16 September: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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16 September 2019

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SAVE THE DATE: Autumn networking event

Our Autumn Networking event has been confirmed for Tuesday 8th October 2019. It will be held at the Meeting Place as part of The Festival for Creative Urban Living .

Watch this space for more details! We look forward to seeing you there!

Let’s Talk Good Finance MK

This session is designed for charities, social enterprises, community businesses and local groups in Milton Keynes interested in social investment. Thursday 17th October, 1.30 – 4.30pm. To find out more about social investment and to book your free place, follow this link.

No-deal Brexit and the voluntary sector

While there is still little certainty around what kind of Brexit we will get and what Brexit will mean for the UK, planning for it is essential. It is vital that all organisations undertake contingency planning now to make sure they are resilient during times of uncertainty. Read more

Charities warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit following prorogation of Parliament

According to upcoming research from the Charity Finance Group, 75 per cent of charities have made no or little preparation for no-deal Brexit.
Read more

Shifting power, supporting communities and reshaping public services

Nesta are sharing stories from five local government innovators who are experimenting and developing more effective ways to shift power, solve problems, and reshape public services in the UK.
Read more

Sign up to our Cyber Protect workshops

The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:
Workshop 1: Tuesday 8th October
11am – 1pm.
Workshop 2: Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm
Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU. REGISTER HERE

Meet Peta : drop-in with the representative of MK Health & Wellbeing board

Drop in on 25 September, 13:00-15:00, Acorn House Foyer.

For more information about what the Health and Wellbeing Board is and what they do, click this link.

Age UK Milton Keynes AGM

Thu, September 26, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Register here
Guest speaker is Michael Bracey, Chief Executive Milton Keynes Council, who will be speaking about the changing role and relationship between the council and the voluntary sector.

Fundraising and Bid Writing Opportunities for MAKE Members

Writing, Write, Person, Paperwork, Paper, Notebook

Between autumn 2019 and summer 2020 MAKE offers two CPD fundraising and bid writing opportunities to its members, as a result of a successful funding bid to Artswork. Please email elizabeth@aha-mk.org for more information.

Community Grants information event

Do you run a project that supports local people to get on in life? Join the upcoming ‘Community Grants information event’ on Thursday 19 September in Milton Keynes for more information. Find out more

Charity Finance Group (CFG) Awards

Have you and your team made an outstanding contribution to your charity? If so, the Charity Finance Group (CFG) want to hear about it and recognise it with its new awards! The CFG Awards consist of three categories: Inspirational trustee, Innovation in Finance team & Embracing digital in financial reporting. Find out more

Emmaus Professional Open Day – 7th October

Emmaus Village Carlton is a homelessness charity providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. For a short tour talk about Emmaus, a tour of the site, and an opportunity for shopping and free refreshments at the Bistro, book here.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

Other useful links:

Milton Keynes Housing Strategy Consultation

Architect, Building, Joy, Planning

The Housing Strategy provides a clear vision of how the Council and its stakeholders can achieve our shared aspiration in providing housing that meets the needs and requirements of Milton Keynes. Find out more and have your say here.

MK Carbon and Energy survey 2019

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Complete the MK Carbon and Energy Survey here

EEH Transport Strategy Meeting

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) officers are holding a local engagement event where you can hear about the strategy and their work.   The event will take place on 25 September 2019 from 6:30-8pm, in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Milton Keynes. Please email Transport.Policy@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Netherfield Update

There’s been a lot happening in Milton Keynes this summer, but we at Community Action: MK have been working with the local residents on Netherfield Local Conversation, to engage and entice the local community to get involved with what’s happening in Netherfield. Find out more

Mental Health Awareness Session – Netherfield

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Mental Health Awareness session took place on Monday 9th September with Christa Drennan from The University of Lancashire for people who live and work in Netherfield.  This was an informative event which was a good starting point to think more about mental health.

What Matters? Community Survey

In this survey, the Institute for Community Studies is looking to hear what matters most in your community and the questions you have about the issues that affect it. Please take the survey here.

CMK Litter picking

North Row:
On Saturday 21st September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding another litter pick between the North 9th and 10th Street flats . The event will take place between 10am – 12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Centrecom, North Row.

Aspects Sound and Vision: A project for young people aged 16 – 25 on the Autism Spectrum

Working in a small group you will devise a project to create podcasts in a professional radio studio, learn interview skills, how to run a radio show and create blogs. 1st Course: Starting 9th October for 6 weeks. 2nd Course: Starting 20th November to 18th December. For more information or to book contact: Sue Quinn 07739985546 or admin@aspects.org.uk

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Puppy Socialiser

The £50 Challenge

Medical Detection Dogs are looking for caring family homes in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas to look after and socialise puppies and young adult dogs up to 18 months old.

Find out more

Volunteer Recruitment Day – National Museum of Computing, Bletchley

The National Museum of Computing

Sunday 21st September 2019. The National Museum of Computing seeks volunteers to assist in roles including front of house, room stewarding, tour guiding, back of house technical and administration, people looking to support STEM activities and helping in the small shop and front desk. Find out more

Homeless Shelter Support Worker

The Bus Shelter are seeking an additional team member to assist our Shelter Manager in supporting our guests and also ensuring the site remains a pleasant environment both physically and in atmosphere. Find out more

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Winifred Tumim Fund 2019

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has launched the Winifred Tumim Memorial Fund 2019, awarding a grant of £1,000 for work which supports innovation in good charity governance . Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2019

Magic Little Grants 2019 from Localgiving is now open for £500 grants to charities and community groups that encourage people to be physically active. Find out more

Heritage Open Days

13th – 22nd September. This year Heritage Open Days will run over 10 consecutive days. All events will be free for the public to attend. The theme will be People Power, a celebration of the ways that people across time have taken action to change our world. Find out more

The Festival of Creative Urban Living : 26 September – 13 October 2019

You’ll find MK’s first ever free ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’ from 26 September – 13 October on Midsummer Boulevard in Central Milton Keynes.

Find out more

Community Fridge Tea Dance

Thursday 19th Sept 1230 – 3pm
The community fridge pop-up cafe team will be sharing an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and homemade jam until 2pm accompanied by music from bygone decades and dancing until 3pm. No charge for food or entertainment. 

MK SNAP Quiz Night

Fri, 20 September 2019 19:00 – 22:00. Join us for a fun and competitive night at MK SNAP. £8.50 per person includes Hot dog and snacks for the table. Teams of 6. Find out more

MK LIT FEST 2019

18th – 22nd September. A fabulous festival of books, words, writers and ideas that celebrates everything literary, bookish or wordy. A programme of events and ticket information can be found here. Follow this link to find out more about MK Lit Fest.

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No-deal Brexit and the voluntary sector

Author: Ben Westerman

After a turbulent period for the UK parliament, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around Brexit and the manner of the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). While there is still little certainty around what kind of Brexit we will get and what Brexit will mean for the UK, planning for it is essential. It is vital that all organisations undertake contingency planning now to make sure they are resilient during times of uncertainty.

Since Boris Johnson’s appointment as prime minister, the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ or ‘WTO’ Brexit has been reported as the ‘assumed’ government position, and many experts agree that it is now the ‘most likely’ outcome. In recent days, the government has launched a public information campaign entitled Get ready for Brexit. Parliament remains opposed to a no-deal Brexit and has passed legislation designed to prevent this scenario on 31 October. However, not only is there very little time left for MPs to block such an outcome completely, ​particularly while parliament remains prorogued, but it may not even be possible for them to rule it out conclusively.

For charities, this means that preparing for change is crucial. Putting in place plans that are sufficiently flexible for a number of scenarios needs to be at the top of any list of trustee priorities.

NCVO has been clear about the dangers a no-deal Brexit poses to charities and their work. It is therefore all the more important that we think now about what we can do to reduce the possible impact of these dangers. Charities should map out the areas where they may be exposed to change in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Following our factsheet of October 2018, this guide will set out the main implications of a no-deal Brexit for charities and consider areas where practical steps can be taken to reduce negative consequences.

Read more from NVCO’s guide

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Puppy Socialiser

Medical Detection Dogs are looking for caring family homes in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas to look after and socialise puppies and young adult dogs up to 18 months old.


We are training our assistance dogs to accompany clients with detectable medical conditions and alert to oncoming episodes. If you can support our charity by being involved in socialising puppies or dogs for a period of time then we would love to hear from you.


This is a full time volunteer role as the puppy/dog will live with the volunteer for a number of months.


The volunteer will need to:
– attend regular puppy classes
– be at home most of the day
– follow positive dog training methods
– regularly visit lots of different environments and us various forms of transport
– be willing to support charity events

How to find out more: www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

Register your interest on our Simply Connect volunteering site

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23 August: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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23 August 2019

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Cyber attacks on charities and businesses increasing

The Cyber Readiness Report 2019 surveyed organisations across the UK, US and Europe and found that 61 per cent have experiences a cyber incident in the last year. This is up from 45% the previous year. Losses from cyber attacks have also increased. The average loss is £291,000, compared to £180,000 last year.

Sign up to our Cyber Protect workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups.

The Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions in October 2019 for Community Action: MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their immediate communities of the current cyber threats that the general public may experience.

The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:
Workshop 1: Tuesday 8th October: 11am – 1pm
Workshop 2: Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm
Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU
REGISTER HERE

Meet Peta : drop-in with the representative of MK Health & Wellbeing board

For more information about what the Health and Wellbeing Board is and what they do, click this link.

Community Grants information event

Do you run a project that supports local people to get on in life? If you can help people to build confidence and overcome barriers that can block them from getting into training or paid work, the Community Grants programme could help you.

Join the upcoming ‘Community Grants information event’ on Thursday 19 September in Milton Keynes for more information: 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-grants-information-event-milton-keynes-tickets-68263663455?aff=VCSENewsletters

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

STATION SQUARE: HAVE YOUR SAY– Deadline extended to 1 September

Take part in the Milton Keynes Station Square Public Consultation by filling in this survey. If you want to consider the complete consultation of Station Square before you have your say, you can download a specially created Interactive PDF of the Consultation via this link.

MK Carbon and Energy survey 2019

Complete the MK Carbon and Energy Survey here

The carbon and energy survey relates to two EU projects that MK Council are working on: POWER is a water efficiency project and INTENSIFY is about informing and monitoring public attitudes to deep carbon reductions. Find out more here:
POWER –  https://milton-keynes.power-h2020.eu/ 
INTENSIFY – https://www.interregeurope.eu/intensify/

Specifically, INTENSIFY has an objective to monitor any changes in public attitudes to energy/carbon savings over the life of the project and therefore MK Council needs a baseline, which this survey will address. The main policy that this project will be working with is the Sustainability Strategy which was approved in January.

EEH Transport Strategy Meeting

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) is inviting comments on their Outline Transport Strategy. To facilitate engagement and increase awareness of their role, EEH officers are holding a local engagement event on 25 September where you can hear about the Strategy and their work.  

The stakeholder engagement event will take place on 25 September 2019 from 6:30-8pm, in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Milton Keynes. Please email Transport.Policy@milton-keynes.gov.uk and include details of any groups they represent.

Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm. Read more

Second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model

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You are invited to join us for our second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model. Wednesday 25th September 2019.
Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5TH.
Booking is essential.
Please email n.ranautta@nhs.net by 13th September 2019 to reserve your place.

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Could your organisation could benefit from donations of surplus food?

If you feel that your organisation could benefit from donations of surplus food, the Neighbourly Food Team  would be grateful if you could fill in the short tick-box survey on the following link so that we can maximize the amount of products that we can offer you in the future:
I would like to collect surplus food

New extra session of The Mix opening in Bletchley – in partnership with Crosslinks

Case Study: How Everton in the Community are creating a more meaningful volunteer experience thanks to Investing in Volunteers

Everton in the Community IiV

Everton in the Community achieved Investing in Volunteers (IiV) in April 2019, becoming the only Premier League football club to hold the award. In this case study, Volunteer Manager Adam Howard tells us about their IiV journey, how his organisation developed innovative practice through achieving the award, and gives great advice to anyone interested in IiV.
Read more

Dyslexia Training Workshops

REGISTER HERE

Broughton Litter picking

September 1st 2-3 pm.
Families welcome, children must be accompanied by adults. Equipment will be provided but please wear appropriate footwear and clothes. For meeting point go to https//bbccmk.org.

CMK Litter picking

South Row:
On Saturday 14th September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding its first litter pick along South Row. We hope that this will be the first of a number of litter picks across CMK. The event will take place between 10am-12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Beefeater Barn, Secklow Gate West.

North Row:
On Saturday 21st September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding another litter pick between the North 9 th and 10 th Street flats . The event will take place between 10am – 12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Centrecom, North Row.

Equipment and disposable gloves will be provided. If you would like to join our litter pick in your area simply turn up on the day. If you need any more information, just contact: sue.nelson@cmktowncouncil.gov.uk or leave a message at 01908 661623

Netherfield Local Conversation Summer Newsletter

Read the full newsletter here

Mental Health Radio Show

In partnership with MKFM and Thomas Connolly, Arthur Ellis are bringing the people of Milton Keynes the MK Mental Health Hour, an hour every Sunday evening from 7pm where we’ll be discussing a variety of topics with some pretty exciting guests, not just to bring awareness to the issues we all face but to provide expert, practical advice.
See you for our first show, September 8th at 7pm!
Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: My Guide Service

An image of a My Guide volunteer with a service user.

Are you looking to directly help improve someone’s life? To support a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. Variable depending on individual needs; approximately 3 hours per week. Find out more

Join our volunteer drop-in

Our Volunteer Drop In day is changing. From Tuesday 24th October we will be running every Tuesday. Drop in anytime from 10am (3)

We’re Hiring! Support, Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Roles

We have two roles available, each with elements of specific focus. The purpose of the posts is to contribute to the support, development and volunteering services which are central to the work of Community Action: MK. These are focused around the key elements of:

● Mobilising communities
● Strengthening groups
● Influencing policy and decision making

The post holder will work as part of a dedicated community development team, committed to supporting the community and voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. Find out more

Mental Health Project Organiser – Citizens Advice

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and confident person to join our small team of staff. The successful candidate will support volunteers and service users of The Mix MK. The Mix MK was developed in 2015 to provide a safe, relaxed space for local people to meet and share information about mental health services in Milton Keynes. Closing date: Wednesday 28th August 2019 at Midday
Find out more

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British Cycling Places to Ride Programme

Max. Value: £ 50,000
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England that are developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new, or the improvement of existing, cycling facilities in communities.

Stop Loan Sharks – Proceeds of Crime Grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000
Grants are available for local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England for projects that target illegal money lending

Empowering young people to improve communities

Applications for grants of up to £35,000 are open until 12pm (noon) on Friday 20 September. Co-op Foundation expect to make about eight grants in total and funding comes from a new £3 million extension to Co-Op’s #iwill Fund. You can find out if your organisation is eligible by checking out their funding page,

Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) Treasure Hunt

30th August
10:30-11:30 am

Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) is holding a Treasure Hunt that has been designed by a resident.  It will follow a route along the Redways and end in Friendship park, Conniburrow.

1940s Weekend at Milton Keynes Museum

31 August & 1 September
11:00am to 4:30pm

You definitely don’t want to keep mum about the next big event at Milton Keynes Museum – the return of the hugely popular 1940s weekend.  Despite being an era famous for ration books, there will be no rationing of entertainment at this event! Visitors will be able to step back into history and absorb all the sights and sounds from the decade. Find out more

Fun Day – Raising money for Oxford Hospital

31 August
From midday

We are having a family fun day in order to raise money for oxford hospital.  It’s free entry and have loads of family fun stalls from tin can alley to how many sweets are in the jar and many many more. 

As the day goes on we have a Motown tribute band coming that are simply incredible we will also be holding a charity auction with some amazing prizes donated by some amazing companys including MK Don’s, Planet ice, Airkicks, Funstation, Hobbtcraft and many many MORE… 

We be lovely to see everyone come down and support a great cause… Price: FREE

MK Arts Centre Summer Party

Saturday 31st August 2019
1-3pm

Milton Keynes Arts Centre warmly invites you to a launch party with artist Kitty Finer, MK College students, residents of Pritchard Court and our communities, in celebration of the intergenerational collaborations which have taken over MKAC gallery this summer. 

The launch will include the drop of MY KIND; a new fashion label inspired by the elderly, designed by the young and worn by all. 

Free picnic and arts activities for everyone. Free, everyone welcome.

Youth Fest – Truth For Youth

Saturday 31 August 2019
11:00 – 18:00

We are celebrating the launch of Truth For Youth, a brand new youth project in MK4. Come and join us at our free festival to see a mix of youth facilities from around MK. We will have DJs playing some soulful House and Garage, guest speakers, singing workshops, dance crew performances, a climbing wall, football skill activities, creative tent, a giant sand pit for little ones and some quality eco food & beverage vendors. This event is 100% plastic free, and the first 70 people will get a free reusable Truth For Youth festival cup!

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust 2019
12:00-16:00
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

MK Hospital 40th birthday celebration event

7 September 2019

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Gala Ball

Friday 13 September
Find out more

Weaving Trust event on environmental issues

14th September 2019

Join MK Green Alliance members for lots of natters about Milton Keynes and environmental issues. The following link explains the origin and usual format of a weaving trust event.
http://www.citizensmk.org.uk/campaigns/former-campaigns/weaving-trust/
Find out more here.
Sign up today. We’d love to meet you.
Click here to register on eventbrite 

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: My Guide Service

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Are you looking to directly help improve someone’s life? To support a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. Variable depending on individual needs; approximately 3 hours per week.

Find out more on Simple Connect, our volunteering platform: https://www.vcconnectsystem.org.uk/MiltonKeynesVMS2/VolunteerOpportunities/DetailsForSearch/3100

Is this volunteering role right for me?

You must be able to give – on average – a few hours a week, and be aged 18 years old or over. This role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.

What is My Guide?

My Guide is a service we offer that allows volunteers to become sighted guides. You will undergo training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, navigating environments and building self-confidence – all whilst increasing social interaction with those who may not otherwise wish to leave their home. 

You can read much more about My Guide

What does sighted guiding involve?

  • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss – you will be matched with a suitable partner.
  • Agree on when and where you will provide the sighted guide, as part of a mutually agreed activity plan.
  • You must undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately two days).
  • Always maintain professional boundaries and adhere to safeguarding procedures.
What skills or experience are required?What training and support will I receive?
Excellent communication and interpersonal skillsSighted Guide training and certificate upon completion of training
Patience and flexibilityGuide Dogs safeguarding training
Able to undertake your role safely and effectivelyOngoing support from the My Guide team
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16 August: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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16 August 2019

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Cyber Protect Awareness Workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups.

The Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions in October 2019 for Community Action: MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their immediate communities of the current cyber threats that the general public may experience.

The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:
Workshop 1: Tuesday 8th October: 11am – 1pm
Workshop 2: Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm
Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU

REGISTER HERE

For more information or any queries, please email info@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623

Community Grants information event

Do you run a project that supports local people to get on in life? If you can help people to build confidence and overcome barriers that can block them from getting into training or paid work, the Community Grants programme could help you.

The Community Grants programme offers Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations grant funding from £10,000 to £20,000 to deliver projects that make a difference within local communities in the South East Midlands.

Join the upcoming ‘Community Grants information event’ on Thursday 19 September in Milton Keynes for more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-grants-information-event-milton-keynes-tickets-68263663455?aff=VCSENewsletters

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

EEH Transport Strategy Meeting

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) is inviting comments on their Outline Transport Strategy. To facilitate engagement and increase awareness of their role, EEH officers are holding a local engagement event on 25 September where you can hear about the Strategy and their work.  

The EEH is the Sub-national Transport Body for a region stretching from Swindon to Cambridgeshire and from Northamptonshire to Hertfordshire. Milton Keynes is at the centre of this region. The EEH are already playing a role in prioritising strategic infrastructure investment in the region informed by the studies and the evidence base it is developing, and in the future will play a key role in facilitating investment and improvement in local transport services.

Details of the Outline Transport Strategy can be found here: http://www.englandseconomicheartland.com/Pages/outline-transport-strategy.aspx

The stakeholder engagement event will take place on 25 September 2019 from 6:30-8pm, in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Milton Keynes. To assist with planning for the event, we ask anyone wishing to attend to please email Transport.Policy@milton-keynes.gov.uk and include details of any groups they represent. This is so we can manage attendance and provide more details to confirmed attendees nearer the time of the event.

Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Milton Keynes East (MKE) has been allocated for a residential-led strategic urban extension in Plan:MK. The allocation within Plan:MK is for around 5,000 homes and 105 hectares of employment land along with a range of social, transport and green infrastructure provision.

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm. Read more

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List
MK Council Statement of Community Involvement

Second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model

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You are invited to join us for our second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model. Wednesday 25th September 2019.
Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5TH.
Booking is essential.
Please email n.ranautta@nhs.net by 13th September 2019 to reserve your place.

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Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors – Litter Pick events

The Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors have some Litter Picking events on the following days:

  • September 1st 2-3pm
  • November 3rd 2-3pm

Meet at Brooklands Play Area, Saxonia Boulevard, Brooklands

Fareshare is coming to Milton Keynes!

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We are excited to announce that the food redistribution charity FareShare, in partnership with the innovative education charity SOFEA will be opening a new Regional Centre; FareShare South Midlands in September 2019. Save the date! Fareshare will be organising a warehouse open day on the 1st October 2019 to celebrate the launch of the new warehouse. . Read more

Tai Chi Classes for the visually impaired

Tai Chi is a gentle way to exercise And keep fit.  It is a Chinese form of ‘meditation’ within movement, a series of movements performed in a slow, harmonized and relaxed way. It aims to improve balance, reduce stress and tension, increase energy  levels, build up your immune system, loosen stiff joints, relieve headaches, neck and shoulder pain; and improve posture to alleviate back pain. It is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Bucks Vision Tai Chi  classes for the visually impaired are held twice a month on Friday afternoons between 1.30 and 2.45 pm in John Lewis Community room within the Store in Centre MK.  Cost is £4 per session. Transport can be arranged at a small extra cost.

For further information please call Padma on 01908 377058 or e-mail: pscheriyan@gmail.com

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer

Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer provides free emotional and practical support to all victims of crime, witnesses of crime and family members of victims. The service is available across Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire. They can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police. Find out more

Giffgaff launches community projects initiative to boost volunteering

Room for improvement in workplace volunteering, new research finds

Mobile network Giffgaff has launched a new community projects initiative to promote volunteering after it found the concept of British community could be under threat.

According to a new white paper commissioned by Giffgaff, less than a quarter (24%) of the nation believe the notion of community is alive and well in the UK, with 60% placing the blame on Brexit and 72% highlighting a lack of funding by the government. Read more

We’re Hiring! Support, Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Roles

We have two roles available, each with elements of specific focus. The purpose of the posts is to contribute to the support, development and volunteering services which are central to the work of Community Action: MK. These are focused around the key elements of:

● Mobilising communities
● Strengthening groups
● Influencing policy and decision making

The post holder will work as part of a dedicated community development team, committed to supporting the community and voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. Find out more

Fresh Start Worker (MK ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Fresh Start Worker to support their Fresh Start Programme. They have an exciting opportunity to work within their organisation to work with those perpetrators of Domestic Violence who are undertaking the Fresh Start Programme, as a worker supporting the service. Find out more

Complex Needs Outreach Worker (MK-ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Complex Needs Outreach Worker to support those who experience Domestic Abuse with additional complex needs in accessing services. (Female Applicants Only). The aim of this post is to work with those clients who are experiencing Domestic Abuse, but who are hard to engage and need support into specialist services and therapeutic services due to their additional needs, including substance misuse and mental health.

Information, Advice and Guidance Adviser (Works For Us)

Works For Us are looking for an outstanding individual to provide one-to-one advice sessions to their clients to support them in obtaining employment, education, training or volunteering. This position requires excellent communication skills and experience of working with people from a variety of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Find out more

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Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the ‘Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare’ community grants scheme. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations ‘that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.’
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

GSK IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

Empowering young people to improve communities

Applications for grants of up to £35,000 are open until 12pm (noon) on Friday 20 September. Co-op Foundation expect to make about eight grants in total and funding comes from a new £3 million extension to Co-Op’s #iwill Fund. You can find out if your organisation is eligible by checking out their funding page,

Planting Up permablitz

Saturday 24 August 2019

Join Planting Up in the garden for their next permablitz at Westbury Arts Centre on Saturday 24 August from 10.30am. They’ll be working up an appetite for their “bring & share” lunch from 1 – 2pm. Summer garden care is mostly about leisurely watering, trimming and weeding but they’ll also be seeing what they can pick and eat from the garden too! 🙂

Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) Treasure Hunt

30th August
10:30-11:30 am

Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) is holding a Treasure Hunt that has been designed by a resident.  It will follow a route along the Redways and end in Friendship park, Conniburrow.

MK Arts Centre Summer Party

Saturday 31st August 2019
1-3pm

Milton Keynes Arts Centre warmly invites you to a launch party with artist Kitty Finer, MK College students, residents of Pritchard Court and our communities, in celebration of the intergenerational collaborations which have taken over MKAC gallery this summer. 

The launch will include the drop of MY KIND; a new fashion label inspired by the elderly, designed by the young and worn by all. 

Free picnic and arts activities for everyone. Free, everyone welcome.

Youth Fest – Truth For Youth

Saturday 31 August 2019
11:00 – 18:00

We are celebrating the launch of Truth For Youth, a brand new youth project in MK4. Come and join us at our free festival to see a mix of youth facilities from around MK. We will have DJs playing some soulful House and Garage, guest speakers, singing workshops, dance crew performances, a climbing wall, football skill activities, creative tent, a giant sand pit for little ones and some quality eco food & beverage vendors. This event is 100% plastic free, and the first 70 people will get a free reusable Truth For Youth festival cup!

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust 2019
12:00-16:00
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

MK Hospital 40th birthday celebration event

7 September 2019

Weaving Trust event on environmental issues

14th September 2019

Join MK Green Alliance members for lots of natters about Milton Keynes and environmental issues. The following link explains the origin and usual format of a weaving trust event.
http://www.citizensmk.org.uk/campaigns/former-campaigns/weaving-trust/
Find out more here.
Sign up today. We’d love to meet you.
Click here to register on eventbrite 

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Gala Ball

Friday 13 September
Find out more

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12 August: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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12 August 2019

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Community and voluntary events in Central Beds, Bedfordshire, Luton & MK

The Counselling Foundation is holding Free Counselling Training Open Days in Bedford and Luton on Saturday 17 August. Booking essential. Click here.

The next Small Charities Forum, hosted by Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, is on 19 September,10am-1.30pm, in Toddington, with the theme of Financial Management. Click here.

Think Autism: Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Borough Council and Luton Borough Council are running a partnership engagement workshop to discuss the Bedfordshire Think Autism Partnership Board. They would like to invite carers, Autism organisations, complex needs groups and others who may be interested, to participate. The event is Friday 27 September, 10am-12pm at The Rufus Centre in Flitwick. RSVP required to commissioningsupport@luton.gov.uk by 13 September.  Details here

19th September: TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST: TRUSTEE CONFERENCE

Looking at why transparency and trust are critical to a charity’s success, this half-day conference will give you expert input and practical ideas to strengthen your organisation.

You will learn how to boost trust levels through governance, board diversity and accountability, as well as participate in one of our expert-led interactive breakout sessions. If you are a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group or a board member of a social enterprise, this conference will provide you with clear, take-away actions to apply to your organisation.
Find out more

We support communities and groups

Community Action: MK provides advice and support on setting up, managing and developing your charity, voluntary or community group in Milton Keynes. We can work with you on a 1:1 basis, or can get you linked in with local training and events. We give advice on getting fit for funding, forward planning and good governance.

Your first step should be to have a look at the information sheets we provide here.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for or think you might require more in depth support please email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

Have your say!
Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Milton Keynes East (MKE) has been allocated for a residential-led strategic urban extension in Plan:MK. The allocation within Plan:MK is for around 5,000 homes and 105 hectares of employment land along with a range of social, transport and green infrastructure provision.

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm.

The preferred method for submitting comments is via a Consultation Response Form which can be downloaded below or a hard copy is available in all public libraries within the Borough and at Civic. Please return your completed form to us via: development.plans@milton-keynes.gov.uk

See all related documents and download Consultation Response Form here

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List
MK Council Statement of Community Involvement

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CNWL Community Health Strategy Q&A

Central and North West London (CNWL) launched their Community Health Services Strategy on Thursday 18 July 2019.

The strategy includes 14 key commitments which the Trust will continue to develop together with staff, patients, carers and partners over the next five years. You can find out more on their website and can attend their Q&A to share your views.

Register for the Q&A event on 14 August from 09:00-11:00

Goods for charities from In Kind Direct

Goods for charities from In Kind Direct

In Kind Direct, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, is set up to provide UK charitable organisations with new usable consumer goods. Goods range from toiletries, clothes, toys, cleaning products and a range of other items that can be used to:

  • Give to people you support free of charge
  • Run your projects and activities
  • Clean and maintain your facilities

The charity takes donations of goods from companies such as Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Asda, Kimberly Clark (to name a few). Goods are all new and usable but donated for a variety of reasons including having small defects in the branding or packaging, over production or being end of line goods.

Registration is free. You pay a small charge for their service, which contributes towards the cost of running a warehouse, staff, packaging and includes delivery. If you have any questions, please contact the Charities Team on 0300 30 20 200 or info@inkinddirect.org

#BLMKfutureNHS

#BLMKfutureNHS is a ‘campaign to understand what is important to local people about the future of health and care services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK). The campaign will provide ‘BLMK residents with an opportunity to share their views at a series of events and via an online survey about existing services and what is important to them for the future’.
Find out more

Nominate your city for the 10th Access City Award 2020! On 29 November 2019, the European Commission will reward the 10th winners of the Access City Award (first, second and third place prizes and up to four special mentions). Once again, cities will be rewarded for their outstanding work in making their cities more accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly people. Applications must be made by completing and submitting the online application form by 11 September 2019 

Apply for the Access City Award

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: MK Gallery Assistant

Gallery Assistant Volunteers are a vital part of the team working to ensure the continuing success of MK Gallery, ensuring we deliver the best quality of visitor experience to all. Gallery Assistant Volunteers work pro-actively to ensure the safety and security of the art works at all times. 

Find out more: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/b881f42d-18f2-4e68-ad68-4a5f6f064659/1

Volunteers wanted for Intu Green Gym

Part-time Digital Skills Officer (Citizens Advice)

Citizens Advice is looking for someone for their new role as a Digital Skills Officer, helping those that need it to access a variety of online services both locally and nationally.

A background in advice giving is desirable but not essential. Full training will be provided.  ‘Job share’ arrangements may be considered. Find out more

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People’s Postcode Trust 

The Peoples Postcode Trust is the grant-giving independent charitable trust of Peoples Postcode Lottery. They distribute funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities.
Deadline: 14 August
Find out more

Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the ‘Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare’ community grants scheme. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations ‘that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.’
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

GSK IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

Comic Relief Launches £1.2m Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Fund

Women’s organisations providing frontline services in the UK that meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage can apply now for grants of up to £250,000 out of this £1.2 million fund.

Comic Relief continues their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s devolved administrations to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls. The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
Find out more

Empowering young people to improve communities

Applications for grants of up to £35,000 are open until 12pm (noon) on Friday 20 September. Co-op Foundation expect to make about eight grants in total and funding comes from a new £3 million extension to Co-Op’s #iwill Fund. You can find out if your organisation is eligible by checking out their funding page,

Mid Shires Orchard Group – Afternoon at the Orchard

Saturday 17 August 2019
2.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: Woughton Orchards, off Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3BD

Activities: This month, our focus will be on the Plum Hedge and its lovely Merryweather Damson trees. We’ll be removing brambles and weeds from around the trees, doing summer pruning and perhaps even harvesting some fruit. Bring work gloves and tools such as loppers, scythes, pruning saws and shears. 
Price: FREE! Donations welcomed towards refreshments 
Contact: Claire at MSOGChairman@yahoo.com to find out more and confirm attendance

Emily’s Star Dinosaur Hunt

Saturday 17 August 2019
10:30 – 14:30

Our roarsome dinosaur hunt is back!! Book your tickets now to join in the adventure! Search the secret garden for the hidden dinosaur letters, play games to earn clues & watch out for Pete the dino roaming around! Tickets are priced at £5 per child plus booking fee, adults are FREE!

Planting Up permablitz

Saturday 24 August 2019

Join Planting Up in the garden for their next permablitz at Westbury Arts Centre on Saturday 24 August from 10.30am. They’ll be working up an appetite for their “bring & share” lunch from 1 – 2pm. Summer garden care is mostly about leisurely watering, trimming and weeding but they’ll also be seeing what they can pick and eat from the garden too! 🙂

Upcoming Workshops @ Westbury Arts Centre

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust 2019
12:00-16:00
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

MK Hospital 40th birthday celebration event

7 September 2019

Weaving Trust event on environmental issues

14th September 2019

Join MK Green Alliance members for lots of natters about Milton Keynes and environmental issues. The following link explains the origin and usual format of a weaving trust event.
http://www.citizensmk.org.uk/campaigns/former-campaigns/weaving-trust/
Find out more here.
Sign up today. We’d love to meet you.
Click here to register on eventbrite 

Blog Post Charities & Community Groups News from and for the VCS