time off work, leaving you with less money coming in, but with debts and bills to pay.
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Age UK Milton Keynes urgently needs your help to support to local older people
Age UK Milton Keynes is setting up an emergency service to support local older people, who have no support mechanism in place, who are either in isolation or who are struggling to get essential supplies during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Donate via their website, or GoFundMe.
Milton Keynes University Hospital Amazon Wishlist
MKUH have set up an Amazon wishlist where people can make a donation to help support staff and patients during this time. Please share the wishlist with your friends, families and local communities or donate yourself. To make a donation, click here.
Double Your Donation: #DonateYourCommute Covid-19 Emergency Appeal
As many of us are working from home now, The Big Give are asking people to #DonateYourCommute to the National Emergencies Trust. Donate the amount you’re saving on their daily travel costs if you’re now working from home, or whatever they can afford to give. Donate
Things to do when self isolating
Some great Ideas from Scouts for indoor activities at home for kids when schools are closed or you’re self isolating with coronavirus. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors. Read more
Mind’s Advice on Coronavirus and your Mental health and wellbeing
You might be worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. Read more

Community Action:MK & Macmillan Cancer Research Survey 
Community Action: MK are working with Macmillan to try and develop a better understanding of the experiences of BAME and faith communities in Milton Keynes in relation to cancer and cancer services.
Take the survey 
Are you willing, able and safe to get involved with some volunteering opportunities that have arisen as a result of Covid-19? 
If yes, please complete the expression of Interest form. We can then share this information with groups that are working at the forefront to ensure residents and communities across MK are supported.
Covid-19 MK Emergency Response Appeal
The Community Foundation has established the Covid-19 MK Emergency Response Appeal. Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship caused directly or indirectly by the
Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Martin Lewis Coronavirus Charity Help Fund Application
Martin Lewis is giving grants of £5k to £20k to small registered UK charities, or local arms of bigger charities. Foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more –  to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. Apply here
Waitrose and John Lewis 
Waitrose and John Lewis pledge to give money to support the communities you live and work in. Keep an eye on their news for funding updates.
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