Homelessness is a major problem in many cities and towns around the UK and Milton Keynes is no exception. According to national charity Shelter, 1 in every 110 people in the area is registered as homeless - with many of the affected under the age of 25.
Why Volunteer For A Homeless Charity In Milton Keynes?
These staggering figures desperately need to be reversed - but the UK's wonderful homeless charities can't do this without help. Whether it's a shelter or an organisation that offers mentoring and emotional support, they all rely on vital donations as well as dedicated teams of volunteers, fundraisers and campaigners.
There are several great homeless charities in Milton Keynes who are always in need of extra assistance.
Homeless Charities In Milton Keynes That Need Your Help
The YMCA is a world-renowned charity that actively tries to improve the lives of young people. As well as providing underprivileged youths with a safe space to socialise and enjoy fun activity programmes, it also offers a helping hand if they're going through a tough time.
One of the issues that the YMCA is able to offer support for is homelessness. In Milton Keynes, the organisation estimates that a third of all rough sleepers are under the age of 25. Thanks to the local YMCA, which is opening a new state-of-the-art sheltered housing complex in 2019, it'll provide accommodation in hostels and flats for over 500 young people every year.
In addition to housing, the YMCA MK also offers mentoring and advice to help get people off the streets and learning basic life skills, alongside receiving employment or educational training. The charity is always in need of volunteers to help maintain the accommodation units, and to get involved with fundraising charity events in Milton Keynes.
This local charity in Milton Keynes was founded in early 2018, by a formerly homeless man who struggled to find a shelter in the town because he was over the age of 35.
Donations helped him purchase and set up a 16-bed shelter in a former double decker tour bus as well as build shower, laundry and other welfare facilities nearby. The Bus Shelter MK also offers training programmes to the city's homeless, as well as a providing them with a postal address so they can apply for jobs and access medical care.
Why not get in touch with The Bus Shelter MK to see if the charity is in need of any donations of food items or other resources? You could also get involved with fundraising and awareness by organising or taking part in a charity event in Milton Keynes.
Community Action: MK is a local organisation that puts people in touch with charitable volunteering positions in Milton Keynes. It works with other charities and businesses to educate and empower members of the local community to get involved and address prevalent issues, like homelessness, in the area.
In addition to volunteering opportunities on the website (including those that involve working with the homeless), you'll also find advice on how to set up your own volunteering group, as well as any information on Community Action: MK's current projects.
How Can You Show Your Support?
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