Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary Sector in Milton Keynes

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GATHER 2018, Networking, discussions and open spaces for the Voluntary Sector in Milton Keynes

Programme and timetable released!

Have you RSVP’d yet? https://gather2018.eventbrite.co.uk


Are you signed up for the Charity Car Raffle?

Every year charities and community groups from Milton Keynes rally around to raise funds for their causes by selling Charity Car Raffle tickets with the chance for one lucky winner to win a car for £1!

Last year, sellers sold  21,940 tickets raising an incredible £21,940. Groups retain at least 50% of the funds raised from ticket sales and the remaining went towards MK Community Foundation’s grant-making programme, benefiting community groups across Milton Keynes. Sign up now.


Volunteer Call Out!

Motus Dance are looking to establish a pool of individuals who are interested in the arts and dance events who can help them to steward, sell tickets, usher and inform.

Interested parties can register at www.ticketsource.co.uk/motus, or simply turn up on the day to find out more! Facebook event.


 

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GATHER 2018, Friday 28th September 9.30am-4.30pm – Programme and Timetable

Gather 2018

Community Action: MK invites you to GATHER
Networking, discussions and open spaces for the Voluntary Sector in Milton Keynes

Stay all day or pop in for sessions of interest

Friday 28th September 9.30am – 4.30pm
Margaret Powell House, CMK, MK9 3BN
https://gather2018.eventbrite.co.uk

9.30-10am

Arrival at Margaret Powell House, registration and networking

10-10.30am

Welcome and orientation, Margaret Powell Suite, 4th Floor

Introduction from Clare Walton, CEO of Community Action: MK and a representative from MK Council

10.30am-11.30am Session 1

Leadership & Governance space (Witan Room)

Alissa Pemberton & May Chung
What is the STATE OF THE SECTOR in MK?
Alissa Pemberton and May Chung from Community Action: MK will be talking about our forthcoming State of the Sector survey. We know that groups need many things in order to thrive so tell us about your current challenges and successes and help us to think about the ways in which Community Action: MK can support you. May will introduce her work on the infrastructure needs of the VCS.
Expect to talk about: #civilsocietystrategy #infrastructure #vcs #community #groups #advice #support

Health & Wellbeing space (Margaret Powell Suite)

David Pye
How do we PLAN SERVICES?
David Pye from Simpson & Ashland Parish Council will share the learning for their experience of using research to capture the views of residents as to the type of support they would like to see in the future to enhance their health and well-being.
Expect to talk about: #demographics #data #services #ageing #wellbeing

Environment & Transport space (Silbury Room)

Open Space – come and set an agenda on Environment and Transport issues and take part in discussion.

Social & Cultural space (Saxon Room)

Andrew Armes
How do we ASK FOR WHAT WE NEED?
Andrew Armes from Vagabond Cinema will share how they put together a compelling sponsorship package and use their challenges as their greatest strengths, kickstarting discussion on how VCS groups get better at asking for what we need.
Expect to talk about: #funding #finance #marketing #business #sponsorship

11.30am-12.30 Session 2

Leadership & Governance space (Witan Room)

Open Space – come and set an agenda on Leadership & Governance issues and take part in discussion.

Health & Wellbeing space (Margaret Powell Suite)

Vasco Fernandes
How do we address what MATTERS?
VP of MK Community Foundation, Retired NHS Consultant Physician (Public Health and Addiction Medicine Consultant) Vasco Fernandes will present the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report and help groups to navigate how they best use the information contained within it.
Expect to talk about: #evidence #statistics #miltonkeynes #vitalsigns #poverty #health #wellbeing

Environment & Transport space (Silbury Room)

Rebecca Kurth
How do we IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
Rebecca Kurth from CMK Town Council will share her research on public transport and her experiences with engaging stakeholders and communities to kickstart discussion on how we help people influence public transport and public policy.
Expect to talk about: #buses #networks #communitylearning #publicpolicy

Social & Cultural space (Saxon Room)

Open Space – come and set an agenda on Social and Cultural issues and take part in discussion.

12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH, Margaret Powell Suite

Please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the many establishments nearby.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Carol Jacklin-Jarvis from The Open University’s CVSL will be running an activity called Postcards from the Voluntary Sector during lunch.

There will be a demonstration of an electric vehicle outside the venue during lunch.

1.30pm-2.30pm Session 3

Leadership & Governance space (Witan Room)

Owain Smolovic Jones
How can we LEAD COLLECTIVELY?
Owain Smolović Jones from the Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership will facilitate a 2.5 hour workshop that helps participants unpack and develop leadership. The workshop will help participants build practices such as embodied responsiveness, conversation and collective storytelling, supporting them to think and enact leadership in fresh and generative ways.
Expect to talk about #leadership #relational #aesthetics #conversation #storytelling

Health & Wellbeing space (Margaret Powell Suite)

Yvette Hitch and Clare Walton
What does the HEALTH & WELLBEING STRATEGY mean for us and how will VCS representation to the Health & Wellbeing Board work?

Come and discover what the Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Milton Keynes is all about and hear an introduction to the work of the Health & Wellbeing Board. You’ll also be able to find out about what is involved in representing the VCS on the board and whether that could be an opportunity for you and your organisation.

Expect to talk about: #representation #partnership #publicservices #wellbeing

Environment & Transport space (Silbury Room)

Phil Tipper
How to we DEVELOP A COMMON LANGUAGE?
Storyteller Phil Tipper will tell tales of a future where AI has transformed the way we move around the city. Join in and help build a language that expresses what ordinary people might need from this kind of technology.
Expect to talk about: #autonomousvehicles #driverlesspods #stories #mobility #movement #city #civicspace

Social & Cultural space (Saxon Room)

Nicky Kenny
How do we SLOW DOWN?
Nicky Kenny will share learning from the Pedalling Culture project which seeks to encourage sustainable transport use when visiting cultural venues and ask how we can encourage behaviour change and help people slow down in this fast paced world?
Expect to talk about: #culture #heritage #transport #cycling #walking #wellbeing

2.30pm-3.30pm Session 4

Leadership space (Witan Room)

Owain Smolovic Jones
How can we LEAD COLLECTIVELY?
Owain Smolović Jones from the Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership will facilitate two linked workshops that help participants unpack and develop leadership. They will help participants build practices such as embodied responsiveness, conversation and collective storytelling, supporting them to think and enact leadership in fresh and generative ways.
Expect to talk about #leadership #relational #aesthetics #conversation #storytelling

Health & Wellbeing space (Margaret Powell Suite)

Yvette Hitch and Clare Walton
What does the HEALTH & WELLBEING STRATEGY mean for us and how will VCS representation to the Health & Wellbeing Board work?

Come and discover what the Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Milton Keynes is all about and hear an introduction to the work of the Health & Wellbeing Board. You’ll also be able to find out about what is involved in representing the VCS on the board and whether that could be an opportunity for you and your organisation.

Expect to talk about: #representation #partnership #publicservices #wellbeing

Environment & Transport space (Silbury Room)

Sheila Thornton
What does the Oxford to Cambridge Arc mean for MK?
Oxford to Cambridge Arc: Is MK stuck in the middle or the centrepoint? A personal view of what the ARC could mean which should start you thinking about what it may mean for you and your organisation.
Expect to talk about #infrastructure #planning #change #growth #inclusion #vision #transport #homes

Social & Cultural space (Saxon Room)

Lallie Davies
How do we GATHER?
Lallie Davis from the Arts and Heritage Alliance will share some learning from the AHA Forums to kick start discussion about how the voluntary sector is currently gathering, what our spaces look like and what we might need in the future.
Expect to talk about: #voice #territory #space #representation #mapping

4pm-4.30pm Plenary, Margaret Powell Suite

 

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Bus Shelter MK Manager

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Could you make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness? 

Full time Homeless Shelter Manager and part time Support Workers. Job Share considered.

The Bus Shelter MK is a small, innovative charity which provides short-term accommodation on a converted double decker bus for people experiencing homelessness on the streets of Milton Keynes.  We provide a safe temporary home while we help residents address the issues behind their homelessness and move into sustainable lifestyles and more permanent housing.

Our current Shelter Manager is leaving Milton Keynes for the West Country and has been kind enough to say “I will miss everyone at The Bus Shelter MK and I will be extremely fortunate to find an organisation just a fraction as good to work for.”

Shelter Manager

We are therefore seeking a confident, caring and resourceful person to manage our accommodation, deliver a good outcome for our residents and ensure health and safety is maintained.  You will lead the staff/volunteer team to provide a person-centric service, tailored to specific and often complex needs.  An effective communicator, you will be able to build credibility and trust quickly, maximise the skills and commitment of our staff and volunteers and collaborate effectively with third parties.

Experience of working within homelessness or in a related sector is essential.

This post is offered on a full time (37 hours per week), permanent basis and includes some unsocial hours including weekend work.  The annual salary range is £21,500 to £25,000 based on skills and experience, with an Employer matched pension contribution of up to 5%. The post holder will be required to travel independently to various locations. You will report directly to the Board of Trustees.

Shelter Support Team

Two support workers are required to cover mainly evening and/or weekend duties to ensure the smooth delivery of the person-centric services offered to our residents and ensure the health and safety of the residents and volunteers.

These posts are offered initially as three month contracts paid at a rate of £9.00 per hour for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

How to apply

Please email your CV and a covering letter, stating which role you are applying for and explaining your reasons for applying and suitability for the role to:  chair@thebussheltermk.org

We are keen to make an appointment as soon as possible so please apply straight away!

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Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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Over the course of the day you’ll be able to attend sessions on a range of topics relevant to the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. Stay all day or drop in for what interests you. The timetable will be released shortly!

More sessions to be announced soon!

Please RSVP here, even if you only intend to come for part of the day.

#gather2018

Thank you to MK Council and MK Community Foundation for supporting this event.


Funding Alerts

The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. MK Community Foundation will be awarding grants of £5,000 – £10,000 to charities and community groups delivering projects that support women.

Click here to apply.

If you’d like help with applying, contact us at Community Action: MK to get support with putting your bid together via support@communityactionmk.org

People’s Health Trust

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. Read more here.


Community Led Housing in MK

What do you want from a home? To know you have friendly and supportive neighboursFor your home to be warm, light and spacious, designed to help you stay independent longer? To have low running costs – good for you and good for the environment? To be able to share some indoor and outdoor spacesfacilities and activities – because that makes sense socially and economically?

Come and find out about cohousing for people 50+ at Still Green’s next meeting on Saturday, 22 September, 2018.

The meeting starts at 11.00 and is followed at 13.00 by a bring-and-share lunch then a visit to Rainbow housing co-operative in New Bradwell to learn from their experiences over 40 years as a community and to see their common house and gardens

More here.


Introduction to Governance on Wednesday 10th October is an opportunity to find out about Community Action: MK’s Good Governance programme and how the voluntary Charity Code of Governance could help your small charity or community group refresh its board or committee practices.

During the session we will cover:

  • What is the Good Governance Programme
  • What is Governance and what it is not
  • The 7 principles of the Code and how to apply them
  • Best practices for Governance improvement

Book your free place now.


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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Read Easy Coach

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This weekend watch a visually stunning, outdoor show , performed by a cast of  local women cyclists & professional performers, commissioned by in

http://www.pedallingculture.com/events/all/blazing-saddles

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GATHER 2018: Networking, discussions and open spaces for the Voluntary Sector in Milton Keynes

Community Action: MK invites you to GATHER on Friday 28th September 9.30am – 4.30pm

GATHER (1)

Over the course of the day you’ll be able to attend sessions on a range of topics relevant to the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. Stay all day or drop in for what interests you. The timetable will be released shortly!

Health & Wellbeing Space

How do we PLAN SERVICES?
David Pye from Simpson & Ashland Parish Council will share the learning from their experience of using research on residents views of the support they would like to see in the future to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Expect to talk about: #demographics #data #services #ageing #wellbeing
How do we address WHAT MATTERS?
VP of MK Community Foundation, Retired NHS Consultant Physician (Public Health and Addiction Medicine Consultant) Vasco Fernandes will present the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs work and help groups to navigate how they best use the information contained within it.
Expect to talk about: #evidence #statistics #miltonkeynes #vitalsigns #poverty #health #wellbeing

Leadership and Governance Space

How can we LEAD COLLECTIVELY?
Owain Smolović Jones and Nela Smolović Jones of the Open University will facilitate two workshops that help participants unpack and develop leadership. They will help participants build practices such as embodied responsiveness, conversation and collective storytelling, supporting them to think and enact leadership in fresh and generative ways.
Expect to talk about #leadership #relational #aesthetics #conversation #storytelling
What is the STATE OF THE SECTOR in MK?
Alissa Pemberton and May Chung from Community Action: MK will be talking about our forthcoming State of the Sector survey. We know that groups need many things in order to thrive so tell us about your current challenges and successes and help us to think about the ways in which Community Action: MK can support you.
Expect to talk about: #civilsocietystrategy #infrastructure #vcs #community #groups #advice #support

Social and Cultural Space

How do we ASK FOR WHAT WE NEED?
Andrew Armes from Vagabond Cinema will share how they put together a compelling sponsorship package and use their challenges as their greatest strengths, kickstarting discussion on how VCS groups get better at asking for what we need.
Expect to talk about: #funding #finance #marketing #business #sponsorship
How do we GATHER?
Lallie Davis from the Arts and Heritage Alliance will share some learning from the AHA Forums to kick start discussion about how the voluntary sector is currently gathering, what our spaces look like and what we might need in the future.
Expect to talk about: #voice #territory #space #representation #mapping
How do we SLOW DOWN?
Nicky Kenny will share learning from the Pedalling Culture project which seeks to encourage sustainable transport use when visiting cultural venues and ask how we can encourage behaviour change and help people slow down in this fast paced world?
Expect to talk about: #culture #heritage #transport #cycling #walking #wellbeing

Environment & Transport Space

How do we IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
Rebecca Kurth from CMK Town Council will share her research on public transport and her experiences with engaging stakeholders and communities to kickstart discussion on how we help people influence public transport and public policy.
Expect to talk about: #buses #networks #communitylearning #publicpolicy
How to we DEVELOP A COMMON LANGUAGE?
Storyteller Phil Tipper will tell tales of a future where AI has transformed the way we move around the city. Join in and help build a language that expresses what ordinary people might need from this kind of technology.
Expect to talk about: #autonomousvehicles #driverlesspods #stories #mobility #movement #city #civicspace

More sessions to be announced soon!

Please RSVP here, even if you only intend to come for part of the day.

#gather2018

Thank you to MK Council and MK Community Foundation for supporting this event.

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