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1 July 2019

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5th July: Community Action: MK Summer Networking event

Join Community Action: MK and other colleagues from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes at our Summer Networking/ Netwalking event, which will be dedicated to the topic of the growth of Milton Keynnes. The event will include a walking tour (optional to join) of some of the planned development areas in the city centre, ending up at Middleton Hall for the Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050 exhibition and talks.

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

MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

4th-7th July at Middleton Hall

Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050 is a four-day exhibition being held in the heart of the borough to give everyone the opportunity to come and see what the future plans are for Milton Keynes.

Please follow the link to find out more.

How Disability Confident is your Business?

Thursday , 4 July 2019
09:30 – 11:30 BST

The event’s emphasis will be around attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing all staff with a focus on those with health conditions and disabilities. Come and meet other employers who will share their experiences and also find out what other support is available.

Mental Health First Aider Course (MHFA) Milton Keynes

3rd & 4th July 2019 (09:30-17:00)

This is the official two day MHFA Enlgland mental health first aid course acredited by the Royal Socety for Public Health qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities and each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.
Visit for more info.

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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.

Lavendon Neighbourhood Plan

St Michael's Church Lavendon

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.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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Vital Signs MK 2019

Vital Signs MK 2019 is the latest instalment of a project that the Milton Keynes Community Foundation has run since 2013. The reports bring together existing research and social data about Milton Keynes with an aim of highlighting the strengths, as well as identify areas for improvement for the local community to respond to, including the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sector, as well as local businesses and individuals who want to help make a difference in the Milton Keynes community.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Vital Signs programme. Please follow this link to read the last year’s report.

Here at Community Action: MK we will be supporting this year’s Vital Signs community consultation programme by running two focus groups: on Friday 12th July: at 11am and 2pm.  If you would like to participate in on of the focus groups and share your views towards this year’s Vital Signs report, please follow this link to express your interest.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Once you have registered your interest, you will receive more information asap. 

Help with applying to the EU Settlement Scheme

East European Resource Centre is pleased to announce that we have received government funding until March 2020 to provide support to vulnerable Eastern European citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme

EU citizens and their family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after after the UK leaves the EU.

Our new service – Eastern European EUSS Centre (238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF) is now open for drop-ins Tuesday to Saturday 11.30am – 13.30pm (last client at 13.00pm) and 14.30pm – 18.30pm (last client at 18.00pm). 

We are also providing outreach sessions and workshops for vulnerable Eastern European citizens to explain the EU Settlement Scheme and help to apply for EUSS – if you would like us to visit your service please get in touch with me or at

Our help is free and we speak Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Hungarian.

For further information about our service, please refer to the flyer or visit our website.

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.

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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Volunteering opportunity of the week:
St John’s Ambulance Youth Team

Youth Helpers work flexibly as part of our volunteer youth teams and are advised to liaise directly with their Unit Manager/Unit Youth Lead to design the scope of their role and allocate their responsibilities within the unit. For instance, Youth Helpers may be involved in helping to facilitate and run games, activities, and sessions within our Badger Setts and Cadet Units. This may include supporting our young people directly or participating in administration and support tasks to ensure the efficient running of the unit.
Find out more about this role here
Search for other volunteering opportunities with St Johns Ambulance

MK Snap Job vacancies – Various Roles

MK Snap are looking for Trustees, Learning Support Assistants, Tutor, Head of Social Enterprise and more.
Find out more here

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British Cycling Places to Ride Programme

Max. Value: £ 50,000
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England that are developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new, or the improvement of existing, cycling facilities in communities.

Quaker Housing Trust

Application deadline: 16 August 2019
Grants are available for registered charities carrying out housing projects providing homes for those in need in Great Britain.

Stop Loan Sharks – Proceeds of Crime Grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000
Grants are available for local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England for projects that target illegal money lending

Transition Town Milton Keynes film night- 15th July

Transition Town Milton Keynes invite you to their next film night.
15 July 19:00-21:30

MK Festival of Nature

29th June -7th July

Please follow this link for a full programme.