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19 April  2019

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Hazard Alley wows BBC’s The One Show

The Milton Keynes Safety Centre, or Hazard Alley as its fondly known, was featured on the BBC programme The One Show.  Broadcast earlier this month, you can watch again here (11 mins and 30 secs in).  This filming was made possible by an NCVO project called Constructive Voices which helps Voluntary Organisations raise their profile through the media.  It’s a smashing watch, so if you have a few minutes, we recommend making a cup of tea and have a view.

Free Desks for Groups

MK Safety Centre has a number of second hand desks which are available for groups.  You must be able to come and collect them from Hazard Alley in Kiln Farm. If people are interested they could pop over to have a look having given the Safety Centre a buzz first on 01908 263009.

ella forums Milton Keynes Group – Launch Meeting on 25th April

ella forums invite you to attend as their guest, the launch of their new Milton Keynes Group on April 25th 2019, kindly hosted by and at the offices of the Community Foundation MK.

This new ella forums MK Group is a peer mentoring and experiential learning group specifically designed to inspire and develop the leaders of Social Enterprises and Charities to grow their organisation. We will come together for monthly meetings to hear the latest thinking from guest speakers, share best practice and participate in a problem/opportunity resolution clinic.

When: Thursday 25th April 2018 9.00am-2.30pm
Where: Margaret Powell House 401/407 Midsummer Boulevard Central Milton Keynes MK9 3BN
What next: To reserve your place please click here to register.
Email for further details or visit our website.

Conniburrow Spring Clean

On 11th April a group of partners and residents came together to pick litter around Conniburrow as part of the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ Great British Spring Clean. The event was arranged by Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) and supported by Great Linford Parish Council who kindly provided the equiptment. We were joined by members of Guinness Housing and MK Council, including MK Council CEO Michael Bracey who came by to assist in his lunch break.

During the hour we were out, we collected a considerable amount of litter and used the opportunity to network with partners and discuss local issues. After the clean up we returned to the BLC Hub where we enjoyed refreshments and good conversation!

Everyone agreed that the event was enjoyable as well as productive and we hope to arrange another similar event soon.

We will be talking to a number of volunteers and colleagues working as part of the Big Local Conniburrow project at our next monthly radio show with Secklow Soundstune in on Wednesday 1st May at 1pm to hear their stories and experiences being involved with the project.
Find out more and listen to our previous shows here.

Various roles at Citizens Advice Milton Keynes

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes are currently recruiting for several full time positions. Please click on the links below to find out more about the roles and to apply through the Charity Job website.

Telephone Referral Officer
Senior Money Adviser
Outreach Caseworker
Head of Service

Deadline: 26th April.
To find out more about the work of Citizens Advice Milton Keynes, please visit their website:

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Volunteering opportunity of the week

Gallery Assistant Volunteer: MK Gallery

Gallery Assistant Volunteers are a vital part of the team working to ensure the continuing success of MK Gallery, ensuring we deliver the best quality of visitor experience to all. Gallery Assistant Volunteers work pro-actively to ensure the safety and security of the art works at all times. They provide an exceptional experience and standard of engagement to every visitor, encouraging active engagement in the MK Gallery programme.
Find out more

Works For Us

Are you looking to volunteer in a flexible and friendly environment?
Would you like to develop work skills and experience, or simply give back to Works for Us? Could you spare just a few hours a week?

If you answered yes to the above, we’d love to hear from you! We’re currently recruiting for General Office Assistants to support with a variety of tasks including: • Reception duties • Basic admin • Registering new clients

We’re a small and supportive team who rely on the kindness of our volunteers to continue to support the local community. So whether you’re looking to improve self-confidence, make new friends, learn new skills or positively impact your local community, consider volunteering with Works for Us… and see what you gain when you give!

Want to find out more? Call us on 01908 200186, send us a FB message or email Natasha on

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Arts Council England Invites Application to Small Capital Grants

Small Capital Grants are available for properly constituted arts and cultural organisations based in England whose capital project outcomes are arts focused and relate to the delivery of arts activity. You will need to submit an Expression of Interest between 11 April and 3 May. The application portal will then be open between 31 May and 5 July.

Education Endowment Fund Accepting Summer 2019 Applications

Have you got a high-potential project that aims to raise the attainment and wider outcomes of young people aged 3-18, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds?

If yes, we hope you will consider applying to our current general grant-funding round. We are interested in testing the effectiveness of projects through rigorous, independent evaluations. Those that show an impact we will then support to scale up to improve outcomes for other disadvantaged children and young people across England.

Government Announces New Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

A £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country has been launched by the government. Village hall committees are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms.

Free Easter Family Event at ABC Park 
Saturday 20 April

Citizens:MK Accountability Assembly

WHEN: 25th April 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
WHERE: Church of Christ the Cornerstone
CONTACT: Tom Bulman 7962838685

‘Fair Welcome, Fair Work’ :listening to testimonies of social injustice and holding power holders to account. for Refugees Welcome, Fair Work and good Relationships between young people and police

RSVP to or book online at eventbrite/citizens:mk
Ssupported by funding from MK Community Foundation.

Click here to book your seat.

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.

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Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to