We’re delighted to announce that Steve Hallett has joined our Board of Trustees. Steve is currently the Curate of St Frideswide’s Church in Water Eaton, and in the time he’s been in the post he’s shown he has a heart for reaching out to support the disadvantaged. Before becoming a Curate, Steve had a career in the commercial sector which included operating at a fairly strategic level. And he’s a lovely fellah. In short, he’s a great addition to the Board.
In this period of lock down, we at CrossLinks might not be able to offer support to people in the form of our clubs and activities, but at least we can still provide financial support to the local community. We’ve recently provided funding for 3 worthwhile causes:
A community event organised by Locals of The Lakes – well done to their Mariee Whymer, who does so much for the estate.
A community event for seniors on The Lakes – well done to Steve Hallett for setting the event up.
Repairing tired and broken play equipment in Galilee Gardens (the garden out the back of the Water Eaton Church Centre).
But when we will all be able to get back to something like normal . . . . . ?
In line with the guidance the Government has now issued, as of yesterday (17 March 2020) we are – with great regret – suspending the activities of all our groups and clubs. We will do our best to maintain contact with group members, especially the most vulnerable. Let’s all hope – and pray – for the speediest possible end to these extraordinary times.
It was great on Saturday (1 February) to have a stall for the Friday Club at this year’s Information Day organised by the Milton Keynes Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Information and Advice Service. The event gives parents and carers face-to-face access to many service providers, as well as providing talks and workshops on a range of SEND issues.
We hope that some of the leaflets we handed out will result in new members for the Friday Club. Thanks go to Ken H., Keith S., Jenny S., Yvonne L., and David A. who, between them, manned the stall from the event’s opening at 9.15am until its closing at 3.00pm.
We are pleased to be the partner of Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes (WNSMK) in bringing the provision of overnight accommodation in the Water Eaton Church Centre for homeless and vulnerable people. The service commenced on 5 Dec 2019, and will be provided every Thursday until the end of March 2020. Guests are given a hot meal, a bed for the night, and a breakfast the following morning.
Here’s what the co-ordinator, Tim May, had to say after the opening night:
“On Thursday 5th December Water Eaton Church Centre opened for its first night as a Winter Night Shelter venue. The first night was a great success and we welcomed 11 guests through our doors. This was the first night not only for the venue but for the majority of our volunteers. I’m pleased to say that it ran like clockwork – as if we had been doing it for some time. I would like to thank everyone involved for their effort and hard work in making our inaugural opening such a success.
The provision of night time accommodation obviously requires many resources: volunteers; material items; money. The cost of hosting one night is about £90. If anyone would like to help support this project, we would welcome donations of toiletries, warm clothing, or financial donations. If anyone would like to know more about how to support us, please contact myself Tim May using
If anyone would like to know more about the Winter Night Shelter MK then please visit their website https://www.winternightsheltermk.com/
or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wnsmk/“
This Thursday (12 September) was the first time we hosted a drop-in with The Mix, a local community group whose sessions are intended for people to meet in a safe and inclusive setting, and share information about local mental health services.
The drop-ins are informal and accessible, and aim to promote self-help. They are somewhere for people to socialise and make new friends in a relaxed and welcoming environment. They offer a range of activities including arts and crafts and games. Or, if you just fancy a chat and a coffee, that’s ok – hot and cold drinks and other refreshments are served during the sessions.
The drop-ins are supported by a number of local groups, charities and other agencies, who regularly attend sessions and have members of staff on hand to offer help, support and advice, currently:
- Citizens Advice Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes Council
- Healthwatch Milton Keynes
No appointment is necessary. Simply drop in and speak to one of our volunteers who will introduce you to someone who might be able to help you.
Our drop-ins will be in the Water Eaton Church Centre, Bletchley every Thursday from 1.30 – 3.30pm.
The Mix also runs sessions in the Unity Park Station, Central Milton Keyes on Mondays from 1.30 – 3.30pm.
CrossLinks is pleased to announce our partnership with MK Money Lifeline (MKML). Continue reading “MK Money Lifeline – our new partners”
The sharp eyed among you my have noticed that CrossLinks is no longer the home of the Brew and Banter group. A new drop in meeting for veterans is scheduled to start in September at MK Dons. It is hoped the meetings will attract outside agencies and will act as a ‘one stop shop’ to support veterans. So Rev Kevin White and the Brew and Banter group members have decided to merge themselves into the new drop in arrangements. We hope the new arrangements will be a success, especially in terms of helping veterans with their struggles outside the military.
What a shame. The purpose of this post is to confirm that last month (March 2019) our Tuesday Club met for the last time. We were sorry to see it go – there they all are lined up for the camera. But we’re delighted that just about everyone is going to stay in touch with us via another of our groups/clubs.
As they say, “when one door closes, another usually opens”.