Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: MK Play Association, Play Co-ordinator

Play Co-ordinator (Part-time)

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our team within a play services capacity.

Milton Keynes Play Association is one of the oldest charities in Milton Keynes having started in 1971. There are three core services that we offer; play, training, and the provision of resources. These three together allow MKPA to encourage the development of individuals and organisations through play in the local community. We also offer a wide range of activities and courses as well as stage fun and exciting events across the region.

During the summer we deliver many open-access play sessions across Milton Keynes as well as other sessions during the year. We are looking for an individual who has a focus on care and quality, can lead teams and loves enabling child-lead play.

Job Title: Play Co-ordinator

Hours of work: 20 hours per week, flexible hours, for most of the year with the requirement for full-time during and in the lead up to the summer holidays. (May include some evening and weekend work).

Location: Milton Keynes and Surrounding areas

Duties and Key Responsibilities:

Deliver high quality play opportunities in safe environments, ensuring the effective operation of each session, as set out in our policies and procedures.

Identify safe play spaces for our sessions and resources so children can play independently.

Co-ordinate teams of playworkers to support children’s needs by either joining in or supervising in an unobtrusive manner.

Engage and maintain excellent relationships with schools, parishes and others to deliver commissioned play sessions (including meetings and the facilitation of external play sessions).

Promote open access play sessions and other play services.

Qualifications and Experience:

NVQ Diploma Level 3 or equivalent in Playwork or Playwork experience in the last 2 years (desirable).

Experience in managing teams and rotas.

Excellent managerial and organisational skills.

Recent experience in using Excel, Word and report writing.

Full UK driving license.

The ability to identify and remain focussed on priorities.

Good customer service and interpersonal skills are essential.

Experience of grant/funding applications (desirable).

A first class communicator at all levels.

Knowledge of digital marketing (desirable).

Be able to fulfil the role including all of its physical requirements (this will be a hands on role)

Understanding equal opportunities.

Benefits:

Attractive remuneration package.

Encouragement and support for training and personal development.

A pivotal role in a great team that makes a difference to children, families and the wider community.

Salary indicator:

£10 – £12 per hour dependant on qualifications and experience.

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people we serve. As such this post is subject to necessary safeguarding checks including an Enhanced DBS.

MKPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MKPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

We look forward to receiving your application.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to admin@mkpa.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st February 2019

Interviews to be held: Wednesday 6th February 2019

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: MK Play Association, Scrapstore, Retail and Marketing Lead

Scrapstore, Retail and Marketing Lead (Part time)

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and energetic individual able to work under own initiative to take responsibility for our existing retail operation, the Resource Unit and Scrapstore, with the opportunity to grow and develop it.

Milton Keynes Play Association is one of the oldest charities in Milton Keynes having started in 1971. There are three core services that we offer; play, training, and the provision of resources. These three together allow MKPA to encourage the development of individuals and organisations through play in the local community. We also offer a wide range of activities and courses as well as stage fun and exciting events across the region.

Job Title: Scrapstore, Retail and Marketing Lead

Hours of work: Starting at 20 hours per week with potential to increase, dependent on results. Mostly office based.

Location: Milton Keynes and surrounding areas

Duties and Key Responsibilities:

Co-ordinate resource unit and staff on a day to day basis, ensuring the effective operation of the Scrapstore and Resource Unit set out in our policies and procedures.

Responsible for stock ordering and supplier negotiation.

Actively develop new sources of materials to be donated.

Report to Board on progress at regular intervals.

General digital marketing duties to promote the Resource Unit and Scrapstore.

Qualifications and Experience:

Ideally you will have the following qualifications, training and experience:

First class communicator at all levels.

Recent retail experience.

Be able to fulfil the role including all of its physical requirements (this will be a very hands on role).

Be confident in using IT packages – Word, Excel (Sage desirable)

Relationship management, forming and maintaining links with the customers, business community and donors.

To identify and remain focussed on priorities.

Experience using results of data analysis to implement improvements to the retail operation.

Understand the ethos behind reusing/repurposing scrap materials as well as how it can be used for play (desirable).

Full UK driving license.

Benefits:

Attractive remuneration package.

Encouragement and support for training and personal development.

A pivotal role in a great team that makes a difference to children, families and the wider community.

Salary indicator:

£10 – £12 per hour dependant on qualifications and experience.

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people we serve. As such, this post is subject to necessary safeguarding checks including an Enhanced DBS.

MKPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MKPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

We look forward to receiving your application!

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to admin@mkpa.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st February 2019

Interviews to be held: Wednesday 6th February 2019

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Qualified and Unqualified Childcare Practitioners for the Pre-school Learning Alliance

Career opportunities with the Pre-school Learning Alliance

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and
voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. An
educational charity, the Alliance represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

Benefits
– 20 days annual leave plus 8 Bank Holidays, pro rata for part time employees
– Employer and employee contribution pension scheme
– Regular access to internal and external learning and development opportunities
– The Alliance operates a Team Recognition Scheme to recognise the outstanding work of the staff across the Charity
– Can save up to 40% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02

The opportunities
Qualified Flexible Childcare Practitioner
Location: Milton Keynes
Department: Development Services
Salary Details: £8.13 per hour
We are looking to recruit a qualified flexible childcare practitioner to work in our crèche and stay and play sessions.  The job purpose is to provide inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending the settings and to help maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment.

Closing date: 24th January 2019
Interview date: 30th January 2019

To apply for this role or to find out about working for the Alliance and other roles currently available, please go to:
https://careers.pre-school.org.uk/vacancies/vacancy-search-results.aspx

The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and equal opportunities in employment. All successful applicants will be required
to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Flexible Childcare Practitioner
Location: Milton Keynes
Department: Development Services
Salary Details: £7.90 – £8.13 per hour
We are looking to recruit a qualified flexible childcare practitioner who will provide inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending our crèche and stay and play sessions.  He / she will help maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment.

Closing date: 24th January 2019
Interview date: 30th January 2019

To apply for this role or to find out about working for the Alliance and other roles currently available, please go to:
https://careers.pre-school.org.uk/vacancies/vacancy-search-results.aspx

The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and equal opportunities in employment. All successful applicants will be required
to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

 

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Healthwatch Enter and View Programme Co-ordinator

An exciting new opportunity to join Healthwatch Milton Keynes

Enter and View Programme Coordinator

Hours: 18.75 hours per week

Salary: £11,200 pro rata (£22,400 FTE)

12- month temporary contract

Healthwatch Milton Keynes is an independent public and patient champion promoting choice and influencing the provision of high quality health and social care services for all, across Milton Keynes.

Our mission is to be an independent organisation, providing an effective local voice for people in Milton Keynes, influencing and shaping health and social care services to meet their needs.

An exciting new opportunity has opened for an Enter and View Programme Coordinator.

The Enter and View Programme Coordinator will be responsible for delivering a planned programme of Enter and View activities across Care Homes, Hospital and GP services, supporting and managing Enter and View Authorised Representatives to deliver activities and liaising with key professional stakeholders with regards to visits. The post-holder will be responsible for producing high-quality reports and recommendations based on the evidence collected during visits, seeking responses from relevant providers and publishing reports within set timeframes. The post-holder will work with the Healthwatch Milton Keynes Executive Team to develop Enter and View activities for 2019 and maintain appropriate levels of volunteers to deliver the programme.

We are looking for someone passionate about patient engagement, with the skills and experience of working with volunteers and professional stakeholders to deliver challenging projects that shape the future of health and care provision.

To apply, please submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter no more than one side of A4 demonstrating your suitability for the post to: dee.prior@healthwatchmiltonkeynes.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 5th December 2018.

If you would like to have a discussion with a member of the team prior to application, please do get in touch.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a formal interview on Tuesday 11th December, or Friday 14th December 2018 at the Healthwatch Milton Keynes Offices.

What is Enter and View?

Our Enter and View programme gets to the heart of people’s experience of local health and social care services, assessing them from the patient perspective. Using our statutory right to discharge Enter and View visits, we help providers across a range of health and social care services identify changes that could improve patients’ experiences of those services.

There are two pieces of legislation which place a duty on health and social care providers to allow a representative of Healthwatch to carry out Enter and View;

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007

The Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) Regulations 2013.

Enter and View allows Healthwatch to go into health and social care premises to hear and see how people experience the service, to collect the views of people using the service at the point of delivery, to collect the views of the carers and relatives of people using the service and to observe the nature and quality of services.

We collate evidence-based feedback, based on what people have told us on the day and report our findings and recommendations to providers, regulators, Local Authority, NHS commissioners and quality assurers, the public, Healthwatch England and any other relevant partners. Healthwatch Milton Keynes operates an annual schedule of Enter and View activities and in addition undertakes responsive Enter and View activities where a need is identified, requests are made by providers/commissioners, or there is compelling insight from patients of the service to undertake a visit.

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Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Lots of networking opportunities coming up! RSVP here to our Festive Networking on 6th December.

Please join us for a Festive Networking Event at the Grant Thornton Co-Working Space, Victoria House, 199 Avebury BoulevardMiltoPedalling Culture Winter Social 2018


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Upcoming Training at Milton Keynes Play Association

12hr Paediatric First Aid

*Last 3 courses of this term*
3rd & 4th December 9.30am-4.30pm / 5th 6th 12th December 9.30pm – 1.45pm / 5th 6th 12th 13th  December 6.15pm-930pm £85 members / £95 non.
New Year Dates – Sat 5th & 12th January 9.30am-4.30pm / 8th 9th 15th Jan 9.30am-1.45pm / 8th 9th 15th 16th Jan 6.15pm-9.30pm £85 / £95

Still Places available in November for:-
Introduction to Playwork Training

Fri 23rd Nov 9.30am-12.30pm £36 members / £40 non

Emergency First Aid at Work (HSE)
Mon 27th Nov 9.30am-4.30pm £85
Manual Handling

Weds 28th Nov 9.30am-12.30pm £36 members / £40 non

January Dates:-
Teaching Food in Primary Schools

Thurs 10th Jan 9.30am-4.30pm £60 member / £65 non

Basic Safeguarding Children

Fri 11th Jan 9.30am-12.30pm £40 members / £50 non

L2 Health & Safety – accredited by Highfield

Mon 14th Jan 9.30am-4.30pm £65 members / £75 non

To book on these or any of our courses please call 01908-263033 or email training@mkpa.co.uk


Update on the Safe Hut

In previous years the Safe Hut has targeted 18–24-year-old revellers and members of the public seeking support in the night time economy, specifically visiting Xscape and 12th Street. Due to the redevelopment of 12th Street and the closure of the Wonderworld nightclub at Xscape, it was decided that the Safe Hut would not go ahead in 2017, however  this year My Milton Keynes BID are reintroducing Safe Hut to help support the Evening Economy in these areas and to offer support in tackling ASB, injuries and provide first response support for visitors to these leisure areas.

 An enhanced police presence at the event is also planned with additional BID Officers and staff from TVP. The addition of a fold out awning supplied by Acute Ambulance allows for more space dedicated to social support area with phone charging, heating and a safe chill out space to recover from the festivities on offer. This area also seeks to direct the vulnerable, so they are able to contact friends; make provision for a safe journey home; get support, advice or information as they require.

Key Action Points

  • The Safe Hut will be found outside Xscape Milton Keynes and will run from 11:00pm until 03:00am on the following dates;
  • December the 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st.
  • Safe Hut is part of the MyMiltonKeynes commitment to the evening economy and its visitors
  • Safe Hut ensures a safe and fun night out in Milton Keynes
  • It alleviates pressure on emergency services which can be stretched at this time of year
  • The service is about giving support and saving lives
  • Safe Hut drastically reduces alcohol related hospital admissions
  • It creates a safe space, providing much needed rest and recuperation for visitors.
  • Safe Hut is a project delivered in partnership with Thames Valley Police, Acute Ambulance Services, Milton Keynes Council and managed by MyMiltonKeynes BID. 
  • It has been running since 2009 with great success and the BID is pleased to bring it back once again to Xscape.
  • Safe Hut is an excellent opportunity for volunteers to engage with the public, medical staff and the police to help ensure an enjoyable Christmas party season is enjoyed by all.
  • Nearly 2000 users of the service have been engaged with over the last three years of Safe Hut.
  • Nearly 1000 people have been given medical care and attention from trained medical staff during this time.
  • Ambulance staff on hand each night are highly trained in different medical emergencies.
  • Staff are FREC (First Response Emergency Care) level 3 and above and able to provide medical care to users of the service.

MK Creative and Cultural Strategy 2018-2027 has now been launched

The document can be found on the MK Council website: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/leisure-tourism-and-culture/arts-and-heritage

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Civil Society Futures – final report

This week we saw the launch of the Civil Society Futures report – the result of a two year inquiry into the future of the VCSE sector and how the sector must adapt to economic and social changes, over the next decade and beyond.
The report calls on individuals, charities and organisations in civil society to commit to a new ‘PACT’:
• POWER: shifting power and sharing more decision-making and control, being a model of inclusive participation for the rest of society.
• ACCOUNTABILITY: being primarily accountable to the people they serve – instead of putting funders and government first – and being accountable to future generations.
• CONNECTION: broadening and deepening connections with people and communities, bridging damaging social divides, and investing in a new ‘social infrastructure’.
• TRUST: devoting more time and resources to build trust in all civil society activity, earning trust by speaking up to politicians and corporations, trusting communities to make the decisions that affect them.
NAVCA CEO Jane Ide said the following in response to the report:
“NAVCA has been engaged in the Civil Society Futures inquiry since its launch two years ago, and we enabled many of our members to be involved directly, feeding in their views and those of the organisations they support and represent.
“The outcome of this wide ranging, in depth, inquiry is a report that is both constructive and challenging. In many ways, as with any good inquiry, it tells us things that in truth we already know but that sometimes are not clearly articulated or described with authority.
“There is much within the report for all of us to consider, not least the potential for change in our own personal practice and behaviour, and of course there are some very specific references to NAVCA and our fellow national infrastructure bodies, with some direct challenges for us to think about.
“But I would say – I hope without complacency – that much of what the report describes is a journey that NAVCA, in its own right as an organisation and with its network of members, is already on.
“The concepts of sharing power with the communities we are here to serve, of being accountable to our beneficiaries, of building deep, meaningful connections and of investing in trusting relationships in order to deliver real change – these are all concepts that I believe are absolutely in the DNA of the local, place based social action movement.
“I look forward very much to exploring the ideas underpinning the report with our members, identifying the very real barriers to making the PACT real, and continuing the journey that we’ve already started towards playing our essential, collaborative role in a healthy, vibrant, powerful civil society of the future.”
The report is available to read and download here. 
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Funding Alert

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund.

The Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.

Earlier this year £97,950 was distributed to 20 different organisations and the PCC and Chief Constable expect to allocate around £100,000 in this grant round.

Applications are now invited from local voluntary and community groups who can contribute towards two of the PCC’s strategic priorities in his Police and Crime Plan, which are:

  • Vulnerability
  • Prevention and Early Intervention

Some examples of projects that may be considered include those that aim to tackle:

  • Elder abuse,
  • Hidden harm such as stalking, honour based abuse and forced marriage,
  • Peer on peer abuse
  • Road safety.

All applications will be required to submit clear evidence of how their project or activity will contribute towards achieving the key aim indicated.

The closing date for this round of applications is Monday 17th December at 9am and applications will be considered jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said:  “I am pleased to be launching another round of the Police Property Act Fund.  Every year, I am delighted to see the good work that is being carried out by the voluntary and community sector and the difference they make.

“Working in partnership with both statutory and voluntary organisations is crucial when addressing issues such as re-offending and serious organised crime.  I am confident that there are voluntary organisations working within the community that can make a valuable contribution in tackling these issues at a local level and I look forward to seeing the applications”.

Chief Constable, Francis Habgood said: “I am committed to working together to make our communities safer. This source of funding is an excellent way to offer support to community and voluntary groups working with us across Thames Valley.

Reducing offending by focusing on prevention and early intervention is a key priority in this bidding round as well as contributing to those organisations who work with the most vulnerable, so we are particularly keen to receive bids that will support this work.”

More information and the application form can be found at:

https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/police-property-act-fund/


 

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Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM on Wednesday evening – it was great to see so many people networking with each other! If you enjoyed that or are looking for a way to connect with colleagues in the Voluntary Sector, do come along to our Festive Networking event on Thursday 6th December at the Grant Thornton Co-working space in CMK. Conniburrow Community Choir will be performing for us and a jolly time is guaranteed for all. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2qKkaBW

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Are you interested in how Milton Keynes develops?

Would you like to contribute to how the city is transformed for the future?

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) is organising workshops on 27th November that will look at the future of Milton Keynes Station Square and its immediate surroundings.

Transforming Station Square into a ‘City Gateway’ is identified as a priority project in the Council’s Plan 2016-20 and is fundamental to the aim to make Milton Keynes a destination city with a great cultural offer and places that attract investment.

As part of delivering this ambition, MKDP, which owns Station Square, is seeking to explore options for the area to inform future improvements and opportunities and would value your input.

The workshops will build on the feedback from the public survey we undertook in the summer by gathering further responses and thoughts from a range of local people from businesses, community groups and other organisations.
They will be interactive sessions where we will look at a range of themes including landscape, movement, land use, social infrastructure and design principles.

The two hour facilitated workshops will be at:

MK College Silbury Campus
Bouverie House
200 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 1LT

We expect the workshops to be popular so, please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend and whether you would prefer to come to the morning workshop (from 10am to 12noon) or the afternoon workshop (from 2pm to 4pm).

 Alternatively please RSVP by emailing Elisabeth.Browne@mkdp.org.uk

In your response please provide your name and the stakeholder organisation you will be representing on the day.


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All secondary school and post 16 students are allowed to enter. They must attend all three events (the two Saturdays and the Thursday evening) to be in with a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher and further opportunities to present to councillors. Eventbrite details are here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forging-the-future-school-competition-tickets-51650942359


The Equality Council UK are proud to be announcing the third and final Disability Leadership Programme of 2018

The Disability Leadership Programme is a FREE four week programme aimed to tackle the under representation of disabled people on decision making bodies.

This project has been made possible by a grant from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The course will cover skills such as Public Speaking and confidence building as well as ways to deal with confrontation, conflict and stress. Click here for more information and to book a place.


Don’t forget, NCVO have opened up their member-only resources just for – go quick and get lots of Trustee and Governance related support! Today only! https://www.ncvo.org.uk/training-and-events/trustees-week


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Find out how to make #smartcities more inclusive and avoid inadvertent exclusion. Come along to the launch of the @SCiM_MK toolkit

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Future Wolverton Project Officer, Assistant and Student Support Worker

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Would you like to work for an innovative community project in Wolverton?

Future Wolverton is a membership based Community Benefit Society with a mission to establish Wolverton as a thriving and sustainable town within the city of Milton Keynes. We do this by enabling an active and involved community to protect and celebrate the unique heritage of the Town, whilst developing new business, housing and community facilities to ensure future prosperity.

Thanks to a major grant from the Reaching Communities Fund at the BIG Lottery, Future Wolverton is recruiting three new staff to support the operation and development of the Old School Project in Old Wolverton.

1.Project Officer   

£25,250 FTE per annum, pro rata for hours worked; 22.5 hours per week. £15,150 per annum salary. Hours negotiable.

2.Project Assistant

£18, 000 FTE per annum, pro rata for hours worked; 27.5 hours per week. £13,200 per annum salary. Hours negotiable.

  1. Student Support Worker 

£20,237 per annum, pro rata for hours worked; Term Time only, 195 days per year, 6 hours per day .  £13,559  per annum salary

The Old School Project is based at a Grade 2 listed building in Old Wolverton, located next door to Slated Row School.  Slated Row School are a strategic partner in the project, which will provide invaluable work experience and life skills to students with special needs. The students will support the provision of community facilities for the local community and the operation of a 3 bedroomed Guest House for use by work and leisure visitors to Wolverton and wider Milton Keynes.

For an informal discussion about the posts please contact Marie Osborne on 07967 059423 or e-mail marie@futurewolverton.org

To download further information about the posts and an application form please visit www.futurewolverton.org/jobs

Deadline for applications: Sunday 9th December 2018

Interviews to be held: Friday 14th December and Monday 17th December 2018

For further details about the project and Future Wolverton please go to http://futurewolverton.org/

For details about Slated Row School please go to http://www.slatedrowschool.co.uk/

Future Wolverton is committed to the safeguarding of young people. All three posts will be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Future Wolverton, in partnership with Slated Row School, will be following safer recruitment processes.

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