Leap – Two fantastic workshops for April and May

There are two great workshops taking place in the next month or so to support volunteers and activity deliverers to engage hard to reach groups.

To book onto the courses and or circulate to deliverers of sport and physical activity you either commission, support or are aware of, please contact:

Chris Gregory, Senior Sport & Physical Activity Development Manager, Leap. Bucks & MK Sport and Activity Partnership, New Century House, Pembroke Road, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 1DB.

T: 01908 585069  W: http://www.leapwithus.org.uk




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New Free Online Course On The Voluntary Sector

The Open University has produced a new free online course Introducing the Voluntary Sector. It covers the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including: the structure and history of the UK voluntary sector; values and beliefs; funding issues; understanding stakeholders and beneficiaries; power and empowerment; and the role of volunteering. The course is 8 weeks long, involves 3 hours per week of study and will be particularly suitable for learners working (or aspiring to work) as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations. It is available via OpenLearn:


A second course, Working in the Voluntary Sector, will be available later this year.

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CQC Older People’s Campaign

On 29 March, CQC will launch a campaign to encourage older people and their loved ones to feedback about the quality of health and social care they have received.

They’re encouraging older people to feedback on their care, as research has shown that older people are far less likely to complain about services and are less aware of the ways they can share their views.

As part of the campaign, they’ve spoken with older people and their loved ones about their experiences of care – good and bad – and their experiences will be at the centre of their campaign.

They hope that these stories will encourage more people to share their experiences with CQC.  Their inspectors can’t be everywhere at once and their information will help the inspectors decide when, where and what service to inspect and it could stop poor care from happening to someone else in the future.

They’re using a variety of communications channels, including posters and social media, to reach older people and their loved ones. They’re hoping to encourage more members of the public to share their experiences but they need support to reach people in the community.

What They Are Asking From You

 They’re asking for a commitment to help raise awareness of how important it is for older people and their loved ones to feedback on care for older people. They’re asking that you support us in the following way:

–           During their launch week (28 March – 1 April), we need you to post on your social media channels and any other relevant channels about the campaign. Their social media team can share social media posts with their network.

–           They are happy to draft content for newsletters so please let them know if that would be of interest

Suggested Tweets:

–           .@CareQualityComm wants to hear about the quality of #CareForOlderPeople share your experiences cqc.org.uk/careforolderpeople

–           Geraldine feels that her mum’s GP offers excellent #CareForOlderPeople Share your experiences with @CareQualityComm cqc.org.uk/careforolderpeople

–           Only 25% people 65+ have fed-back about a service in the past – Share your #CareForOlderPeople with @CareQualityComm cqc.org.uk/careforolderpeople

Suggested Facebook Post:

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to hear about experiences of health and social #CareForOlderPeople – good or bad. To share your experience with CQC, or for more information, visit cqc.org.uk/careforolderpeople.

Download graphics and a poster

If you want to create your own social media post or print posters visit our downloads page www.cqc.org.uk/careforolderpeopleresources

Please note, the campaign homepage is cqc.org.uk/careforolderpeople,

For more information contact Colin.Penning@cqc.org.uk

Samuel Wallace

Senior Regional Public Engagement and Involvement Officer (London & South East England)

Care Quality Commission (CQC)
CQC | 151 Buckingham Palace Road | London | SW1W 9SZ

E-mail: samuel.wallace@cqc.org.uk

Tel: 07747455180

Web: www.cqc.org.uk | Twitter

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Arts Update

A belated happy Easter to you, I was fortunate enough to avoid most of the rain and enjoy plenty of fresh air and family time over the long weekend.  I hope you are able to take some time out too!

As an arts officer I do like to include images to articulate stories however the function still isn’t quite playing ball so your newsletters from me will continue to come without images for now. 

Lucy Bedford, Arts Officer

MK Business Achievement Awards – trophies were taken home by MK Gallery & The Stables and it was fabulous that mixed in between awards to accountancies, architects and software companies, the arts scene achieved such high profile.  Well done not just to the winners but also the finalists

Ideal Syllabus – a free professional development programme has been launched as a partnership between MK Council and Milton Keynes Arts Centre.  Submissions close on the 11th April.

Festive Road – I am really pleased that Festive Road has found a new permanent residence in Kiln Farm after they moved on from their space in Linford Wood last year.  They can now focus on their Rio workshops and Walking with Giants parade in their lovely new space

IAHC & Elevate Funding – the Islamic Arts Heritage and Culture Group led by Anouar Kassim has been invited to apply to the Arts Council England Elevate fund which will support the growth of diversity within the sector.  Best wishes to the whole team there!

Social Media – earlier in the month I met with the Parks Trust Social Media Officer to support us as we plan for the 50th birthday.  The session was fantastically useful, looking at the different platforms, audiences, tone of voice etc.  If you are interested in learning more about social media, drop me a line and I’ll coordinate another session for artists/arts professionals.

Original Artwork by World-class Artists – MK Arts Centre has original artwork from 40 prominent artists for sale through their website as part of their annual fundraiser.  This is a great opportunity to get hold of a unique piece of artwork.

Musicians – if you are a musician and would like somewhere to perform your music in MK then check out the facebook pages of BuskersBar Bar and MKG Scratchnights as they all offer space for regular gigs.


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Festive Road

Festive Road are really pleased they have found a new permanent residence in Kiln Farm after they moved on from their space in Linford Wood last year.  They can now focus on their Rio workshops and Walking with Giants parade in their lovely new space.

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