In July, The Volunteering team at Community Action: MK registered 87 new volunteers, 5 new organisations and 8 brand new volunteering opportunities.

We currently have 351 local volunteering opportunities listed on Do-it – have a look, new opportunities from Beanstalk Charity, MK Arts Centre, Citizen’s Advice, Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterways Trust and many more!

If you need any help to design a programme, recruit and retain your volunteers, please get in touch with us via or call 01908 661623.


Home Retail Group volunteering at Coffee Tots Pre-school

Volunteering News

Volunteering plans opposed by employers, survey finds
A survey of 226 employers in both Manchester and London has found that 61% of those asked would oppose the government’s plans for a 3 day volunteering allowance for employees. 12% of employers were undecided on the issue.
(via NAVCA)
Volunteering Development

NCVO’s Volunteering Development Group is a group for anyone who works or volunteers in volunteer management. Share ideas, network with other professionals in similar roles to you, learn about good practice, and how best to support volunteer development, and create content to address your learning needs.

Sign up here to join this group.

Learning from the Volunteering in Care Homes project

Catch up with the Volunteering in Care Homes learn and share events held across the country with this Storify, including case studies about volunteer inductions and support. Find more case studies and information about this project on Knowhow.

Volunteering and money: an uneasy partnership? Free event – 17 September, the University of Kent

IVR, the ESRC and Northumbria University’s next volunteering seminar will look at the places where volunteering and money interrelate. The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. Book now.

The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service

Do you know a local volunteering group deserving of recognition for services to the local area? If so, you have 3 weeks to nominate them for the 2016 round of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise the outstanding work carried out in their own communities.  Nominations close on the 18th of September, click here to find out more.

Update on Sharing Libraries from MK Council

Sharing Responsibility for Libraries – More than a library. We’re now looking for help with the following:

Be our friend

Friends Groups are involved in and support a wide range of library activities such as:

  • act as champions for the libraries
  • fundraising
  • obtaining sponsorship
  • supporting activities in libraries
  • recruit library volunteers
  • promote Milton Keynes Libraries at local fetes and festivals

Volunteer your time

There are many interesting opportunities for volunteers within Milton Keynes Libraries and there’s bound to be something that suits you.  We are looking for volunteers for the following roles:


If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the libraries or volunteering your time, then please contact

Community Life Survey 2014 to 2015 findings published

July saw the release of the headline findings from the 2014 to 2015 Community Life Survey – statistical analysis, data and FAQs are available at

The Community Life Survey is held annually to track trends and developments in areas that encourage social action and empower communities.  Launched in 2012, the Survey looks at the latest trends in areas such as volunteering, charitable giving, local action and networks and well-being.