The government has escalated the coronavirus response to the second phase – moving from containing the virus to delaying the spread. Recommending Self-isolation, household isolation if anyone shows symptoms and 12 week isolation for any at risk groups.

If you have any symptoms such as:

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature

You will now have to self-isolate for 14 days – this doesn’t require you to call NHS 111 to tell them that you are self-isolating. You should keep in contact with family and friends via the phone. This BBC article looks at what it means to self-isolate and how you should do it.

If you require food or medication – you should contact the relevant services and arrange a delivery. They will have to deliver this to your front door – do not ask them to come into your home. There is also a huge voluntary effort coming from the community to ensure that anyone who needs support can access it. Many of the supermarkets are now offering a exclusive time for the vulnerable to visit.

Here are some more guidelines from the government about how to manage self-isolation and best practice when considering various complications, such as house sharing, single parenting with kids and caregivers. Recommendations, look at trying to stay 2 meters away (3 steps) from those you live with, scheduling times for using the bathroom, regular cleaning and keeping in touch through social media, phone calls, and texts.

There is an online service from NHS 111 here, they ask that you use this first. You should call NHS 111 if…

  • You cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after seven days

Wellbeing and the Coronavirus:

Mind has shared some resources here. It is so important that you take care of your mental health at this challenging time. Please use these resources and share them with others.

This is a photo symbol poster that could be of use when talking to individuals who respond better to visual aids.

We hope this helps and please get in touch if you have any resources, information or experiences you would like to share.

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Supporting you: CIO Conversion

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced that legislation to allow charities and community interest companies to quickly convert to charitable incorporated organisations has been put before parliament. The new legislation will allow community interest companies and charities with company structures to quickly convert into CIOs from January. This follows a recent consultation on the proposed changes by the department.

Via NCVO Governance Round Up.

Community Action: MK may be able to run training on how to convert. If you’d like to register your interest in this, we will explore the opportunity.

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13-15 January: Startup Weekend in Milton Keynes

Our colleagues at the Milton Keynes office of Tech Mahindra, who work with us on the MK:Smart and CAPE projects, and support our Employee Volunteering Programme are holding a Startup Weekend in Milton Keynes. The event is being organised as part of the InnovateMK initiative.

Startup Weekend is the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship. It is a 54-hour event where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Tech Mahindra are organising the event with aim of fostering local entrepreneurship to strengthen local community.

The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams are formed around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.


Date and Time: 6.30pm 13th Jan to 8pm 15th Jan

Venue: InnovateMK, Tech Mahindra, 1st floor, 401 Grafton Gate East, MK9 1AT

Registration and more details:



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We are hiring!

Community Action: MK are recruiting for a number of full and part time positions in our Community Development Team. See more information below about the positions available.

Community Development Team Member (various roles available)

  • Full or Part time opportunities available
  • £22,387 per annum (pro rata)
  • Fixed term until June 2017, with possibility of extension dependant on funding.

Here at Community Action: MK we support the amazing work happening in and around Milton Keynes’ communities. We support local people to take action in their community whether part of a charity, a community group or an individual looking to make a difference. We are looking for passionate individuals to join our Community Development Team. As a team we deliver various Community Development contracts across Milton Keynes and we are looking for people that can join a flexible team that supports a variety of projects.

Download the Full Job Description & Personal Specification.

Download the Application Form.

Read our Equal Opportunities Statement.

Download our Equal Opportunities Form.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity please contact Julie on 01908 661623 or


Please complete our application form and return it via post or email to by 4th December 2016.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

A selection event and interviews will be held on 12th December 2016.


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Need a little help this Christmas?

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Need a little extra financial help?

Contact Milton Keynes Community Bank:

we’re here to help you!


Milton Keynes Community Bank is branch of Swan Credit Union, which spans Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Thame and Didcot. We are different to high-street banks as we’re a not-for-profit cooperative owned and run by its members.

Our aim is to help people save and borrow at affordable rates.

Apply for our NEW Child Benefit Loan today. 

Borrow between £250 and £500 – pay less than £12 per week *

  • Complete your application and send in.
  • Once your Child Benefit is being paid into the Credit Union you’ll receive your loan within a few days.

See our website for further details:

Safe Savings and affordable loans from your local community bank

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