Coronavirus - COVID-19: Information and advice for residents 

 

Help and Advice 

Help and advice from other organisations 

The below list of organisations/services/groups have provided help and support information about Coronoavirus and may be able to offer support if you need it.  
They are not endorsed in any way by the Parish Council. 

Community Support Groups 

Milton Keynes Coronavirus Community Support has been set up to connect volunteers in each part of Milton Keynes with local people who need help with small practical tasks and have no-one else to turn to. Each area has a coordinator that you can contact if you want to volunteer or need help. 
If you live in Shenley Church End and would like to help, please contact Philippa (07766 825150) or Karyn (07931 320199). 
If you are the coordinator of a group in our Parish and would like to be added to this page please contact us at communications@shenleychurchend-pc.co.uk. 

What can you do to help? 

There are many things we can do to stop the spread of the virus and help keep our communities running in this uncertain time, from washing our hands and staying in, to volunteering and donating to help organisations support people affected. 

Advice and information from WHO 

Wash your hands frequently 
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. 
 
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. 
 
Maintain social distancing 
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. 
 
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease. 
 
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth 
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick. 
 
Practice respiratory hygiene 
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. 
 
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19. 
Milton Keynes Council, Milton Keynes Community Foundation and Community Action: MK have worked together on a Good Neighbour Guide with some do's and don’ts for helping out in your community during the current crisis. 
They have also created a Community Support Guide which has advice on volunteering, being vigilant against scamming, and what to do if you have concerns about someone’s welfare or safety. 

Volunteering Opportunities 

Are you willing, able and safe to get involved with some volunteering opportunities that have arisen because of Covid-19? These organisations are looking for help, for more information use the links below (Opens in a new window). 

Donations 

The following organisations are looking for help and donations: 

Things you can do at home... 

Staying at home is one of the most important things we can do to help stop the spread of this virus, however being stuck indoors can be a little boring sometimes, luckily lots of organisations are helping to fight boredom with free resources you can try! 

Teach children(and adults!) about Coronavirus... 

Nosy Crow and Axel Scheffler(Illustrator of The Gruffalo) have released a FREE book to help children understand Coronavirus. 
Coronavirus - a book for children cover. Link to Nosy Crow press release.

Recycling learning resources tailored for at home teaching... 

Milton Keynes Council have put together a page about recycling, litter and waste issues to provide essential life lessons.  

Craft, make and play with MKPA's scrapboxes! 

Milton Keynes Play Association are supplying some pre-packed boxes of scrap and craft materials that can be purchased from their website. With plenty of different sizes and options there's something for everyone! 

Join in with two and a half minutes of gentle exercise... 

Dick Evans and his band have done some fantastic performances at our Fete over the last few years, and now you can join him for seated exercises and a singalong on the Age UK Milton Keynes website! 

Things to make and do from The Parks Trust... 

The Parks Trust has put together a page of outdoor learning activities you can do at home. From colouring sheets to craft skills, they have created fantastic resources to help keep you in touch with nature as well as entertained during this difficult period. 

Make a virtual visit to Hazard Alley... 

Safety Centre Milton Keynes - Hazard Alley have launched free virtual reality tours of the centre with links to educational videos, activities and online resources that help teach important safety messages in fun ways. 

Keep your creative cogs turning... 

Westbury Arts Centre wants to see your artwork! 
Whilst Westbury may be quiet they want to keep the community of artists & makers engaged and feeling inspired, so they've created a blog to show images of your finished artwork.  
Keeping the creative cogs turning - Link to Westbury Arts Website

The Shows Must Go On! 

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is calling all musical lovers!  
Universal have come up with a great idea called ‘The Shows Must Go On’, a new YouTube Channel that will be streaming a full-length musical every Friday at 7pm GMT for free so you can bring the theatre home!  
It will be available for 48 hours, so you can tune in whenever you like over the weekend. 
The National Theatre has come up with a fantastic way for you to still enjoy their productions via YouTube. 
From 7pm on Thursdays you can watch some of the best British plays and they will be free to stream on YouTube for seven days. 
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