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Pedalling Culture Winter Social 2018

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Real Life Everyday Ways to Save the Planet

Friday 9th November 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Come along and meet like-minded people,

watch inspiring videos, share your ideas and engage with others

about the importance of our planet and we can do to help 

Venue: MK Snap, 20 Bourton Low, Walnut Tree. MK7 7DE 






We are recruiting Trustees for one of the UK’s leading music organisations

Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd is a registered charity founded by Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine with a vision to engage the widest range of people in all its diversity.  It currently realises this vision from its base at The Stables Theatre which presents over 400 concerts and 200 education events each year, and through the biennial IF: Milton Keynes International Festival that engages people with music and sound in unexpected ways in unusual places.  The organisation is currently working on a capital project to enhance its facilities in Milton Keynes and is actively engaged in development work to expand the organisation’s role nationally and internationally. The Stables is one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.

The organisation has 2 active subsidiary charity companies, The Stables Theatre Ltd which manages the day to day operations of The Stables Theatre, and The Stables Events Ltd  which looks after the International Festival and other major events.

Board meetings are held quarterly in Milton Keynes. As a Board member Trustees agree to attend and contribute to the meetings held in Milton Keynes, including quarterly Board Meetings, the AGM, any Committee and Task Group meetings they become involved in.  The role requires Trustees to review information in advance of meetings to ensure informed discussion, and also to promote the organisation’s key messages and values, acting as an Ambassador for our work.

These are non-executive roles and unpaid.

We are keen to ensure diversity on the boards and in particular to broaden the ethnic diversity of the current team.  We will welcome applications from all sections of the community and are particularly keen to hear from people with one or more of the following skills / experience / networks:

  • A genuine passion for music and the wider arts sector and a commitment to widening access and engagement
  • Immersed in the music scene / culture and particularly engaged with / contemporaries of 18-30 year olds
  • Experience of HR/ people management / support
  • Experience of significant capital projects / commercial property negotiations
  • Business entrepreneurs preferably with experience in digital media development
  • Experience of commercial trading activities such as bars, catering and events
  • Exposure to / experience of working with media networks – e.g. radio, television, press in order to help the organisation increase its visibility national and internationally
  • Composers, musicians, music educators, artists to contribute to the artistic and education policy planning and provide advocacy for the work of the organisation amongst peers
  • Fundraising / philanthropic networks to support the Trustees and Executive Team in securing resources to carry out the organisation’s charitable objectives and vision

For further information, download our pack from  or contact Lucy Bedford or telephone 01908 280814.  Applications should be received no later than 12th November 2018.

#iwill Week 2018

This year #iwill Week 2018 is 12-16 November and celebrates the contributions of young people involved in social action across the UK. If young people are involved in social action in your organisation, this is the week to amplify their voices allowing them to talk about the impact they have on their communities. Get involved with talking about youth social action on Twitter using #iwillWeek and find out more about how you can engage with the campaign.

Consultation on Planning and Design Guidance for new University MK:U

The design of the new CMK University will go out to competition. There’s a consultation open to determine the planning and design guidance.

In order to inform the work of the design teams through the competition, , informed by work currently underway by Cranfield University to understand the type, floorspace and number of different land uses and spaces needed for teaching, research, accommodation, support functions, and ancillary development as part of MK:U.  The competition documentation will also set out information about the overall vision of the institution and how it will function, which will impact on how the site should be developed. Importantly, the competition documentation will also explain the planning policy framework the development will need to respond to, the opportunities of the site and any parameters created by its context. 

The consultation will run until Friday 9 November and comments should be sent by email to The document can be found on the MK Futures Website  and can be found here on the Community Action: MK website

The Autumn budget – NAVCA’s analysis

Whilst this week’s announcement of the Autumn budget delivered very little detail around future support and funding for VCSE organisations, to statutory sector commissioning or to the recent pledges made in the Civil Society Strategy and Loneliness Strategy, it did outline some fairly significant measures relating to health and social care services.
Mental health services were addressed directly and are to receive an increase in funding, with an investment of up to £250m by 2023/24. This investment is intended to cover the cost of a suite of mental health crisis services including dedicated mental health support in every major A&E department, a 24/7 crises helpline and increased community services.
Ahead of the forthcoming Adult Social Care Green Paper, Government has pledged an additional £240m in adult social care funding in 2018/19 and a further £240m in 2019/20, intended to ease winter pressures on the NHS. There will be an additional £55m in the remainder of this financial year for the Disabilities Facilities Grant and £410m will be made available for both adults’ and children’s social care.
Despite acknowledging problems with its roll-out and administration, the negative impact upon Universal Credit (UC) claimants was ignored, with the Chancellor announcing the Universal Credit is “here to stay”. The Chancellor did announce measures to assist the roll out of Universal Credit, including £1billion funding for the Department for Work & Pensions to help ease the transition, in-work allowances and support for claimants repaying debts, reducing the total deduction amount from 40% to 30%.

Read NCVO’s review of what the Autumn Budget Statement will mean for Charities:

Please note our weekly Volunteering Drop In time has changed to 1-3pm every Tuesday:

Our Volunteer Drop In day is changing. From Tuesday 24th October we will be running every Tuesday. Drop in anytime from 10am (2)

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