Community Action: MK invites you to GATHER on Friday 28th September 2018 in CMK.

Networking, discussions and open spaces for the Voluntary Sector in Milton Keynes. All welcome.

– Discover more about the Health & Wellbeing board and what it takes to represent the VCS on it

– Find out how data has been used to plan services for older people in communities

– Explore the latest academic theories of Voluntary Sector leadership and get a Governance healthcheck for your organisation

– Refresh your knowledge of diversity practices

– Contribute to discussions on community led housing and major infrastructure projects

– Learn how to get better at asking for what your group needs

– Imagine a more mobile and equal city centre and how that might usher in a new era of civic life

Stay all day or drop in for sessions – timetable to be released soon. RSVP now.

Supported by MK Community Foundation.

NCVO’s insightful analysis of the Civil Society Strategy broken down into specific areas of focus: https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/tag/civil-society-strategy/


Volunteers Needed – Please drop in to Hazard Alley at 11am or 3pm on Weds 5th Sept to find out more about volunteering with the. No obligation – just come for a brew, look round and a chat to see how you feel about the idea and the benefits to you.

They’re looking for people to be emergency call operators when the children make their practice 999 calls and for people who can take small groups of children on tours through the safety scenarios in Hazard Alley.

Minimum requirement is 2 mornings, afternoons or evenings a month. Full training given, expenses payable, social activities included and you’ll be joining a very friendly team.

Email info@safetycentre.co.uk for further details or call them on 01908 263009.

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For the fourth year running, the HIV Innovation Fund is opening applications for funding to local HIV prevention projects. The HIV Innovation Fund supports new approaches to prevention that focuses on engaging with at-risk or underserved communities.
It is open to voluntary sector organisations whose proposals have the endorsement of their local authority, and is funded by an allocation from the Department of Health to PHE for HIV prevention and sexual health promotion.  The HIV Prevention Innovation Fund supported seven projects in 2015/16; 13 in 2016/17; and 13 in 2017/18. This year PHE will award a total of up to £600,000 to projects and are on hand to provide advice, resources and best practice to applicants across the country.
The Fund is accepting bids until 4th September, and will grant successful projects anywhere between £25,000 and £100,000. You can find out more and apply here: www.phe-events.org.uk/hivif18
MK has a high prevalence of HIV:  3 in 1,000 adults have already been diagnosed. If diagnosed early, people can start treatment and live a long and normal life without the risk of passing it on. Being diagnosed late is associated with significant illness, early death and unknowingly passing it on to others. We have a lot of late diagnoses in MK compared to the rest of the country. The solution is increasing testing so that people can be diagnosed and treated.
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