Local Response to Covid-19

Community Action MK

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

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

Resources and Support for Groups during Covid-19

Information here on:

  • Resources for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups
  • Volunteering Safety Checklist
  • PRIORITY Risk Assessment
  • Covid 19 – FAQ’s for Groups
  • Funding and Grants – FAQ’s
  • Governance for Groups

Do you need Volunteers or know of Volunteers willing to help?

Community Action: MK writes: “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.”

Alternatively, if you are willing, able and safe to get involved with some volunteering opportunities that have arisen as a result of Covid-19 then please register your interest to volunteer here.

The MK Good Neighbour Guide 

Ways to help your community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, created by MK Community Foundation and MK Council.
Read more

Information for Communities

Info here on:

  • Latest guidance from Gov.uk
  • Changes to council services – Some of MK Council services are changing to help protect MK’s most vulnerable people from coronavirus.
  • Hospitals and pharmacies information
  • How you can help MK Appeals
  • Resources for vulnerable people
  • Support for parents, carers and children
  • Support for businesses and employers
  • Financial support and guidance
  • Taking care of your mental health
  • Covid-19 information translated

Local responses to Covid-19: What is happening in your area?

Find out here what is happening in your area during the Covid-19 pandemic and what you can do to support your community.

Funding

Local and UK wide sources of funding and resources for your group / organisation that have been made available as the result of the Covid – 19 crisis can be found here.

Covid-19 MK Emergency Appeal Fund

MK Community Foundation Emergency Response Appeal

Funding is available for all those amazing community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations supporting those in MK most disadvantaged by the Covid-19 outbreak.

To find out more and check eligibility click here

Tackling violence against women and girls in Milton Keynes

Violence against women remains a major global public health and women’s health threat during emergencies. The risks of violence that women and their children their face during the current Covid-19 crisis cannot be ignored.  Click here for information from Community Action: MK including:

 

  • How COVID-19 can exacerbate risks of violence for women
  • The impact of Covid-19 on families experiencing domestic abuse in MK
  • Things to look out for that may indicate domestic abuse
  • Organisations that can help if you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, including MK Act

MK Money Lifeline, an established debt advice service in MK, has just launched a new service called MK Signposting, in response to the Covid-19 situation. The Service aims to help those who have  been affected financially by Covid-19, but have no idea where to get help from. 

Online Support services for children and young people

Click here for a 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.

MK Food Bank

MK Food Bank are still operating but please check their web site for updates on how to donate or give. They have launched Food Bank Extra with MK Council to offer more help to local people and meet the growing need. More info here

Healthwatch Milton Keynes

Healthwatch Milton Keynes writes:

“Many organisations and community groups in Milton Keynes are working hard to make sure that residents have the support they need during this challenging time.”

Click here to find information on these groups, which include:

  • Age UK Milton Keynes
  • Silver Line (a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people)
  • Dementia Information Service
  • Access Ambassadors (supporting vulnerable sign language users)
Healthwatch Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes’ Talking Therapies Service is urging people to talk about their feelings rather than bottling them. Referral rates to the team have fallen during the pandemic by 60 to 70 per cent, though it continues to offer support remotely via the phone, video call or webinar. Its concern is that people in MK may be storing up problems that will only be exacerbated if they don’t contact the service.

The Talking Therapies service can help if you’re feeling down or depressed because of isolation or anxious and worried because of the coronavirus. It’s offering some enhanced treatments during the outbreak including coronavirus specific webinars and guided self-help. All appointments are taking place either on the phone or by video link. People who are struggling can refer themselves to the service here.

There is also a dedicated support line for frontline health and social care workers in Milton Keynes, which is manned by trained counsellors and therapists between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. If you are a frontline health and social care worker and need to speak to someone then call 01908 724240.

MK Hospital

Mind BLMK’s aim is to ensure that no one has to face a mental health challenge alone. Working closely with a variety of partners, they offer a number of activities from their wellbeing centres and local venues, to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of adults in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Their services range from counselling and resilience building, to mentoring, crisis support, workplace support and recovery support.

During this time, Mind BLMK have seen individuals making contact due to multiple mental health and well-being needs including, an increase in anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, stress, Hoarding Disorder, and loneliness linked to isolation.

Emotional wellbeing support

They are offering emotional wellbeing support over the phone to the wider community. If you feel that you or anyone you know would benefit from having someone to talk to, either as a one-off or regularly over the coming weeks, please get in touch or pass our their details on.

Milton Keynes – Victoria Sharp
Phone: 01525 722 225
Email: Victoria.Sharp@mind-blmk.org.uk

General enquiries
Phone: 01525 722 225 / 0738 787 2451
Email: hq@mind-blmk.org.uk

Crisis support

If you or someone you know needs urgent or crisis support with their mental health, they are there for you. Our Crisis Café will be operating remotely seven days a week, between 5pm – 11pm and can be contacted during these times by phone on 01525 722 225.

MK Hospital

Carers MK write:

“If you are looking after someone who cannot manage without your support then you are a carer and we are here to support you.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic we are finding that many unpaid family carers are providing additional care.

Many are concerned about putting their loved ones at risk by allowing paid carers into their homes so they are refusing help and providing that extra support themselves.

Older carers with loved ones in nursing homes or residential care cannot visit them. This is understandably causing upset and distress.

Many young carers and young adult carers cope daily with anxiety and isolation. Managing lockdown alongside caring makes this challenge even harder. They are often worried about their studies and when they might see their friends again. As their responsibilities increase the opportunity to have a break and be a child can be denied.

We provide a phone or virtual support service or if you would like to speak to other carers, we offer a range of virtual support groups, information sessions and activities.

Our service is free, you can register by calling 01908 231703 – 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday or visit our website –
www.carersmiltonkeynes.org and complete the registration form. For young carers a professional referral form is
preferred, this is downloadable from our website.”

MK Hospital

Dementia Information Service

The Dementia Information Service team at Alzheimer’s Society are still here for people with dementia and their carers in Milton Keynes.

They write:

“Although we are unable to take referrals for support visits in people’s home we are still providing support to people over the phone, by Skype and email.

Our Dementia Support Workers are working hard to deliver guidance and information to people who need support relating to dementia. We are also able to give advice regarding coronavirus and tips if dementia makes it difficult to follow NHS or government advice and we can signpost to other reliable sources for shopping, picking up prescriptions, etc.

Please email dementiainformation.service@nhs.net or call 07784 224494 or 07484 516433 to speak to a Dementia Support Worker.

The Dementia Connect support line at Alzheimer’s Society is open 7 days a week for information, support and advice: 0333 150 345.

Please do contact us if you need any more information, support or guidance.”

MK Hospital

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.

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