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MK Hospital Childrens A&E waiting area
When the hospital created space for a dedicated waiting room in A&E for children to protect them from some of the sights in the adult area, Lions were quickly involved providing books and subsequently, with the generous support of IKEA, lamps, an easel and shelves. This continues our support of the hospital. Since the initial project we have been able to replenish the books, thanks to Lion Dennis' good relationship with Willen Hospice.
In Wolverton, this council run facility is for elderly residents and those needing intermediate care. There is an enclosed garden, which was in the distant past landscaped, but has lacked care for sometime. During the last few years we have been able to regularly come to the garden, clear leaves and weeds and plant. Each year sees a small step in improvement and we now started to look after the area at the front entrance, which is a sunnier spot for residents to sit.
This project has now concluded
Lions Senior Citizens Party
Over the years the club has continued to support this event run by the Lions district, with several of our members actively involved in the project.
The club funds transport and places, food etc for a number of senior citizens from the Bletchley area.
Aim- to provide coaching and training in gymnastics and trampoline activities for people with a range of disabilities in the Milton Keynes area and have successfully developed the enthusiasm for gymnastics for people with a range of disabilities - learning disabilities such as Down's Syndrome; physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy; sensory disabilities such as hearing or sight loss; and disabilities related to being on the autistic spectrum. We have been able to support the club in going to the Special Olympics.
Caton House Residential Home
Our relationship with Caton House continues. Now in the form of a bingo session every other month, alternated with a sing-song provided by Lion George's daughter and friend.
One Shot-One Life
The Lions Clubs International Foundation campaign to eradicate measles and supported by the Gates Foundation. $10 million dollars have been raised worldwide, with a humble contribution locally.
MK Hospital - Parents Room
A joint project between the Lions Clubs of Bletchley, Leighton Buzzard, Winslow, Milton Keynes Central and Newport Pagnell & Olney. This was a complete refurbishment of the parents room in ward 5; new sofa, table & chairs, decorating, pictures, crockery and even an ice maker, plus small emergency kits for a parent who has no toothbrush etc., for an overnight stay !
Recently we have replenished the stock of overnight kits for parents.
School in a Box
A UNICEF school-in-a-box will help at least 40 children continue their education in times of emergency and conflict. UNICEF's school-in-a-box contains materials for an entire classroom packed into a large portable aluminium case, including a solar/wind-up radio and even an inflatable globe for geography lessons. The inside lid of the box doubles as a blackboard when coated with the special paint included in the kit. This kit also contains resources for teachers and allows for double-shifts for classes so that more children can benefit.
The Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland are financial supporters, endorsers and partners of Tacade in providing lifeskills based education initiatives and resources for those working with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 19 years.
Tacade works in the field of personal, social, health and citizenship education. Established in Manchester in 1969 as the Teacher’s Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Education, Tacade was a pioneering force promoting interactive participatory health education. The work soon developed beyond the school setting to working with youth organisations, the police and prison service. The charity then became known as the Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Education. During the 1970’s the work expanded beyond alcohol and drugs education to other areas of personal, social and health education and the organisation became known simply as Tacade.
MK Snap offers professional support to learners with a range of learning disabilities and challenges. With more than 20 years’ experience of working with disabled people in the local community, our supported employment team ensures that both learners and employers are well supported.
Their new coffee shop opened on Thursday 6th Augsut 2015 and is well worth a visit. Snap users also support us in our work at the garden projects.
St. Mary's Church, Bletchley Food Cupboard
All requests for food parcels are received from Milton Keynes Children's Social Services. Over the years the Food Cupboard has become a prime unbiased source upon which these professional people call for emergency short-term support for families in need. Food is delivered directly to the door of every recipient family, with no cost to themselves. The service is provided through voluntary donation.
There are two food packs distributed by Food Cupboard: one which provides the basic food needed to feed a family of four for one week and one for a small family, (single parent and baby or very young child (with nappies and baby milk/food as required)). The packs include non-perishable, frozen and fresh food.
MK Hospital courtyard garden
Another project supporting our local hospital, this time rejuvenating the courtyard garden close to the discharge suite. We hope to be able to maintain this on an ongoing basis. In 2015 we moved to a new garden as the hospital had expansion plans.
Tools for Self Reliance
We are a small charity that provides a safe and caring working environment where volunteers, including those with Learning Disabilities, can refurbish donated old tools transforming them into working tool-kits for onward distribution to developing countries. Our comprehensive tool kits help support and empower Artisan and Women’s groups contributing to their community’s self-reliance.
Winners of the Milton Keynes Hospital Fundraising Team of the year 2017
MK Marathon and Half Marathon 2019
A team from the club supported MK hospital by manning the water station at mile 9 on the half marathon, fueling the 2000 runners who poured through, many running for charities including the hospital. Over two tons of drinks were delivered to needy runners and all the discarded bottles were picked up ready for the council to collect.