New Homes on Dansteed Way

The housing developer Taylor Wimpey are holding a public exhibition to show their plans for 85 new homes on land to the west of Dansteed Way – a site which forms part of the Western Expansion Area.

The exhibition will be held at the Shenley Church End Parish Hall, Shenley Church End, on Tuesday, May 12 between 3pm and 7pm. The public exhibition is open to residents, business, community groups and other interested parties, and will provide the chance to find out more about the scheme and discuss plans with the Taylor Wimpey Project team.

If you would like to know more about the Growth of MK, please contact Hannah, Growth Officer at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or hannah@communityactionmk.org.

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Beanhill Residents Team up for Community Clean Up Day in May

A group of Beanhill residents, with support from their Community Mobiliser, are organising a community-led clean up day on the estate on Wednesday 13th of May.

A number of local residents are volunteering their time to organise the event, hoping to get as many of their neighbours involved on the day as possible.

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Beanhill Action Group and Community & Events Group are also getting behind the initiative to help make it a success.

Both Woughton Community Council and Serco, the cleaning contractor on the estate, have offered their support and will be providing the necessary tools, including litter-pickers.

The Community Life Champion at the local Asda store has also committed to supporting the initiative, donating a £20 food shopping voucher, which will be drawn by the volunteers on the day.

Moorlands Children’s and Community Centre is also supporting the event. The volunteers will meet at the centre after cleaning the streets to have a well-deserved cup of tea and a snack!

The aim of this initiative is to get the local residents together in a joint action that will help to tidy up the badly affected spots on the estate as well as highlight the ongoing environmental issues in Beanhill, including fly-tipping and dumped rubbish. The residents want to take action to send a clear message to the whole of the estate: that a joint effort can help towards making and maintaining Beanhill as a tidy, friendly and desirable place to live.

Local residents in Beanhill have already been initiating some great ‘green’ projects on the estate, like this flower & plant bed and bug-box:

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This community-driven clean event is a sign of a strong community spirit in Beanhill and the fact that the local residents do care about the cleanliness of their estate.

“I hope this initiative will bring the community together and let people know we want a nice clean area. I also hope it will encourage people not to fly tip, but to ask for help with rubbish removal, and encourage residents to help one another”, said Laura Nash, the event’s coordinator, who has also volunteered as a Community Champion in Beanhill.

Any residents wishing to get involved, including those living in the neighbouring estates, can join in on Wednesday 13th of May  – the volunteers will be meeting at 9.30am outside Moorlands Centre.
For more information on how to get involved, please e-mail Anna, Community Mobiliser in Beanhill, at anna@communityactionmk.org.
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Job Advert: Hub Coordinator at Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service

Salary: £24,472 (FTE).

Terms: part-time (2.5 days a week – with possibility to extend to 4 days).

Closing Date: Friday 1st May at 5pm.

Location: Based at the offices of Thames Valley Partnership, Chilton, Bucks HP18 9NA.

TVRJS is accredited and renowned for high quality RJ interventions.  As a result of funding from the Office of the PCC they now require an exceptional coordinator to administer and develop the TVRJS HUB for a new Victim-Initiated RJ Service in the Thames Valley, providing the coordinating function and senior administration support.

More Info: www.thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk

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Royal Voluntary Service is recruiting a Service Manager (p/t)

Job title: Service Manager (part-time) 25 hours per week.

Location: The RVS Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire Hub, Bletchley

Salary: £13,687 – £15,512 (FTE)

Royal Voluntary Service is a leading voluntary organisation and charity, delivering services for older people in local communities throughout the UK. We are looking for a Service Manager to manage our Buckinghamshire Good Neighbours scheme organising befriending visits, transport and other community services.

Based in our regional office in Milton Keynes, this exciting role offers the opportunity to work alongside our dedicated volunteers to deliver our valuable service.  This role’s specific tasks include the effective co-ordination, promotion and delivery of the local good Neighbours scheme, maintaining accurate records to provide statistical information, assisting in the recruitment, induction, training and support of volunteers, as well as the promotion and marketing of the service to both clients and referrers.

The role will include responsibility for the day to day management of the service including monitoring, evaluating and continually improving the service. With an understanding of volunteer management, awareness of Health & Social Care provision and pathways and proven ability to work on their own initiative, the post holder will be responsible for the delivery of the service.

Applicants should possess excellent organisational, communication and IT skills, with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint. You will have the ability to work on your own initiative, as well as part of a team.  You will be confident at liaising with external stakeholders and building new networks. You should have experience of managing people and improving performance.

If you are interested in applying for this role you will need to be able to demonstrate a proven track record in service user or volunteer engagement and an ability to communicate with and influence people. You will be computer literate.

The successful candidate must have a valid driving licence and access to a vehicle.

This is a permanent, part-time position working 25 hours per week Monday to Friday

Application deadline 15.5.15

For more information about the role and how to apply please email

abigail.hurrell@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

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New Knitting & Crafts Group has arrived in Beanhill!

woolMoorlands Children’s and Community Centre has a new and exciting addition to its already busy calendar of events and activities.

The local residents have set up a new knitting and crafts group and proudly called themselves: ‘Creative Stitches’.

Residents involved in creating the group have described it as an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to unleash their creativity, spend time with fellow residents and, most importantly, develop new skills.

A number of residents offered their time, skills and even materials to make the initiative successful.

At the first meeting the group facilitators printed out some useful patterns and guidelines for the beginners. The more experienced knitters were helping those new to knitting by showing them techniques and patterns. All this was accompanied by interesting conversations (and a lot of laughs!) as well as tea/coffee and cakes!

Creative Stitches will be meeting every Tuesday 4-5PM at Moorlands Children’s Community Centre: Dodkin, Beanhill,  MK6 4LP.

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