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 
  • Local
  • National Helplines



Free Downloads from Public Health England:




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 corona virus. 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
http://mkfoodbank.org.uk/i-need-help-2
Food Bank Helpline on 01908 565852
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 current 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. This parish council will continue to issue vouchers: call 01908 606613 or contact glpc@great-linford.gov.uk

Money Saving Expert
www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-help-and-support
This article covers cancelled events, train refunds, supermarket restrictions, MOTs & links to Coronavirus financial help, employment help and travel rights.

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  glcommunityfridge@gmail.com Please note: The Wolverton Community Fridge is closed until further notice.]



Mental Health


Mind BLMK
www.mind-blmk.org.uk/news/we-are-here-for-you/
Emotional Wellbeing Support line in MK 07842 405045 (Victoria Sharp)


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
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Mental Health Foundation
https://mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus
Practical advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Samaritans
www.samaritans.org
Offer free emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence. Call 116 123.

Refuge www.refuge.org.uk
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (freephone, open 24/7)




Support for Carers


Age UK MK Charity
www.ageuk.org.uk/miltonkeynes
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: info@ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk
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.

Carers UK
www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19
The Carers UK telephone helpline is 0808 808 7777
Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm



Resources & Support for Disabled Artists 


DASH
https://www.dasharts.org/  
Commission new artwork by disabled visual artists as well as run workshops; mentoring for artists and training.

DaDaFest
https://www.dadafest.co.uk/what-we-do/resources/
Resources for d/Deaf and disabled artists. 

Disability Grants
https://www.disability-grants.org/disability-arts.html
A variety of opportunities for disabled artists to apply for funding.

Disability Arts Online
https://disabilityarts.online/magazine/
Platform which shares and promotes disabled artists and their work.

Shape Arts: 
https://www.shapearts.org.uk/faqs/disability-organisations-resources-services
A comprehensive list of disability services, resources and organisations. 

https://www.shapearts.org.uk/Pages/News/Category/artist-resources
Resources specifically for developing your practice and career as an artist. 

Unlimited
https://weareunlimited.org.uk/links-and-resources-for-disabled-artists-and-freelancers-in-response-to-covid-19-includes-medical-guidance/ 
Support and resources for disabled artists in response to the limitations of the COVID-19 restrictions. 




Local:


The Mayor of Milton Keynes
https://www.facebook.com/MayorMK
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 Helplines

HMRC 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




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