HYP Network: Health and Wellbeing Support in Milton Keynes

Members of the Healthy Young People’s Network provide a wealth of experience in supporting children and young people. Links are available below. (Please note this list is not exclusive)

'Ensuring every child has the best start in life' 

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  • Baby Basics MK is a volunteer-led charity dedicated to supporting families who are in greatest need in Milton Keynes. Baby Basics is sponsored by King’s Church MK, who originally gave birth to it before it became a charity in its own right.
  • Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing service for young people in Milton Keynes. We also provide sex and relationships education (SRE) in a range of settings and training courses for professionals working with young people.
  • The CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) team works with children and young people (aged up to 18-years-old) who live in Milton Keynes. They  help them to cope with feelings, thoughts and behaviours that are getting in the way of their life. Please see leaflets and referral form for more information. CAMHS Eligibility Criteria - Final 2015 (PDF, 330KB)A5 Young person Leaflet (PDF, 1.7MB)A5 Parents Leaflet (PDF, 2.7MB)
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service is a multi-disciplinary team designed to support families and professionals who are concerned about young people experiencing mild, moderate or severe mental health difficulties. 
  • Children Family Practices offer early help services for families with additional or considerable needs. Three teams are located in Central, North and South Milton Keynes to ensure that support is more accessible to children, young people and their families.
  • Children and Young People’s Weight Management Service (Alive N Kicking) is a community weight management programme for children aged 5-16 and their families. The programme focuses on lifestyle and behaviour change to eat more healthily and be more physically active with behavioural support. 
  • Bright Spots survey summary is a joint project with Coram voice and University of Bristol. It asks children in care about their life based on the things that are important to them. There are some helpful messages in here for us to reflect on and address.
  • Citizen’s Advice Service Milton KeynesAdvisers and assessors can help resolve problems by explaining the options and possible outcomes of different courses of action. They don’t tell people what to do, but rather encourage individuals to make their own decisions. They aim to help people manage their own problems by identifying options open to them. Their services are free, confidential, impartial and independent.  
  • Compass is a drug and alcohol service for those aged under 18 years. They offer information and advice around substance use and also work with young people to reduce and stop using substances in a non-judgemental and client centred way. They offer parents and family members professional basic advice and information about substance use and can signpost to further support where appropriate. Not so legal highs poster FLYER. (PDF, 682KB) Information and contacts for the new Compass Team - Welcome to the New Compass Team (PDF, 209KB)
  • Everybody’s Business is a youth-led website for young people to help spot the signs of female genital mutilation (FGM) abuse and help others they think may be at risk. It offers videos and interactive guides to help others find out about a practice which can have serious consequences for women and girls affected. FGM awareness poster for download. (PDF, 635KB)
  • FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). Joint approach to reducing Female Genital Mutilation in the local community (PDF, 112KB). Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation procedural information. See also FGM Screening tool: FGM Screening Tool July 2016 (PDF, 623KB)
  • Food Bank works by referral agencies identifying families and individuals who need their support and issuing a voucher entitling them to a food parcel. Food parcels can be picked up from one of their serving sessions located around the city. Clients can receive a food parcel x5 times within a rolling 12 month period. (Although they are flexible in some cases when clients need further help.)
  • Healthy Eating and Weight Management Service – Alive n Kicking is a new service for children and their families aged between 5-18 years old. Programmes are located across Milton Keynes, check out the website to find a venue nearest to you.
  • The Healthy Relationships Project is aimed at supporting those families who are experiencing issues within their family relationships.
  • HENRY (PDF, 290KB) is the Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young Programme and aims to establish healthy living practices from the ages of 1 to 5 years. It is delivered in a number of accessible ways in Milton Keynes; as a preventative group programme through Milton Keynes Children Centres and as a e-learning course for parents, carers and professionals.
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    The Independent Support Service works directly with young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 0-25 years and their parents/carers, helping them through the assessment process for the new Education Health and Care Plans. Independent Support flyer (PDF, 163KB)
  • JobCentre Plus Milton Keynes is where you can find your local job centre offices in and around Milton Keynes. Your local job centre can administer claims Jobseeker's Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support.
  • Milton Keynes Breastfeeding drop-in groups offer a warm welcome to all pregnant and breastfeeding mums in a relaxed, informal and friendly atmosphere. You can receive one-to-one help from specially trained staff, chat to other mums and build your confidence. Further information on these local groups can be found here Breast Feeding Friends Promotion poster (Nov 2017) (PDF, 246KB)
  • MK Act is a charity in Milton Keynes which works with over 100 families’ every day to help them move on from fear and abuse. They have also been providing safe emergency accommodation in Milton Keynes for women and their children escaping domestic violence for over 30 years.
  • MK Play Association is one of the longest running charitable organisations in Milton Keynes, with over 40 years’ experience of supporting child-centred play. Their core aim is wishing all children in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area to have the opportunity to direct their own play in an open and accessible environment.
  • The Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children’s Board agrees how local services and professionals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Milton Keynes.
  • The Milton Keynes School Nursing Service offers information for parents, carers and young people. School Nursing Leaflet (PDF, 833KB)
  • MK Special Educational Needs and Disability Service (SEND IAS) is a statutory service offering confidential and impartial information, advice and support to children, young people and their parents in Milton Keynes who have special educational needs or a disability, between the ages of 0-25, where this is impacting upon their education.
  • MK Storehouse has been setup by the Grand Union Vineyard Church in Milton Keynes to provide donated clothing for adults and children of school age upwards free of charge to families and individuals who are in need and have been referred to them.
  • Milton Keynes Council have developed four family centres that offer support and guidance for the whole family. This includes junior youth groups for 8-12 year olds run by the youth faculty, young parents groups and sessions run by our partner agencies. To find out more please click see our Children and Family Centre pagesYoung Parents poster (PDF, 439KB)
  • The Milton Keynes Health Visiting Service promotes the health and wellbeing of families with children under five. For more information see also Health Visiting Service CNWL NHS.
  • The Milton Keynes Stop Smoking Service offers 12 week quit programmes with specially trained advisors. The one to one support is free, non-judgmental and makes you 4 times more likely to quit than by using medication alone. As part of the programme you are entitled to up to 12 weeks supply of FREE nicotine containing products, like patches and gum.
  • Oral Health Improvement (DOCX, 384KB) - Oral health is important for general health and wellbeing. Poor oral health can affect someone’s ability to eat, speak, smile and socialise normally, for example, due to pain or social embarrassment. Many of the risk factors – diet, oral hygiene, smoking, alcohol, stress and trauma – are the same as for many chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Therefore interventions to improve oral health will also improve general health.
  • Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Days are taking place in Milton Keynes from late September through to November. To book your place see the attached flyer CNWL PNMH Flyer Sept 2017 (PDF, 171KB) and application form CNWL PNMH Application Form (DOCX, 115KB)
  • Removing the barriers to breast feeding Initiative is based on a global accreditation programme of UNICEF and the World Health Organisation and is designed to support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships by working with public services to improve standards of care.
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    Safer MK works to protect the citizens of Milton Keynes from crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime within Milton Keynes. The website is currently under re-construction but contact details are available on the site link.
  • School Nursing Services – Milton Keynes School Nursing Team Service provides specialist nursing care, advice and support to school-age children and young people at a Milton Keynes school or who are registered with a Milton Keynes GP.
  • Youth Advice and Guidance is a free and confidential service for young people in Milton Keynes aged 16-19 (up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities) who are not in employment, education or training. Our skilled and experienced Personal Advisers are here to help you make decisions and take action.
  • The Youth Offending Team (YOT) works specifically with young people primarily aged 10 – 18, who are on Court Orders or who have received Pre-Court Disposals.
  • Young Carers MK is a local charity who support children and young people, aged 8 to 19, who look after and support a family member who is unwell. The person they look after might have a long term illness, disability, substance and alcohol dependency, mental illnesses or learning disabilities. It gives young carers a chance to have a break away from home; offering them an opportunity to meet other young carers and have new experiences with activities in the school holidays and youth clubs. Young Carers MK also provides 1:1 emotional support and targeted workshops around the caring role.

There are a range of other services available on the MKC website such as housing, Compass MK, adult services, adult mental health services, adult sexual health services, and children's and family centres. Please type the names of the services in the search field at the top of this page. 

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Last Updated: 16 November 2017