Unity Park Community Club is a day centre running on Tuesday and Wednesdays delivering a service to help restore lives in Milton Keynes.
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.”
During current social distancing restrictions Community Club services have reduced but we are offering free takeaway hot meals, refreshments and toiletry packs. The service is run primarily by New Life Church volunteers and works alongside the Winter Night Shelter, Welfare Support Team. The Winter Night Shelter charity is unable to provide overnight accommodation during the pandemic and has used the blueprint of the Community Club to provide the same service on Mondays, Thursday and Fridays with a team of their own volunteers. We look forward to offering a much wider range of services as soon as lockdown restrictions allow.
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
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 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 potentials 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.
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 for 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:
Phone: 07512 148 570
Or for more details, check out: Startingpoint.org.uk
An opportunity to receive support and encouragement to develop this key skill for living well. We meet in The Ridgeway Centre on Wednesday mornings during school terms from 9.30am to 10:45am. To apply for a place please use the form below to contact us.
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