Thyroid MK – Information Event.

Thyroid MK are holding their next information event on Saturday 12th October 2019 at the Pavilion, Open University, Milton Keynes. Coffee and registration at 10.30 followed by the guest speaker at 11.00. For map and directions look here or telephone Wilma 01908 563289

Our guest speakers are from the British Thyroid Foundation Head Office (BTF) in Harrogate.

Cheryl Mc Mullan – Chief Executive Officer (Operations)

Julia Priestly – Chief Executive Officer (Development)

Both of whom will be giving you an update on the present and future objectives that are involved in the continued progression of BTF.

For more information visit

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Jobs in the Sector: Advice and Guidance advisor

Works for Us

Information, Advice and Guidance Adviser

28 hours per week.

3 years fixed term contract

Salary: £23,000 pro rata (£18,400) plus additional sessional work

Come and join our team at 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.

This position requires excellent communication skills and experience of working with people from a variety of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The ideal candidate will have a Level 4 NVQ in IAG or equivalent. Working towards relevant qualifications with experience will be considered.

We will consider a Job Share.

Further details and an application form are available on our website/Careers with us page here.

If you require any further information then please contact:

Tracy Whitmore or Marion Cole on: 01908 200186

Please return your application by email to: or by post to:

Marion Cole, Works for Us, The Point, 602 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3NB

Closing date for completed applications is 4pm on Friday 4th October 2019

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Age UK – Admin Support Worker.

Post Title: Building Better Opportunities Admin Support Worker. This Post is funded by European Social Fund and The Community Fund.

Location: Age UK MIlton Keynes Kiln Farm Office. You may be required to support the Project Officers at Job Clubs from time to time.

Responsible to: Building Better Opportunities Manager.

Responsible for: Supporting the BBO Project Officers by preparing client folders, Photocopying and scanning files. Supporting the BBO Programme Manager by preparing the financial and participant information for the returns to the Accountable Body. Occasionally to support the BBo Project Officers at Job Clubs. To support the job club at Kiln Farm. To attend weekly meeting and take minutes.

Position Status: 20 Months fixed contract May 2021.

Hours and Rate: 16 hours @ £9.00 per hour.

Additions: Expenses will be reimbursed on the production of completed forms and evidence.

Purpose of the Job: The post holder will be responsible for supporting the BBO Project Workers and the Programme Manager in order to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Programme in Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Northamptonshire.

Duties: To Support the BBO Project Workers at Job Club when required (travelling to different locations in Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Northamptonshire. Travel expenses will be reimbursed)

To provide administrative support to the BBO Programme.

To provide general administrative support to the BBO Project Worker and Programme Manager.

To maintain an efficient up-to-date filing system.

To carry out general office duties including: word processing, answering telephone calls, dealing with post.

To Provide an information service to telephone enquiries and callers who visit the office and send out information when necessary.

To take messages, recording and referring these on to BBO staff.

To assist with the collating and updating of information for specific projects and activities.

Technical Competencies/ Attributes: At least 1 year’s experience within an office or similar environment. Ability to use Windows packages particularly Word and Excel. Pleasant Telephone Manner. Good verbal and written communication skills. Working hours to meet the needs of the service.

To Apply for this position please email: Or call 07739985546

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience

Closing date: 24th September 2019. Interviews: 2nd October 2019.

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Age UK – Job Club Support Worker.

POST TITLE: Building Better Opportunities Job Club Support Worker. This post is funded by European Social Fund and the Community Fund.

Location: Age UK Milton Keynes Kiln Farm Office, various locations in Northamptonshire.

Responsible to: Building Better Opportunities Programme Manager.

Responsible for: Supporting clients who attend job clubs to use digital technology for: Developing job search skills; CV’s; Identifying training needs; and Supporting them into work. All administration required to submit quarterly returns to the Programme Manager.

Position Status: 20 Months fixed term contract to May 2021. Mobile working in Northamptonshire with Hot Desking at partner organisations. You will be required to attend project meetings in Milton Keynes on a weekly basis.

Purpose of the Job: The post holder will be responsible for supporting clients attending Age UK Milton Keynes job clubs. You will carry out initial assessments and devise a personal programme for each client. You will deliver support in Northamptonshire. You will be responsible for booking rooms for training courses that support the programme.

The programme is targeted at supporting hard to reach residents in Northamptonshire into employment. It is an initiative that is working with long term unemployed and economically inactive beneficiaries to provide tailored support that enables them to move into sustained employment. The age range for participants is 50+ and those that have caring responsibilities, (including children). The programme is currently scheduled to run until June 2021.

Main Responsibilities: Complete assessments with clients identifying their training needs and make recommendations to the Projects Officer and Manger.

Complete a programme that will support clients to remove the barriers that exist to their employment.

Complete all paperwork required by ESF/Lottery to ensure compliance with the guidelines of the BBO Programme.

Maintain confidentiality of clients on the programme.

Attend project meetings and input into the delivery of the programme.

Support the BBO Project Officer when required to cover sickness and holiday.

To adhere to Age UK Milton Keynes policies and procedures.

Knowledge and Experience: The Successful candidate should be able to evidence the following criteria:

IAG qualification, if you do not have a current qualification AGE UK MK will pay for training, however should you leave the post within 6 months you will be required to reimburse the organisation the training fee.

DBS required

Experience of working with clients in a sensitive manor

Use of IT, supporting clients to use search engines and undertake basic skills assessments

A track record demonstrating your ability to complete paperwork to a high standard

Proven experience in completing forms and understanding the requirements for evidence for the BBO programme (training will be given)

Working Hours: Your working hours are 25 per week. 4 hours will be based at Age UK Milton Keynes, Kiln Farm on Monday. Various locations in Northamptonshire to be planned with the BBO Programme Manager.

A car is essential for this post. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed from the base in Northamptonshire to other venues in the county at the current Age UK Milton Keynes mileage rate (.40 per mile). Car parking will be reimbursed on production of receipts.

To Apply for this position please email

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience.

Closing date: 24th September Interviews 2nd October 2019

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Jobs in the voluntary sector: MK Community Foundation Philanthropy Manager

MK Community Foundation have a great opportunity to join their team as a Philanthropy Manager.

About the Role:

We are looking for an exceptional Philanthropy Manager with experience in developing high-impact relationships with donors and grant beneficiaries.

Can you contribute to the success of the MK Community Foundation through cultivating new and stewarding existing supporters?

What we need from you:

  • experience of developing meaningful and responsive relationships across a diverse range of individual supporters
  • an understanding of what inspires and engages individual philanthropists
  • a passion for spotting opportunities and deepening philanthropy insight across the Community Foundation
  • an ability to identify what really motivates individuals to support local causes and community organisations
  • an ability to communicate passionately about MK Community Foundation’s initiatives and impact to individual philanthropists
  • experience of working in the voluntary and community sector.

Salary: circa £30,000
Location: Acorn House, Central Milton Keynes
Hours: 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday – Thursday, 8.30am – 4.30pm Friday
Details: Full Time, Permanent following a six-month probationary period.

The Community Foundation:

The Milton Keynes Community Foundation connects people and resources to projects and ideas to create positive change in our communities through programmes such as grants making our annual Charity Car Raffle. We are leaders in developing philanthropy in our community and engaging with people and companies who have the ability to give money so that we can fund a wide range of voluntary and community sector activity. Over the last 33 years, MK Community Foundation has provided over £23millon of support to local charities and community groups through our grants programme and rent subsidies, helping to make Milton Keynes a great place to live and work.

What to do next:

Please download the full job description and application form

If you have any questions regarding the vacancy, please contact Karen Cooper on 01908 304432

Application closing date: 9:00 am Monday 2nd September 2019
Interview date: TBC

*Please note that CVs are not accepted and applicants cannot apply through an agency.*

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Salcey Forest and Silverstone Woodlands

If you enjoy the outdoors,want to learn new skills, meet new people and help the team look after the nations forest, why not get involved with your local group today.

The sessions are based at both Salcey Forest and the community woodlands in and around Silverstone and led by our Recreation Rangers and Forest Craft workers. Each session offers individuals the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills in woodland management, the environment and the chance to meet new people whilst out in the great outdoors. In return, the sessions provide us the opportunity to educate people on the work Forestry England do and receive some valuable support helping us to ensure our trees remain healthy and that our woodlands encourage a diverse range of wildlife species. At every session our volunteers receive on the day training, tools and of course tea and biscuits.

For further information contact:

016044 863830

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Jobs In the Voluntary Sector: various roles at MK Gallery

MAKE – Designer Fee: £4,500

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 26 April 2019
AHA-MK are looking to commission a designer to work with children, young people and MKCEP members to develop a new identity for the relaunch of MAKE – MK’s Cultural Education Partnership. The commissioned designer will be competent in engaging children and young people as part of the design process, leading a series of sessions in partnership with MAKE members MK Gallery. Download brief

How to apply: Please submit your Expression of Interest by emailing a short statement including links to digital portfolio / website (max 2 sides of A4) to Victoria Mayes, Head of Learning, MK Gallery

Learning Coordinator Hours: Full Time Salary: £22,000

Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019

Apply to: Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director,

The learning coordinator is responsible for helping to shape and coordinate MK Gallery’s Learning Programme. The Learning Coordinator, with delivery support from a range of freelance contacts as required, develops and coordinates interpretive information, events, activities and projects in an informal and formal context that enable children and young people, parents, carers, families, schools and communities to engage with the arts.

Download application pack

Marketing and Public Relations (PR) Manager Hours: Full Time

Salary: 35,000

Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019

Apply to: Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director,

Reporting to and working with the Head of Development and Communications, the post holder will manage the marketing , communications and PR to a wide range of target markets, both B2C and B2B, from a local to national level, making a significant contribution to the realisation of MK Gallery’s vision to become a world class arts centre and tourist destination.

Download application pack

Administrator and Development Coordinator Hours: Full Time

Salary: £22,000

Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019

Apply to: Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director,

MK Gallery’s Administrator and Development Coordinator will provide a broad range of administrative support to the Director, Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees.  S/he will be responsible for the smooth running of the Gallery’s offices and provide administrative support to coordinate the organisation’s marketing and development functions.

Download application pack

Visitor Experience Assistant Hours: Full Time Salary: £9 per hour

Closing date: 10am Thursday 9 May 2019

Apply to: Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director,

Visitor Experience Assistants support the delivery of all visitor services and building operations at MK Gallery including box office, retail and events. They also support the implementation of health and safety policy across the site under the supervision of the Duty Manager/Visitor Experience Manager. 

Download application pack

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