Opportunities: #CheerforGood campaign

Neighbourly, a social platform connecting community and charity projects with helpful people and companies, have partnered with Starbucks UK to support 210 brilliant local charities this year.

From the 29th November to the 20th December 2017, 210 charities and their supporters nominated by Starbucks partners and customers around the UK will be raising awareness of important local causes.

Cheer for Good will celebrate the hard work of charities and community groups by inviting friends and supporters to cheer for them on the Neighbourly platform and Twitter to raise their ‘cheer score’.

All participating charities will receive a £500 grant from Starbucks and the thirty charities whose supporters cheer the loudest will get a £2,000 grant.

Get involved by nominating a charity you want to cheer for by 15th November to: starbucks@neighbourly.com #CheerforGood

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Find out more at: https://www.neighbourly.com/cheerforgood.

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MK Women Leaders Awards 2017

Women from Milton Keynes at the forefront of social innovation.

MK Women Leaders Awards 2017 ceremony took place on Friday 13th October at Doubletree by Hilton, MK Stadium. Padma Cheriyan, Ros McFadden and Franzi Florack have all been nominated for the awards. We have been very lucky to work with them through our Citizen Innovation programme as part of the MK:Smart project and the Our MK crowdsourcing website.

Padma Cheriyan won an outstanding contribution award for her active role and campaigns to improve lives of the visually impaired people in and around Milton Keynes.

Franzi Florack has received a female entrepreneur award, being recognised for the fantastic work that she has been doing in promoting the local and independent food scene in Milton Keynes through MK Food Revolution and the social enterprise businesses that she has started, MK Biergarten and Stony Beer Bear.

And finally, Ros McFadden, a founder of the Breastfeeding Hub MK and the breastfeeding app MK has received nominations in three categories: public services, community impact – voluntary and science and technology. Although Ros didn’t win an award this year, we are incredibly proud about her nominations at this early stage for the Breastfeeding Hub MK.

We’re also thrilled for Kathy Howard at YMCA MK for winning in the community impact – charity category!

We would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners of this year’s awards, a full list of which can be found here. In particular we’d like to congratulate Padma, Ros and Franzi for their amazing contribution to the citizen-led voluntary, social and technology action in Milton Keynes!

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Opportunities: new exciting project for MK’s enterprises and businesses

Our colleagues at The Open University have teamed up with a number of partners, including ZTE and Fronesys, in a new project funded by ERDF, the European Regional Development Fund.

The City Labs project aims to provide opportunities for local SMEs (and well as local citizens with ideas that could be turned into business enterprises) to get involved and receive support with product development, training and funding. City Labs is  all about promoting research and innovation in the digital economy.

You can find out more from the leaflet below and register on the project’s website:

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City Labs will be launching through an event held at the at The Open University on Thursday 19th October. If you are interested in finding out more about the project and/or participating in it, you can register for the event here.

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Opportunities: 12 October: ‘Going Places’ debate on MK’s transport strategy

Join the debate on MK’s existing and new transport strategy

This event, open to all, will be dedicated to reviewing the existing Transport Vision & Strategy in Milton Keynes and feeding into the new 2018-2036 Transport and Mobility Strategy that is currently being developed.

Thursday, 12th October at The Project Space at MK Gallery.

Find out more and book your ticket here.  Have your say and be updated on stay vital area of MK’s development!

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If you are interested in finding out more about transport plans and other issues related to the future development of the city, have a look at the MK Futures 2050 Connectors project that Community Action: MK are working on in collaboration with Milton Keynes Council. Click here to learn more about this initiative. If you would like to attend our next meeting on 10th October, dedicated to transport and what role it plays in reducing inequality in Milton Keynes, click here.

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Community Life: New Community Orchard opening in Conniburrow

Over the last couple of years Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) have been working with the local residents and groups to turn aspirations for a community orchard into a reality, which has finally been realised. Planted in March 2017 with 50 fruit and nut trees, soft fruit bushes, grapevines, and raised beds, the orchard is available both to the local residents and the wider community in Milton Keynes – to use and enjoy.

Big Local Conniburrow would like to invite all community members and groups, and anyone with an interest in this great and innovative project, to come along to their opening event on Saturday 30th September: 12-4pm.

The event will be packed with lots of activities and attractions for all the family. Pete Marland, the leader of MK Council will officially open the Orchard.

Community Action: MK are delighted to be working on this initiative and the event through the Community Champions Scheme in conjunction with Big Local Conniburrow.

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If you have any questions about the event please email Big Local Conniburrow.

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Community Life: Bucks Festival – Artisan Craft, Food and Drink in MK

Following the  success of the first festival earlier this summer, Bucks Festival are back on 23rd September with an Artisan Craft, Food and Drink Festival for the whole family.

This free event will take place at Westbury Arts Centre in Shenley Wood. The festival gives you the chance to listen to talented local performers whilst trying some of the best locally produced craft beer and artisan cuisine. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, as well as beautiful handmade crafts to admire or acquire.

This series of not-for-profit small business events has been organised to give a platform to emerging local businesses, providing them with a chance to promote their products.

The festival brings together makers and bakers, chefs and growers from in and around Milton Keynes alongside a programme of speakers covering health and well-being, localism and sustainability.

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If you have an idea for a project that could increase the sustainability of your own neighbourhood, community or a group, please visit the Our MK website, a dedicated crowdfunding campaign for Milton Keynes supported by Community Action: MK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join in with Carbon Conversations

Sign up for your place at Carbon Conversations

Carbon Conversations will help you to explore key aspects of a personal carbon footprint and help you to identify actions you can take to reduce yours.

The new Carbon Conversations group is starting in Milton Keynes this September – book now by contacting Hilarie on hilariebowman@hotmail.com or call 07773352495.

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To find out more about this and other low-carbon living initiatives in Milton Keynes, come along to the monthly meet-up of the Transition MK Group – Wednesday 6th September at ‘The Place to Eat’ cafe, 2nd floor in John Lewis, Central Milton Keynes.

The group meets at 6pm and meetings normally finish by 7pm – everyone interested is welcome to join in!

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