Community Action: MK – Weekly Info & Updates

Welcome to the weekly bulletin for the voluntary and community sector of
Milton Keynes.
Covid-19: Update on Support Services in Milton Keynes
A big thank you to all the groups in MK who have already completed our support services email. We so appreciate it! If you haven’t yet, please complete this form if you represent a voluntary or community group/organisation providing services in Milton Keynes. Take the survey now
The latest charity policy news on coronavirus
Elizabeth Chamberlain of NCVO summarises recent developments in the push for further financial support for charities, and also flags up some useful resources from regulators.
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Important update to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme 
A new change to the scheme means charities can now apply for loans even if they don’t generate most of their income from trading.
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Communications tips for groups during Covid-19
No more in-person events, meetings and much more online communication. How can you adapt to these changes? We’ve put together some tools, tips and guidelines to help.
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Free 30-minute legal advice sessions available
Law firm Bates Wells are offering consultations with their charity specialists through their charity helpline service. If it would help you to discuss any charity or social enterprise related concerns that you may have, complete the form online to set up a free 30 minute consultation with one of the team. Read more
See more resources for groups and support for groups during the Covid-19 pandemic on our website
Milton Keynes choir sings uplifting Covid-19 version of We’ll Meet Again
A local charity choir is raising awareness of MK’s Covid-19 appeal by encouraging everyone to ‘keep smiling through’ in the lead up to VE Day next Friday. “We hope this version will raise some smiles – and also help to raise funds for services for local people most in need”. Watch the video here
Can you donate your arts and crafts items to the MK Play Association scrapstore?
The MK Play Association are asking for donations of any arts, crafts or scrap items. They desperately need these materials to continue their scrap and craft boxes! Please get in touch on social media or email
Coronavirus bereavement guides
Guides to help support people that have lost a loved one to coronavirus, or they have died during lockdown because of other reasons. A guide for adults (PDF, 156KB)A guide for children young people (PDF, 356KB)A guide for parents and carers supporting children who have been bereaved (PDF, 379KB).
Local responses to Covid-19: Help out in your area
This page is updated on a regular basis as we continue to hear about the amazing work being done in our communities. Please get in touch with us if you would like to update the information of your local area. Read more
See more Information for communities regarding Covid-19 on our website 
MK-Act: Identifying Domestic Abuse Training Gaps
MK –Act would be grateful if you can take less than 5 minutes to complete their short survey which will help inform the training that MK-ACT provide going forward. This is for groups/organisations who have frontline staff.
Take the survey

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
How volunteers can pay for goods and services for people who are self-isolating
If someone is self-isolating and unable to leave their home, a volunteer may purchase their essential household shopping, medicines (prescription or otherwise) or other essential items. The self-isolating person can either pay for these up-front or reimburse the volunteer afterwards. Read more
The volunteering response to coronavirus
“The volunteer response to the coronavirus crisis has been incredible. Despite the UK being under lockdown, we know millions of people across the country are continuing to give their time to help those in need during the pandemic. Below I recap everything you need to know about the covid-19 volunteering response”. Read more
Are you willing, able and safe to volunteer? Complete the expression of interest form here
Magic Little Grants
Magic Little Grants of £500 are available to local charities that support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise. Localgiving have announced that they will support projects that help people to stay active during social distancing, such as online fitness classes delivered via video conferencing software or Youtube. Read more
NERC COVID-19 public engagement grant
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is inviting proposals for public engagement with environmental science which understand, address or mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The total project budget is £50,000, while individual projects will receive up to £10,000. Read more
Aviva Community Fund – now open!
The Aviva Community Fund has broadened its criteria to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their services by covering core running costs. This is to help small charities to continue helping their beneficiaries and communities during this time of need. Read more
See more funding opportunities on the Community Action: MK website
Crowdfunding Covid-19 community response projects – Peer learning event
Tue, 5 May 2020, 11:00 – 12:00

Hear from groups that have recently raised money on Spacehive find out how you can do the same
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NCVO Webinar – Involving volunteers during the pandemic: What you need to know
Tue, 5 May 2020, 10:00
In this webinar, NCVO’s volunteering development manager Shaun Delaney will provide you with some top tips on involving and supporting volunteers and an overview of the practical guidance and support available.  Read more
Adopting digital experiences to boost your virtual fundraising
21 May 2020,13:00 – 14:00
In this webinar, we will examine how charities can use personalisation and marketing automation technology to promote outreach activities, drive fundraising campaigns, and more importantly, make sure you’re being heard. Read more
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