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There's a lot going on in a Parish this size and in the wider community. Read about what's happening in your area below. Let us know what you know, we can share it with everyone! 
The Food Bank have a helpline for advice on where to get a voucher and how to get a food parcel. Call them on 01908 565852 
We understand that the new Government measures will undoubtedly have a major impact on you all and whilst this is difficult, it is a necessary adjustment. This is about protecting yourselves, each other and the emergency services working hard to keep you safe. 
 
We ask you all to please take notice of the new direction from government and stay at home to help the national effort to stop the spread of the virus. 
 
Thames Valley Police will, as always, police with respect and engagement and we will continue our day to day policing and we will be working with our communities so they understand the importance of complying with the government direction. 
 
We continue to follow government, Public health England and the National Police Chief’s Council’s direction in the fight against Coronavirus. 
 
We have tried and tested contingency plans in operation to enable us to continue to protect the most vulnerable in society and respond to where the need is most. 
 
All precautions are being taken in order to protect our officers and staff so that we continue to police the Thames Valley. 
 
Thank you for your support. 
 
We will continue to share updates on social media and through Thames Valley Alerts. For more information on Coronavirus, you may want to visit the following sites: 
NHS advice - How to avoid catching or spreading germs and when to seek medical help 
PHE advice - Daily updates, signs and symptoms, current risk level 
Government updates - Daily updates on the outbreak 
Food Bank 
 
From Monday 23 March - vouchers & food collection serving centres will be: 
 
Frank Moran Centre ( MARC), Melrose Avenue, MK3 6HT Open 9am-11am 
 
Milton Keynes Christian Centre, Strudwick Drive, MK6 2TG Open 11am-1pm 
 
Kings Community Centre, Creed Street, Wolverton, MK12 5LY Open 1pm-3pm  
 
Vouchers can be issued by GLPC. Email: glpc@great-linford.gov.uk for a voucher code. You WILL NEED TO TAKE ID with you to the serving centre. 
 
If you can not get to a centre, contact: glpc@great-linford.gov.uk 
 
BE AWARE THAT ALL OTHER CENTRES WILL NOT BE ISSUING FOOD PARCELS FROM 23 MARCH 2020. 
Housing Drop-in 
 
The monthly housing drop-in sessions have been postpone for the foreseeable future here at the Parish Office. 
 
CarersMK 
 
The monthly CarersMK session has been postpone for the foreseeable future here at the Parish Office. 
Do you like reading and/or shopping? 
 
Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare? 
 
If so, there is the perfect opportunity for you to make new friends and do some worthwhile voluntary work via the Milton Keynes Reader Service. Many of us are unaware of the difficulties such relatively basic tasks as managing mail and shopping pose to those with a visual impairment, let alone the attendant transport issues. How do you choose greetings cards or the correct sized clothing or even the preferred brands of food items? 
 
MKRS has been training and introducing volunteers to service users for 30 years and has generated many long-standing friendships along the way. Take Shirley, who uses our service and greatly looks forward to her weekly visits from Helen . Helen talks Shirley through all her correspondence and assists her where necessary. Over the past 12 months, the pair have become firm friends.  
 
Shirley says, “Since losing my husband, Helen has been an absolute life-line. She visits me every week and deals with all my reading material. We also manage a bit of a chat which means we have built up a lovely friendship over the months. She has helped me retain a level of independence which would have been otherwise impossible.” 
 
Volunteering could mean playing Scrabble, doing crosswords, or reading books, magazines or newspapers. Other volunteers have accompanied service users to the theatre, museums, art galleries and even the live opera screenings at local cinemas. Shopping could involve a trip to a supermarket or to the main MK Centre. There are regular coffee-mornings to meet up with other volunteers and service users. 
Tracy Harrold, the charity’s co-ordinator says, “We are really keen to put people in touch with each other on a local basis. We offer full training and all expenses are paid by the charity. If you think you could spare some time, we would really love to hear from you. Just an hour a week can make such a difference to our service users.” 
For more information on our service or becoming a volunteer, please call us on 01908 231123 or email mkreaderservice@yahoo.co.uk 
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Have arrived in the new Millenium Wood Ponds! 
 
Due to the success, two more ponds are being created. As the ground is boggy, the machinery being used has created deep ruts, these look unattractive at the moment but be assured any damage will be put right when the work is complete. 
The way the Parish Council issues grants has changed. The process now happens twice a year in April and September. Full details can be found under Services We Provide, Grants.  
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