Communities Week 2017 runs from 20 – 24 March 2017. This week celebrates communities who are changing where they live for the better!
You’ll be hearing from people who are taking action and making where they live a better place – everything from new resources, funding announcements and more will be happening over the week, so stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter and the website for everything Communities Week ’17!
Community Projects in Milton Keynes
There are many great examples of community projects in Milton Keynes, especially those recently funded through OurMK, a platform for submitting your ideas to improve the city. Read here about some of our inspiring projects!
Tuesday 14 March marked the first workshop from MK Gallery and Age UK Milton Keynes, looking at ‘mapping exercises’ in the city.
Artist Priya Mistry led a short walk from MK Gallery to the city market, during which participants were asked to note certain things about their surroundings on their walk. Questions were related to noises, atmosphere, what was missing, what was imagined and were used to evoke different views of the ways that Milton Keynes has changed over the years.
When returning to the MK Gallery Project Space, participants were asked to map their journey, highlighting anything of interest to them. This was a very informative exercise with many similarities but also divergent views.
A second workshop will be held on Tuesday 21 March from 10:30-12:30 at the MK Gallery Project Space. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Virtual Viewing, an established app developing company, will be joining the next workshop to develop an Age-Friendly map and app of Milton Keynes centre.
To reserve your free place contact Paul Griffiths or Caroline Odjidja on 01908 557891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The second round of Our MK Citizen Ideas Competition closed on 30 October 2016 and we are excited about the three new projects that have been chosen to receive funding. The projects are aimed at developing technology-centred ideas which might have an impact on issues of sustainability around Milton Keynes. Particular areas of focus are around the key issues of energy, water, transport, health and the environment.
Each year the UK generates about 30 million tonnes of waste from households, most of which ends up in landfill. Britain dumps more household waste into landfill than nearly all other countries in the European Union. Despite Milton Keynes having kerbside recycling, over 90% of the plastic we buy still ends up in landfills. Milton Keynes Council has a Zero Waste strategy to send nothing to landfill by 2024.
Forest and Folk will provide residents with an opportunity to buy bulk dry goods such as pasta, rice, flour and beans in re-usable containers thereby reducing non-recyclable packaging waste.
Non-recyclable waste collected over one week- the main culprit being packaging from dry goods.
Blankets for Lakes Estates
The Lakes Residents’ Association has been awarded funding to purchase every child and vulnerable person living on the Lakes Estate a warm fleece blanket to help them to combat the cold. Although this doesn’t tackle the bigger issue of energy efficient homes, it would provide immediate relief and help to keep residents warmer and healthier.
The Residents’ Association will also be gathering data on whether and how residents access the internet and how competent and comfortable they are in using it, in order to access health information and researching competitive energy providers.
Milton Keynes’ population is growing and ageing significantly. Living longer and not necessarily in good health, more people are choosing to live independently, by remaining in their own homes and communities for longer.
Age UK Milton Keynes has received funding to pilot a project that considers Age Friendliness as a key factor in the sustainable growth of the city. The project involves research into digital media and community mapping as a way of overcoming the barriers (in areas of transport and health) that prevent Milton Keynes evolving into an Age Friendly city.
The project will identify clear access routes to MK Gallery. The exercise will take into account public transport, walking routes, community facilities and dwelling spaces, that are essential for older residents to visit and return to the city centre.
To hear more about these projects and other citizen-led innovations, sign up to our Citizens Innovation Newsletter or contact Jessica at email@example.com
The Energage project aims to bring together local people interested in becoming Community Energy Champions.
The workshop is open to anyone who would like to gain knowledge, skills and resources needed to assist members of their communities with energy related issues. No prior knowledge is needed. This and the following workshops will be based on a co-design model, which means that we are keen for you to share your experiences and tell us about your needs as well as help us develop useful resources as part of the project.