Serving Our City

Unity Park Community Club

Unity Park Community Club is a day centre running on Tuesday and Wednesdays delivering a service to help restore lives in Milton Keynes, and currently serves around 65 people each week. 

Its vision is to see God-given transformation for the people of Milton Keynes; from voicelessness, isolation and hopelessness, to stability, community and fullness of life. As Isaiah 61 says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

The Community Club provides free hot lunches, refreshments, toiletry packs, hairdressing, welfare services and there’s a counsellor for all who need a listening ear. Unity Park Station also serves as a hub to bring people with needs together with different support organisations. This includes groups reaching out to vulnerable migrants and homeless veterans, and UPS partners with MK NHS which offers help to those dealing with suicidal ideation and mental health problems. The service is run primarily by New Life Church volunteers and works alongside the Winter Night Shelter, Welfare Support Team.

The practical care and unconditional love demonstrated through the Community Club is leading to more and more homeless and formerly homeless people visiting the church and coming to faith in Jesus.

If you’d like to get involved contact: Donna.Elliott@newlifechurchmiltonkeynes.org

“Most people just look through me. When I arrive you remember me, what drink I like, what we chatted about last time and you tell me about you – a proper conversation.”

Steve – a club guest

 

Winter Night Shelter

Working in partnership with Unity Park Station and teams from churches across Milton Keynes, the Winter Night Shelter is, quite literally, a lifesaver for those who would otherwise be faced with sleeping rough on the streets of our city during the coldest months of the year. In addition, the project offers a variety of help and provision and works to get people off the streets and into longer term or permanent accommodation. 

Sadly, because of the rapid rise in the Omicron Covid-19 variant, the night shelter will not open for the 2021/22 season due to the risk of transmission. Day-time support services continue to be offered at Unity Park Station, who depend on volunteer help to provide the invaluable face-to-face support that makes such a huge difference. They are currently seeing over 100 welfare appointments each week, and aim to help any homeless, vulnerable person or family in need, and never turn them away.

If you would like to volunteer, go to winternightsheltermk.com

Grapevine Community Club

A weekly space run by volunteers on a Friday morning for people to meet and build community, based on the Coffee Hall estate. With its ‘talking café’ at its centre, this is a place where people can get to know others, connect over a shared love of gardening, try different arts and crafts and have fun playing games together.

If you would like to be involved contact: donna.elliott@newlifechurchmiltonkeynes.org

Food Bank

Hunger is not just a third world problem. On the surface Milton Keynes may appear to be a place of prosperity, but scratch beneath the surface and you will find many people living on the edge of poverty. In fact, recent statistics show that 1 in 5 local children are living below the poverty line and growing up without enough food for healthy development.

The MK Food Bank has been able to help thousands of individuals and families who have experienced a crisis of some type. All it takes is a sudden, unexpected event, such as bereavement, illness, redundancy or theft, to throw people into a genuine crisis. The Food Bank provides local families and individuals with essential food supplies at a time when they need them most.

A team of volunteers from New Life Church are playing a part by running a Food Bank service at the Oakgrove Community Centre, 27 Atlas Way, MK10 9SG on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2.30pm and 4.00pm.

Anyone wishing to obtain a voucher number should ring the Food Bank Plus Helpline on 0300 303 4933
Please bring ID with you to the serving centre.

If you wish to support Food Bank through donations please look out for collection points in supermarkets around Milton Keynes. If you’d like to join the New Life team contact us via the Next Steps page.

For details of other serving points visit the Food Bank Website

Starting Point

Starting Point Milton Keynes provides tailored mentoring to young people aged 15–25 who are not in education, apprenticeships or employment. We aim to match a young person to a mentor who acts as a consistent role model, tailoring support to each individual's unique needs and aspirations. Through mentoring young people’s potential can be unlocked, and they can go on to achieve things they may not have thought possible.

We do not put time limits on mentoring. This allows space for relationships to be formed with the young person that are tailored to their specific needs. Mentors can offer the person being mentored practical support (preparing CVs, job searching, developing interview skills, etc) and social and emotional support (being a listening ear, working on communication skills, building a positive mental attitude, etc). With Starting Point there is no last chance for the young person – the door is always open. The scheme helped 21 young people in 2021, with 6 going on to employment or education as a result of mentoring.

If you’re passionate about investing in local young people and have one hour to spare a week to share your knowledge, skills and expertise, becoming a mentor with Starting Point MK could be right for you. Your contribution is vital to radically transform the future of young people in Milton Keynes. It can have a lasting impact on their lives, and we want you to be a part of that!

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer mentor, or would like more information, please get in touch: startingpoint.org.uk

Speaking English Classes

An opportunity for those who don’t have English as their first language to receive support and encouragement as they practise and develop their skills. We meet in The Ridgeway Centre on Wednesday mornings during school term-time between 9.30am and 11.30am.

To apply for a place please use the form below to contact us. The classes are open to people of all abilities.

We are looking to expand our volunteer team, both on a short-term and long-term basis. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to engage in conversation with students of varying English language ability. ESL students seeking to add experience to their CVs would be most welcome.

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