Health Inequalities in Milton Keynes – September 2015

This report is written by the Director of Public Health, Muriel Scott, and is a call to action for all agencies who can play a part in the reduction of health inequalities in Milton Keynes.

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For further information, please contact: public.health@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

On behalf of GALAXY:

Supporting warm-hearted people and projects

We are looking to help small, local community projects and community-minded people through our GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.

From November 2nd 2015 for 17 weeks, we are seeking to award a total of 85 £300 donations to help volunteer groups and people just like you.

In the weeks running up to the fund, if you or your organisation could benefit from a FREE jar of GALAXY Hot Chocolate then please send a message to galaxyfreejars@escapadepr.com

We only have a limited amount of stock which will be sent out on a first come, first served basis before October 31 2015. So drop us a note today with a quick line about you, along with your delivery address and contact number.

But that’s not all!

To celebrate the fifth Birthday of the GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund we are throwing fi ve GALAXY Hot Chocolate Tea Parties!

Do you know a charity that deserves a party with GALAXY Hot Chocolate, GALAXY Chocolate and GALAXY Cake then send us a message to galaxyteaparty@escapadepr.com. Be sure to include a quick line about the chosen charity, along with your contact details.

For more information: galaxyhotchocolate.com

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Street Bank – Sharing in your Neighbourhood

Streetbank believes that neighbourhoods are generous. It is a simple tool that unlocks that generosity by making it easy for people to lend, share or give away items that they no longer need with people in their local area. You can also place requests for items that you may be in need of.

Streetbank is not only a source for sharing items, but skills as well. If you are a qualified electrician or good an excellent woodworker, for example, it is a great place to offer your skills to your neighbours.

For further information, please visit http://www.streetbank.com

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Expert yet Undervalued and on the Frontline report – Lloyds Bank Foundation

From Gary Beharrell, Regional Manager of Lloyds Bank Foundation:

The Lloyds Bank Foundation has recently launched our Expert yet Undervalued and on the Frontline report. This details the challenges, experiences and needs of 800 of our grantees following a survey earlier in the year.

The contents of the report won’t be surprising to you– it highlights the sheer scale and number of challenges that small and medium sized charities are facing as well as identifying help that could support them in these tough times. Throughout the report we’ve used charities’ own words to paint the picture of what they’re going through and I’m sure you’ll agree, their words are compelling. They tell of the increases and growing complexity of demand, the difficulty of attracting funds and the disadvantages they face when it comes to commissioning. They also describe how they are rising to these challenges, often with little support and even fewer resources. Some highlights include:

  • 81% of small and medium sized charities (income £25,000 – £1M) are struggling to raise the funds they need to survive and 63% are seriously worried about their ongoing funding over the next two years.

  • Many do not have the capacity or capability to be able to add other income streams and some are simply not viable, such as charging vulnerable clients for services, or social investment. 63% of charities therefore predict that their ability to secure funding will get harder over the next two years.

  • The funding problem is exacerbated the changing needs of the people charities help. 88% reported a changed in the requirements of those they serve, and 72% of these stated that needs are increasing and becoming more complex, often as a result of other services closing, increased poverty and welfare reform.

  • Where money is available for charities, the commissioning processes of central and local government are deepening the challenges faced by small and medium-sized charities because they favour larger and often commercial providers. 61% of those surveyed have bid for contracts yet half (49%) said that they found the process difficult or impossible. Among the obstacles they experienced were: commissioning processes incentivising competition, not collaboration; complex, secretive and burdensome processes; being undercut by larger organisations or used as ‘bid candy’ by them as they plunder the smaller charities’ local knowledge but exclude them when actually rolling out services.

This survey was conducted before the announcement of the Spending Review and the Chancellor’s plan that budgets in the key areas in which these charities work will be cut by a further 25 – 40%.

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2016 GSK IMPACT Awards – Core funding and free training for health charities

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health.

Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

To apply or to view winners’ films go to: www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards

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Community Mobilisers Under Threat!

One MK have a story up about the possible effect of cuts being made to our Community Mobiliser Service. There’s a snippet below, but click here to read the full article.

Community Mobilisers, Robbie MacPherson, Tracy Whitmore & Stewart Ikin with pictures of some of the events that they have helped instigate

Community Mobilisers, Robbie MacPherson, Tracy Whitmore & Stewart Ikin with pictures of some of the events that they have helped instigate

A service which has saved Milton Keynes Council on average £2.5 million per year is set to be drastically reduced due to funding cuts.

Community Action:MK, a charity which co-ordinates voluntary events around Milton Keynes, currently provides community mobilisers to eight areas in the city – to support people and organisations and develop local groups.

But from September, areas such as Fishermead, Netherfield and Stantonbury will no longer benefit from the service.

A report by Bruce Fenning, an expert in social return on investment, in June estimated that the community mobiliser service brings a return of £8.15 for every £1 of investment.

Robbie Macpherson, chief operating officer for Community Action:MK, understands that cuts need to be made, but believes the decision will prove costly.

He said: “It is a large amount of money we are losing and it will have a huge impact on the work we do. We offer a sort of preventative service before further council services are needed.

“They do have make cuts somewhere, but I think in the longer term, they are going to have more demand on the council’s services as a result.”

To carry on reading, please click here to read the full article at One MK.

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