Online Activities & Resources
Need Support? Here is a list of Useful Organisations
Below you can find links to:
- Explaining COVID-19 to children
- Food and financial Support
- Mental Health
- Support for Carers
- Resources & Support for Disabled Artists
- Public Health England
- National Helplines
Downloads from Public Health England:
- Coronavirus- Looking after your mental health
- Looking after your feelings and your body
- Guidance on supporting children and young peoples mental health and wellbeing
Explaining COVID-19 to children:
Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler has illustrated a FREE digital book, aimed at primary school-age children to help children to understand more about the coronavirus. Download the book here.
Hand washing and germs colouring sheets:
The team at GOSH Arts London have made these fabulous colouring sheets here demonstrating why it’s important to wash your hands.
Key worker guidance and family support package:
This guidance is aimed at helping all parents to be able to frame their conversations appropriately to the age of the children and manage their anxieties. To listen to the podcast and read the supporting information, please visit: https://people.nhs.uk/uncategorized/communicating-with-children-about-covid-19/
Food and Financial support
MK Food Bank
Food Bank Helpline on 0300 303 4933 or text HELP 07874 964505
Please contact the Food Bank via the new helpline number for advice on voucher issuing and where to collect food parcels. The distribution centres have changed to cope with the demand, MKC workers have been drafted in to help with the process including deliveries to those self-isolating or unable to reach a distribution point. This service is for everyone who needs food. Please pass this information on to anyone who is in need during this time. For emergency food vouchers please visit http://mkfoodbank.org.uk/i-need-help/ to find the list of partner agencies.
Money Saving Expert
This article covers the lockdown latest - the current rules, your rights on cancellations and subscriptions etc., motoring and transport (incl. MOTs, railcards etc.), free or cheap ways to stay fit and stay entertained, help for those who are vulnerable or struggling and how to watch our for coronavirus scams.
The Great Linford Community Fridge
remains open www.facebook.com/pg/Great-Linford-Community-Fridge
Address: The Little 'Bookshop' Cafe, 2a St Leger Court, Great Linford, Milton Keynes, MK14 5HA firstname.lastname@example.org
Other MK Community Fridges
We also have fridges at the following locations across Milton Kenes:
Coffee Hall (Woughton Community Council)
Conniburrow (Big Local Community Hub)
Netherfield (Community Chapel)
Shenley Brook End (Garthwaite Pavillion)
Wolverton (The Old Bath House)
Please visit www.mkcommunityfridge.org/ for opening times
Emotional Wellbeing Support lines in Bedford, Central Bedfordhsire, Luton and MK.
In MK contact ( 01525) 722225 (Victoria Sharp) Victoria.Sharp@mind-blmk.org.uk
Black Minds Matter UK
‘Support in making mental health topics relevant and accessible for all black people in the U.K.’ http://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/
Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Mental Health Foundation
Practical advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Offer free emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence. Call 116 123.
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (freephone, open 24/7)
Support for Carers
Age UK MK Charity
Age UK are offering an emergency, one-off shopping and prescription collection service to residents of Milton Keynes aged over 70 who do not have existing support. This is separate to their normal Independent Living Service. All Age UK volunteers doing emergency shopping will have ID and be DBS checked. They will telephone first for a shopping list, then visit. To take advantage of the service please either contact Age UK on 01908 550700 Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm or email: email@example.com
If you have any doubts at all about someone saying they are from Age UK Milton Keynes, please don't hesitate to call the number above.
The Carers UK telephone helpline is available by calling 0808 808 7777 Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources & Support for Disabled Artists
Commission new artwork by disabled visual artists as well as run workshops; mentoring for artists and training.
Resources for d/Deaf and disabled artists.
A variety of opportunities for disabled artists to apply for funding.
Disability Arts Online
Platform which shares and promotes disabled artists and their work.
A comprehensive list of disability services, resources, organisations, and support available to artists.
Resources specifically for developing your practice and career as an artist.
Support and resources for disabled artists in response to the limitations of the COVID-19 restrictions.
The Mayor of Milton Keynes
Andrew Geary, the new Mayor of MK is providing regular updates on his Facebook page. These updates include coronavirus information for our local area, profiling and championing local independent businesses, MK Council announcements, Government notices, plus links to local charities that we are encouraged to support, especially during the current climate.
The Red Cross have launched a national Telephone Support Line. This free service provides emotional support from specially trained volunteers. Volunteers can also offer information and advice and can refer people into local teams on the ground should people need practical support such as accessing food or medication. The free telephone number for the Support Line is 0808 196 3651.
National HelplinesHMRC 0800 015 9559
Universal Credit 0800 328 5644
School closures 0800 046 8687
NHS: Only call 111 if you cannot get help online at https://111.nhs.uk