Online Activities & Resources 


Need Support? Here is a list of Useful Organisations



Local:



MK Play Association
www.mkpa.co.uk/play
MKPA is a charity which provides play to children in the area along with hire of play equipment, a scrap store, craft shop, training for teachers, carers and parents. MKPA have created a number of play craft packs that are available to buy at a low cost. These packs encourage play, creativity and learning ideal for projects at home.

MK Food Bank

http://mkfoodbank.org.uk/i-need-help-2
Food Bank Helpline 0300 303 4933
The Helpline is open from 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday.
Please contact the Food Bank for advice on voucher issuing and where to collect food parcels. The distribution centres are listed on their website. This service is for everyone who needs food. Please pass this information on to anyone who is in need.


Milton Keynes Community Fridges 
www.mkcommunityfridge.org
A simple solution to wasting less through the sharing of good quality food to benefit the people of milton keynes. The community fridges are open to all. If you have a family member, friend or neighbour that are in need of food that can't attend one of our community fridge sessions please come and collect food on their behalf.
Community fridges can be found at:
  • Coffee Hall (Woughton Community Council)
  • Conniburrow (Big Local Community Hub)
  • Great Linford (Little Bookshop)
  • Netherfield (Vineyard Chapel)
  • Westcroft (Westcroft Pavillion)
  • Wolverton (The Old Bath House)
Opening times can be found on the website.

Age UK MK Charity
www.ageuk.org.uk/miltonkeynes
Age UK Milton Keynes works with and for older people to make a real and positive difference that contributes to their wellbeing and quality of life. Talk to an adviser for free, confidential and independent advice on matters that affect older people.  They can support you to complete forms, make telephone calls and give practical help and advice. Contact on 01908 550700.
Age UK, the national charity, operates a free, confidential advice line on 0800 678 1602. Open 8am - 7pm, 365 days a year.

Mind BLMK
www.mind-blmk.org.uk
We 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 their details on. If you or someone you know needs urgent or crisis support with their mental health, we are here 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. Mental Health support across BLMK - phone: 0300 330 0648

The Mayor of Milton Keynes
www.facebook.com/MayorMK
Councillor Mohammed Khan, the Mayor of MK provides regular updates on his Facebook page. These daily updates include MK Council announcements, Government notices, visits, other MK-related organisations plus notices and advice from other sources.

Keeping Well BLMK
www.keepingwellblmk.nhs.uk/how-we-help
A free and confidential service offering wellbeing and psychological support to key workers in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes area.
Contact: Phone: 01908 724 227 Email: keepingwell.blmk@nhs.net



National:


Refuge
www.refuge.org.uk
Refuge provides specialist services to survivors of domestic abuse.
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (freephone, open 24/7)

or visit the website to access live chat Mon-Fri 3-10pm. 

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

The Samaritans
www.samaritans.org
Offer free emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence. Call 116 123.
You can also email them: jo@samaritans.org

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


Money Saving Expert
www.moneysavingexpert.com
This website offers practical help and advice on houseold bills, cards and loans, complaints and reclaims, banking and savings, mortgages and homes, travel, insurance, deals and shopping, income and budgeting and help for students.

The Marmalade Trust
www.marmaladetrust.org
Dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness and helping people make new friendships, for all ages.

Better Health Every Mind Matters – loneliness page
www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/lifes-challenges/loneliness
Advice & support for loneliness.

Mind
www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/loneliness/about-loneliness
Tips for loneliness

Mind Side by Side
https://sidebyside.mind.org.uk
If you are over 18, you can join Side By Side, an online community where you can listen, share and be heard by others. visit Side By Side

Heads Up 
https://thisisheads-up.uk
Men’s Mental Health support and information


For Men To Talk
www.formentotalk.co.uk
A chance for men suffering with anxiety, depression and grief to talk with other fellow sufferers.

The Mix
www.themix.org.uk
Offers free confidential help for under-25s to get support online and via a helpline: call on 0808 808 4494, text "THEMIX" to 85258.

Silverline
www.thesilverline.org.uk
A free 24-hour confidential telephone helpline offering information, friendship and advice to people over 55: call Silverline on 0800 470 8090.

The Student Room
www.thestudentroom.co.uk
Is the largest online community, with a range of different forums to help students get advice and support from others while studying.


Mumsnet
www.mumsnet.com
A great place to connect with other parents and carers. The website offers advice, knowledge and support help make lives easier on everything from conception to childbirth and babies to teenagers.

Gransnet
www.gransnet.com
A social networking site that offers a forum for over-50s to chat, debate, support each other and share a laugh.


National Helplines:


HMRC 0800 015 9559

Universal Credit 0800 328 5644

NHS Only call 111 if you cannot get help online at https://111.nhs.uk




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