Scam Awareness Fortnight- Brought to you by the Citizen Advice Bureau

This year’s Scams Awareness Fortnight is running from 13 June – 26 June and the top 3 messages this year are:

  • With many people facing increased financial pressures, there is a high chance that scammers will take advantage of this. For example, we’ve already seen instances of scammers pretending to be energy companies offering “too good to be true” deals and others sending out phishing emails offering fake government rebates.
  • Anyone can fall victim to a scam. People of all ages and backgrounds get scammed. It’s important to be on your guard – if you’re not sure about something, take your time and get advice.
  • If you think someone might be trying to scam you, it’s important to act straight away. If you need advice and support you can call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk. You should also report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud.
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Whitehouse Surgery Drop-In Sessions are Back!

We’re delighted to let you know we’re resuming our drop-in sessions at Whitehouse Surgery, beginning this Thursday 16 June with MK Act. This will be an opportunity to hear more about this Milton Keynes charity, who provide support services to families experiencing domestic abuse.     

You’ll also be able to meet our Volunteer Coordinator, who’ll be able to chat with you about all things volunteering, whether you’re looking for a role or hoping to promote your volunteer opportunities.

No need to book, come and say hello.

If you’re an organisation interested in taking part in these drop-ins, please fill out this form, or email camille@communityactionmk.org for more information.

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Carers MK

For Carer’s Week (6-12 June), an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, we’re highlighting Carers MK. Read on to find out more about this Milton Keynes charity.

Who are Carers MK?

Carers MK support the health and wellbeing of individuals who are caring for someone who cannot manage without them due to illness, physical disability, frailty, learning disability, mental health issues, addiction or additional needs.

They support carers from all backgrounds including young carers, parents of children with a disability or an additional need, carers from the black and minority ethnic community (BAME), older carers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) carers.

Carers MK are currently recruiting volunteers, could you help make a difference to the lives of carers in Milton Keynes?

Roles available:

  • Assisting at their Carers Support Groups and Training and Workshops
  • Drivers to transport young carers to and from their club nights
  • Admin support
  • Helping with fundraising and raising awareness of Carers MK at events

Find out how to apply by clicking here.

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Children’s Grief Awareness Week

Guest Blog – Harry’s Rainbow sharing more about Children’s Grief Awareness Week (18th -25th November)

We have been joined by Harry’s Rainbow a local charity that supports children and young adults bereaved of a parent or sibling. Here they share their work, insights into the upcoming Grief Awareness Week & how you can stay up to date with them – Thank you to Harry’s Rainbow for sharing with us.

We have just celebrated our 10th birthday and in this time we have supported over 480 children. Along with offering direct support through our Rainbow groups, we are keen to raise awareness of the experience that our families have. One way of doing this is through supporting campaigns like Children’s Grief Awareness Week.

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Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership Research Highlights the Local Impact of Covid-19 on the Homeless Sector

A bit more from MKHP regarding the report and the work they have been doing.

As the homelessness sector continues to navigate through the challenges presented by the pandemic, the Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership (MKHP) publishes its inaugural research report. It puts a spotlight on the real impact of COVID-19 across the sector and on people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness across Milton Keynes.


For the first time, the voices of Milton Keynes’ organisations across the voluntary and statutory sector, together with business speak out, highlighting their concerns and trepidation for the future whilst at the same time harnessing an abundance of optimism on what could be achieved if lessons from the pandemic are learned and acted upon. Carried out in March and April 2021, a series of in-depth and compelling interviews across the network tested the mood of the sector. The research began to get under the skin of the historical battle in Milton Keynes around homelessness. As relevant now as at the beginning of lockdown, the research compares Milton Keynes to the national picture uncovering unique local issues but also sharing national concerns around welfare payments, eviction bans, and more people beginning to present as homeless.

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