Ways to help your community during the COVID-19 outbreak

Times like these emphasise the need for us to reach out to those in our communities who may need the extra help during these worrying times.
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During the Coronavirus pandemic, many different groups of all ages are at increased risk of isolation and loneliness in our communities, especially the elderly and most vulnerable in our society.

Milton Keynes Council and MK Community Foundation have put together The MK Good Neighbour Guide with guidance about how you can help your community during this challenging time. 

 "The MK Good Neighbour Guide"

Community Action: MK are coordinating volunteers to support people in need through existing groups and organisations. Are you willing, able and safe to get involved with some volunteering to support your community?

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Milton Keynes Council and MK Community Foundation have launched a Covid-19 MK Emergency Response Appeal to generate much needed funds to support local community groups who are most affected and vulnerable at this time. All the money donated will be distributed to groups in Milton Keynes who play a vital part in supporting vulnerable people, such as Age UK and The Food Bank.

Click here to donate. 

Milton Keynes Council have also teamed up with MK Food Bank to offer more help to local people in crisis, under the banner ‘Food Bank Xtra’. The demand for MK Food Bank's emergency food service continues to increase. They two organisations are launching an urgent appeal for donations.

You can donate at:

  • Supermarkets.  Most supermarkets have an official Food Bank collection bin. These include ASDA, the Co-op, Morrison's, Sainsbury's, Tesco's and Waitrose.
  • Saxon Court  Food can also be dropped off at the main reception at Saxon Court, 502 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HS between 10:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. 

Click here for more information about what to donate and how.

Can you help CNWL (Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust)?

We are recruiting to the following roles where you will be asked to provide support anywhere across the Trust:

  • Community Reserve Volunteer – volunteers will be asked to help in the local community, including running errands, checking up on a service user or volunteer driving.
  • Emergency Response Volunteer – volunteers will support within our inpatient units. Duties in this role could include supporting activities or helping during meal times.
  • Emergency Support volunteer – volunteers will support in non-patient facing roles. Duties in this role could include answering the phone, photocopying documents or organising paperwork.

Click here for more information about how to sign up.

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons, and one of these is to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. Even when you are doing this, you need to do so safely. The government has produced guidelines about how you can help out in your community safely. 

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