Support in the Community
- Age UK Milton Keynes are offering an emergency shopping and prescription collection service to residents of Milton Keynes aged over 70 who do not have existing support. To access this support call 01908 550700. Find out more.
- Food bank Xtra is specifically for people who receive benefits, free school meals for their children, who are in severe debt or crisis, are unemployed, homeless, or at risk of homelessness and other similar vulnerable situations. If you need help please please either visit your nearest Serving Centre, or call the Food Bank Helpline on 01908 565852 to discuss your circumstances. Find out more.
- Milton Keynes Hindu Association: Are you, or do know anyone, over 65 and in self isolation due to Covid-19? If anyone needs help with grocery shopping, prescription / medicine collection, posting letters or need any advice please contact our team at MKHA on 0300 365 1008 or email: email@example.com.
- Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 0800 470 80 90. Find out more.
- Dementia Information Service: If you have dementia or are a carer for someone with dementia please get in touch with the Dementia Information Service on 01908 669404 or 07784224494 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They are available to provide any support and guidance you may need.
- Maternity Announcement: If you have questions related specifically to COVID-19, please use the dedicated Maternity COVID-19 telephone line by calling 07817 825264. Find out more.
- Wolverton and Greenleys Parish Council are working in partnership with a local voluntary group to provide essential items to those who are vulnerable and in a high risk group. This covers Wolverton, Greenleys, Hodge Lea, Stacey Bushes, Wolverton Mill, Old Wolverton and Stonebridge. Find out more.
Access Ambassadors are supporting vulnerable sign language users who are profoundly deaf, over 70 and/or have underlying conditions that put them in the at-risk category, and live alone and do not have family members close by. To access this support email email@example.com or call 07792 456691.
Looking after your mental wellbeing
For a list of national mental health helplines, click here.
Public Health have put together a resource for Milton Keynes with key information about how to keep on top of your mental wellbeing during times of uncertainty, links to advice and information from other organisations, and useful local contacts.
Click here to read the document.
Other useful websites:
- Anna Freud: Supporting Young People's mental health during periods of disruption
- Kooth offers free and anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing support to every child or young person between 11 and 19 in Milton Keynes.
- Sleepio is an online sleep improvement programme, proven to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night, and give you more energy during the day.
- The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are a great way to think about steps you can take to maintain and improve your health and wellbeing
- Talk for Change self-referral form
Other useful information:
Dementia UK have put together page of frequently asked questions from their helpline, including ‘How do I explain the situation to a person with Dementia’. Find out more. Keeping active and purposeful when staying at home will help fight off boredom and frustration. Alzheimer’s Society have a list of activity ideas for people with dementia. British Gymnastic Foundation have created a dementia friendly chair-based gymnastics programme. You can also watch Tiger-Cam at Edinburgh Zoo, Barn Webcam at Folly Farm, Blacktip Reef, Jellies Invasion and Pacific Coral Reef live streams at the National Aquarium, a choice of 10 live webcams at Monterey Bay Aquarium, a range of animals on Explore live cams, or even conduct your own orchestra online.
For autistic people of all ages the coronavirus outbreak could trigger intense stress. National Autistic Society have collated a range of resources that autistic people and their families can use during this time of changes. North East Autism Society have also created a website full of fun activities for Autism Acceptance Week.
Carers UK set out the current government guidance as it relates to Carers.
The One Cancer Voice group of charities have created an advice document on Coronavirus for people with cancer, including a list of frequently asked questions.
Please note: The information above was correct at the time of publishing. We are aware that changes are happening quickly, and will update the page when we receive further information. The support listed above is not an exhaustive list of all the support available. Please contact us if you have more information that could be added to this page.