Who We Are

This group is a self help group run by service users with lived experience of mental health. It is a place to come if you want to get things off your chest, share coping mechanisms and talk about how you feel. Members will have an interest  in mental health and be in a space where we can share the good and bad experiences we have. 

What We Do

The service aims to support you to lead an independent life in the community and work towards your recovery.

We provide a range of community-based services, including running open sessions in different locations, community based activities, workshops and one- to-one working.

We take a holistic approach to working with you and will support and encourage you to participate in both physical and creative activities that aid your recovery and improve your wellbeing. We work closely with variety of local organisations to offer this broad base of activities.

Contact Details

Phone: 07856 721105 

Email: shipsgroup@rethink.org

Address:
BL MK Mind
Margaret Powell House
Central Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK9 3BN


Fridays - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

The FOOD BANK 

Who We Are

The Food Bank is a project, which is operated under the umbrella of the Into the Community charity. It relies entirely on donations of food and money from local schools, churches, businesses, organisations and individuals and every single item or penny given makes a difference. Businesses, Churches and Community Groups can all get involved helping The Food Bank in a variety of ways. Our warehouse and serving centres are manned by volunteers from the local area.

What We Do

Referral Agencies identify families and individuals who need our support and issue a voucher entitling them to a food parcel. Food parcels can be picked up from one of our serving sessions located around the city. Clients can receive a food parcel x5 times within a rolling 12 month period. (Although we are flexible in some cases when clients need further help.)

Email - thefoodbank@mkcc.org.uk

 

Phone - 01908 322800

 

Website - http://mkfoodbank.org.uk

 

Social media

 

Facebook  - https://www.facebook.com/MKFoodBank/

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/mkfoodbank

Contact Details

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Who We Are

Arts for Health Milton Keynes uses arts and creativity to improve health and well-being.  We deliver innovative and inclusive arts activities, events and exhibitions in health care and community settings. 
 

 

We are based at Milton Keynes University Hospital where we care for the art collection, organise an annual programme of temporary exhibitions, events for staff, and manage the Creative Courtyards.

Office Address:
Arts for Health Milton Keynes
Facilities Directorate
Milton Keynes Hospital
Standing Way
Eaglestone
Milton Keynes
MK6 5LD

Phone: 01908 996124

Email: info@artsforhealthmk.org.uk

Website: https://artsforhealthmk.org.uk/

What We Do

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Fridays - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Who We Are

Talent Unlimited MK (TUMK) is a member led organisation, managed by a steering group dedicated to enhancing the lives and well being of all members. Members are adults on the Autistic Spectrum who do not receive any substantial and or sustained support from any other agencies.

TUMK aims to market talents and skills by facilitating and encouraging members to reach their creative, decision making and social potential. The organization is focused on the provision of a sustainable, appropriate and nurturing environment. 

Growth of self-esteem, and the increased well being of all members are Talent Unlimited MK's overriding aims.  

Contact person: 

Jane Lynds (steering group chair)

email: 

jane.lynds@hotmail.co.uk   

 

mobile phone:

077130 75690 

 

web address:  www.talentunlimitedmk.org   

What We Do

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Fridays - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Who We Are

Mind Space MK is a peer to peer mental health support group. Mondays suck, but the tea’s free so pop along for a chat in a communal safe space with likeminded people. A group run by sufferers for sufferers including speakers, activities and table tennis.

We offer free beverages and an open platform for attendees to share their thoughts and experiences in a safe space. 

We invite speakers such as mental health professionals, hypnotherapists, charity representative e.g. Rethink Mental Illness, to give talks at our group sessions.

Participating in the Get Active event with Rethink Mental Illness and Sport England has allowed our group to use equipment such as table tennis for encouraging exercise at group sessions.

Email: admin@mindspacemk.com

Website:  www.mindspacemk.com

Mobile: +44(0)7851219699

Social Media:
Twitter: @mindspacemk
Instagram: @mindspacemk
Facebook: @mindspacemiltonkeynes

We Meet at 7pm every two weeks on Monday

What We Do

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Mondays - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

The MIX 

Who We Are

The group was set up to support and help people over 18 with mental health illnesses. We provide a welcoming, safe place where they can come without the stigma of mental ill health and be themselves. It is a safe place to come along to meet others and make friends. Our heart is also to help advocate for people who need help to navigate bureaucracy and assessments.

We provide support, having Citizens Advice, support staff from the Council Mental Health Team and the Samaritans there each week. We also run art therapy, provide games and refreshments.

We meet every Monday, 13.30 until 15.30, at Unity Park Station MK9 1LR and every Thursday, 13.30 until 15.30, at Water Eaton Church Centre, Drayton Road, Bletchley, MK2 3RR.

Website: themixmk.com

Phone: 07925 126 722 (if no one answers, please leave a message and we will return your call)

What We Do

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Mondays - 12:30pm - 4:00pm

Who We Are

We are Citizens Advice Milton Keynes, a local charity that has been providing advice and support to people in the borough of Milton Keynes for over 40 years. We are a member of Citizens Advice, a national network of almost 400 bureaux that was created in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II.

The Citizens Advice service helps people to resolve their problems. As the UK’s largest advice provider we are equipped to deal with any issue, from anyone, spanning debt and employment to consumer and housing plus everything in between.

Our advisers and assessors can help you resolve your problem. We explain your options and the possible outcomes of different courses of action. We don’t tell you what to do – we encourage you to make your own decisions and act on your own behalf.

Website:  www.miltonkeynescab.org.uk

Phone: 01908 604475 on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s & Thursday’

You can write to us at the following address:

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes

Acorn House

361 Midsummer Boulevard

Central Milton Keynes

MK9 3HP

 

What We Do

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Mondays - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Winter Night Shelter MK

Who We Are

WNSMK provides supervised overnight accommodation and meals to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping in Milton Keynes during the coldest months of the year (November–March).

 

We work in partnership with many churches and community centres across the city who provide their facilities as an overnight venue.

What We Do

The WNSMK is for men and women (aged 18 and over) who have nowhere else to stay. There are 30 bed spaces per night. Every guest must contact or be referred to our Welfare Manager in advance in order to have a bed.

Guests are admitted to the reception café at Unity Park Station in the early evening, will be bussed to an overnight venue and brought back to Unity Park Station in the morning.

Contact Details

Unity Park Station is our early evening reception café from November to March, and the year-round daytime base for our welfare team.

Website:

www.winternightsheltermk.com

Contact our Welfare Manager:

Tel: 07549 609427

welfare@winternightsheltermk.com

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Who We Are

Connection Support works alongside you to help you to deal with the challenges that life throws at you.

We focus on you as an individual, to understand your unique set of circumstances, challenges and abilities. You tell us what you want to achieve, your goals and aspirations and we will work with you, providing practical and emotional support to help you to build the skills and confidence to deal with the ups and downs of life.

We support and equip you to build a better life, be independent, manage your money, navigate benefits, keep a roof over your head and avoid homelessness.

We can support you through life’s challenges from the complex to the every-day situations you find yourself in. You may be facing homelessness unable to keep up with rent payments, in receipt of direct payments and consider employing your own carer, need someone to accompany you to an important meeting that could affect your future or need advice to complete a form for benefits.

Our experienced workers treat everyone with respect and you can be assured of a friendly and confidential approach.

Phone: 01908 363492 /3

Website: www.connectionsupport.org.uk

Email: enquiries@connectionsupport.org.uk

Address:

Connection Support
213 Barns Road.
Cowley, Oxford,
OX4 3UT

 

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Every Day- 9:30am - 12:30pm

Who We Are

Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.

We're here 24/7, before, during and after a crisis.

Whether it’s an ‘are you ok?’ at just the right moment, or the midnight support of a trained volunteer; whether it's better training in the workplace or campaigning for more investment in national and local suicide prevention – we're here.

Our charity works to make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone.

We make sure there’s someone there for anyone who needs someone.

Every year, we answer more than 5 million calls for help via our unique 24-hour listening service, email, SMS, letter, face to face and through our Welsh language service.

We give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others.

We want to encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can protect and even save lives.

To do this, we're working in schools, prisons, workplaces and communities, and in partnership with organisations like Network Rail.

We campaign to make suicide prevention a national and local priority.

Our staff and volunteers run nationwide and community campaigns to raise awareness and influence decision-makers.

On the phone

This number is free to call from both landlines and mobiles, including pay-as-you-go mobiles. You do not need to have any credit or call allowance on your plan to call 116 123.

Via email

Emailing us on jo@samaritans.org is free.

By letter

Please make sure you include first line of our address to make sure your letter gets to us for free..

Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK’

Chris

PO Box 9090

STIRLING FK8 2SA

What We Do

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Mondays- 2:00am - 3:00pm

Who We Are

We are a charity who help people to help themselves.

Our vision is to transform our communities so that every person has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential, participate in and contribute to all aspects of life. We do this by providing safe spaces to work with vulnerable people, empowering them to make positive changes and take control of their lives.

We are a charity who help people to help themselves. Our dedicated teams work alongside people affected by drug and alcohol use, and those who find themselves homeless.

We help adults and young people, families and individuals with complex needs. Our dedicated teams work alongside people affected by drug and alcohol use, and those who find themselves homeless.

Together we help people reach and maintain positive change for the long term.

Website: www.smartcjs.org.uk

Email: info@smartcjs.org.uk

 

What We Do

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Tuesdays- 9:30am - 4:00pm, 7:30pm - 10:00pm  Wednesdays9:30am - 12:00pm, 7:45pm - 9:00pm

Narcotics Anonymous

Who We Are

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

 

There is only 1 requirement for membership, a desire to stop using drugs.

What We Do

Our program is a set of principles written so simply we can follow them in our every day lives. The most important thing about them is that they work.

 

We have learned from our group experience that those who keep coming back to our meetings regularly, stay clean!

Contact Details

Fridays/Saturdays- 5:45pm - 7:00pm

Cocaine Anonymous

Who We Are

Cocaine Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

 

What We Do

We offer peer support and carry the 12 Step programme of recovery to addicts and alcoholics.

Meeting at Unity Park Station on Saturdays from 6pm-7pm.

Contact Details

Contact:

Jane Hargreaves

 

Email: jeshargreaves@hotmail.com

 

Saturdays- 5:30pm - 7:15pm

Unity Park Station Community Club

Who We Are

At UPCC we are driven by the belief that every single person matters, we realise that life can be difficult and lonely at times and sometimes you just need to know there is a listening ear and a place you can go when times are tough and you feel vulnerable.

It is always our aim to respond to the fundamental, root causes of these critical situations, and experience has shown us that this is far more likely to be possible once trust has been established through our initial response to the crisis.

A common catalyst for a visit to UPCC is a need to address a crisis situation. We therefore offer support to address the prevalent crisis, as means of encouraging contact with the community club. 

This currently comprises of –

Emergency provision – we have a process of referral to emergency overnight accommodation via Winter Night Shelter.

These clients are often in desperate need of food and clothing, so we provide a light lunch and refreshments and emergency clothing and household items, in our UPCC shop partnering with MK Storehouse Milton Keynes.

Café – The UPCC is currently open Tuesday morning 10am until 1pm each week, and it includes a free café providing light lunch and refreshments to individuals and familes.

Charity Shop – We provide clients with the opportunity to provide clients with clothing and other items, through our ‘pop-up’ charity shop.  Items are provided with a small donation.

Leisure Activities – We offer pool table, board games, quizzes, books

Hairdresser – Our resident hairdresser will be pleased to see to your hairdressing needs.

Email: unityparkstation@winternightsheltermk.com

Address:

The Old Bus Station, 401 Elder Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1L0052

 

What We Do

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Tuesdays- 10:00am - 1:00pm

MK Storehouse

Who We Are

At MK Storehouse we aim to ensure that any person struggling financially in Milton Keynes is given good, free, quality clothing

We provide donated clothing for adults and for children of school age upwards free of charge to families and individuals who are struggling financially and have been referred to us. 

What We Do

Contact Details

Tuesdays- 10:00am - 1:00pm

Ping England

Ping England have donated a table tennis table to Unity Park Station. 

 

To join in the fun, simply head Unity Park Station on Mondays 1pm until 4pm and Tuesdays 10am until 1pm to play free of charge

More Details

Mondays- 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Tuesdays- 10:00am - 1:00pm