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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week: 10th – 16th May 2021. The theme for this year is #ConnectWithNature. So we wanted to collate a list of all the great resources and tips that are coming out to raise awareness and support Mental Health, along with a few insights into what makes our own team smile at the moment! Keep your eyes peeled …

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Volunteers Week 2021

Join us this year for Volunteers Week on 1st – 7th June. We all know how vital volunteers are, particularly throughout this pandemic. This is the week that we nationally take time to pause and thank volunteers for all the hard work they have done, and continue to do! 

For Volunteers Week, this year’s theme is ‘A time to say thanks’. We want to take this time to share and show the work that volunteers have contributed – you could send us information about how you have volunteered, share an image of how a volunteer has helped you or  tell us what your volunteers have been doing

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Employment opportunities

VCSE Programme Lead – BLMK Communities Together programme

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Programme Lead. This critical role will lead the development of the Communities Together Programme for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK).  Your role will maximise the impact of the (VCSE) and ensure the sector is an equal partner which positively contributes towards the delivery of the strategic priorities of BLMK. 

So if you have experience in this field, are passionate about developing a culture that promotes equality, equity, and values diversity, if you work in a collaborative way and have experience in managing organisational change, we’d love to hear from you. Click here for more information and to apply

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Sign Up Now – Our New Volunteering Platform

In 2021 we’ve been making some changes and hoping to improve our volunteering platform to suit the evolving needs that we have come across throughout the pandemic and adjust and adapt as we move into this New Year. 

With this in mind we have transitioned to and created a Community Action: MK, Doit.Org site. We feel that this platform will better suit the needs of groups and volunteers as we move forwards. We’d like to encourage organisations to create their profile page and begin uploading volunteering opportunities so that volunteers can see the variety of opportunities available in MK. More details below including, videos guiding you through the platform and ways to access support.

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Keeping Well – Support for health and care staff

Free, fast and confidential wellbeing and psychological support – for health and social care staff in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

By care professionals for care professionals.

We are here to provide wellbeing and psychological support to all NHS staff and staff providing care to others in the community, including residential homes and voluntary sector organisations in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) area.  

The service is open to all health and social care staff – primary care, hospitals, voluntary care and third sector organisations, local authority staff including social care, care home staff, public health, clinical commissioning group staff, community health and mental health staff.

The service provides rapid access to support in a variety of ways, including a ‘live-chat’ (coming soon to the site) where health and care workers can, in confidence, talk to expert clinicians about any personal or professional challenges that are impacting on their stress, anxiety or mood. This could be new mental health symptoms or a worsening of pre-existing difficulties.

Get help quickly  

  1. Web, live chat (coming soon): www.keepingwellblmk.nhs.uk
  2. Call or complete an online contact form
    1. If you live in Bedfordshire: Fill in the  form or phone 01234 880400
    2. If you live in Luton: Fill in the  form or phone 0300 555 4152
    3. If you live in Milton Keynes: Fill in the  form or phone 01908 725099

How we can help

Our team can help by offering a range of free and confidential support including a safe space to chat or speak about your struggles and wellbeing needs with a trained wellbeing professional. Coronavirus has brought considerable challenges; you may have worries about your own or your family’s health.

  • Low mood and depression
  • Stress, anxiety and worry
  • Social anxiety
  • Health anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias including of needles
  • Post Covid or long Covid symptoms

Read more information here.

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MK Homelessness Partnership – Support our research!

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Support the MK Homelessness Partnership in their research in shaping the future of volunteering in the homeless sector …

We want to hear the views of both organisations and their volunteers on whether providing mental health and wellbeing support for volunteers working with homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic (in a confidential and safe environment) can improve the volunteer experience for both the volunteers and the organisation. Volunteering in the homeless sector has undoubtedly changed since the start of the pandemic. Never more so has there been a need to harness the power of volunteers to help organisations support vulnerable people – without them it would not be possible. Covid-19 has put additional stress on all of us and whilst volunteers are focussed on the wellbeing of the people they support, in order to provide that support they must look after their own mental health and wellbeing.

Are you a volunteer? How important is it for organisations to support the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers during the pandemic?

Please share with us your thoughts by joining our online volunteer forum on Wednesday 13th January 11.30am – 1:00pm. You will be joined by other organisations to prompt discussions around the benefit/s (if any) in providing access to a confidential and impartial outlet to support volunteer mental health and wellbeing, and the impact it could have on their organisation and the recruitment of volunteers.Please reserve your place through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shaping-the-future-of-volunteering-in-the-homeless-sector-volunteers-only-tickets-133059710175 

Please sign up by end of the day Friday 8th January 2021.

Are you an organisation that works with volunteers? How important is it for organisations to support the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers during the pandemic?

Please share with us your thoughts by joining our online volunteer forum on Wednesday 20th January 11.30am – 1:00pm. You will be joined by other organisations to prompt discussions around the benefit/s (if any) in providing access to a confidential and impartial outlet to support volunteer mental health and wellbeing, and the impact it could have on their organisation and the recruitment of volunteers.Please reserve your place through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shaping-the-future-of-volunteering-in-the-homeless-sector-organisations-tickets-133060253801 

Please sign up by end of the day Friday 15th January 2021.

Once confirmed we will send you a Zoom link to access the meeting. This link will be sent the day before the forum is being held. Only those who are on our attendance list or MKHP guests will be sent a link and admitted on to the call. If your Representative changes for this forum please let us know so we can transfer access.

If you have any questions, please contact me on kate.mundle@mkhp.co.uk or telephone 01908 38236

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