Refugees Welcome Campaign update

Because of successful progress in accepting, welcoming and integrating the families who have moved from Syria to Milton Keynes, it has been agreed by the Home Office, the Milton Keynes Council and the British Red Cross that Milton Keynes will be accepting three more families from Syria in the autumn.

Visit the Refugees Welcome website for more information.

Below are four ways you can get support this campaign:

  1. Donate furniture – email to say what furniture you can offer. There will be two drop-off sessions at the Bletchley fire station on 16th July (2-5pm) and 6th August (2-5pm)
  2. Help find more mental health provision – Do you have, or do you know someone who is a qualified psychotherapist or counsellor, with one day a week to spare? If so, please urgently contact Kerri Chana, British Red Cross, on 01908 578 343.
  3. Help find apprenticeships and work experience opportunities – If you have or know of any opportunities, please contact Kerri Chana, British Red Cross, on 01908 578 343.
  4. Donate funds – We are currently in the process of setting up an account in order to accept financial donations towards the Refugees Welcome Campaign. These donations could go to a variety of causes, including the purchase of new items for the families houses or to other projects or activities supporting refugees in Milton Keynes. Keep your eyes open for more details



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Walking tours of Fairfields a great success!

On a very wet and rainy Monday in early June, 29 people braved the weather and headed out for guided tours of Fairfields in the Western Expansion Area (WEA). The WEA is Milton Keynes’ largest new development, and once complete, will have around 6500 homes as well as new schools, local centres, green space and community facilities.

The group included new residents living in Fairfields, as well as residents of the wider MK, and representatives from local voluntary and community sector including Parish Councils, MK Springers, Girl Guiding and youth services.

The tours were kindly led by Rob Bellamy, Project Manager from Barratt Northampton who provided attendees with lots of useful information about the site and future development plans.


To read a full write up of the event click here.

A big thank you to Rob from Barratt Northampton for the tour, and to Costain Carillion Joint Venture for lending us hard hats and hi viz jackets! Thanks too to all that braved the great British summer weather to join us on the tour!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Western Expansion Area, please contact the Community Action: MK Growth Officer. We can talk to you about plans for the site, as well as give feedback from residents to help you to shape your services.

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MK Disability Day – 16th July

MK Disability Day is an invitation to look beyond the disability and see the talents and abilities of everyone with a disability.  It features music, song and dance performances on stage, a sports for all focus, a craft area, art exhibition and a great variety of stalls, refreshments and much more. MK DAD proudly puts people with disabilities centre stage and invites everyone to join in the fun. The event promotes ‘what disabled people can do’.

Join in the celebrations on Saturday July 16 at Walnut Tree playing field and pavilion and in the MK Snap centre from 2 pm.

MK DAD A4 Poster 2016

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‘Art in the Park’ festival – 9th and 10th July

MK Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture are hosting their 7th annual ‘Art in the Park’ festival on 9th and 10th July.

On Saturday 9th they have Parade of Colours starting from Christ the Cornerstone Church at 1.15 arriving at the Park for 2.15, with Mayor opening the Event. They also have MK Bake Off Competition. For information  please ring 0798 122 3541.
Not forgetting new exciting funfair and diverse foods available, as well as much, much more. See poster for more information or join the event to experience all the fun!
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Local people honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours list


Congratulations to all the local people who have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list:

  • Anouar Kassim from MK Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture who received an MBE for services to interfaith relations
  • Folashade Komolafe who was recognised for services to Business and the community
  • Julia Upton from MK Community Foundation who received an MBE for services to the community
  • Rachel Medill, founder of Ride High who received an MBE for services to young people

Read the full OneMK article here.


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Are you looking for space for community activity?

The Western Expansion Area (or WEA for short!) is a new development which, when complete, will be home to around 18,500 people and will be equivalent in size to Buckingham!

Milton Keynes Council will be installing 2 temporary community centres in the area so local people and groups can run and access services whilst their community is growing. We are asking potential users to get in touch to tell us what you would use the space for.

The first building is (hopefully) going to open early 2017, so please get in touch if you would be interested in using the space.  There is also funding available via the New Communities Fund to support the creation and development of new and existing community activity. Apply directly through the MK Community Foundation or chat to our Growth Officer, Hannah M.


Get in touch if you are interested in using new community spaces in the WEA (photo courtesy of

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Breakfast meeting and networking with the Open University


MK Community Foundation and Community Action: MK are working in partnership and are hosting a breakfast and networking event for the Open University so that they can share with you the opportunities that they are offering from the creation of the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise, which was funded by a local philanthropist. This faculty are seeking to provide courses from entry level to help develop leadership within the sector.

We believe that this is a great opportunity for our sector to encourage people to develop career paths. This will be of particular benefit to organisations that do not have national body that offer development opportunities, but also for those that have a lot of volunteers and or beneficiaries that could seek future employment or voluntary opportunities in the voluntary sector. For example, people who are now homeless and seeking support, may find this as a way of starting on a new life plan.

The session will be held on Thursday 7 July at Margaret Powell House, starting at 8.30. You will be greeted with coffee and pastry, which will be followed by a presentation from James Rees who is heading up this work.

Please RSVP to Emma Wilkinson at MK Community Foundation.

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