Job Vacancy at MK Christian Foundation

Foundation House – Community Activity and Facilities Coordinator
Job type: Permanent, Full-time, very occasional weekend and evening work
Salary: £16,500-£17,500 pa
This position requires an enhanced DBS check.
Foundation House provides spaces for growing people and community. As well as being the home of the Christian Foundation and base for our training activities and a number of our social enterprises we want to use our premises to develop activities that grow people and community too.

You will lead a small team of trainees to develop Foundation House as:
 a gathering place full of diversity, creativity and positive activity;
 a learning place that, as well as supporting young people, also offers learning opportunities
for the wider community;
 an empowering place offering a wide range of community growing activities and events and
supporting new and growing local community groups and activities
 a welcoming place for members of the public, our trainees and enterprise activities.

Key targets:
 A well-attended programme of community activities, with spaces well used.
 Trainees developing hospitality skills and gaining qualifications
 Effectively maintained and supported community spaces

Key requirements
You will have:
 Knowledge and experience of developing community activities and events
 Experience of facilities management
 Good communication skills, confident in relating effectively to a wide range of people
 Experience of working with young people and keen to see them fulfill their potential
 Strong administrative skills
 Flexible and good at working under pressure
 GCSE or LV2 in maths and English
 Strong Team work skills
 Creative and solution focused
To apply for this post please send a CV to stephen@mkchristianfoundation.co.uk

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MK launches its first community fridge

This month Milton Keynes Community Fridge has been officially launched at The Old Bath House community centre in Wolverton following a successful crowdfunding campaign which saw the project exceed their target of donations towards the cost of setting up. The ‘Community Fridge’, is being trialled with the support of environmental charity Hubbub UK and Bosch in a growing effort to tackle food waste.
The fridges will enable residents and businesses to share surplus food and for anyone to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise be wasted. Co-op, Wordsworth Avenue and Costa’s are leading in their efforts to use the service and help them reduce their food waste.
The two fridges and one freezer donated by Bosch are available for anyone to access from Monday-Friday, 7-9pm.
Co-ordinator Helen Innes said; “We are thrilled to be able to launch MK Community Fridge and thank everyone who has helped make it happen. We are keen to call out to all food businesses in Wolverton and Milton Keynes to donate surplus food and find out more about how we can help them address their food waste problem. We’re also keen to hear from people who would like to volunteer with the project.”
Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away £470 worth of food every year and at the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK (4.1 million tonnes or 61%) is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed. 
The fridge will accept any kind of fruit, vegetables, bread, sandwiches and alike all within their use by date. Home cooked’ food will not be accepted, only food prepared and cooked in a Registered Food Businesses.
Otherwise known as ‘Solidarity’ or ‘Honesty’ Fridges, Community Fridges have been successfully introduced in Spain, Germany and other parts of the UK.
Community Fridges are now springing up all over the country, as a way of cutting food waste, building stronger bonds within the community and redistributing perishable food to those who need it most.
To find out more, donate or volunteer visit www.mkcommunityfridge.org or follow the project’s progress on www.facebook.com/MKCommunityFridge/ 
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MK50 FREE WEBSITE COMPETITION FOR LOCAL CHARITY

Web Solutions As A Service are launching a city-wide competition to create a website for a local charity for free, a gift from the company as part of the MK50 celebrations.

They create complete website solutions for small to medium sized companies, and they are asking local people to put forward their favourite charity on our Facebook post within our page at  www.facebook.com/wsaasuk

“Whether you’re a charity yourself or would like to put forward a charity of your choice, we will provide a website with the latest features, a design to suit you and will include important analytics, optimisation and marketing assistance,” says David Vallance, Director at WSaaS.

The competition is live now and entries must be in before Monday 31 July. The top five most nominated charities will be contacted and sent a short application form. The responses from the five applicants will be posted on our Facebook page and website on Friday 11th August and open to the public to vote for their favourite on Facebook, with voting closing by Thursday 31st August. The charity with the most comments/votes will be the winner!

Their team of experts will then work with the charity to offer our Pro Platinum package for 24 months, which comes with Analytics and Marketing Assistance, and includes:

  • Unlimited adds, moves and changes to the Website
  • Web Hosting
  • Domain Registration
  • Email Marketing Platform
  • SEO for 10 pages
  • Advanced Web Analytics
  • Marketing Advice Line
  • Social Media Setup and Strategy Consultation

More info available here www.wsaas.co.uk/web-design.

The total value of this prize is over £5,000 and an example of the type of website that will be created can be seen at: www.wsaas.co.uk/our-work

David adds: “We’re a Milton Keynes company and love this great city and the good work charities do to support those that need it, which is why we wanted to do something for the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes. Having a strong website is important for any charity and we understand that it can be hard to find the time to make it ‘work’ for them – this is where we help our clients. Good luck to everyone entering the competition and we look forward to receiving the entries.”

Nominations are now open at: www.facebook.com/wsaasuk

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Vote for Our MK in the Tech4Good Awards!

We are proud to announce that Our MK has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards – 32 amazing businesses, charities and individuals who use digital technology to make the world a better place.

The finalists have been shortlisted in eight categories but you can vote for Our MK to win the Tech4Good People’s Award, which will be announced at the awards ceremony on 11 July. Our MK is a finalist in the Community Impact Category.

We need your help! Nominate Our MK to win the People’s Awards Category by using social media.

Our unique hashtag is

#T4GOurMK

Every time this hashtag is used, Our MK will get a vote for the People’s Award!

Help us promote the great work that happens in Milton Keynes by sharing on social media (Twitter and Instagram in particular). Here is a sample tweet:

#T4GOurMK I vote for #OurMK, a great project in #MiltonKeynes powered by @MKSmartProject in #Tech4goodawards #lovemk 

You can vote for Our MK here

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Tackling social isolation of older residents of MK with a digital map

AgeUK Milton Keynes and MK Gallery held their third workshop on Tuesday 9 May. This is a series of workshops in which information is gathered from older residents of Milton Keynes to assist Virtual Viewing in developing an age-friendly digital map of the Theatre District in Milton Keynes. AgeUK MK and MK Gallery recognise that older residents are becoming increasingly  isolated in Milton Keynes and the digital map would be one way of attracting older residents to take part in cultural activities in the Theatre District. 

The prototype of the app being developed is divided into two main sections: a map and a list of activities. The Map section of the app would allow users to view bus times and navigational information as well as being able to click on venues to find out information about their accessibility and event. The Activities section of the app would list current events that would be happening in the Theatre District such as gallery exhibitions and activities as well as theatre events.

One of the concerns of the workshop participants is that there is no central, reliable place to find a list of activities in Milton Keynes. The gallery recognises that older generations are often the primary carers for young children and that cultural activities need to take this into consideration.  Other suggestions for the map included showing seating areas, disabled and free parking spaces and toddler activities for older residents looking after grandchildren.

It was emphasized by MK Gallery that the Theatre District was an important cultural centre of Milton Keynes which needed to be revived and made more inclusive in order to create an alternative culture to the vast shopping district of CMK. The new plans for MK Gallery would include a much larger gallery space, a cafe, a theatre and large areas of landscaping and so the hope is that the gallery will form a cultural centre to which they will attract older residents of Milton Keynes as well as other groups. Find out more about MK Gallery’s expansion plans here. The digital map would allow older residents to make the best use of this new gallery space and to engage in future activities at the gallery.

“As part of our City Club project, MK Gallery has been holding workshops with pioneer residents involved in the diverse urban planning and community practices of Milton Keynes. Residents have provided architectural drawings and community print that we’ve displayed in the Project Space. Working with Age UK Milton Keynes, we are interested to consider how older residents might use SMART technologies to network around and navigate to alternative cultural activity in the town centre.”

-Linzi Stauvers, Learning Project Manager at MK Gallery

 

A final workshop will be organised in May where the final options for the app prototype will be tested and explored. If you would like to attend please contact Caroline Odjidja at caroline.odjidja@ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk 

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What’s best about living on Conniburrow?

The 2017 Big Local Conniburrow Survey has been launched and we would love to hear your thoughts about living on Conniburrow. This will help Big Local Conniburrow determine their priorities in the future and help make Conniburrow an even better place to live. Questions include things like:

How do you feel about living on Conniburrow? 

What’s best about the community and living there? 

What suggestions do you have about making it even better? 

What impact has Big Local Conniburrow had on the estate so far? 

 

We would be grateful if you could take 5 minutes to answer this short survey at the links below:

BLC Survey 2017

When you have completed this survey, you can send your answers to Jessica at jessicam@communityactionmk.org

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