Community Action: MK – Weekly Info & Updates

Welcome to the weekly bulletin for the voluntary and community sector of

Milton Keynes.

COVID-19 Outbreak Prevention: Identifying places and services where there may be higher risk
The government has asked all local areas to form Outbreak Prevention Groups and develop an Outbreak Prevention Plan. MK Council are asking if you think there are places and areas in MK that they might want to consider as being a priority in their outbreak prevention plan.
Criteria – Places or services where all three criteria are met: 
-Places where people gather and dwell, especially for over 15 minutes.
-Places where social distancing is difficult because of the design/physical environment.
-Places or services used extensively by local people who are more vulnerable.Please email any thoughts using the attached form to becky.lovelock@milton-keynes.gov.uk by Thursday 18 June.
Help us ask the Government for urgent help
We have sent a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rushi Sunak, to urge him to speed up and increase the provision for the charity sector. Please read the letter below, share it with your local MP and ask them to lobby the Chancellor on our behalf. See the letter here
Also see our #NeverMoreNeeded webpage
Small Charity Week: 15-20 June
Day 1: I love small charities day
Day 2: Big Advice Day
Day 3: Policy Day
Day 4: Fundraising Day
Day 5: Small Charity Big Impact Day
Day 6: Appreciation Day
Find out more about the events throughout the week!
Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership:
Small Charity Week Event

CVSL is running an online event on Thursday 18 June at 12:30pm which focuses on the challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic in England, supported by two local charities in Milton Keynes – MK Community Foundation; and Community Action: MK. Find out more
Changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is changing: from 1 July employers can bring previously furloughed employees back to work, while still being able to claim the CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked.
Read more
See more resources for groups and support for groups during the Covid-19 pandemic on our website
Online debate: Re-thinking Equality in Milton Keynes for post-crisis times

We invite you to join the discussion and debate on the recent Fawcett Paper, Re-thinking equality for post-crisis times: a focus on gender. Please join us on Wed June 17th, 6.30 -7.30pm or Thurs June 18th, 2.00 to 3.00pm to start the debate. Read more

Black Lives Matter

The importance of talking openly and honestly about systemic racism and the effect it in our communities has never been more important. We have pulled together some resources to help you act so that we may continue to identify and eliminate racial discrimination. Read more

Need help from a Volunteer Responder?
NHS Volunteer Responders service is open for self referral. Further information about the self referral process and who is eligible for support is available here. This site will provide you with further information if you are self-isolating and are in need of support.
Online Support services for children and young people
Great local resources for children and young people. This information has been compiled with the help of Community Action: MK’s Young People’s Multi-Agency Support Group.
Read more
See more Information for communities regarding Covid-19 on our website 
NHS volunteers extend support to frontline health and social care staff

NHS Volunteer Responders scheme expanded to offer vital support to frontline health and social care staff. Over 285,000 volunteer tasks have been carried out so far, helping people from across the community with tasks like delivering shopping and speaking on the phone. Read more

Are you willing, able and safe to volunteer? Complete the expression of interest form here
Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050
Strategic Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Milton Keynes Council is seeking your thoughts about how the Covid-19 pandemic might impact on its draft Strategy for 2050. Comments should be received by Friday 17th July 2020.
Read more
COVID-19 Loan Fund Expanded & Improved
The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Read more
Historic England – COVID-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund
Emergency grants to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and investigations at historic sites and buildings across England due to the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
Read more
John Spedan Lewis Foundation – COVID-19 Fund
One-off emergency grants for UK registered charities whose charitable aims include natural history, wildlife conservation, and horticulture in the UK and who are experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus/COVID-19.
Read more
EXTERNAL FUNDING: Covid-19  Crisis Response
A comprehensive list of funders put together by Thames Valley Police. Various funding streams that have become available to tackle issues that have arisen during COVID-19.
Read more
See more funding opportunities on the Community Action: MK website
Webinar: Building organisational resilience: things for small charities to consider
17 June | 14.00
Join us during #SmallCharityWeek to learn about the key characteristics of a resilient organisation, and tips on how to become one.
Register here
Could you spot a loan shark?
11am Wednesday 17th June and 11am Thursday 25th June
Anyone can be a victim of a loan shark – your family, friends, neighbours and even you.
Register here: 17 June
Register here: 25 June
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