Our Work: Launch of Good Governance Programme

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Good Governance in charities is fundamental to their success. It enables and supports a charity’s compliance with the law and relevant regulations. It also promotes a culture where everything works towards fulfilling the charity’s vision.

We know that it can be a huge job keeping up with all the latest best practice around regulation and compliance so thanks to funding from MK Community Foundation, we have developed a self assessment tool based on the Charity Code of Governance that you can use whether you are a charity or community group, large or small or anything in between!

The tool is a relatively quick and easy online form for your board or committee to assess how you are performing in regards to the seven key principles of Good Governance.

After completing the form, Community Action: MK will tailor advice and resources for you to use to improve your score. We will then ask you to implement our suggestions and reassess your performance at a later date.

We are also putting together a programme of workshops this spring and summer and we are also able to promote your trustee and committee member roles via our volunteering platform.

If you require more substantial support, we are happy to talk to you about a bespoke package of support. Please email Anna and Alissa.


There are 25 questions in total and the self -assessment will take approx 15-30 minutes. The form cannot be saved as you go so please make sure you give yourself enough time to complete it.

Please note you will be asked to agree to the following terms and conditions:

Committed to Good Governance is a programme run by Community Action: MK with funding from MK Community Foundation. It is a pilot project that will run until the end of 2018, however we will continue providing support on governance-related issues beyond the term of the project to help our local charities and community groups Milton Keynes develop strong governing structures based on the Code of Governance, so they can provide even better services to their beneficiaries and continue making a lasting change in our local communities.  

By agreeing to these Terms & Conditions, you are committing on behalf of your charity or a group to:

  • Follow up on and implement the recommendations received from Community Action: MK based on the Code of Governance after you have completed the self-assessment form, and share these with other the members of your board and the wider organisation.
  • Complete the self-assessment form once again after a recommended period of time to measure your progress.
  • Be added to our project mailing list through which we will be sharing updates and useful information related to the Code of Governance and to our project.

Thank you for participating in the project. We hope it will bring a range of benefits to you and your organisation.

#goodgovernance #bestboard #goodtrustee

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Opportunities: Nominate Your Local Community ‘Worthy’ for Stowe’s New Project


The National Trust at Stowe are inviting community groups to be involved in a new project at Stowe called ‘Aren’t We Worthy?’

Stowe’s monument called the Temple of British Worthies features 16 people that
were chosen for being ‘worthy’ back in 1735.

Fifteen of them are men and only one a woman – Queen Elizabeth I. As 2018 marks 100 years since some women won the right to vote, Stowe want to create a response to that and celebrate the women that the community feels are worthy today.

They are inviting local community groups to nominate their ‘worthy’ women – local heroes that are highly valued members of the local community.

An impartial community panel will select the top 6 local worthies to display in a modern day representation of the Temple of British Worthies later in the year.

Nominate now!

You have until midnight on Monday 2nd April to complete the Community Worthies Nomination Form and return it via email to:


Why not celebrate Vote 100 by bringing your group together to elect your Worthy, you could take nominations and run a group vote to make it democratic?

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Opportunities: Local Learning Clubs on Leadership in the Voluntary Sector


Last few places remaining on The Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership Local Learning Clubs!

Are you involved in a local group? If so, you’re invited to join a learning club for two courses on leadership in the voluntary sector.

There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that voluntary sector organisations that engage in
collaborative leadership are better equipped to secure sustainable solutions to challenges faced by the communities they work with and serve.
Participants will be expected to independently complete 2 Open University online course on Introducing Leadership in the Voluntary Sector (5 weeks) and a course on Collaborative Leadership in Voluntary Organisations (8 weeks).

In addition, participants are invited to, and expected to attend, 4 supportive learning club sessions during the duration of the course.

These session will give participants the opportunity to share their learning during the intervening period and benefit from peer learning. Places are limited to 20.

If you would like to join the club, please complete the application form and a starter
questionnaire here.

Completed application forms and questionnaires should be submitted by
email to Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo fidele.mutwarasibo@open.ac.uk by 5.30pm on April 5th.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 6th.

The official launch of the learning club is scheduled to take place at the Open University
during the week beginning April 9th. Details of the launch will be made available to successful applicants.

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Evidence for the link between Health and Community Building

We were pleased to see a number of articles this past month providing great arguments and evidence for what we’ve known for many years – that there is a direct link between stronger communities and health outcomes.
This Guardian article demonstrated how Frome is doing amazing work identifying and mitigating the link between social isolation and poor health by community building.
These kinds of articles and evidence are remarkable but unsurprising. Our work over the past 40 years has been predicated on our belief that reducing social isolation makes people healthier and happier. We hear this from the many volunteers and groups who use our volunteering service and from all the hundreds of groups we support, from the smallest neighbourhood associations to the largest Charities.
Public Health England’s latest research also underpins this. Setting out how strengthening communities, volunteer and peer roles, collaborations and partnerships and access to community resources all directly contribute to health and wellbeing.

We’re proud to be working hard to continuously review and develop the way we work with communities to create evidence based models that really work. We love hearing about the ways in which local groups are connecting people, reducing isolation and improving people’s health.

This year our AGM in October will shine a spotlight on this – look out for the date, coming soon!





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