17 May: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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17 May 2019

The NAVCA Board meets with CA:MK

NAVCA is the only national membership body for local voluntary sector support and development organisations in England. The NAVCA Board met in Milton Keynes on 9th May 2019. The following is by John Tizard, Chair of NAVCA.

“We had a very interesting and informative conversation with Clare Walton (Chief Officer of Community Action Milton Keynes) and Martin Trinder (Chief Officer of Bedfordshire CVS), covering some important issues which NAVCA will seek to address within our new strategy. These included:

  • the importance of ensuring resources are included in new major housing developments to invest in local social infrastructure; and how we (both nationally and locally) can best make the case for this with government and local authorities
  • how local infrastructure bodies can best be effective when building relations with and seeking to influence the emerging raft of sub-regional bodies and groups such as STPs, ICSs, PCC’s, LEPs; the wider sub-regional agendas relating to public services and strategic planning; what role there is for collaboration between local infrastructure bodies; and how can NAVCA play a role?
  • funding models for local infrastructure bodies
  • discussion around the new NAVCA strategy

Our thanks to Martin and Clare”.

Chair’s report and visits to members: “When I was elected last year, I made a promise and firm commitment to visit members to hear about your challenges and plans, and to understand better what you as members would like to contribute to the NAVCA movement, and what actions you would like to see/hear about from the Board and team.

In particular, I repeatedly heard from the members that you like the national voice NAVCA provides and the briefings they receive. Some specific issues have come up regularly in these discussions·      

  • a request for NAVCA to produce or commission the production of a financially and economically based case for local VCS infrastructure which can be used locally to make the case to local authorities and others·      
  • a request for NAVCA to produce advice on alternative funding and revenue options for local VCS infrastructure·      
  • a desire to build horizontal solidarity and mutual support between members·      
  • members would welcome more direct involvement with the staff team and trustees

These can be addressed through our new strategy”.

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A bidder’s guide to working with government

The Office for Civil Society, with support from the Cabinet Office has written a guide for voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help them work with central and local government.
See the full guide here

EU Settlement Scheme: community leader toolkit

The Home Office has published a toolkit to help local authorities and community groups to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Read more here

Small Charity Week: 17th-22nd June

Read more about Small Charity week and how to get involved: https://smallcharityweek.com/
Below is the programme of events that Small Charity Week will be hosting.

‘Involving Volunteers’ – Free OpenLearn course

This course is designed for individuals who support volunteers, whether they do so in a group, in an organisation or in an informal community-based setting.  It reflects the spirit of volunteer management and community engagement. 
Browse the course now

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

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Mental Health Awareness Week 13th – 19th May

Mental Health Awareness Week took place 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year was Body Image – How we think and feel about our bodies
Download a number of resources including posters for schools, workplaces and communities, social media graphics and mental health booklets from the Mental Health Foundation.

Sighted people needed for BucksVision Ballroom Dancing Classes

Quality Care Commission needs your views

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to find out your views on how they can work with you and how you work with your local communities. Fill out this questionnaire to shape new guidance. You can also email the questionnaire or post it to return it back to us. Download a copy now or take the questionnaire online. The survey closes 31 May 2019.

Help CQC work better with local groups
Link: https://dev.webdataforms.cqc.org.uk/Checkbox/Regional-VCSE.aspx

HOUR Manchester: A new approach from Manchester Community Fund

NAVCA member, Macc, is launching a new approach to bring together people across Manchester with an interest in mutual support, Timebanking and community economies.

Timebanking is a way of linking local people and organisations who can share their time and skills in a way where everyone is valued equally.

Within a Timebanking model, no one is rich and no one is poor as we all have 24 hours each day and an hour is equally as valuable to everyone. Macc wants to build upon the skills, gifts and talents that exist across Manchester by identifying, valuing and connecting what already exists and what is strong in our communities. They will be holding an event later this month to explore initial ideas, and to give people more information about how they can participate.
Find out more details here

Social Infrastructure: How shared spaces make communities work

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GMCVO-led project Ambition for Ageing’s new report argues that to reduce social isolation, we need a diversity of social infrastructure to ensure chance social encounters with a diversity of people.
Read more

CA:MK’s latest show with Secklow Sounds: reducing loneliness and social isolation

The last episode, focusing on local community projects and how they can reduce loneliness and social isolation, is now available to listen.
Listen here

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Volunteers’ Week 2019

It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations will take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

There are lots of events happening in Milton Keynes too….please send us yours to be included in the programme, which you can see below and find out more on our website: https://communityactionmk.org/volunteersweek/

6TH JUNE: GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY – all welcome!

Get involved in this one off volunteering project for Buckingham Canal Society. You will have a chance to be part of a team helping to restore part of a canal bridge or you may be helping to improve part of the tow-path at Cosgrove. This gets very muddy in winter and is almost impossible to walk along so the work is to help disabled people enjoy the canal more and also be of great assistance to other walker and boaters.

* If you would like to find out more about the volunteering day at Lock Lane with Buckingham Canal Society and to sign-up to take part, please e-mail info@buckinghamcanalsociety.org.uk or ring 01908 661217, or turn up on Thursday 6th June at 10.00 in Lock Lane, MK19 7JR.

Volunteering opportunity of the week

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Driver’s Mate – Milton Keynes Play Association

Driving : Delivering orders to local nurseries and hire equipment to customers. Collection of donated items from local companies.
Find out more

Administrative Coordinator at YiS (Youth Counselling Service)

SALARY: £10,781 per annum subject to a satisfactory 2-month review. Rising to £13,476 per annum based on full time salary of £19,945 per annum
HOURS: Initially 20 hours per week rising, after a satisfactory 2-month review, to 25 hours per week, mainly flexible, but including Mondays 3.45-7pm
CONTRACT: 12 months initially (contract extension dependant on funding)
JOB PURPOSE
To provide administrative support to the charity which includes liaison with clients, their parents/guardians and supporting agencies, maintaining client records and financial duties. In addition, working with volunteers to help support administrative work and projects.
Find out more

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National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Max. Value: £ 5,000,000
Deadline: 28 May 2019

Grants are available for projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK

BBC Children in Need – Main Grants Programme

Max. Value: £ 120,000
Deadline: 28 May 2019

Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme

Max. Value: £ 30,000
Deadline: 27 May 2019

Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Power to Change – Community Business Fund

Max. Value: £ 300,000
Deadline: 22 May 2019

Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term.

The ‘Places to Ride’ programme – funding available!

Awards are being made to fund small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling.
More information here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/placestoride?c=EN

Broughton Events:

The Big Lunch – Save the Date
JUNE 2 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea brining people together with food. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the community to have lunch with their neighbours. Bring a dish to share or a picnic for the family and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment at Broughton Fields School playing field. More info coming soon: https://bbccmk.org/event/the-big-lunch-save-the-date/

Community litter-picks in Broughton
Broughton Community have some Litter Picks coming up:

  • July 7th 2-3pm
  • September 1st 2-3pm
  • November 3rd 2-3pm
  • 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/

MK Festival of Nature: 29 June – 7 July

A wonderful programme of exciting events and activities for all ages is being lined up. Check back soon on the website to download the programme.
Read more

National Trust – free events:

1.      College interpretive dance performance on 22nd May 5pm.
More information is available here.

2.      Mindful running course for 10 weeks starting on 21st May. More information is available here.

To find out about all local National Trust events and courses, click here.

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

Tuesday 21 May
11:30-14:30

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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10 May: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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10 May 2019

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Small Charity Week: Big Advice Day

We want to make sure that all small charities in the UK knew that the deadline to book Big Advice Day 2019 is Friday, 17th May. Although the main event takes place in London, advice via phone or skype is available.

Big Advice Day is designed to offer small charities the chance to increase skills, confidence and knowledge in the topics you need help with the most. Read on to find out how to book onto Big Advice Day in London, remotely, or at partner events across the UK, and how to maximise the Day with top-up support and live streamed sessions.

Book your slot at Big Advice Day – 18 June 2019

NCVO: Eight reasons to love the theory of change

Theory of change (ToC) is a planning tool that helps organisations evaluate their impact. It takes the form of a visual diagram or narrative that shows how you expect outcomes to occur over the short, medium and longer term as a result of your work.
Read more

Are you on our community group database?

If you are a new community group or an organisation in Milton Keynes and would like to join our database of local groups, please call us on 01908 661 623 or e-mail support@communityactionmk.org. This will give you a chance to stay up to date about funding, events and opportunities for partnership-working within the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes!

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NCVO: How can voluntary organisations influence and shape health service transformation?

Charities and social enterprises can support the planning and delivery of publicly funded health services in lots of ways – from gathering user insight, to codesigning services, to actual service delivery. And those are all aspects that were endorsed and encouraged by the 2017 national review of the voluntary sector’s role in healthcare delivery. But beyond this, what are the opportunities for charities to influence and shape service strategy and transformation at a high level?
Read more

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

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Quality Care Commission needs your views

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to find out your views on how they can work with you and how you work with your local communities. Fill out this questionnaire to shape new guidance. You can also email the questionnaire or post it to return it back to us. Download a copy now or take the questionnaire online. The survey closes 31 May 2019.

Help CQC work better with local groups
Link: https://dev.webdataforms.cqc.org.uk/Checkbox/Regional-VCSE.aspx

Listening to our older people to help communities tackle fraud

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More than 50 per cent of over 65s have been targeted by fraudsters. At Neighbourhood Watch we’re gathering insight into communities, helping us design a scheme for tackling this issue.

From the insight gathered, via workshops and interviews with Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and older people, we’ve developed a variety of tools for engagement to enable a community powered response to tackling fraud.
Read more

Charity Awards 2019 shortlist is unveiled

A fast-growing network of Community Fridges, an education project that teaches young women about extremism and online grooming, and a campaign to ensure the environment doesn’t suffer as a result of Brexit, are among 28 inspiring projects shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2019.
Read more

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Volunteers’ Week 2019

The national Volunteers’ Week 2019 is fast approaching: 1-7 June. Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

We have teamed up with local groups and organisations to celebrate the amazing volunteering activity we have in Milton Keynes. We will be running volunteering drop-ins and pop-up activities across MK and sharing spotlight-stories of various organisations in Milton Keynes offering volunteering opportunities and case studies of some of the exiting volunteers. Please follow our blog and social media (#volunteerMK) to find out more.

To find out more about the Volunteer’s Week and access a whole range of resources to help you get involved visit: https://volunteersweek.org

And don’t forget about Simply Connect, the online volunteering platform for Milton Keynes where you can search through hundreds of existing volunteering opportunities right away – visit: https://communityactionmk.org/volunteer/.

Volunteering opportunity of the week

Volunteer Mentor – Prison, Probation and Community. Prison Advice and Care Trust

As a Volunteer Mentor you will have the opportunity to volunteer with people in the criminal justice system, either in the prison or out in the community.
Find out more

Health Watch Milton Keynes are looking for new trustees

Do you have a broad interest in health and social care issues, and feel that you have the skills to support Health Watch Milton Keynes as a Trustee? They have a number of spaces on their Board of Trustees and need your help to bring greater strength to the voice of people in Milton Keynes.

If you would like to join us please email info@healthwatchmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call on 01908 698800.
For more information, please go to: https://www.healthwatchmiltonkeynes.co.uk/news/2019-03-28/healthwatch-milton-keynes-inviting-our-members-apply-join-its-board-trustees

New Town Heritage Explorers

Project Manager Role (Freelance) 

Milton Keynes Council (MKC) and its partner Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (MKCDC) have secured National Lottery Heritage Fund investment thanks to National Lottery players, for a pioneering New Town Heritage Explorers project in Milton Keynes.  MKC is seeking an enthusiastic freelance Project Manager with experience of delivering heritage projects and managing a complex and varied workload to drive this project. 
Click here for more information. (PDF, 374KB)

Various roles as MK Snap

MK Snap, a leading local charity based in Milton Keynes providing education, life and work skills programmes for adults with learning differences, currently have the following vacancies:

Sessional Tutor: To lead in the planning, provision, development and delivery of activity sessions and work training skills sessions for learners across the curriculum as and when required on a sessional basis.
£12.24 per hour to include planning and essential training (£23,868pa FTE pro rata ) – fixed zero hours contract

Sessional Learning Support Assistant: To assist in the planning, provision, development and delivery of activity sessions and work training skills sessions for learners across the curriculum as and when required on a sessional basis.
£9.18 per hour to include planning and essential training (£17,901pa FTE pro rata ) Fixed zero hours contract 

For more information about the roles and to apply, please visit MK Snap website: mksnap.org/current-vacancies/.If you are interested in the positions you can also call and speak to a member of the team on 01908 690 330.

Various roles at MK Gallery

MK Gallery is recruiting for a number of roles which make a significant contribution to the realisation of MK Gallery’s vision to become a world class arts centre and tourist destination.

Learning Coordinator 
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019
Marketing and Public Relations (PR) Manager
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019
Administrator and Development Coordinator
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019  

Find out more about these positions here and make applications to Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director, at kchadwick@mkgallery.org.

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Standard Life Foundation offering £2m in grants until 3 June

Charities that work on financial health and wellbeing projects can apply for grants the foundation expects to be between £50,000 and £150,000.
For more information and to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is 1pm on 3 June.

Digital Health Funding

NHS digital are offering £1m funding for digital social care projects. The Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP) aims to support local authorities using digital technology to design and implement social care.

Please see the link below for more information:
https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/02/nhs-digital-funding-social-care-projects/

New Funding from The England Illegal Money Lending Team

New funding available from The England Illegal Money Lending Team to be used to benefit local communities. If you are interested in applying, then just send a short summary of your great idea and the budget you will require. Closing date is 30th June 2018. Project must be delivered by 31st March 2020.
www.stoploansharks.co.uk
Application Form
FAQs

Permablitz at Westbury Arts Centre

Our community garden at Westbury is being built by us, for us, and our growing volunteer group is creating a social retreat for us to reconnect with our local community as well as with art, nature and the food that we grow there.
Saturday 18th May
11am – 2pm

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No matter what your experience or ability, everyone is welcome to join our gardening day permablitzes where we share skills, team-work, enthusiasm and food. We all “muck in” and work together to maintain our permaculture-led community garden in the morning. Then from 1pm we sit down for some social time as we share the food we all brought to contribute to the Bring & Share lunch and discuss our plans for the project.

Lunch takes as long as it takes – usually until the conversation finishes and someone says we should probably go home.
Look forward to seeing you in the garden!
If you would like to get involved, please see https://plantingup.co.uk/about/ for further details.

Great Get Together Iftaar

Sunday 19 May 7.30 pm
This multi faith enlightenment programme aims to build a stronger and cohesive community in Milton Keynes. If you would like to join this free event please bring salads, vegetarian dishes or desserts for the ‘bring and share’.
Register on Eventbrite

Charlotte Vincent

Monday 20th May at The Venue. 2pm to 4.30pm.  Free event.

Founded in 1994 and led by Artistic Director Charlotte Vincent, Vincent Dance Theatre (VDT) produce powerful and engaging dance theatre work accompanied by extensive programmes of social engagement and professional development work. Charlotte will share her experience of creating relevant work for today’s audiences, her work with sometimes disengaged communities, and her collaborative approach alongside the use of technology within her process and performance.  This promises to be a relevant and thoughtful session inviting debate and discussion. 

She is considered ‘one of the UK’s leading female choreographer/directors’ and ‘one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today’ (The Observer). https://www.thevenuemk.com/

National Trust – free events:

1.      College interpretive dance performance on 22nd May 5pm.
More information is available here.

2.      Mindful running course for 10 weeks starting on 21st May. More information is available here.

To find out about all local National Trust events and courses, click here.

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

Tuesday 21 May
11:30-14:30

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.

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Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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3 May: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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3 May 2019

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New practical guide on how to recruit trustees for your charity

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The charity Getting on Board has just launched free guidance for the charity sector: How to Recruit Trustees for your Charity – a Practical Guide.

Getting on Board’s research shows that there are great benefits to being a trustee:

  • 96% say they’ve learnt new skills,
  • 22% got a promotion as a direct result, and
  • 84% said it made them happier!

Visit our recruitment platform, Simply Connect, to find out about the existing trustee vacancies in Milton Keynes at the moment, including with organisations such as Health Watch Milton Keynes, MK Play Association, Harry’s Rainbow and Educational Wealth Fund.

You might also be interested to visit our website to learn more about our recent Good Governance Project: https://communityactionmk.org/good-governance.

Are you on our community group database?

If you are a new community group or an organisation in Milton Keynes and would like to join our database of local groups, please call us on 01908 661 623 or e-mail support@communityactionmk.org.

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Are you following us on social media?

Stay up to date using your favourite social media channel and help us spread the word about the amazing voluntary and community action in Milton Keynes! #lovemk #volunteermk

Here is where you can find us:

OU digital access for prisons and secure hospitals “shone out” in The Guardian University Awards 2019

A project which provides digital access to study materials for students in secure environments, such as prisons and secure hospitals, has won the widening access and outreach category in the Guardian University Awards.

The award, which was presented to the OU team at the Guardian University Awards ceremony in London yesterday (10 April) was for the OU Secure Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), specifically for students in secure environments who have restricted internet access. Read more

FINAL REMINDER: Milton Keynes Community of Practice

Friday 10th May: 09.30am – 12.00pm
MK College, Chaffron Way, MK6 5LP
Sign up here

Do you work with children and young people to support mental health and well-being? Are you joining up with:

  • Peer-based, collaborative learning
  • Sharing good practice and ideas
  • Creating new knowledge and understanding to advance your professional practice
  • Addressing common concerns and set of problems?

We are forming a Community of Practice (CoP) for people working (at least initially) in the Milton Keynes Voluntary and Community Sector. This will be a co-produced group, so who is part of it and what will take place as part of it will be decided by its members. Although face-to-face meetings are very important, most CoPs include online participation.

We are acting as facilitators because our research ‘Where are the safety Nets?’ (see the report here) indicated that such support would be helpful; people we have asked tell us that the proposal is sound and needed.

To find out more about a Community of Practice, read this short paper here.For some interesting and inspirational stories, click here.

Sale of Campbell Wharf Marina

Last week Campbell Wharf celebrated a successful launch of the sales and marketing centre which is now open to the public. This was an opportunity for local stakeholders to discuss the development with Crest Nicholson and take a closure look at the upcoming new homes.

We are now happy to announce the next milestone at Campbell Wharf, the sale of Campbell Wharf Marina to the Parks Trust. Please find attached the latest press release and accompanying image showing the recently completed marina. See the Press Release

Children in Need announces £10m child mental health grants programme

BBC Children in Need has today announced the first recipients of a new, three-year, £10m grants programme to improve children’s mental health. The programme, called A Million & Me, provides early action support for children between eight and 13 who are struggling with wellbeing before mental health problems are established. Read more

Community Action: MK live show at Secklow Sounds

Tune in to Secklow Sounds community radio on the first Wednesday each month at 1pm to hear from Community Action: MK about what is happening in the voluntary and community sector of Milton Keynes.
Access previous episodes here.

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Volunteers’ Week 2019: Get your group involved

The national Volunteer’s Week 2019 is fast approaching: 1-7 June. Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

Here at Community Action: MK we have started to plan our activities to make sure we celebrate the amazing volunteers and volunteering opportunities in Milton Keynes! We will be giving a special focus to volunteering during the week through our blogs, social media channels, and at our events.

We are calling all local groups and organisations – get in touch with us if you:

  1. Have any specific volunteering roles that you would like to promote as a ‘Volunteering Opportunity of the Day’ during Volunteer’s Week and/or
  2. Would like to share with us and publicise any inspirational case studies of your wonderful volunteers who are giving their time to support your services.

To express your interest and submit your volunteering roles/ case studies, please email support@communityactionmk.org by 17th May 2019!

To find out more about the Volunteer’s Week and access a whole range of resources to help you get involved visit: https://volunteersweek.org

Volunteering opportunity of the week

Cook / Cafe Assistant: Age UK Milton Keynes

Age UK is looking for a volunteer to cook simple dinners for their cafe, based in The Food Centre, Central Milton Keynes. These will be sold in our cafe to customers. This role is for Wednesday and Thursdays.
Find out more.

Sessional Tutor at MK Snap

MK Snap, a leading local charity based in Milton Keynes providing education, life and work skills programmes for adults with learning differences, currently have the following vacancies:

Sessional Tutor: To lead in the planning, provision, development and delivery of activity sessions and work training skills sessions for learners across the curriculum as and when required on a sessional basis.
£12.24 per hour to include planning and essential training (£23,868pa FTE pro rata ) – fixed zero hours contract

For more information about the roles and to apply, please visit MK Snap website: mksnap.org/current-vacancies/.If you are interested in the positions you can also call and speak to a member of the team on 01908 690 330.

Various roles at MK Gallery

MK Gallery is recruiting for a number of roles which make a significant contribution to the realisation of MK Gallery’s vision to become a world class arts centre and tourist destination.

Learning Coordinator 
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019
Marketing and Public Relations (PR) Manager
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019
Administrator and Development Coordinator
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019  
Visitor Experience Assistant
Closing date: 10am Thursday 9 May 2019 Thursday 9 May 2019

Find out more about these positions here and make applications to Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director, at kchadwick@mkgallery.org.

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Power to Change – Community Business Fund

Max. Value: £ 300,000
Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term. Read more.

Bupa UK Foundation – Mental Health Funding Programme 2019

Max. Value: £ 20,000
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for practical projects that tackle critical challenges in health and social care, make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing and address the Foundation’s theme for that year. Read more


National Trust – free events

1.      College interpretive dance performance on 22nd May 5pm.
Info is available here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/7ad84fed-e03c-4a5a-bab7-82cc56496a36/pages/details

2.      Mindful running course for 10 weeks starting on 21st May: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/19ce04a0-17a8-4d9b-b8b8-f384bd3a9ba9/pages/details

Events at Wolverton Community Orchard

MÓTUS 2019 JOURNEYS festival

JOURNEYS is a diverse, twelve week festival across Milton Keynes which engages with and explores the theme of JOURNEYS. Relating to artists, individuals, young people, communities, campaigns and political narratives, it has been designed to engage the people of Milton Keynes and beyond with dance: to see how the concept can relate to each individual and their personal story/identity and how sharing our journeys can positively impact others. The wonderfully varied twelve week programme is designed to offer something for everyone and is MÓTUS’ most extensive festival programme to date. 

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The full line up for the festival is now LIVE on our web-site and tickets can be purchased for all events/shows and workshops: https://www.motusdance.co.uk/journeys

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

Tuesday 21 May
11:30-14:30

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

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

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28 April  2019

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NPC launches new impact management website for charities

New Philanthropy Capital’s joint venture project Inspiring Impact has launched a new website, using National Lottery funding. The website is aimed at small and medium charities that do not have a dedicated impact management team to find practices to improve impact.
The website provides free how-to guides and self-assessment tools, and resources from the sector including research, diagnostic tools, outcome frameworks and surveys. Read more.

Free e-learning modules from the Charity Digital Code of Practice

Zoe Amar, Chair of the Charity Digital Code of Practice has teamed up with the Cornwall Museums Partnership to create an e-learning project.

This includes two e-learning modules to help organisations to use the code. The first is an introduction to the code, exploring challenges faced by charities and how the code of practice can help the VCSE sector. The second module looks more closely at the principles of the code and how they can be applied to the learner’s organisation. This includes leadership, culture, strategy, skills, managing risks and adaptability.

You can read more about this here and you can access both modules on the Cornwall Museums Partnership’s website.

Call for applications to join a virtual learning club for the voluntary sector

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) based at The Open University is looking for participants interested in undertaking the Centre’s courses onIntroducing Leadership in the Voluntary Sector and Collaborative Leadership in Voluntary Organisations.

Following a successful local learning club piloted in Milton Keynes, the Centre is looking for participants to join a virtual learning club i.e. a learning club with virtual facilitation through webinars and social media. To create a good learning environment those participating will commit to doing the courses within indicative timelines, to allow for the maximisation of the benefits of facilitation. Places on the course will be limited and will be allocated on first come first served basis. These online courses can be accessed here. Find out more

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Baring Foundation invites organisations to apply to be a sector support body for creative ageing for England

The Baring Foundation is seeking applications from an organisation or organisations to form a sector support body to act as an advocate for creative ageing in England and to encourage awareness and innovation. Up to £250,000 over 3 years is available and the application deadline is 14 May 2019. Find out more here.

Improving Health and Wellbeing Survey

NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, Milton Keynes Council and the voluntary and community sector are now working with local people to promote and support good self-care and resilience.  They have developed a survey as part of an ongoing conversation where they want to find out what self-care means to people and their communities, and learn from this to spread approaches to self-care that work.

The aim of this project is to help people across Milton Keynes use their own skills, strengths and community assets to improve their health and wellbeing.  Your views are really important.

The survey can be accessed via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VGVNNFP

It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the survey. All responses will be treated in strict confidence. Thank you for your support in completing this short questionnaire.

NEW GROUP: Milton Keynes Community of Practice

Friday 10th May: 09.30am – 12.00pm
MK College, Chaffron Way, MK6 5LP

Do you work with children and young people to support mental health and well-being? Are you joining up with:

  • Peer-based, collaborative learning
  • Sharing good practice and ideas
  • Creating new knowledge and understanding to advance your professional practice
  • Addressing common concerns and set of problems?

We are forming a Community of Practice (CoP) for people working (at least initially) in the Milton Keynes Voluntary and Community Sector. This will be a co-produced group, so who is part of it and what will take place as part of it will be decided by its members. Although face-to-face meetings are very important, most CoPs include online participation.

We are acting as facilitators because our research ‘Where are the safety Nets?’ (see the report here) indicated that such support would be helpful; people we have asked tell us that the proposal is sound and needed.

To find out more about a Community of Practice, read this short paper here.For some interesting and inspirational stories, click here.

Are you intrigued? We truly hope so. Please express your interest by signing to this event by Friday 3rd May. Sign up here

Community Action: MK live show at Secklow Sounds

Tune in to Secklow Sounds community radio on Wednesday 1st May at 1pm to hear from Anna & Julie at Community Action: MK, and other colleagues working on our community development projects on the ground. We’ll be talking to some interesting guests who are involved with the Big Local project in Conniburrow to hear how projects like this help to reduce loneliness and social isolation, and more.

A recent episode of Nesta’s podcast, Future Curious, discusses loneliness and why so many people feel less connected in the age of technology.

Listen to the episode now

“Nowadays, despite technology, we’re less and less connected to the people around us and we are no longer part of communities in the way we once were.”


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Volunteers’ Week 2019

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The national Volunteer’s Week 2019 is fast approaching – 1-7 June.

Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

Here at Community Action: MK we have started to plan our activities to make sure we celebrate the amazing volunteers and volunteering opportunities in Milton Keynes!

We will be giving a special focus to volunteering during the week through our blogs, social media channels, and at our events.

We are calling all local groups and organisations – get in touch with us if you:

  1. Have any specific volunteering roles that you would like to promote as a ‘Volunteering Opportunity of the Day’ during Volunteer’s Week and/or
  2. Would like to share with us and publicise any inspirational case studies of your wonderful volunteers who are giving their time to support your services.

To express your interest and submit your volunteering roles/ case studies, please email support@communityactionmk.org by 17th May 2019!

To find out more about the Volunteer’s Week and access a whole range of resources to help you get involved visit: https://volunteersweek.org

Volunteering opportunity of the week

Receptionist for Clearly Speaking

Clearly Speaking is an organisation offering Specialist Children and Family Support.       

This will be a part time volunteer position (hours to suit). As a receptionist you will have a big part in helping our charity run, you will be the first point of contact for the charity and you will provide a variety of administrative support. You will be working very closely with the director and trustees of Clearly Speaking, You will handle activity club bookings and ensure messages and private and confidential information is recorded correctly.

You will be given the chance to gain valuable experience and qualifications with a very well recognized charity, previous volunteers have gone onto successful careers.

Responsibilities:

  • Greet, welcome and direct visitor and families
  • Answer, screen and forward any incoming phone calls while providing information when needed
  • Receive and sort daily mail/deliveries/couriers
  • Maintain security by following procedures and controlling access (monitor logbook, issue visitor badges)
  • Update appointment calendars and schedule meetings/appointments
  • Perform other clerical receptionist duties such as filing, photocopying, collating etc.

Find out more

Sessional Tutor & Sessional Learning Support Assistant at MK Snap

MK Snap, a leading local charity based in Milton Keynes providing education, life and work skills programmes for adults with learning differences, currently have two vacancies available:

Sessional Tutor: To lead in the planning, provision, development and delivery of activity sessions and work training skills sessions for learners across the curriculum as and when required on a sessional basis.
£12.24 per hour to include planning and essential training (£23,868pa FTE pro rata ) – fixed zero hours contract

Sessional Learning Support Assistant: To assist in the planning, provision, development and delivery of activity sessions and work training skills sessions for learners across the curriculum as and when required on a sessional basis.
£9.18 per hour to include planning and essential training (£17,901pa FTE pro rata ) – fixed zero hours contract

For more information about the roles and to apply, please visit MK Snap website: mksnap.org/current-vacancies/

If you are interested in the positions you can also call and speak to a member of the team on 01908 690 330.

Various roles at MK Gallery

MK Gallery is recruiting for a number of roles which make a significant contribution to the realisation of MK Gallery’s vision to become a world class arts centre and tourist destination.

MAKE – Designer
Learning Coordinator 
Marketing and Public Relations (PR) Manager
Administrator and Development Coordinator 
Visitor Experience Assistant

Find out more about these positions here and make applications to Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director, at kchadwick@mkgallery.org.

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Freemasons charity will now offer grants to cover core costs for small charities

The Masonic Charitable Foundation now offers small charities multi-year funding for running costs and other core funding expenses. The new grants are a maximum of £5,000 per year over three years and are available to charities with an income of £500,000 a year or less. The first round of grants for 22 small charities has already been announced. The grants are an extension of MCF’s current programme for non-ring-fenced grants for small charities, which are one-offs of £5,000 toward general charitable purposes. Find our more.

Arts Council England Invites Application to Small Capital Grants

Small Capital Grants are available for properly constituted arts and cultural organisations based in England whose capital project outcomes are arts focused and relate to the delivery of arts activity. You will need to submit an Expression of Interest between 11 April and 3 May. The application portal will then be open between 31 May and 5 July.

Government Announces New Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

A £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country has been launched by the government. Village hall committees are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms.


MK Snap Dragon Lunch and Tour

Wed, 1 May 2019
11:30 – 13:00 

Take the opportunity to return to MK Snap for a Dragon Lunch and Tour – your chance to see MK Snap in action, meet our learners and hear their stories about our transformational work.

The Dragon programme is a new initiative which we believe will harness the potential of our partnerships, boost brand awareness and have a positive impact for us all. We recognise the power of Corporate Social Responsibility and the benefits in health & wellbeing, clear business values and improved productivity possible through this collaboration.

The Dragon programme is a great new opportunity for us to work together to develop a tailored experience and I look forward to discussing with you how MK Snap can help you.

Sign up here

MÓTUS 2019 JOURNEYS festival

JOURNEYS is a diverse, twelve week festival across Milton Keynes which engages with and explores the theme of JOURNEYS. Relating to artists, individuals, young people, communities, campaigns and political narratives, it has been designed to engage the people of Milton Keynes and beyond with dance: to see how the concept can relate to each individual and their personal story/identity and how sharing our journeys can positively impact others. The wonderfully varied twelve week programme is designed to offer something for everyone and is MÓTUS’ most extensive festival programme to date. 

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The full line up for the festival is now LIVE on our web-site and tickets can be purchased for all events/shows and workshops: https://www.motusdance.co.uk/journeys

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

Tuesday 21 May
11:30-14:30

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

Are you on our database?

If you are a new community group or an organisation in Milton Keynes and would like to join our database of local groups, please call us on 01908 661 623 or e-mail support@communityactionmk.org.

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19 April: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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19 April  2019

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Hazard Alley wows BBC’s The One Show

The Milton Keynes Safety Centre, or Hazard Alley as its fondly known, was featured on the BBC programme The One Show.  Broadcast earlier this month, you can watch again here (11 mins and 30 secs in).  This filming was made possible by an NCVO project called Constructive Voices which helps Voluntary Organisations raise their profile through the media.  It’s a smashing watch, so if you have a few minutes, we recommend making a cup of tea and have a view.

Free Desks for Groups

MK Safety Centre has a number of second hand desks which are available for groups.  You must be able to come and collect them from Hazard Alley in Kiln Farm. If people are interested they could pop over to have a look having given the Safety Centre a buzz first on 01908 263009.

ella forums Milton Keynes Group – Launch Meeting on 25th April

ella forums invite you to attend as their guest, the launch of their new Milton Keynes Group on April 25th 2019, kindly hosted by and at the offices of the Community Foundation MK.

This new ella forums MK Group is a peer mentoring and experiential learning group specifically designed to inspire and develop the leaders of Social Enterprises and Charities to grow their organisation. We will come together for monthly meetings to hear the latest thinking from guest speakers, share best practice and participate in a problem/opportunity resolution clinic.

When: Thursday 25th April 2018 9.00am-2.30pm
Where: Margaret Powell House 401/407 Midsummer Boulevard Central Milton Keynes MK9 3BN
What next: To reserve your place please click here to register.
Email phil@ella-forums.org for further details or visit our website.

Conniburrow Spring Clean

On 11th April a group of partners and residents came together to pick litter around Conniburrow as part of the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ Great British Spring Clean. The event was arranged by Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) and supported by Great Linford Parish Council who kindly provided the equiptment. We were joined by members of Guinness Housing and MK Council, including MK Council CEO Michael Bracey who came by to assist in his lunch break.

During the hour we were out, we collected a considerable amount of litter and used the opportunity to network with partners and discuss local issues. After the clean up we returned to the BLC Hub where we enjoyed refreshments and good conversation!



Everyone agreed that the event was enjoyable as well as productive and we hope to arrange another similar event soon.

We will be talking to a number of volunteers and colleagues working as part of the Big Local Conniburrow project at our next monthly radio show with Secklow Soundstune in on Wednesday 1st May at 1pm to hear their stories and experiences being involved with the project.
Find out more and listen to our previous shows here.

Various roles at Citizens Advice Milton Keynes

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes are currently recruiting for several full time positions. Please click on the links below to find out more about the roles and to apply through the Charity Job website.

Telephone Referral Officer
Senior Money Adviser
Outreach Caseworker
Administrator
Head of Service

Deadline: 26th April.
To find out more about the work of Citizens Advice Milton Keynes, please visit their website: https://www.miltonkeynescab.org.uk/.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week

Gallery Assistant Volunteer: MK Gallery

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. They provide an exceptional experience and standard of engagement to every visitor, encouraging active engagement in the MK Gallery programme.
Find out more

Works For Us

Are you looking to volunteer in a flexible and friendly environment?
Would you like to develop work skills and experience, or simply give back to Works for Us? Could you spare just a few hours a week?

If you answered yes to the above, we’d love to hear from you! We’re currently recruiting for General Office Assistants to support with a variety of tasks including: • Reception duties • Basic admin • Registering new clients

We’re a small and supportive team who rely on the kindness of our volunteers to continue to support the local community. So whether you’re looking to improve self-confidence, make new friends, learn new skills or positively impact your local community, consider volunteering with Works for Us… and see what you gain when you give!

Want to find out more? Call us on 01908 200186, send us a FB message or email Natasha on n.evans@worksforus.org.uk

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Arts Council England Invites Application to Small Capital Grants

Small Capital Grants are available for properly constituted arts and cultural organisations based in England whose capital project outcomes are arts focused and relate to the delivery of arts activity. You will need to submit an Expression of Interest between 11 April and 3 May. The application portal will then be open between 31 May and 5 July.

Education Endowment Fund Accepting Summer 2019 Applications

Have you got a high-potential project that aims to raise the attainment and wider outcomes of young people aged 3-18, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds?

If yes, we hope you will consider applying to our current general grant-funding round. We are interested in testing the effectiveness of projects through rigorous, independent evaluations. Those that show an impact we will then support to scale up to improve outcomes for other disadvantaged children and young people across England.

Government Announces New Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

A £3 million fund to improve village halls and better connect rural communities across the country has been launched by the government. Village hall committees are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms.

Free Easter Family Event at ABC Park 
Saturday 20 April

Citizens:MK Accountability Assembly

WHEN: 25th April 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
WHERE: Church of Christ the Cornerstone
CONTACT: Tom Bulman 7962838685

‘Fair Welcome, Fair Work’ :listening to testimonies of social injustice and holding power holders to account. for Refugees Welcome, Fair Work and good Relationships between young people and police

RSVP to info@citizensmk.org.uk or book online at eventbrite/citizens:mk
Ssupported by funding from MK Community Foundation.

Click here to book your seat.

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.


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Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org

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

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12 April  2019

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes.  

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Keep Britain Tidy – #LittleHereos Ambassadors Volunteering Programme

Keep Britain Tidy is seeking new #LitterHeroes Ambassadors to join our volunteer programme and we need your help!

During your work you may meet members of the public who want to volunteer and have a real passion for community engagement and keeping public spaces clean. We’d love you to encourage them to apply to join our enthusiastic #LitterHeroes Ambassadors in becoming community activators across the UK.

The #LitterHeroes Ambassador programme is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and aims to support community cohesion, improve public spaces and help benefit mental and physical wellbeing.
Please find a poster to display in your community hub at this link. All people need to do is; apply directly online via https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LHAapply2019
or email LHAmbassador@keepbritaintidy.org and we will send them a link to the application form, alternatively they can visit the website here for more information.

Applications close on Monday 6th May 2019.
Successful applicants will be notified of next steps during the week commencing 6th May.
Link to PDF here.

Community Action: MK podcasts on Secklow Sounds

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Sheila Thornton and the team from Community Action: MK will be on Secklow Sounds on the first Wednesday each month at 1pm when they’ll bring you the latest news and updates from the community and voluntary sector. Catch up on the past shows at the link below and remember to tune in each Wednesday!

Catch up on past shows here.

Giving World Launches New Website

Giving World receives goods from businesses all over the country, and advertises the items on the website for charities to request to help pass on to their beneficiaries.
The focus of the launch is to pack the website with news and features, while making it even simpler to receive goods such as clothing, toiletries, books, toys and cleaning supplies for the people you support.
The only requirement is that the charities and community groups register at www.givingworld.org.uk, there is an option to request products that would truly help the local community, completely free of charge.

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Office for Civil Society March Newsletter

You can find lots of interesting information for groups including new safeguarding funding for charities, five ways civil society organisations can prepare for EU Exit, and more. Read the full newsletter:
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Community of Practice for VCS Groups

Special invitation for VCS groups
Friday 10th May: 09.30am – 12.00pm
MK College, Chaffron Way, MK6 5LP
REGISTER HERE

Do you work with children and young people to support mental health and well-being?

Are you joining up with:
– Peer-based, collaborative learning
– Sharing good practice and ideas
– Creating new knowledge and understanding to advance your professional practice 
– Addressing common concerns and set of problems? 

We are forming a Community of Practice (CoP) for people working (at least initially) in the Milton Keynes Voluntary and Community Sector. This will be a co-produced group, so who is part of it and what will take place as part of it will be decided by its members. Although face-to-face meetings are very important, most CoPs include online participation.

We are acting as facilitators because our research ‘Where are the safety Nets?’ (see the report here) indicated that such support would be helpful; people we have asked tell us that the proposal is sound and needed.

To find out more about a Community of Practice, read this short paper here.
For some interesting and inspirational stories, click here.

Are you intrigued? We truly hope so. Please express your interest by signing up to this event by Friday 3rd May.
REGISTER HERE

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Growth News

In growth news, alterations and extensions to the Northern and Southern flanks of Centre:MK, either side of the John Lewis store, are currently being proposed. This would create two levels of additional trading floor space (reference number 19/00289/FUL). To find out more about this, and other proposed developments, visit MK Council’s Planning Portal to view and comment.
Read more here

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Volunteer as a trustee

Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons – from a sense of making a difference to the charitable cause, to new experiences and relationships.
The following organisations are currently seeking trustees in Milton Keynes:

  • Buckingham Canal Society
    Work as part of a team with the Buckingham Canal Society, a local charity. Plan and prepare committee meetings and other appropriate secretarial work. Read more.
  • Healthwatch Milton Keynes
    Do you want to make a difference to people’s experiences of health and social care services in Milton Keynes? Become a trustee for Health Watch Milton Keynes. Read more.
  • Living Archive MK
    Living Archive seeks to recruit new Board members, including a Treasurer. Financial experience would be desirable although by no means essential, as enthusiasm for our work and an eye to how we could develop in the future would also be an important factor. Living Archive collects, preserves and shares the history and heritage of Milton Keynes through the production of films, books, events and community projects based on local peoples’ stories. Read more.
  • Harrys Rainbow Charitable Trust
    As Trustee/Treasurer you will have previous experience as a Treasurer or in accounting. You will be willing to attend meetings and some key events we hold throughout the year. You must be enthusiastic, empathic and willing to muck in. Read more.

Free Easter Family Event at ABC Park
Saturday 20 April

Soroptimists Sponsored Sewathon in aid of YMCA
Saturday 27 April

The Milton Keynes branch of Soroptimists International are holding a Sponsored Sewathon on Saturday 27th April, 11am-3pm at Simpson Village Hall. Come along and Support the Stitchers thumbing their thimbles in aid of the MK YMCA.  

Family Matters Project Workers needed

Full time (37.5 hours a week) and Part time roles available
Salary £24,000 FTE
Fixed term contract until 31st December 2021

Thames Valley Partnership is seeking to appoint Project Workers to join our Family Matters Programme, working to support the families and significant friends of people who have been imprisoned or are involved in serious offending.

Reporting to the Family Matters Programme Manager, you will offer information, support and advice in the Court setting and HM Prison Visiting Centres and also accept referrals for family casework support from the Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company and other agencies.

Closing date for applications:   Monday 6th May at 8am

Interviews will be held on: Friday 10th May and Tuesday 14th May at the Partnership offices in Aston Sandford, Haddenham, Bucks.
A full Job Description and Application Form are available on the Partnership website at www.thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk.

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5 April: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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5 April  2019

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes.  

Farewell Alissa, welcome Anna

Alissa’s fixed term contract came to an end this week.  Thank you for all your work Alissa, and we wish you well in all your new adventures.   We would also like to welcome back Anna from maternity leave, it’s brilliant to have you back!  Anna will be the main contact for Group Enquiries, and currently works Tuesdays ad Wednesdays.  The Support and Development Team (Josan, Emma, Michaela, Claire and Hannah) pick up enquiries for group support and volunteering on a daily basis and will allocate the enquiries to the most appropriate member of the team.  We aim to get back to you in a day or two, but It may take up to a week to deal with your enquiry if it’s particularly complicated.   

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Health Check Questionnaire

Community Action: MK is carrying out a piece of research into how we can more effectively help community groups in Milton Keynes. If you are part of a local voluntary group or an organisation, we hope you are willing to complete an online survey to gather information about how we can best support you in the areas of:

  • funding
  • strategy and planning
  • governance
  • volunteers
  • networking and collaboration
  • influencing decision making
  • impact
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • communicating achievements
  • human resources

We would really appreciate your help as it will enable us to gather important data about local groups and how we can adapt and develop our support services.

The link to the survey is: https://goo.gl/forms/AZkL7YDnDGxA67CO2
Apologies if you have received this request before and thank you very much if you have already completed the survey. Please do get in touch with Marcus Armstrong on marcus@communityactionmk.org  if you have any questions.

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New Toolkit for Tactical Suburbanism

Tactical Suburbanism: Low-Density Ideas for High-Density Places highlights projects from around the country where locals are using their own resources to implement informal projects that transform their streets from gritty, diverse places into exclusive communities for SUV parking and big-box shopping. Read more about the latest publication!

Podcast recording

Hear from Sheila Thornton from Community Action: MK on Secklow Sounds 105.5 FM.

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Community Action:MK team will be on the Platform MK show, led by Sheila Thornton, to share ideas and let you know what’s going on within the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes.
Listen here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/secklow-sounds/community-action-show-1

Milton Keynes: A growing community

A film by Community Action: MK

Josan Race, Community Action: MK Development Officer, talks about the expansion areas of Milton Keynes and the ongoing work to improve community life for all residents.

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Uncover > Action – Community research that changes lives
Conference on 26 November 2019, London

The best research brings about change. Uncover > Action is a new conference presenting the very latest community research making a difference to people’s lives.

Uncover > Action brings together exciting examples of research made with and in communities, and shows how its impact can reach far beyond a final report.

Save the date to find out about community research that:
-Provides insight into what communities care about today
-Gives a platform to overlooked and unheard voices
-Leads to real change in policy and practice, locally or nationally.

Call for content
If you’re interested in sharing your experience and research with communities at Uncover > Action we want to hear from you.
-We are interested in the power of research to bring about change.
-We are interested in research with and in communities.
-We are giving the opportunity to share your research with other researchers, policy-makers and others.
-We welcome content from community researchers and anyone else doing research with communities such as academics, students, local authorities, policy-makers and funders.

Please find out more and tell us a bit about your research by Friday 3 May 2019 using this short form.

If you have any questions, contact us at research@localtrust.org.uk.

Interested in attending?
Please leave your name and contact details here and we’ll be in touch once registration opens.

About ARVAC
ARVAC is a free membership organization for researchers in the voluntary and community sector providing information and training in research for and about the community sector. Find out more.

About Local Trust
Local Trust supports people to do brilliant things in their communities and share research and learning to influence others. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Local Trust support the Big Local and Creative Civic Change programmes. Find out more.

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Volunteering opportunities

Pre-loved Clothing Photographers
Oxfam Online Hub, Milton Keynes

For the Photographer role, you will be responsible for photographing clothes and accessories to sell on Oxfam’s online shop: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop. Volunteers will take photographs of products covering clothing/accessories and home wares, make use of the 5 purpose built photography studios, lighting equipment and display aids, to create a visual image library of clothing and accessories. Volunteers will experience how an online shop works, chance to try something new and develop new skills. Ongoing training/support will be provided. You will also gain valuable experience within the relevant and rapidly growing e-retail sector. Volunteer with Oxfam to maximise the value of donations to help overcome poverty and suffering.
Find out more

Nature Reserve Restoration
Buckingham Canal Society

This project would suit individuals or groups of volunteers (up to 25 people) wishing to give their time to help the environment whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Volunteers will be tidying footpaths, clearing the canal bed and possibly some hedge laying. 
The site of the nature reserve is off the A422 near Foscote. 
Volunteers need to wear a hard hat whilst volunteering. This is a good role for volunteers interested in conservation and the environment.
Find out more

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Community Grants launched

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.

If you can help people to build confidence and overcome barriers that can block them from getting training or paid work, we could help you. Grants can cover 100% of your project cost so no match-funding is required.
Find out more

Community Grants information event

Thu, 11 April | 12.45 – 3 | Cranfield 
This event will provide in-depth information and application guidance for the Community Grants programme. 
Book now

 

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