MK Dons SET is pleased to announce an official, new partnership with local charity MK Storehouse - the first of its kind in the city.
The partnership will see MK Storehouse using the MK Dons SET bus to take its services out to those families and individuals across Milton Keynes who are unable to travel to Stacey Bushes, it is hoped this offering will begin over the next few weeks.
MK Dons SET are also looking to provide some of their family, health and other training courses through the Storehouse’s Stacey Bushes site and help support those most in need.
The partnership officially begins this Saturday at the Family Fun Day, when the Dons host Notts County in Sky Bet League 1. The bus will make an appearance alongside a number of volunteers who will be looking to spread the word about the mission of MK Storehouse.
John Cove, CEO of MK Dons SET said: “We are passionate about identifying and partnering with local organisations that not only have a great mission but also meet the real needs within Milton Keynes. MK Storehouse is a fantastic initiative and one that allows us true partnership. We are delighted to be able to announce this partnership.”
Based in Stacey Bushes, MK Storehouse is a new initiative for the city and has been set up by Grand Union Vineyard Church (GUV) in order to reach out to school age children up to adults of all ages who are in need of clothing in the city.
The organisation aims not only to clothe vulnerable individuals and families, but also assist with debt counselling, job skill training and CV writing in order to help those individuals get back into employment.
MK Storehouse, which opened in January, is open to anyone no matter their faith, ethnicity or background. The organisation is partnering with professional agencies, local authorities, faith groups and professionals working in care, health and education for referrals, identifying those in genuine need of help.
It not only intends to provide clothing to those most in need, but also provide a welcoming environment for people from across MK to enjoy a hot drink and listening ear from storehouse manager or one of the friendly team of volunteers from the church who will be helping run the project. !
Manager of the MK Storehouse Alan Smith added: “We know how significant the contribution has been to the city from MK Dons. Not only with the football team, but with all of their community activities they have made a real impact in the city.
“We believe that we have a common goal. We want to see people who are going through a challenging time given the opportunity to thrive and we believe this partnership will go another step to helping us achieve that.”
The storehouse, which has received wide support from the local authority relies on volunteers, donations and support from people in the city including local organisations and is keen to regularly receive any good quality, clean, second hand items for both sexes including school uniforms, shoes, coats, trousers, skirts and jumpers.