15 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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15 July 2019

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CVS Free Workshops

Dates for free workshops:

  • Outcomes and Impact – Wednesday 17 July, 6.30pm to 9pm at CVS, 43 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2AA. This free workshop will help you to make clear links to your aims, outcomes and activities in your funding applications. Many funders now require you to do this, and if you’re not, or not doing it well, it could affect your chances of success. Click here. 
  • Committee Skills Workshop – Tuesday 30 July, 10.30am to 1.30pm at Community Room, Arrow Close, Luton LU3 3LS. This interactive workshop covers: committee roles; having effective meetings; and the tasks involved in running an organisation – including planning and budgeting. With practical examples to try out and plenty of time to ask questions, the session is ideal for new committees or ones that want to review how they are doing. Click here. 
  • Trustee Skills Workshop – Wednesday 31 July, 6pm to 9pm at CVS, 43 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2AA. Whether you’re a new trustee or an existing one who wants a refresher, this workshop is for you. We will cover the Charity Commission’s newest guidance including the 6 main trustee duties, with some useful case studies, along with plenty of time to ask questions. Click here. 

To book any of the courses above, email info@cvsbeds.org.uk giving the name of the person attending and the organisation that they are representing.

Dyslexia Training Workshops

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Station Square Public Consultation: Have your say

Station Square MK

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) would like to gather views on the potential redevelopment of Milton Keynes’s Station Square to create a gateway to the city that responds to future growth. A link to their survey, consultation materials and a virtual tour of the Station Square Exhibition created for the MK Futures 2050 event can be found on the MKDP website.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

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CA:MK development officers, Julie and Josan, attended the MK Futures 2050 exhibition, ‘Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050‘, in Middleton Hall on Thursday 4th July, all about the future of Milton Keynes. Look East (West) interviewed them both on what they thought of the growth of MK. It was aired at 6:30 pm that evening. Josan talked about her desire to see Milton Keynes grow inclusively, while Julie spoke about the challenges and opportunities the fast growing city offers residents.

Summer Networking Event 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who came to Our Summer Networking Event last Friday 5th July. It was brilliantly attended by new and old friends from the Voluntary and Community Sector. It was great to share information about the growth of Milton Keynes and enjoy seeing some real life examples on our CMK walking tours!
Read more here

24 HOUR LITTER PICK – McDonald’s Milton Keynes July 24th

After months of planning, McDonald’s in Milton Keynes have announced more information on our biggest Love Where You Live event yet, with our annual 24-hour litter picking event taking place on Wednesday 24 July! Now, we are calling for as many volunteers as possible to turn out during the 24-hour period to make the event their biggest and most productive litter pick yet, and we’d like you to register here if you would like to get involved!

At 10am on Wednesday 24 July, volunteers will congregate at the Xscape branch of McDonald’s before heading off on a 24-mile route around Milton Keynes, taking in well over 20 city estates in the process. The group is set to be the biggest in the event’s history!
REGISTER HERE

GSK IMPACT Awards

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The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

2020 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open for applications. View the application guidelines and find out how to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 23 September 2019.
Find out more

Community Boat Trip

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Following six very successful seasons with the John Bunyan Boat on the River Great Ouse at Bedford, Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway volunteers are planning to run a small passenger boat on the Grand Union Canal, based at the new Campbell Wharf Marina in the centre of Milton Keynes.
Find out more

New parliamentary group launches to increase philanthropic giving

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group has launched with the aim of increasing philanthropic giving in the UK. The APPG on Philanthropy and Social Investment held its first meeting on Monday in Parliament, where the group published a report outlining its priorities.
Find out more

BBC Three Counties People Awards

The BBC is inviting nominations for its Three Counties People Awards to celebrate the exceptional people of Beds, Herts and Bucks. The awards are held to recognise those outstanding people who always go the extra mile, who care about their community or who consistently give up their time to help others. Examples of categories are Young Achiever, Carer, Volunteer, 999 and Diversity & Equality. The ceremony takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, on 25 September. For more details on the awards and how to nominate, please visit the Awards section of the BBC website.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Carers Milton Keynes Volunteer Therapist

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Qualified therapists in massage or reflexology required for a couple of hours a month to deliver relaxation treatments to unpaid family carers at our offices based in Margaret Powell House. 
In house volunteer training will be provided and all roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Massage table and reflexology chair will be provided for treatments. Travelling expenses and parking reimbursed to volunteers.
Find out more

Calling all volunteers!

Heritage MK are working together and with Milton Keynes Council to help the residents and visitors of Milton Keynes connect with the history of the UK’s most successful New Town.

Although Milton Keynes new town heritage itself is only half a century old, there is a rich history of people living in the area of the city. From the Victorians to the Romans and even the Stone-Age, promoting this rich history is the work that the member organisations of Heritage MK specialise in.

In 2019, we have three exciting projects in conjunction with the Council asking for volunteers. These are:

  • New Town Heritage Explorers – Exploring our unique buildings, places and spaces through events and activity creating a national case study for Milton Keynes as a leading new town reinventing itself and planning for its next fifty years.
  • MK Skate – Social history research, city centre trail, and a major exhibition about the important role Milton Keynes has played in UK skateboarding culture. The project will also showcase and preserve the amazing archive three generations have collected for the city.
  • A Festival of Creative Urban Living – www.afcul.org. An amazing set of installations on Midsummer Boulevard East at the heart of the City Centre, celebrating ‘The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable’. The Festival Programme will take place from 27 September to 13 October and will ask people to show the world what is great about ‘MK’ and what they would like to see for its future, starting with the reshaping of the city centre.

Each project will require a number of volunteers from researchers, transcribers, events coordinator, exhibition stewards, visitor hosts to photographers, filmmakers, cycle tour guides and much, much more. For more information, or to sign up your interest, go to the Heritage MK volunteers website at:
https://heritagemk.volunteermakers.org

Willen Hospice: Community Fundraiser

35 hours per week – includes evenings and weekends
£21,000 – £23,000 pro rata per annum

As part of our wider dedicated Fundraising team, you will proactively work with our two community fundraisers to deliver an effective community fundraising programme. The programme generates vital income for the hospice by engaging with supporters and volunteers in a range of community settings.
Find out more

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MK Community Foundation Community Grants

Community Grants up to £5,000
Deadline 2 August 2019

MK Community Foundation award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 
Find out more

Space to Connect Fund launched – new £1.6 million partnership with the Co-op Foundation

The Space to Connect Fund is a £1.6 million partnership with the Co-op Foundation to help community organisations identify, improve and protect spaces where people can connect and co-operate. This Fund builds on the Government’s commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of its Loneliness Strategy. 

The Fund is now open for applications, with grants of up to £50,000 available across England. The invitation to tender is also now open to become our ‘Space to Connect’ Evaluation and Learning partner. Up to £160,000, including VAT, is available and we aim for the contract to start in October 2019 and run until June 2021.

The closing date for tender responses is midday on Friday 30 August 2019.

Wolverton Summer Festival
14th July 2019 12-8pm

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Transition Town Milton Keynes film night 15th July

Transition Town Milton Keynes invite you to their next film night.
15 July 19:00-21:30

Transition Town MK Quiz Night

QUIZ with CURRY SUPPER (Veggie option)
SATURDAY 20th JULY AT 7.00 p.m
Simpson Village Hall MK6 3AD

Proceeds to TRANSITION TOWN MK 

£12.p.p.  £6.00 without food –  Raffle prizes gratefully accepted

 If you need a soft chair please bring a cushion along
Please park along Simpson Road if you are able to walk up to the hall

Bring your own drink – teas served – maximum 8 people on a table 
Please book your place with Miss Quiz – missquiz@sky.com

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Carers Milton Keynes Volunteer Therapist

What We Do

Carers MK

Carers MK exists entirely to support the health and wellbeing of individuals who are caring for someone who cannot manage without them due to illness, physical disability, frailty, learning disability, mental health issues, addiction or additional needs.

We support carers from all backgrounds including young carers, parents of children with a disability or an additional need, carers from the black and minority ethnic community (BAME), older carers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) carers.

Volunteer therapist

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Qualified therapists in massage or reflexology required for a couple of hours a month to deliver relaxation treatments to unpaid family carers at our offices based in Margaret Powell House. 
In house volunteer training will be provided and all roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Massage table and reflexology chair will be provided for treatments. Travelling expenses and parking reimbursed to volunteers.


Find out more



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Jobs in the voluntary sector: Willen Hospice Community Fundraiser

35 hours per week – includes evenings and weekends
£21,000 – £23,000 pro rata per annum

As part of our wider dedicated Fundraising team, you will proactively work with our two community fundraisers to deliver an effective community fundraising programme. The programme generates vital income for the hospice by engaging with supporters and volunteers in a range of community settings.

We are looking for a creative person who is also an excellent communicator, with strong organisation and administration skills. You will provide end to end stewardship to our vital supporters, you will co-ordinate volunteers, and help raise the profile of our Hospice as you support community events and campaigns.

You will need a high level of computer literacy as you will be required to keep records updated and attain reports from our CRM database.

The nature of the role will require evening and weekend work – time in lieu will be honoured for out of hours working and flexible working can be accommodated.

In return we offer generous annual leave entitlement starting at 35 days pro rata (inclusive of statutory and bank holidays) and increases with length of service, free onsite parking, pension scheme, and enhanced maternity, adoption and sick pay provision.

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5 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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5 July 2019

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MK Together publications

Over the past year MK Together Team have been working on new innovative partnership arrangements for safeguarding adults and children, enabling community safety and promoting health and wellbeing in Milton Keynes. MK Together is committed to being at the forefront of improvement, integration and partnership working. The good work that has already been done was highlighted in the joint local area SEND inspection carried out in October last year and in the recent peer inspection of the Council’s Adult Services. 

MK Together have now published their new partnership plans which incorporate their multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. The plans for the MK Together partnership have been developed in collaboration with a wide range of local stakeholders. MK Together are now working towards implementing their new arrangements which will be in place by 1 September 2019. Please feel free to contact the MK Together Team if you have any queries on: MKTogether@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

MK Together Simple Story
MK Partnerships Handbook
MK Together Handbook Appendices
Publication letter June 2019

Vital Signs MK 2019

Vital Signs MK 2019 is the latest instalment of a project that the Milton Keynes Community Foundation has run since 2013. The reports bring together existing research and social data about Milton Keynes with an aim of highlighting the strengths, as well as identify areas for improvement for the local community to respond to, including the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sector, as well as local businesses and individuals who want to help make a difference in the Milton Keynes community.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Vital Signs programme. Please follow this link to read the last year’s report.

Here at Community Action: MK we will be supporting this year’s Vital Signs community consultation programme by running two focus groups: on Friday 12th July: at 11am and 2pm.  If you would like to participate in on of the focus groups and share your views towards this year’s Vital Signs report, please follow this link to express your interest. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Once you have registered your interest, you will receive more information asap. 

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Lavendon Neighbourhood Plan

St Michael's Church Lavendon

In June 2019, Lavendon Parish Council submitted the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan to Milton Keynes Council. The Plan is now being published in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Plans (General) Regulations 2012. This is the final stage to make comments on the Plan.

Please follow this link to see the submitted Plan and its supporting documents.

Any comments on the Plan at this stage (including those from members of the public and other organisations) will be passed to an independent person (the Examiner) to consider when he or she is examining the Plan.  The Examiner will consider whether the Plan:

  • Meets a number of basic conditions
  • Satisfies the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans, and
  • Identifies an appropriate area for the referendum

Comments should be sent to: neighbourhoodplanning@milton-keynes.gov.uk  by 5pm on Monday 5th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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Virtual Internship initiative from  The Open University

As a world leader in distance learning, the OU is turning its attention to distance working.  We’re delighted to announce our brand new Virtual Internship initiative, giving you the opportunity to hire your very own OU student in a completely different way. Carried out on a remote basis, and with a clear brief and regular telephone or online meetings, the intern can effectively complete a range of tasks outside of an office environment.

Work with our dedicated internship manager to design an internship that will meet your business needs, and draw from the vast talent pool of OU students with no geographic restrictions.  We’ve already successfully piloted virtual internships, here’s what the business owner had to say:

 “My company has thrived because of the interns, the flexibility of the virtual environment and the students’ willingness to do numerous roles at the same time has allowed us to expand and progress the company a lot further than we would have done without them” Director, Nubis Aviation Training

There are no costs associated with our Virtual Internships, besides paying your intern of course, and if your organisation is an SME or small charity there may be some funding available to help with that.  If you’d like to find out more about this great opportunity please do get in touch, we’d be very happy to talk to you. Please follow this link to find out more. You can find more details about the some possible funding as part of the Santander Placement Scheme here.

Demolition of Milton Keynes housing estates ‘will not happen’– BBC News

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Serpentine Court (right) is still due to be demolished, but that is not the case for North Bradville (left)

Plans to demolish six estates as part of a £1bn housing makeover could be abandoned. Labour-run Milton Keynes Council said “the wholesale demolition will not happen” and it wants to “improve” some estates in the town instead. Plans to demolish and rebuild parts of Serpentine Court, on the Lakes estate, will go ahead, it said.
Read more from BBC News

Children’s books needed for Conniburrow Library

Childrens Books, Books, Reading, Cup, Drink, Education

Conniburrow’s Free Little Library is in need of books, particularly children’s books. Any donations will be gratefully accepted at BLC Hub, 34 Bramble Avenue, Conniburrow, MK14 7AP.

Whitehouse primary school’s Summer Fayre

On 27 June, Whitehouse primary school held their Summer Fayre. The day included games, tombola, face painting, a raffle with amazing prizes and refreshments.

The Friends of Whitehouse primary school raised an amazing £1,400!

B&MK Waterway to launch Community Boat on the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes in 2020

Following six very successful seasons with the John Bunyan Boat on the River Great Ouse at Bedford, Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway volunteers are planning to run a small passenger boat on the Grand Union Canal, based at the new Campbell Wharf Marina in the centre of Milton Keynes.

The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust’s community boat on the river in Bedford (www.johnbunyanboat.org) has been hugely successful for six seasons now, raising awareness about and funds for the new Waterway Park that is designed to link the Grand Union canal at Campbell Park with the River Great Ouse in Bedford. 

The trading arm of the Trust, BMKWEL, now plans to repeat that success in Milton Keynes, with a boat designed for the very different waters of the Grand Union. The boat will be a 12-seater, full-accessible, hybrid narrowboat that will work well for all sorts of trips throughout the year: short rides in summer, one-way taxi for walkers, Santa Specials in December, and of course our ever-popular catered charter trips for families, community and business groups, and ‘public specials’ – afternoon cream teas on board, bubbles ‘n’ bites, fish & chip suppers, etc. We hope to launch in April 2020.

BMKWEL is delighted to be working in partnership at Campbell Wharf with Crest Nicholson, who have a commitment to community-building in their new developments, and with the Parks Trust, who are keen to ensure that residents and visitors alike can see and use as much of the Milton Keynes’ wonderful parkland as possible.

We are holding two public meetings this summer to test support for the Community Boat project, to uncover issues or concerns, and to start to build a new group of local volunteers who are capable of taking this project forward on a short timescale. Please come and find out more, tell us your views, and offer us some help if you can!

The first meeting is on Monday 22 July at 7-9pm at the Parks Trust HQ* and is open to anyone interested. RSVP: jane.wolfson@mkcommunityboat.org 

*The Pavilion, 1300 Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 4AD, UKFor queries, or to tell us that you can’t come to the meeting but would like to be kept informed, please contact us at jane.wolfson@mkcommunityboat.org

New briefing from The Health Foundation

From 1st July, all patients in England will be covered by a primary care network (PCN): the most significant reform to general practice in a generation. PCNs are intended to stabilise general practice in the face of workforce shortages and rising demand, and to help deliver many of the commitments made in The NHS Long Term Plan.
Please follow this link to find out more.

Independent Age and Cosy Club partner to ‘end loneliness’

Independent Age and Cosy Club partner to ‘end loneliness’

Restaurant and bar chain Cosy Club, which operates 25 sites across the UK, has announced a national partnership with Independent Age to help the fight to end loneliness.

Free Teas For Those In Need will be taking place at 10-11am each Wednesday across all sites and will aim to support those who face loneliness and isolation and provide them with the opportunity to engage with others and connect with the community. Read more

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For Your July & August Pleasure

Ever considered putting on a show? Music? Drama? Spoken word? Fund-raiser for your favourite charity? We can help you to make it a success. Our Main Hall accommodates 80 to 90 people; the Beechey Room 40 to 50; we have other rooms and outdoor performance spaces; and we have audio visual equipment.
Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Alzheimers Society Side by Side Volunteer

Margaret, who lives with dementia, and Side by Side volunteer Alistair

As a Side by Side volunteer you will enable someone with dementia to be able to keep doing the things they love, to stay connected to their local community and to build the confidence to stay active and engaged in social and recreational activities. 

You will visit someone with dementia on a weekly or fortnightly basis and take part in activities you share an interest with them to help them to keep doing the things they love – or pick up new ones!
Find out more here or call Jane on 01296 331 722.

Intu Green Gym: Volunteers wanted for gardening, tree-planting and more!

Sid’s Story: A Volunteer Case Study

Sid Burgess is avidly involved in Big Local Conniburrow (BLC), volunteering most of his time to organising events for the residents of Conniburrow to bring the people together and promote the feel of community. We wanted to help him share his story with you.

Sid Burgess is now the Chair of the Social and Involvement Task Group for the BLC through his time volunteering with them.

Read more about Sid’s story

For more information about opportunities to volunteer in your area, visit our volunteering platform, SimplyConnect or contact us at info@communityactionmk.org.

MacIntyre: Support workers

MacIntyre have vacancies for support workers in various areas of Milton Keynes area:

Support Worker – part-time, 15hrs per week
Milton Keynes
£8.55 an hour
We are looking for part-time Support Workers, (weekends only) to join the teams within our Milton Keynes area – where we support adults who have a learning disability.
Find out more

Support Worker – Full or Part time
Milton Keynes (Emerson Valley)
£8.55
We are seeking experienced and non experienced Support Workers (full or part time) for our supported living service in Milton Keynes.
Find out more

Support Worker Part Time (FEMALE ONLY)
Milton Keynes – Bradville
£8.55 an hour
We have vacancies for a part-time Support Worker at one of our Supported Living services in the Bradville area of Milton Keynes. This position is for 23 hours per week.
Find out more

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Co-op Foundation – Space to Connect Fund

Space to Connect is a partnership between the Co-op Foundation and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DMCS). It builds on the commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of the Government’s loneliness strategy. It also extends the Co-op Foundation’s existing support for organisations who are working to make community spaces sustainable.

There are two strands of funding:
Enhance – grants for organisations that are already using a community space in an innovative and creative way, and that want to expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working to build a more secure future.
Explore – grants for organisations that want to start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use.
Find out more

MK Community Foundation Community Grants

Community Grants up to £5,000
Deadline 2 August 2019

MK Community Foundation award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 
Find out more

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Four Bridges Family Festival
Saturday 13th July 2019 12-4pm

Milton Keynes Open Art Exhibition
13th & 14th July 2019 (11am-4pm)

Transition Town Milton Keynes film night 15th July

Transition Town Milton Keynes invite you to their next film night.
15 July 19:00-21:30

Architechture at the library

22 June – 10 July

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Alzheimers Society Side by Side Volunteer

Margaret, who lives with dementia, and Side by Side volunteer Alistair

Side by Side is our fun, friendly, super-flexible volunteering opportunity for someone like you to help someone with dementia. Just because a person is diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t mean they stop wanting to take part in their favourite activities.

Our Side by Side service helps people with dementia to keep on doing the things they love and try new things – from going to the football to catching the latest movie – so they can continue to lead an independent life. 

As a Side by Side volunteer you will enable someone with dementia to be able to keep doing the things they love, to stay connected to their local community and to build the confidence to stay active and engaged in social and recreational activities. 

What is Side by Side?

A splash in the pool, a mooch around the shops, a catch-up over coffee or supporting a person with dementia to volunteer themselves. Whatever they’d like to do, together you decide where and when.

One thing you can be sure of is bringing a lot of joy into someone’s life. There are nearly 1,000 people waiting for volunteers right now, so whatever your interests we need people like you.

World of difference: The value of volunteer supportReal storiesWe speak to a Belfast man with dementia who has gained a new lease of life through our Side by Side service. 01 June 2018 0

Ways to volunteer

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings, weekends and even over the phone. It’s a super-flexible way to give your time and it will make a difference to someone’s life.

You need to be 16 years-old or older to sign up, and we’ll provide you with all the training and support you need. Why not try one of the following?

  • Face-to-face: As a face-to-face volunteer you can go wherever your shared interests take you – whether it’s a local garden centre, museum or café! It’s up to the both of you. Meeting in-person helps build familiarity, while people with dementia can still do the things they love.
  • Telephone: You can also volunteer over the phone, either from your home or your local Alzheimer’s Society office. A friendly chat with a familiar voice can be a great source of comfort so is a great option if you’re not able to travel and meet face-to-face.
  • Hospital: By volunteering at your local hospital you will provide invaluable face-to-face support to patients with dementia during their hospital stay. Get involved Become a Side by Side volunteer today – a couple of hours a week is all it takes.

You will visit someone with dementia on a weekly or fortnightly basis and take part in activities you share an interest with them to help them to keep doing the things they love – or pick up new ones!
Find out more here or call Jane on 01296 331 722.

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Jobs in the voluntary sector: MacIntyre Support Workers

MacIntyre: Support workers

Are you warm and patient? Could you support people with learning disabilities, helping them live more independently?

MacIntyre is an award winning national charity supporting people with learning disabilities. Our core belief is that everyone has potential, something to offer and a valuable contribution to make to their community.

MacIntyre have vacancies for support workers in various areas of Milton Keynes area:

Support Worker – part-time, 15hrs per week
Milton Keynes
£8.55 an hour
We are looking for part-time Support Workers, (weekends only) to join the teams within our Milton Keynes area – where we support adults who have a learning disability.
Find out more

Support Worker – Full or Part time
Milton Keynes (Emerson Valley)
£8.55
We are seeking experienced and non experienced Support Workers (full or part time) for our supported living service in Milton Keynes.
Find out more

Support Worker Part Time (FEMALE ONLY)
Milton Keynes – Bradville
£8.55 an hour
We have vacancies for a part-time Support Worker at one of our Supported Living services in the Bradville area of Milton Keynes. This position is for 23 hours per week.
Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: St Johns Ambulance

As a volunteer you can be part of the team that saves lives, whether it’s helping people in the community, providing first aid at events, or supporting the NHS.

Youth Helpers work flexibly as part of our volunteer youth teams and are advised to liaise directly with their Unit Manager/Unit Youth Lead to design the scope of their role and allocate their responsibilities within the unit. For instance, Youth Helpers may be involved in helping to facilitate and run games, activities, and sessions within our Badger Setts and Cadet Units. This may include supporting our young people directly or participating in administration and support tasks to ensure the efficient running of the unit.

Find out more about this role here

How volunteering can help you

There are so many good reasons for volunteering with St John Ambulance. Here are just a few:

  • learn valuable new skills
  • meet interesting people and make new friends
  • make a positive impact on your local community
  • attend fabulous events (football games, concerts, parades, etc)
  • increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • build up an impressive CV
  • have massive amount of fun!

Whatever your reason for getting involved, we have the volunteer role to suit you and all the support you need.

Unfortunately we are unable to support work experience placements at this time.

How we’ll support you

Our volunteers take on a lot of responsibility. That’s why we’ll support you every step of the way.

We do this in a number of ways, such as:

  • providing you with all the training you need to excel in your role
  • opportunities to progress and develop as a volunteer
  • make sure you have local support and a point of contact
  • access to our intranet (Connect) which has plenty of resources to help you in your role and help you connect with a network of volunteers across the country
  • reimburse any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses
  • the opportunity to express your views and contribute your ideas about how St John Ambulance can improve
  • and much more!


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