On 7th February, we held our annual High Sheriff Seeing is believing visit, where some of our wonderful donors and our High Sheriff, Peter Kara, had the opportunity to meet and learn about some of incredible organisations that we have helped with our fund making programme over the years.
The first inspiring organisation that we visited was Arts for Health, where everyone had the opportunity to learn about the ways in which their workshops help to improve health and wellbeing and increases social inclusion by providing opportunities for people to take part in arts activities. Arts for Health offers different workshops to help people with many different needs, including chances for dementia sufferers to explore their creativity. Our attendees were able to get stuck into their own creative work after a demonstration.
The second wonderful organisation that our High Sheriff and our guests visited was Child Bereavement UK’s Milton Keynes branch. Child Bereavement UK helps and supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. They train over 8000 professionals nationally, so they can better understand and meet the needs of grieving families. Whilst visiting this incredible charity, everyone had the opportunity to hear some of the powerful stories from people who have benefited from the help that Child Bereavement provides.
The High Sheriff and his guests then made their way back to Acorn House, where we had three organisations speak about the work that they do. First to speak was Citizens Advice, where Ben told us about their outreach service, providing CAB services in local areas, helping those who can’t attend sessions in Central Milton Keynes.
We then had Karen and Paula from MK Readers Service speak about the impactful work they do helping local people with visual impairments, including shopping visits and volunteers who visit people in need and provide necessary and helpful reading services for people who need it.
Sue from MK ACT finished the talks by explaining to everyone the powerful ways in which they help women who are overcoming domestic violence. Including telling us about the ways they offer emergency help for people in need; including immediate transportation for women and children escaping violence, and emergency funds to help pay for locks or necessary living equipment. Another service they provide is temporary accommodation for women and children needing it.
MK Community Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to our High Sheriff and everyone who attended for helping to make this visit such a success, and a huge thank you to the organisations involved who told us all about the amazing work they do.