New scheme helps Milton Keynes residents borrow useful items for their home for FREE

    Milton Keynes City Council has launched MK’s first Library of Things, a new pilot scheme where residents can borrow useful items for their home for FREE.

    Milton Keynes City Council's Library of Things scheme has officially launched, as a city first.

    Based at The Frank Moran Centre in Bletchley, the new pilot project aims to support the city’s most vulnerable residents impacted by the cost-of-living crisis by helping local people save money and reduce waste by renting DIY and household items for free.

    Working alongside Foodbank Xtra and local charity providers, the City Council has purchased a limited number of items that will be available for residents to borrow.

    The sustainable scheme will help to reduce clutter and allows residents to borrow things they need for ‘one-off’ jobs and items they would only use on a seasonal basis.

    Local residents will be able to borrow the following items for up to 1-2 weeks for free:

    ·        DIY & Home – wet and dry vacuum, pasting table, dehumidifier, and wallpaper steamer.

    ·        Crafting – sewing machine and user guide.

    ·        Party Kits – cake baking kit, party plates and cups, karaoke machine, and sports activity kits.

    ·        Baby & Child – fold away buggy, travel cot, and inflatable bed.

    ·        Pets – small and large pet carriers.

    Residents can request to borrow an item by speaking to the staff at The Frank Moran Centre, who will submit an order to the City Council.

    The items will then be delivered to the Frank Moran Centre on a weekly basis, ready for collection by local residents.

    Lib Dem Councillor Jane Carr, Cabinet Member for Tackling Social Inequalities, said: “The cost-of-living crisis continues to devastate families across the city and stretch household budgets even further, so when school uniforms need mending, or a bit of home improvement is needed it can be an unexpected cost and a real burden on those who are already struggling. The Library of Things is a great option for people to borrow, mend, and make do and will help to ease some of the financial pressure felt by vulnerable residents impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.”

    The pilot scheme is still in the early stages of development and depending on the success of the project, the City Council is looking to explore options with other local partners across the city to run similar initiatives in the community.

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