Covid-19 Crowdfunding: How to run a campaign and campaigns in Milton Keynes

We can get through this if we pull together.
We are seeing an amazing effort by Milton Keynes communities to get through this uncertain period. One innovative way to secure funding is through crowdfunding.

Below are some crowdfunding campaigns across Milton Keynes which you can donate to. If your group is running a crowdfunding campaign, please let us know and we will try our best to help promote your campaign.

If you are interested in running a crowdfunding campaign, take a look at our top tips below. Also find out which platform suits your campaign. See GoFundMe, SpaceHive, and Crowdfunder.

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Crowdfunding campaigns in Milton Keynes:

Don’t Panic Appeal

The Old Bath House and Community Centre helps thousands of people by hosting more than 130 regular groups and local businesses to meet, dance, learn, rehearse, eat and socialise every week.

This is an appeal to our community to pledge what they can to enable us to continue to cover our overheads while the building is not being hired during the COVID 19 pandemic.

A route out of homelessness

The Bus Shelter MK has moved to a new site by September 2020 and there will not be room there for our separate kitchen/diner – a former building site unit.  We are raising funds so that we can convert part of the single storey building on our new site into a kitchen and dinning room.

Grounds Keeping Great Coffee in the Great Outdoors

Grounds Keeping Great Coffee in the Great Outdoors

Grounds needs your support! Help us to keep going through these uncertain times. Buy a coffee or a bike hire now, so we can serve you later.

Grounds needs your support! Help us to keep going through these uncertain times. Buy a coffee or a bike hire now, so we can serve you later. Our aim is to encourage you to buy your goods now, and help our business keep going by ensuring we have a steady flow of cash.

Age UK Milton Keynes COVID 19 Appeal

We are urgently asking for donations so that we can go directly to suppliers to buy essential goods for free distribution to the older residents of Milton Keynes. 

As a local independent charity we do not have the financial capability to do this without your help. More  information about  visit our website.

MK Food Bank

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These are tough times, but it is incredible seeing all communities come together for one another. But Foodbank demand is increasing and we need more support to provide help to those in need. Can you help?

The MK Food Bank and MK Council have teamed up to launch Food Bank Xtra and offer more help to local people in crisis.

Wolverton and Greenleys Coronavirus Support Fund

What do you do when the shelves have been picked clean of paracetamol, soap and toilet roll?  Start a community project to make sure that no one goes without! 

The WeAreWolverton campaign, in association with the Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council, aims support those who are self isolating amid the COVID-19 outbreak if they are unable to ask family or friends to drop off essential items.

Wharf Distillery Hand Sanitiser Aid

Since we repurposed Wharf Distillery  to temporary hand sanitiser production, we have been inundated with requests BUT, we are limited on how much we can produce.

So, we want to ensure that what we make goes to those most in need, but some of those charities supporting high risk groups rely desperately on donations.

Milton Keynes University Hospital

Milton Keynes University Hospital have set up an Amazon wishlist where people can make a donation to help support staff and patients during this time.

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Covid-19: Tackling violence against women and girls in Milton Keynes

Violence against women remains a major global public health and women’s health threat during emergencies.

We had to postpone our workshop on Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls scheduled for 1 April due to the Covid-19 pandemic – we hope to run the event in some form soon.

How COVID-19 can exacerbate risks of violence for women:


Stress, the disruption of social and protective networks, and decreased access to services all can exacerbate the risk of violence for women.
• As distancing measures are put in place and people are encouraged to stay at home, the risk of intimate partner violence is likely to increase. For example:
– The likelihood that women in an abusive relationship and their children will be exposed to violence is dramatically increased, as family members spend more time in close contact and families cope with additional stress and potential economic or job losses.
– Women may have less contact with family and friends who may provide support and protection from violence.
Women bear the brunt of increased care work during this pandemic. School closures further exacerbate this burden and place more stress on them.
The disruption of livelihoods and ability to earn a living, including for women (many of whom are informal wage workers), will decrease access to basic needs and services, increasing stress on families, with the potential to exacerbate conflicts and violence. As resources become more scarce, women may be at greater risk for experiencing economic abuse.
– Perpetrators of abuse may use restrictions due to COVID-19 to exercise power and control over their partners to further reduce access to services, help and psychosocial support from both formal and informal networks.
– Perpetrators may also restrict access to necessary items such as soap and hand sanitizer.
– Perpetrators may exert control by spreading misinformation about the disease and stigmatize partners.
Access to vital sexual and reproductive health services, including for women subjected to violence, will likely become more limited.
• Other services, such as hotlines, crisis centers, shelters, legal aid, and protection services may also be scaled back, further reducing access to the few sources of help that women in abusive relationships might have.

(Source: World Health Organization)

The impact of Covid-19 on families experiencing domestic abuse in Milton Keynes

We are already seeing the government’s advice on self or household isolation is having impact on women, men and children experiencing domestic abuse. Home is not likely to be a safe place for survivors of domestic abuse. Social distancing and self-isolation are being used as a tool of coercive and controlling behaviour by perpetrators and are shutting down routes to safety and support.

Guardian: Lockdowns around the world bring rise in domestic violence
The Canary: The Covid-19 crisis is killing women. But it’s not the virus doing it.

The risks of violence that women and their children their face during the current COVID-19 crisis cannot be ignored.

Domestic abuse victims are allowed to leave home to seek help at refuges despite rules to stop coronavirus spreading, the home secretary has said.

“Whilst our advice is to stay at home, anyone who is at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, is still able to leave and seek refuge. Refuges remain open, and the police will provide support to all individuals who are being abused – whether physically, emotionally, or otherwise,” she added.”

Things to look out for that may indicate domestic abuse:

  • Injuries without explanation (normally people will volunteer an explanation)
  • Injuries which are minimised or concealed
  • A partner who is unwilling to allow a client to be alone with professionals
  • A client who appears passive and dominated by their partner
  • Anxiety, depression and being withdrawn, particularly if this is not usual for the patient or client

Please read our Domestic Abuse Guidance for what to do if you suspect domestic abuse: A quick guide for professionals who don’t work in domestic violence services

I’m being abused – what shall I do?

MK Act is a charity in Milton Keynes which works with over 100 families’ everyday to help them move on from fear and abuse. We have been providing safe emergency accommodation in Milton Keynes for women and their children escaping domestic violence for over 40 years.

For support or to discuss your options, our team of staff and volunteers continue to work and are covering all our phone numbers and email boxes which are listed below as normal so please phone/contact us between office hours of 9am-5pm.

If you need to speak to someone out of these hours you can ring the: National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247

If you are in immediate danger, you should dial 999.

How can I help?

Following Government advice the MK Act team is now working remotely but very much open for business supporting those who experience Domestic Abuse. Because of this, they are currently no longer able to accept food or toiletries.

At this difficult time, they are now appealing for money for our Last Resort Fund, instead if donations of items. The money will be used for:

  • £5 buys someone who is suffering from domestic violence a new sim card so they can keep themselves safe and call for help. Some of the people we work with have never had access to their own phone before
  • £10 buys soap, hand sanitizer, paracetamol and cleaning products to help a family in the fight against COVID 19
  • £35 pays for a family to flee their home where they are experiencing domestic violence and takes them to the refuge
  • £50 buys emergency food for a family fleeing domestic abuse to be delivered at this time through online deliveries
  • £60 pays for an emergency hotel room for families in danger
  • Our Last Resort Fund is currently very low and we do not have the funds that are needed to keep up with the demand.
  • If you are able to donate any amount it would make a huge difference to allowing us to get help to families in Milton Keynes who are suffering from domestic abuse.

Sign the petitions to support those at risk:

Please support those at risk by adding your signature to the petition endorsing the Womens Equality Party’s open letter to the Prime Minister.

Also see the petition on Change. org: Domestic Violence & Covid-19: The UK government must act now to save lives.

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, these organisations will be able to help.

This information will continue to be updated. If you or your organisation are working in this field or in your community please get in touch with us.

MK Act Helpline: 0344 375 4307 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Sexual Assault & Abuse Support Service (SAASS): Helpline: 01296 719772


National domestic violence helpline – 0808 2000 247, 24 hours
The freephone 24 hour national domestic violence helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. The helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by fully trained female workers and volunteers. All calls are completely confidential. The service offers translation facilities for callers whose first language is not English, and a service for callers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Men’s advice line – 0808 801 0327, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
A freephone confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner, or from other family members.

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Resources and support for groups during Covid-19

Community Action: MK toolkit

We know there is a lot of information to process, some factual and some hearsay. We have been working on a toolkit to help groups get through this difficult time. This pack aims to filter out the confusing messages and provide straightforward and practical advice for you and your group. (Links below) 

We understand that some volunteer roles may become redundant at this time, or you might be lacking in volunteers due to government recommendations and measures. In this instance please get in contact to let us know if you have volunteers that might be willing to help in another capacity, or any urgent roles in your service that could be filled by volunteers.

Latest News:

Organisational Support:

Funding:

  • MK Community Foundation – Emergency Response Appeal. This details MKCF’s appeal aims and how to get in touch about funding.
  • Martin Lewis is giving grants of £5k to £20k to small registered UK charities, or local arms of bigger charities. Foodbanks, charities engaged in community aid, financial advice help and more –  to help with specific UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects. Apply HERE
  • Waitrose and John Lewis pledge to give money to support the communities you live and work in Keep an eye on their news for funding updates – Here
  • Neighbourly Covid-19 Community Fund: Micro grants are available for charities and community groups that are existing members of the “Neighbourly” CSR platform, to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • 93 Sources of Charity Emergency Funding
  • NCVO: CORONAVIRUS AND CHARITY FUNDING: THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
  • CAF Emergency Fund – New 5mil fund for small charities from Charities Aid Foundation
  • Thames Valley Police Funding – New round of funding for charities supporting communities

Risk Management:

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Volunteer during the Coronavirus pandemic

Are you willing, able and safe to get involved with some volunteering opportunities that have arisen as a result of Covid-19? If Yes, please complete the expression of Interest form:

If you would like to get involved please could you complete the form which lets us know what you feel comfortable with and are able to do. We have outlined some primary volunteer roles that we have been told about and envision a demand for. 

  • Shopping Service 
  • Medicine collection / delivery service 
  • Dog walking 
  • Check-in calls to reduce isolation 
  • Driving to medical appointments 
  • Food delivery service 
  • Food collection for Community Fridges

We can then share this information with groups that are working at the forefront to ensure residents and communities across MK are supported.

Local responses to Covid-19: What is happening in your area?

Find our what is happening in your area during the Covid-19 pandemic and what you can do to support your community.

What else can I do?

  • Look out for your neighbours – the simplest thing you can do is to offer those of your neighbours who are vulnerable and/or in self-isolation to help with shopping and other errands.
  • Join the NextDoor social media platform to connect with your neighbourhood – click here.
  • Check the Covid-19 Mutual Aid group finder – search by postcode or town to find #Covid support groups across the country – click here.
  • Connect with people through these MK-wide Facebook Covid-19 support groups:

– Milton Keynes Coronavirus Community Support Group 

– Milton Keynes Community 

– Milton Keynes: Beating Coronavirus

– Milton Keynes COVID-19 (Taking care of our neighbours) 

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Volunteer Drop In CANCELLED (17th March 2020)

PLEASE NOTE: we have unfortunately made the decision to CANCEL our volunteer drop-in for tomorrow – Tuesday 17th March 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any enquiries, or would like some guidance on volunteering, please email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 623661.

We thank you for your patience, support and understanding.

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Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day – 18th March

Although this is a hard and difficult topic to talk about we feel that it is vital to raise awareness for some of the signs and issues that we can all look out for and be aware of relating to child exploitation. 

On the 18th March Thames Valley Police ‘True Costs’ campaign will share the 4th video clip from their series ‘Dee’s Story’, a serving prisoner who talks about child exploitation along county lines. These are things that are being spoken about more frequently and support resources and organisations are being shared. 

STOP CSE have also shared their ‘Safe to Play’ Campaign that looks at exploitation within the sports sphere. You can take a look at resources and videos here – they also have an app ‘ZAPPAR’ where you can use augmented reality to hear and see from the perspective of a parent, coach and child.  

If you would like more information about the resources available please get in touch.

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Thursday 23rd April 1-2-1 Information Session for Groups: BBC Children In Need Funding

We are delighted to be working with the regional grants officer at BBC Children in Need for South, who will be coming to Milton Keynes on Thursday 23rd April to meet with charities and community groups that might be interested in applying for  a BBC Children In Need grant.

What do BBC Children in Need Grant Programmes fund? 

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

The programme offers grants to third sector organisations that support children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

Key exclusions: the programme does not fund educational establishments such as schools/colleges or any capital costs such as extensions/refurbishment of buildings through any of their grant programmes.

For more detailed information and guidance about our grants, please visit the website: bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/grants

Why will this session be useful to my charity or a group?

BBC Children in Need receives far more applications for funding than it is able to award. The funding sessions that we are holding on the 23rd April will be a great chance to chat about your ideas or projects and answer any questions, which can greatly help in making your application to the grants programme. 

How to register?

Please click here to express your interest in attending the session and so we can contact you to confirm your slot. There will be ‘surgery’ type sessions available between 11am – 3pm on Thursday 23rd April, each lasting 20 minutes. The sessions will take place at our office at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3HP. We will be allocating the slots on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis, aiming to accommodate your group availability as much as we can. 

How to get more information? 

If you have any questions, please contact Community Action: MK Support Team on 01908 661 623 or e-mail us at support@Communityactionmk.org 

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