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17 June 2019

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Community Action: MK Summer Networking event – Friday 5th July

Friday 21st June: A Community of Practice: All VCS practitioners welcome

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who works or volunteers with Children and Young People in MK, offering them support for their mental health and sense of wellbeing. The second meeting of the group is taking place on:

FRIDAY 21st JUNE 9.30am – midday at Service Six, Chapter House, Coffee Hall, MK6 5EE

Please follow this link to find out more about this new group and the meeting on the 21st June.

This group is set-up for the workers/ volunteering from within the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes.

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The Stables need your support!

The Developers are back and have put in a new Reserved Matters Application no 19/01357/REM which makes no reference to the existence of The Stables nor the previous pre-commencement condition for a deed of easement.

Please support The Stables to protect this important and much loved venue for our creative and cultural city. It is vitally important that you send in comments on the proposed Reserved Matters application as a matter of great urgency.  All comments must be submitted to the Council by Wednesday 19 June.  Please see The Stables website for their Planning Development update of 6 June.

Upcoming Training sessions at MK Play Association:

MK Play Association are offering the following training courses:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • 12hr Paediatric First Aid (last courses of this term)
  • Safeguarding Children
  • L2 Health & Safety (accredited with Highfield Awarding Body)

For dates and prices, and to book, please follow this link.

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Community Pit-Stop

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 To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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Volunteers Week 2019 as seen by Community Action: MK

Read our blog with a summary of the activities we run and visited during this year’s Volunteers’ Week! Huge thanks again to all of the fantastic groups and organisations that engaged with us this year! Please follow this link to read the blog.

Volunteering opportunity of the week:

Volunteering Sessions at Salcey Forest and Silverstone Woodlands

If you enjoy the outdoors, want to learn new skills, meet new people and help the team look after the nations forest, these volunteering opportunities are just for you. Please follow this link to find out more and to get involved!

We are hiring! Join Community Action: MK as a Trainee Community Mobiliser

Please follow this link for more information and to apply to this exciting community development role, supporting the work of Big Local Conniburrow.

Closing date for applications: 17:00 on 21st June 2019

Macintyre Children’s Homes – Support Worker (Wingrave, near Aylesbury)

Please follow this link to find out more and apply.

Other Roles:

For information on other recent job openings, including at YMCA, Thames Valley Partnerships and Scouts, please follow this link.

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Nationwide Building Society – Community Grants

Max value:  £50,000

Application deadline: 05 July 2019

Grants are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England.

Please follow this link to find out more and to apply.

Carers Innovation Fund to announce support for unpaid carers

The government has launched the £5m Carers Innovation Fund, which plans to help unpaid carers within communities.

The funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities. Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach that is better than existing provision, and it will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.

Please follow this link to find out more about the fund and the applications process.

Support for organisations through Doit.Foundation

Doit.Foundation are inviting small and micro voluntary and community groups to register interest in their small grants pilot, which aims to explore how digital can be used to make it easy for small organisations to access funding and other support.

If your organisation has an income of £100,000 a year or less then all you need to do is complete a short survey and register your details for the pilots that will take place later in the year.

Doit.Foundation is the new charity foundation of Do it Life Social Enterprise, the home of the volunteering service. The charity’s aim is to utilise Do it Life tech to make it easy for small voluntary and community organisations to access small grants and other support.

For more information about the Foundation visit their website Doit.Foundation.

World Refugee Day

20th June

Join Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes and partner groups in celebrating World Refugee Day with a programme of events on Thursday 20th June.

Armed Forces Flag Raising

24th June

Big Lunch at Conniburrow Orchard

29th Jun

Come and join us for our Big Lunch in Conniburrow on Saturday 29th June at 1pm – please bring your own lunch or a dish to share.


29th June

Join this fun event being organised by Wolverton Community Orchard. Please follow this link to find out more.

Parade of Colours – Art at the Lake Festival

29th June

Get Involved with ‘Parade of Colours’. We are setting off for the best Multi-Cultural Parade as part of this year’s Art at the Lake Festival on Saturday 29th June 2019. If you wish to take part or require more info contact

Charity Walk for Peace 2019

30th June 2019

This year this flagship event will be held in Milton Keynes, in association with MK DONS Football Club and the MK DONS SET Charity, on 30th June 2019. It is free to participate.
Find out more and register

MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

4th-7th July at Middleton Hall

Please follow the link to find out more.