Tips for groups: How to run your marketing campaigns more environmentally-friendly

Below are 8 tips on how you can produce environmentally friendly direct mail campaigns in 2020;

  1. For those sending direct mail campaigns in ‘polywrap’ or similar, be aware that plastic is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to harming the environment. Can you use alternative means to send your communications? Perhaps a ‘self mailer’ would be just as effective?
  2. Envelopes with plastic windows are actually recyclable, which is a big plus. Re-sealable envelopes are also great for reducing your footprint, as well as envelopes produced from recycled stock.
  3. On the subject of recycling, try incorporating a polite message asking your customer base to recycle your Direct Mail pieces after reading them. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved!
  4. Ask your print suppliers to use environmentally friendly inks. Vegetable based inks, as opposed to petroleum based versions, are far less harmful to the environment and most printers will be more than happy to comply.
  5. Consider print on demand processes such as hybrid mail ( in order to reduce and consolidate the mail that you send out. By centralising your mailing operations, you have a far cleaner and greener mailing process.
  6. Take the time to select your paper stock carefully. There are a few options available to those who want to reduce their carbon footprint, from ‘tree free’ papers produced from non-wood based pulp to chemical free and recycled paper stocks.
  7. Consider a lighter weight stock, and if possible, printed double sided. In simple terms, you can reduce your output by 50% just by doing so, making your campaign instantly greener.
  8. On the subject of paper, if you’re really committed to going the extra mile, ‘seed papers’ are increasingly available for the environmentally conscious marketer. A paper stock permeated with seeds that can be planted after use is about as eco-friendly as it gets!

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Information Session 28 Feb 2.30-4pm: VSC Representative for SaferMK Partnership Board

2:30- 4:00pm at Acorn House
Contact to RSVP
Come and find out more about the VSC Representative role and recruitment process for the SafterMK Partnership Board


SaferMK is the statutory Community Safety Partnership responsible for formulating and implementing a Strategy to tackle local crime and community safety issues in the Milton Keynes area.  The Partnership board is appointing a new Voluntary and Community Sector Board Member and a Deputy.  Community Action:MK will be managing the process to enable a wide and diverse range of applications to be considered.  

Role Description

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Representative/Advisor on the Community Safety Partnership will be expected to:

  • Provide credible representation and a voice for the VCSE sector in Milton Keynes.  
  • Act as a champion and a critical friend for the VCSE sector within the Community Safety Partnership (Safer MK).  
  • Motivate the VCSE to work together as key partners in delivering the priorities set out in our three year SaferMK strategy.  
  • Work in partnership to tackle and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour to improve the lives of our residents, businesses and visitors.  
  • Be committed to developing the Community Safety Partnership as a high performing function, ensuring that it is in touch with the people and the VCSE sector.
  • Facilitate ongoing engagement with the wider VCSE sector on behalf of the partnership.
  • Be committed to ensuring that the partnership values diversity and promotes equality and inclusivity in all aspects of its business.  
  • Provide a good level of attendance at meetings and ensure the deputy is engaged and prepared for their role.

Person Requirements/Relevant skills/Knowledge

The desirable candidate must:  

  • Have a general knowledge/understanding of community safety and an appreciation of the broad social, political and economic trends influencing it.  
  • Have experience of working in a collaborative decision making group such as a board level committee or partnership.  
  • Be engaging in how they communicate, behave and interact with others.  
  • Be able to make a strong contribution to strategic meetings in a constructive, appropriate and professional manner.  
  • Be objective and considerate of issues from all perspectives, especially external and service user perspectives.  
  • Have recent or current experience of working at a senior level for a VCSE organisation (in a paid or Trustee position) in Milton Keynes, and be able to demonstrate legitimacy in representing the Milton Keynes VCSE sector.

PLEASE NOTE: This appointment if for a period of up to three years. 

Application Process: Letters of application by email to: by 5pm on Thursday 12th March.  Interviews will be held on Friday 20th March in Acorn House.  

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New YMCA building is opening for applications

YMCA are pleased to announce that the new YMCA building is opening its doors soon.

We are therefore open to housing applications for state of the art and affordable self-contained flats (see: for young people aged 18-34 who have lived in Milton Keynes for at least three years. The young people will need to have no dependents, including pets, and must be in employment. They will also need to be willing to engage with the YMCA team.

If you know of a young person who matches all of these criteria, please ask them to complete the Housing Form attached below and email it to today. Please note that we cannot accept applications or requests over the phone.

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Nominate Unsung Heroes

Do you know someone who goes the extra mile to help others?

The Mayor of Milton Keynes is calling on residents to nominate those people who have made an impact in our community for the Unsung Heroes Awards.

Councillor Sam Crooks is instigating the awards, and wants to hear about those who help to better the place we call home; who give their time for deserving causes; who selflessly step up to help others and help to make a real difference.

They might be a volunteer at a major organisation, perhaps they support a vulnerable neighbour, or maybe something quite different.

There are many people who work tirelessly to support and help others in our locality, and the Unsung Heroes Awards are a chance for all of us to show our appreciation.  Do you know someone deserving?

Email the name and address of the person you want to nominate (together with 300 words saying why) to:

The deadline for nominations is Monday 2 March and the awards will be made under the following categories:

  • Community  Diversity
  • Young Achiever
  • Charity & volunteering
  • Sport
  • The Arts & culture
  • Health
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Heritage Open days 2020 – looking for new participating organisations

Living Archive MK and MK Heritage Association will be co-ordinating Heritage Open Days (HODs) in Milton Keynes again this year on behalf of MK Council.  This year HODs runs over ten consecutive days from 11th to the 20th of September. HODs 2019 was very successful with 150+ events across Milton Keynes attracting 17,500 people over the ten days.

This year’s theme (set by national HODs) is “Hidden Nature” – for more info please see their website here:

With this theme in mind, we would like to invite community groups working in the natural environment – gardening clubs, allotment societies, community orchards/gardens and so forth –  to take part in HODs by running events, guided walks, open days etc.

All you will have to do is register with us and fill in a form – we will do the rest, including publicity on the national HODs website, the MK HODs site,  listings in our events brochure and promotion via social media.

HODs events have to be free of charge to their participants/visitors, but groups can offer merchandise for sale (which could be plants, seeds, produce etc) or offer teas & coffees to recoup any costs associated.

Contact Rachel Chapman at Living Archive on 01908 322568 or

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