Join the virtual ‘Town Hall’ to discuss setting up a BAME infrastructure group in MK

This event on 18th January is a space for those from a BAME background who would like to share their insights, experiences and be involved in or share their views on the creation of a dedicated space / group committed to supporting and raising awareness for issues facing BAME communities. If you are interested in attending the virtual town hall event you should register by emailing info@mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk Please remember to include your name, the organisation you are part of, if applicable and preferred breakout sessions, listed below (Register by 14th January)

Community Action MK with MK Community Foundation have been supporting Fidele Mutwarasibo and a small group of individuals to explore ideas for a dedicated network/group to support the diverse and marginalised communities here in MK. This event will be a space to expand on initial discussions. We want to hear what BAME community members, groups and organisations are looking for within MK and key issues that need to be raised. It is also an opportunity to hear from some key organisations and the actions they are taking to support BAME residents, for example police, council, health etc. Involvement of the numerous BAME communities of MK is vital to the success of such a discussion. With views and lived experiences being the foundation of plans and future direction. It is clear that there are fundamental imbalances and inequality in accessing resources within the community and voluntary sector (indeed, wider society). This event is a step towards action and change by creating space to discuss, shape and design a solution to meet an unmet need in MK.

The virtual town hall event is on January 18th. The session will start at 5:30pm, prompt and will last no more than 90 minutes. Those interested in attending the virtual town hall event should register by email via info@mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk Please register your interest by the 14th January.

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Community Led Initiatives – Become a mentor…

We’d like to say thank you to Community Led Initiatives for this guest blog sharing information about their volunteer mentor role, how you can apply and what the roles is about. We have seen a huge increase in volunteering throughout Covid-19 and this is an 1 example of a great way to get involved in a local group and support them in a more permanent way as they continue to help communities and individuals across MK.

Not sure where to volunteer next or what you could do now? Become a mentor, change a life.

Community Led Initiatives (CLI) are recruiting volunteer mentors for their SAMAS project. You will be supporting people in recovery from substance misuse and gambling addiction. This role requires 2 day’s training via zoom. 

A bit about Community Led Initiatives – 

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Learning, Awareness and Anti-Racism at CA:MK

Our Learning Journey: 2020

Here at Community Action MK we have been taking some time to share and learn as a team, what it means to be an organisation committed to social and racial justice.  As part of Black History Month we made time to discuss how important it is that we move forward with a genuine desire to change the systems that affect Black individuals and communities. It has been important for us to look at issues and account for the range of views and perspectives that people have. We are a community focused organisation, and to allow us to support the community, we have to create a safe, open space where people can learn and share. Whilst recognising and embracing that discussions will continue to, and have, made us feel uncomfortable, they have also positively challenged us to unpack issues and learn. We hope this experience will help us support groups to think about how to explore and act on diversity and inclusion issues for their organisations, and lead the sector to be more antiracist, what better place to start than with our own team.

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“Our experience of becoming volunteer hosts…”

This week we have been lucky enough to hear from a volunteer at Sanctuary Hosting. Sanctuary Hosting is a charity that support refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who need somewhere to stay. The idea was birthed from an Oxford Refugees Welcome demonstration in 2015 and a brilliant response to the idea of opening up your home to help someone in need [Read more about their story here]. Below we hear from one volunteer family in MK as they share openly and honestly about their journey and experience of hosting… Take a look and why not think about hosting yourself? Email: info@sanctuaryhosting.org with any questions.

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