This year we are working together with our charity partners to support local people struggling to survive through the tough winter months. You can help us save local lives by making a donation to the Surving Winter campaign. If you are eligible and able to donate your winter fuel allowance to support this vital work in the community we can accept donations online and via cheque*.
Helping local people stay alive this winter
We partner with Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter, the local providers of emergency shelter for homeless individuals in Milton Keynes during the winter months. The Winter Night Shelter team provides overnight accommodation, hot dinners, social interaction, welfare support, hot showers and a cooked breakfast to the local homeless in need of a break from freezing temperatures. MK Community Foundation has supported the project since it began in 2012 and last year supported a project to help homeless service users get back on their feet and find permanent accommodation. Overall the Winter Night Shelter team supported 48 individuals into long term accommodation last winter. Support the Survivng Winter campaign and help the Winter Night Shelter stop avoidable deaths over winter.
Helping older people stay connected this winter
We partner with Age UK Milton Keynes, the local experts and support network for older people in Milton Keynes. Age UK Milton Keynes work with us to provide essential services to the elderly in need in MK during the tough winter months and avoid excess winter deaths. As the temperature drops and the weather declines, older residents in our can city can feel trapped in their homes, unable to leave the house to shop for essentials and socialise, and frightened to turn up the heating for fear of their fuel bills. Last year we funded Paula, the Age UK Milton Keynes Winter Warmth Coordinator, to work with local vulnerable elderly people and their families. With the generous donations of MK citizens, Paula was able to advise and support local elderly residents and their families to help them insulate their homes and receive the financial support they were entitled to, to heat their homes through winter. Support the Surviving Winter campaign to stop elderly people from going without heating this winter.
Helping local parents feed their children this winter
We partner with MK Food Bank each year to ensure that parents and individuals in extreme need have a life line when they run out of food. With fuel bills increasing and the temperatures dropping parents often have to choose between heating the house and putting dinner on the table. We support MK Food Bank with funding to purchase emergency food during winter for items that are in short supply to ensure that local people can get back on their feet. Last year the Food Bank distributed 13,000 food parcels and demand continues to rise by 25% year on year.Support the Surviving Winter campaign to put food on the tables of local families in crisis this winter.
* Donations to the Surviving Winter campaign can be made by cheque made payable to ‘MK Community Foundation Ltd” to
MK Community Foundation
381 Midsummer Boulevard
By BACS transfer, using your organisation name as the reference, to:
Account name – MK Community Foundation Ltd.
Sort Code – 12-17-50
Account number – 00567000