Cllr Jane Carr
Milton Keynes City Council has revealed it has given more than £1.4 million in grant funding to city charities in the last year.
Dozens of Milton Keynes charities and voluntary groups have benefited from the grants, from organisations providing food parcels to local families, to mental health advice helplines, to counselling for children and young people.
This £1.4m is on top of funding the city council provides every year to local charities and organisations to deliver services on its behalf.
Offset Projects is one of the charities to benefit, using a small city council grant to work with local young people and help them share their voices.
An estimated 2,400 people living in Milton Keynes have dementia, and that number is expected to jump to 4,240 by 2030. Milton Keynes City Council has given the charity Alzheimer’s MK £52,000 which it uses to provide tailored support to people with dementia and their carers and families.
MK Food Bank gives out more than 26,000 food parcels a year, and requests have grown by more than 40% since the start of the cost-of-living crisis. Milton Keynes City Council gave the charity a grant to extend the number of parcels and top up shops it could offer local people.