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24 June 2019

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5th July: Community Action: MK Summer Networking event

Please follow this link to find out more and to book your place.

MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

4th-7th July at Middleton Hall

Please follow the link to find out more.

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Early Help Strategy Consultation

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board and the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Children’s Partnership have been working on an Early Help Strategy 2019-22 for Milton Keynes, and are inviting local groups to submit their comments.

Deadline for submitting feedback and comments: Monday 8th July.

Please follow this link to access the consultation document and to submit your response.

1st July: Children and young people’s mental health needs assessment

Community & Voluntary Sector Consultation

When? Monday 1 July, 9.30am – 12.30pm,   at
Where? Davis Suite, Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH

This event relates to the mental health needs assessment for children and young people that is underway in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes The focus is on prevention and early intervention approaches to mental health and wellbeing, as well as access to specialist services.

Deadline to RSVP: Wednesday 26th June. Please follow this link to find out more and to book your place.

3rd July: Safeguarding Awereness Event

When? Wednesday 3rd July Where? 43 Bromham Rd, Bedford MK40 2AA

An introduction to safeguarding which aims to raise awareness of the issues for voluntary and community groups working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

Please follow this link to find out more and to book your place.

Lavendon Neighbourhood Plan

In June 2019, Lavendon Parish Council submitted the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan to Milton Keynes Council. The Plan is now being published in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Plans (General) Regulations 2012. This is the final stage to make comments on the Plan.

Please follow this link to see the submitted Plan and its supporting documents.

Any comments on the Plan at this stage (including those from members of the public and other organisations) will be passed to an independent person (the Examiner) to consider when he or she is examining the Plan.  The Examiner will consider whether the Plan:

–              Meets a number of basic conditions

–             Satisfies the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans, and

–              Identifies an appropriate area for the referendum

Comments should be sent to:  by 5pm on Monday 5th August 2019.

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MK Calling – Open call to exhibit at MK Gallery

Artists working across all art forms are invited to take over MK Gallery! Applications welcome from all, especially from artists connected to Milton Keynes in particular.

Please follow this link to find out more and to submit your application.

Festival of Creative Urban Living 2019

26 September – 13 October 2019

Midsummer Boulevard in CMK will be hosting the first ever ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’; bringing together artists, architects, designers, urban planners, thinkers, creatives and many others to deliver a free programme of exhibitions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more.

Please follow this link to find out more and submit a proposal for your group to be involved in the programme!

Free Christmas Hampers from John Lewis & Partners

Ex Christmas Hampers available to give away (no alcohol, items have passed their sell by date by 1-2 months, but sealed and unopened. )

When? Monday July 8th : 11-11.30am

Where: Distribution MP2 Fen Street Magna Park MK17 8EW (drive in,  through the barrier on right and drive to end of car park)

If Interested: please follow this link to send an e-mail.

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, other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Trustee for MK Play Association

Time commitment: flexible/ tba

This is an exciting opportunity to join the board of trustees at this children-centred charity providing a number of vital services in Milton Keynes. If you have skills and knowledge of business finance, fundraising or marketing, MKPA would love to hear from you!

Please follow this link to our Simply Connect volunteer recruitment platform to find out more and to apply. If you would like to get a better understanding of what it takes to volunteer as a trustee in general, please follow this link to the NCVO article.

MK Play Association also have a range of other volunteering roles available – please follow this link to their website to find out more.

Girlguiding – Student Volunteering Roles

Flexible volunteering for students at school, college or university!

GirlGuiding are the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, offering great volunteering opportunities for students and giving you the opportunity to gain lots of new skills while having the adventure of a lifetime.

Please follow this link to find out more and to apply. You can also visit our Simply Connect volunteer recruitment platform to find other volunteering roles with the local Girlguiding groups in MK! Please follow this link to explore (simply put ‘ Girlguiding’ into the keyword search field)

The Parks Trust: Outdoor Learning Ranger (Delivering Environmental Education)

If you are passionate about the environment and have a love for teaching, The Parks Trust are looking for an Outdoor Learning Ranger to deliver Environmental Education to a variety of age groups in MK.

Closing date: Friday 30th July. Please follow this link to find out more and to apply, and to see other roles currently available at The Parks Trust.

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Heart Of Bucks: general grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000 Application Deadline: 28 August 2019

Heart of Bucks are the Community Foundation for Buckinghamshire, supporting charities and community groups in whose work benefits local people. It awards grants to a broad range of causes and welcome applications from both new and established groups.

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

Programme of Summer Events at MK Arts Centre

Lots of free events & workshops for all the family – please follow this link to find out more.

Big Lunch at Conniburrow Orchard

29th June


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

MK Festival of Nature

29th June -7th July

Please follow this link for a full programme.

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