Weekly bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Funding Alert! Milton Keynes Community Foundation’s Large Strategic Grant Programme is now live. Welcoming expressions of interest for applications for multi-year strategic projects for a maximum of 3 years. Find out more about the criteria and fill in an expression of interest form via their website.

MHA MacIntyre Hudson, an MK based audit, accountancy and taxation firm want to increase their involvement in their local community and are looking for corporate volunteering opportunities.

They are particularly interested in providing support, coaching or advice with CVs, interview tips etc. to young people attempting to enter employment or further education but would also be open to other volunteering opportunities. We could provide a team of approximately 10 young professionals, comprising a mixture of both qualified and training members of staff. At the moment they are looking to donate one afternoon and would like to all go out together to the same project/event. Call Robyn de Kock 01908 662255.

Save the date! Friday 28th September 2018. Networking, discussions and open spaces for the Voluntary Sector in MK.

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.” ~ Alice Waters

GATHER 2018 (2)

The Constantly Moving Happiness Machine: Artist and Academic Discussion

20th Sept, 8pm

Anna Berry discusses her relationship to capitalism using her work, The Constantly Moving Happiness Machine, as a jumping-off point. She discusses the beginnings of consumer capitalism as we know it, and probes the nature of our role as consumers.

Jason Hickel, author of The Divide, will discuss the notion of ‘degrowth’, and how neoliberalism is enforced by global institutions. By arguing that our addiction to economic growth is killing us, Hickel disrupts sacred economic orthodoxies.

Chaired by Kevin McConway

There will be discussion, refreshment for guests, and time to explore the artworks.


Swan Credit Union, based at Foundation House on Aylesbury Street, is working with the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) to use proceeds of crime money as an incentive to encourage people in Milton Keynes to save, and to raise awareness of the dangers of borrowing from illegal money lenders.

The first 50 people to join Swan Credit Union living in the postcode areas MK 2-3, 6-7 and 10-14, and who save £5 per week for 13 weeks, will qualify for a savings boost of £25.

 Steve Eyre, Chair of the Swan Credit Union said:

 “Swan Credit Union exists to provide affordable savings and loans through our local Community Banks and we value very highly the work of the England Illegal Money Lending Team in tackling loan sharks. We recognise that this type of crime hits vulnerable people very hard, and using recovered proceeds to support the work of Credit Unions is imaginative and dynamic. I am confident our existing and potential members will be grateful for this support and will be encouraged to use the valuable services that we all provide.”

 For more information on how to become a member of Swan Credit Union, call 03030 300147 or visit http://swancreditunion.org.uk/.


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