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MKPA: How can you help?

Updated: Nov 8, 2020



When we mention Milton Keynes Play Association it may bring back some great childhood memories of fun-filled play sessions in your estate and/or around Milton Keynes.



Charlotte caught up with a few people and asked 'what's the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of MKPA?', here are some of the comments:


"I remember taking my children there on a sunny day and see families I didn't even know lived in the same estate, even to this day we still socialise"


"I think of everyone coming together as a community"


"I think children playing around and laughing, meeting new friends and going down slides together"


"I always remember everyone queuing up to get their face painted and children going crazy over crafts"


Who are MKPA?


Milton Keynes Play Association, one of the longest running charities in MK, who have been giving Milton Keynes residents for almost 50 years fun-filled play sessions, and creating memories that the Milton Keynes community keep for life, these memorable MKPA sessions may be: bouncy castles, gazebos full of craft sessions, face painting, water slides and so much more.


Like so many other charities and organisations in Milton Keynes, MKPA had to make a sudden stop to their services and have been hit extremely hard during the pandemic. We would like to implement that MKPA are so much more than child-centred play time, they also offer:

  • Training programmes

  • Hire equipment

  • DBS Background checks

  • Scrapstore


What have they been up to during the pandemic?


MKPA have luckily managed to find a way to continue their Scrapstore, which takes in more than 60 tonnes of industrial wastes every year. Their amazing staff came up with the idea of creating a service through lockdown where kids can play inside; families order a craft box by email, provide a suggested donation and collect their box from the Scrapstore's carpark in Kiln Farm. As well as their craft boxes, the team have been amazing and created worksheets and how-to videos to help parents support their children's learning and development.


Help save MKPA


It's been tough for so many charities and organisations - charities like MKPA who rely on the fundraisers and the play sessions which are their main source of funds has had to be stopped.


MKPA need our help to ensure it continues to celebrate their 50th Birthday next year. The incredible team are asking for donations to help reach £50,000 by the time they turn 50 and so they can celebrate many more years of providing child-centred activities to residents of Milton Keynes.


Share their socials:


LinkedIn: Milton Keynes Play Association

Facebook: MKPAplay

Instagram: @MiltonKeynesPlayAssociation

Twitter: @MKplay


Donate to their Save MKPA campaign:

www.justgiving.com/campaign/saveMKPA


Book a play session:

https://www.mkpa.co.uk/open-access-play/


Would you like to fundraise for MKPA to raise funds towards their £50,000 target? Please get in touch with us: miltonkeynescharities@gmail.com

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