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 

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Have your say: Milton Keynes East Development Framework

Milton Keynes East (MKE) has been allocated for a residential-led strategic urban extension in Plan:MK. The allocation covers approximately 440 hectares of land encompassed by the M1 to the west, the A422/A509 to the north, and Moulsoe and the wider rural area to the east. 

The allocation within Plan:MK, under Policy SD12, is for around 5,000 homes and 105 hectares of employment land along with a range of social, transport and green infrastructure provision.

Public consultation Aug-Oct 2019

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The SPD will support policies in Plan:MK and will be considered a material consideration in the determination of planning applications submitted to the Council.

The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm.

After the end of the consultation period, any comments received will be considered by the Council and the SPD will be amended accordingly. A report will then be prepared to reflect the comments received throughout the consultation. A decision will then be made as to whether or not to take the SPD forward for adoption, taking into account any outcome of the Council’s Housing Infrastructure Fund bid associated with Milton Keynes East (see below). If the SPD is taken forward for adoption, the final version would be approved by Cabinet.

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

The following documents form part of this consultation:

A. Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework SPD July 2019 (PDF, 12.2MB)

B. Consultation Response Form pdf (PDF, 161KB) and Consultation Response Form word (DOCX, 31KB)

C. Guidance Note for Respondents (PDF, 206KB)

D. Statement of Representations Procedure (PDF, 238KB)

E. SEA Screening Statement (PDF, 805KB)

Paper copies of all consultation documents have been placed in all libraries across the Borough and at Civic.

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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. 

What’s involved?

  • Provide a warm welcome to all visitors
  • Invigilate the galleries to ensure the safety and security of visitors and the works on display
  • In the event of an emergency support the Fire Wardens with evacuation of the building
  • If of interest it is also possible to work with the Exhibitions team to deliver exhibition tours, spotlight stories and introductory talks. Training would be provided.

Skills description

Ideally you will enjoy talking to and working with members of the public. You may have an interest in the visual arts, music, literature, film or other art form. You will be a conscientious and reliable individual who likes to a part of a diverse and socially active team.

Benefits from this role

  • Become a valued member of a team of volunteers and professionals who are passionate about delivering a world-class arts programme in the heart of Milton Keynes
  • Enjoy the exhibition and bring a friend! Receive two complementary tickets to MK Gallery’s annual paying show and a copy of the exhibition publication
  • Be invited to private exhibition tours with artists and curators prior to opening new exhibitions
  • Develop new skills or build upon existing customer service and communication skills
  • Gain experience volunteering in a gallery environment and learn about how we run our exhibitions and events
  • Enjoy a 30% discount off of food and beverages at the MK Gallery Café Bar

MK Gallery aims to have a workforce that represents a variety of backgrounds and cultures and can provide the relevant knowledge, abilities and skills for the organisation. Anyone who meets the requirements of this volunteer role is eligible to sign up for it irrespective of age, disability, employment status, gender, health, marital status, sexual preference, membership or non-membership of a trade union, nationality, race, religion, social class or other non-job-relevant personal characteristics.

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

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

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2 August 2019

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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

Time Well Spent: A national survey on the volunteering experience

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Time Well Spent is a major new report into the volunteering experience published by NCVO in January 2019. It is the result of a national survey carried out through YouGov’s panel (10,000+ respondents). The survey focuses on volunteering through groups, clubs and organisations and includes data on recent volunteers, but also lapsed volunteers and non-volunteers.

Read the report

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

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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Hopkins Architects wins MK:U International Design Competition

Hopkins Architects, the designers behind Harvard University’s new Smith Campus Center, as well as the London 2012 Velodrome and the award-winning WWF Living Planet Centre eco-building have been chosen to create a 21st century university quarter for Milton Keynes.

MK:U is a partnership between Milton Keynes Council and Cranfield University, supported by business sponsors, and will focus on digital economy skills and new technologies including AI, robotics and cyber security. The university quarter would take shape on a 10-hectare site on Avebury Boulevard (the last major undeveloped site in the city centre). 

The MK:U design competition attracted submissions from 257 firms from across the globe. The jury received local public feedback on five shortlisted designs and were unanimous in their decision to appoint Hopkins Architects. 

Short video from Hopkins Architects

Groups and activities for people with visual impairments

Ballroom Dancing Group: Meets twice a month on the second Wednesday and the last Thursday of every month between 11 a m and 12 noon at the Trinity Centre, fishermead Boulevard, MK6 2LA  Various dance routines taught by an experienced teacher.
Sighted helpers welcome.  Cost £5 per session. Transport can be arranged at a small extra cost. Contact Padma on 01908 377058 or e-mail:pscheriyan@gmail.com

Tai Chi Group: To improve balance, breathing and posture, Tai chi classes  are held twice a month on Fridays between 1.30 p m and 2.45 p m in the Community room within John Lewis Store in the Centre MK shopping building.  Cost is £4 per session. Transport can be arranged at a small extra cost. Contact Padma on 01908 377058 or e-mail: pscheriyan@gmail.com

Technology Group MK: To introduce the uninitiated to the digital world and  to improve the skills of the users of digital devices Technology Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month between 2 and 4 p m at Margaret Powell House, 401-447 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3BN for further information contact Padma on 01908 377058 or e-mail: pscheriyan@gmail.com

Community Action:MK monthly radio show

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Tune in to Secklow Sounds on Wednesday 7th August at 1pm – we will be talking all things green spaces in Milton Keynes and visiting some local community green spaces projects and initiatives in the city.

Social Causes see increase in funding from mass charity events

Only 10% of multimillionaires in Britain donate to charity

Social causes saw a 35% increase in donations from mass participation events in 2018, according to The Massive Top 25, which ranks the most successful mass fundraising events of the year. The study revealed that Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning as the biggest events, raising £37.1m and £27m respectively.

The increase shows that social causes such as homelessness and international development are starting to cut through with a new generation of donors. The Sleep in the Park event by Social Bite raised £3.6m this year, an increase on last year’s total.
Read more

NAVCA Health and Social Care Update: Sector calls on government to stop cuts to vital services

Earlier this month, NAVCA joined 19 other voluntary sector organisations in supporting a letter written by National Voices which calls on the government to stop the cuts that sap the life out of society.

Care workers and elderly residents at a music therapy group session  in Oxfordshire

The letter, which was published in The Guardian on Monday 8 July, asks the government to prioritise and strengthen local councils’ and the VCSE’s ability to build the conditions that help people thrive. Joining organisations including the Centre for Mental health, ACEVO and VODG, NAVCA has signed the letter and is calling for action to be taken now. You can read the letter in The Guardian.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Supporting Xtra Special Families

Xtra Special Families are looking to recruit a wealth of volunteers to help them deliver more sessions to their children and families. Can you spare a few hours of your time? The more the merrier!

Volunteers are extremely well-valued here – they wouldn’t run without them! If you can spare a few hours of your time to help out during some sessions during the school holidays, then you would be letting yourself in for some of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have with these wonderful children and their families!
Find out more

Volunteers wanted for Intu Green Gym

Information, Advice and Guidance Adviser (Part-time) with Works For Us

We are looking for an outstanding individual to provide one-to-one advice sessions to our clients to support them in obtaining employment, education, training or volunteering.

We are a small but vibrant team made up of staff, tutors and volunteers who all share the same goal:
to empower our clients to be the best they can be.

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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MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund

MK Council has created a new fund called the MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund with MK Community Foundation to support the important work made by voluntary and community groups in MK.
Find out more

John Coates Charitable Trust

Typical grants are between £5,000 and £10,000 but in exceptional circumstances awards may be higher. Only one grant will be awarded to any organisation within a 12-month period but Trustees may choose to renew their support in subsequent years. Successful applicants will be asked to report back on the impact of the grant.
Find out more

Regional Capacity Building Programme

We offer funding under this programme for activities and projects which are local or regional in coverage and which promote the understanding, management and conservation of the historic environment.
Find out more

Mum to Mum Family Fun Day

Tue, August 6, 2019
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A chance to get together in the holidays and celebrate the community that is Mum to Mum. Everyone Invited!

20 stands confirmed – Games – Story Time – Buggy Fitness – Toddler Time – Party Time with Corina’s cool kids and lots more.
Bring a picnic or enjoy Giuseppe’s Pizzeria or Howe and Co Fish and Chips on the lawn, chill in the beautiful grounds, network and support some of the businesses that make up the Mum to Mum directory.
Please RSVP by booking your adults tickets here – Your ticket also enters you into a draw to win a Frosts Hamper or 1 of 10 Mum to Mum VIP Cards!

Upcoming Workshops @ Westbury Arts Centre

Wildlife Trust Nature Detective and Craft Activity

Thursday 8 August 10.30 – 11.30
Centrecom Meeting Place 602 North Row, Milton Keynes, MK9 3BJ
Register here

Join Kate from The Wildlife Trust and Sue, CMK Council Community Mobiliser, to learn some top tips on how to be a nature detective, along with a wildlife craft activity. Also find out how you can get involved in gardening work in the green space next to Centrecom, N1th and N12th Street and The South Row area. .

Hope Fest

10 August 2019

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust, 12-4
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 

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

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26 July 2019

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Vital Signs Focus Group
Wednesday 31st July @ 3pm

This year Community Action: MK is organising a focus group to support the community consultation programme as part of the Vital Signs 2019 project, which is run by MK Community Foundation. Anyone living, working or volunteering in Milton Keynes is welcome to come along.

The focus group will take place on Wednesday 31st July at 3pm at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3HP and will run for up to 1.5hours. Please register by completing this form online – once registered, we will contact you to confirm the details.

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

Cyber Protection 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.
Find out more

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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.
The closing date for feedback is Sunday 4th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings (DOCX, 64KB)
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List (PDF, 63KB)

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SWEP activated

MK Council  team is out providing water, sun cream and hats to rough sleepers during this period of warm weather.  Support is also available at Unity Park Station, Elder Gate until midday today.

If you spot anyone who may be in need of help, please encourage them to visit Unity Park Station, call 07985 188072 or email info@roughsleeperpartnership.co.uk.

Cyber security FAQ: why charities can’t afford to ignore the risk from malware

Image of a danger sign representing the danger to charities from malware

The world of cyber crime can seem murky and mysterious – cyber criminals are, after all, a faceless threat and charities are focused on the here and now, running their day to day operations and making a difference. But weapons such as malware are indiscriminate, and anyone can be stung. That is why in this article we try to shed some light on the world of malware, with help from cyber security experts Avast. Read more

Getting the Basics Right – Tackling Fly Tipping

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A 12 month campaign to tackle fly tipping will soon be launched as part of the MK Council Plan 2016-2022 Getting the Basics Right (“focusing on getting the basic services right, including waste collection, reducing littering and fly-tipping, improving landscaping and properly maintaining our highways by fixing more potholes and resurfacing more roads, pavements and redways”). Section 4.2 states “our getting the basics right commitment” we will: Reduce fly tipping by 50% on the most affected estates by April 2020. However, due to the way in which we collect data around fly tipped rubbish, the target will be to reduce fly-tipping by 50% on the top 50 fly tipping hot spots in MK.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre: Booking Now Open for Autumn Term of Creative Learning Courses

10 weeks from September 2019
Booking now open
Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s Autumn Creative Courses are now open for booking. Join our growing community of Creative Learners with our 10-week courses, allowing students of all abilities to work with experienced tutors to develop their skills in a range of disciplines. 

Fierce Mind Health: Mental Health and Wellbeing Education and Training

“I am a Time to Change champion for Mental Health and accredited Mental Health First Aider. I have extensive experience in delivering high quality training, education, and coaching sessions in Mental Health, Wellbeing and Sexual Health to private, voluntary and professional organisations”. Fierce Mind offer a range of programmes in order to suit the individual needs of your organisation. Fierce Mind Health can also offer bespoke packages, please feel free get in touch to discuss.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Bricklayer for Buckingham Canal Society

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Individuals with bricklaying skills are needed to help re-build a spill weir on the disused Buckingham Canal. Volunteers will also be expected to support the rest of the group. Volunteers need to wear a hard hat which is supplied. Experienced bricklayer required. Find out more

Volunteers wanted for Intu Green Gym

Outreach Case Worker (Full Time) Citizens Advice

We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and confident person to join our Casework Team. The ideal candidate will provide face to face advice and support to local people, including those living in the community who could be considered ‘vulnerable adults’. The Outreach Caseworker will assist clients with complex welfare, debt and housing enquiries, covering issues across each subject.  This requires a good foundation knowledge of each advice area, so competence in these subjects is essential. 
Find out more

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United Way UK Small Charity Grants Now Available for Community Organisations

United Way UK are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2019 ‘Give Local’ grants! Applications are now open and charities are encouraged to apply.

These grants are aimed to support small charities delivering services in their local communities. United Way UK is particularly interested in supporting organisations whose work addresses our priority areas of health, education and income and those that support disadvantaged people. More information and applications can be found here: http://www.unitedway.org.uk/grants

A B Charitable Trust

Max. Value: £ 20,000
Deadline: 28 Jul 2019

Grants are available for small to medium-sized charities registered and working in the UK that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals in the UK.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF)

Max. Value: Discretionary
Deadline: 28 Jul 2019

Funding for public bodies, non-government organisations, community groups, charities, individuals and private companies, to support the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas of England.

AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme – Project Development Grants

Max. Value: £ 100,000
Deadline: 29 Jul 2019

Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England to help fund development costs of projects that will create alternative uses for redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres

Archives Revealed – Scoping Grants

Max. Value: £ 3,000
Deadline: 29 Jul 2019

Grants are available to public sector bodies, registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK to help analyse collections, supporting development of future plans for cataloguing priorities and projects.

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) – South East Midlands

Max. Value: Discretionary
Deadline: 30 Jul 2019

A combination of funding from the European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund and elements of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development will be allocated at local level to drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Co-op Foundation – Space to Connect

Max. Value: £ 50,000
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Grants are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect and co-operate.

Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Grants are available to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: isolated children and young people; prisoners and ex-offenders; disadvantaged women; disability; arts outreach; and community cohesion among minority groups.

Emergency School Improvement Fund (Non-Capital)

A grant to support schools facing unexpected or imminent failure. Applications can be made for short-term support while a longer-term sustainable solution is developed, for example through the support of a new academy sponsor.
Applications can also be made for longer-term whole school support where no other sustainable solution can be found to address the school failure.

Applications can be submitted at any time.To make an application, email emergency.fund@education.gov.uk for an application form.

Lush Presents: MK Green Fest

Campbell Park
Saturday, 3 August 2019 from 12:00 to 21:00

Lush Presents: MK Green Fest

A community festival bringing together those who want to share, learn and explore all that is sustainable, plastic free and eco friendly.
Register here

Charity Fun Day

Capron, top field Beanhill
Sat, August 3, 2019 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Charity Fun Day to raise money for Help our Homeless MK and MK Play Rangers. Live music from local artists, raffles, tombola, cake sale, balloon making, face painting, water fight, arts&crafts, stalls and many more!!

Garden Gathering with Live Music @ MK SNAP

MK Snap
Fri, 2 August 2019 18:30 – 21:30
Register here

Wildlife Trust Nature Detective and Craft Activity

Thursday 8 August 10.30 – 11.30
Centrecom Meeting Place 602 North Row, Milton Keynes, MK9 3BJ
Register here

Join Kate from The Wildlife Trust and Sue, CMK Council Community Mobiliser, to learn some top tips on how to be a nature detective, along with a wildlife craft activity. Also find out how you can get involved in gardening work in the green space next to Centrecom, N1th and N12th Street and The South Row area. .

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

cinema at the skyroom

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

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust, 12-4
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

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Bricklayer for Buckingham Canal Society

Individuals with bricklaying skills are needed to help re-build a spill weir on the disused Buckingham Canal. 

Volunteers will also be expected to support the rest of the group. 

The Society organises regular social events for helpers which includes a festival in July. 

Volunteers need to wear a hard hat which is supplied. Experienced bricklayer required.

Find out more

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Jobs in the voluntary sector: Outreach Case Worker Citizens Advice

Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes
£20,265 per annum
Contract, Full-time

Job Description

3 year fixed term contract
36 hours per week over 5 days

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is a local charity that helps people to resolve their legal, money and personal problems. We have been providing free, confidential, and impartial advice since 1972 and helped over 8000 local people last year.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and confident person to join our Casework Team. The ideal candidate will provide face to face advice and support to local people, including those living in the community who could be considered ‘vulnerable adults’. The Outreach Caseworker will assist clients with complex welfare, debt and housing enquiries, covering issues across each subject.  This requires a good foundation knowledge of each advice area, so competence in these subjects is essential. 

This is a challenging role, managing a demanding caseload, working to strict quality standards and ensuring that all work is compliant with our contract funders.

Applicants need to be –

  • Computer-literate, although training on our case recording systems will be given.
  • Confident in working to performance targets.
  • Able to show good communications skills, both written and verbal. These are essential in the role, as are excellent customer service skills with a non-judgemental approach.
  • Prepared to work independently and from a variety of community based locations. 

A minimum of 12 months’ experience in an advice agency or similar setting is desirable.  

The successful Applicant/s will be asked to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Closing date: Wednesday 21st August 2019 at Midday
Interviews: w/c Monday 2nd September 2019

To apply: E-mail – recruitment@mkcab.org.uk or call 01908 545167 for an application form

Every local Citizens Advice is a registered charity. Different application procedures are adopted by individual local Citizens Advice. Contact the relevant one as outlined in the information about this role. You should not send an application form to national Citizens Advice.

All local Citizens Advice produce their own annual report, but you can find out more about the Citizens Advice network or download the latest national Citizens Advice annual report.

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