Milton Keynes City Council has announced its plans to launch new community clubs in Fullers Slade this year – with the aim of boosting health and wellbeing among some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
The City Council has set aside over £150,000 to fund the new scheme in Fullers Slade and extend the current scheme in the Lakes Estate. These initiatives, called Fullers Clubs and Lakes Clubs, will allow residents, community groups and organisations to run social activities and clubs that benefit the community.
Both estates will be allocated a maximum of £85,000 each to fund activities throughout the year, which could range from entertainment or skills classes to sports and physical activities.
Residents of the estates can register interest in the Clubs. The City Council will also work alongside the NHS to target the support for vulnerable adults and children to improve welfare and social connectivity.
Councillor Jane Carr, Cabinet Member for with responsibility for public health, said:
“We initially ran Lakes Clubs in 2022 to tackle loneliness and isolation. Over 900 people attended the community events, and the feedback was very positive. It’s great news that the funding has been secured to introduce Fullers Clubs and extend the Lakes Clubs so we can support hundreds more people this year.”
Councillor Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, added:
“As the cost-of-living crisis continues, we can only expect people to become more isolated which wreaks havoc on mental and physical health. That’s why initiatives like these are so important in keeping people connected and boosting their wellbeing. I saw first-hand how much a difference the Lakes Clubs made, and I look forward to seeing what more can be done this year.”
Milton Keynes City Council is encouraging those living in Fullers Slade and the Lakes Estate to come forward with suggestions for potential clubs, so they can help shape the programme. Residents, organisations, and businesses will then receive funding to deliver the clubs throughout the year.
The City Council is exploring options to roll out similar schemes in other estates, and expects to make bids for funding this year.