Collaborative Action Groups: The Story So Far…

We started our new Collaborative Action Groups project a few weeks ago, which has been made possible thanks to the funding from MK Community Foundation and their Covid-19 MK Emergency Response Fund.

The project follows our own Covid-19 emergency response programme, which we have been working on since the start of the pandemic, which includes supporting our local VCSE groups with funding, governance and other needs to help them adapt to the new reality of working, and coordinating a bank of volunteers to support them deliver their services during these challenging times. Creating a network of Collaborative Actions Groups across the city is the approach we wanted to take following our
conversations with the local groups over the past few months as well as the findings from our Covid-19 survey, in which many of the groups have told us about the urgent need to create better ways of accessing and sharing information about the local needs and the issues being experienced by the most vulnerable people in our community.

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Volunteering: What’s it like?

Volunteering is a great way to give back. The act of volunteering itself reaches not only the organisation and their beneficiaries, but creates a domino effect of reaching people who hear about acts of volunteering, regarding their kindness as emotionally uplifting; it reaches those near and dear to those in need; and it reaches YOU.

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Board Members Wanted: Equality Council UK

Equality Council UK are SEEKING NEW BOARD MEMBERS.

In light to some retirements, ECUK is seeking members to serve on its Board, in particular the Milton Keynes area, but regional representation may be sought in the near future.

ECUK is a charity run by voluntary members.

We are looking for interested individuals who have the enthusiasm and drive to forward the equality agenda . If you feel your interest and skills can support our charity, then we would like to hear from you. We are seeking skills in the following areas:

  • Funding raising through an application/tendering process
  • Recruitment and membership – diversifying the database and connections
  • Marketing, Networking and Business Development
  • Equality Standards, Training and Development
  • Events Management: Equality Awards and Promotional Events
  • Web Maintenance and Information Technology

You would need to be committed and determined to make a difference.

There will be approximately 7 meetings during 2020 including the AGM. Facilities will be made available for members to attend meetings remotely via video/teleconferencing.

Please forward your recent CV together with a covering letter outlining your interest in Equality and Diversity as well as what you can bring to the Board. Please send your particulars to:

Navritaa@equalitycounciluk.org

Visit our website: https://www.equalitycounciluk.org/

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Volunteers Needed: Reading Helpers – Coram Beanstalk

Could you spare a few hours each week at a local primary school to share your love of reading with children in Milton Keynes?

Coram Beanstalk is a national reading charity that transforms children’s life chances by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to work directly with children aged 5-11 who need support in their reading ability and confidence.

The charity currently needs new volunteers who can help engage children in books and stories, bringing the fun and magic back into reading with children whose reading confidence and enjoyment may have been lost or may need a boost.

As a reading helper you will support three primary school children twice a week for 30 minutes sessions for at least one academic year. The children you will be working with will need help for a variety of reasons but your focus will be on making reading fun and helping them feel more positive around books.

Very importantly, sessions are meant to be fun and enjoyable. By having this one-on-one time with each child the reading helper can help to develop the child’s reading skills and wider language acquisition in a fun and engaging way.

All volunteers receive professional training by Coram Beanstalk and ongoing support to ensure that they are best able to have the biggest impact possible through their sessions.

If you would like to become a reading helper in Milton Keynes, please visit the website at www.corambeanstalk.org.uk or call Coram Beanstalk on 020 7729 4087.

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