Many people in Milton Keynes have to choose between heating and eating during the winter months. With the Covid-19 pandemic, this season will be even more challenging. Many will be spending more time at home as they self isolate, which will mean even higher heating bills than normal, and more time feeling isolated and lonely.
Since March, levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness have risen, with more people reaching out for mental health support than ever before. With a rising number of Coronavirus cases being reported, and local lockdowns increasing, this is only set to get worse.
Your donations will help us make sure vulnerable people across the borough of Milton Keynes have the support they need to get through the winter.
Our latest Vital Signs report has highlighted that continued support is needed. Your donations will enable us to support organisations supporting important issues including:
What we have funded so far:
Through our Covid-19 Emergency Funding, we have given out 126 grants to the value of £165,000. This included grants to homelessness organisations Winter Night Shelter, SMART CJS and Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership, which enabled them to provide:
Without the funding from MK Community Foundation they would have struggled with the additional costs associated with these services. It has been a lifeline in a very difficult time for so many, with beneficiaries saying:
“This means so much to me, never has anyone cared for me anytime. Bless you, and I will always be grateful for your help.”
And “I would like to thank the night shelter for showing such kindness on delivering their food parcels. I don’t know what I would have done during these horrible days. A big thank you to everyone involved.”