Photographer Needed urgently

Are you interested in photography?

Would you like to volunteer and have your work published in our promotional material?

Community Action: MK are seeking a volunteer to join members of staff at networking events/activities. This is a non-paid position. Your work could be published in our newsletters, Annual Review, flyers and website.

Applicants should contact

Please ensure you have a portfolio or collection of images attached in the e-mail. Applicants will be selected after interview with a member of staff. Knowledge of graphics and design is preferable. Applicants must be 18+.

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MK Dons – Working Together

Interested in finding out more about working together more effectively, being able to scale up your offer and work regionally as well as locally?

Are you a voluntary sector/third sector/not-for-profit organisation that would like to build your capacity and become stronger and more resilient?

Join us at this special event to hear more about the context behind this proposal, how this has worked in other regions and how you can be part of a more collaborative future for MK and our region.

The event will be held on Tuesday, 20th June 2017 between 10:00 – 12:30 BST.

At The Players Lounge, Milton Keynes Dons, Grafton Street, Bletchley, MK1 1ST.

To book your place, please visit the eventbrite page.

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Understanding Your Accounts Workshop

Social Business Alliance CIC have organised a workshop on Understanding Your Accounts.

Improve your organisation’s finance reporting and by the end of the session you will know:

  • Record keeping and the internal audit trail
  • Reconciliations
  • What financial reports to prepare
  • Restricted/Designated/Unrestricted funds
  • Prepayments and accruals
  • What items are presented on a balance sheet and profit & loss/statement of financial activities account
  • Layout of balance sheet and profit & loss/statement of financial activities account

The event will be held

Monday, 10 July 2017
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM BST


Age UK Milton Keynes
1 Chadds Lane
Peartree Bridge
MK6 3EB.

To book your place, please visit


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Job Vacancy – Carers MK – Hospital Support Worker

Carers MK are advertising the following job vacancy. Please could share this amongst your contacts.

Hospital Support Worker – Milton Keynes University Hospital

Hours: 22.5 hours worked over a three day week – core hours 9am – 5pm with some evening and weekend work

Salary: £22.250 (pro-rata)

Carers MK is looking for a Support Worker to reach out to unpaid carers. The successful candidate will be based at Milton Keynes University Hospital and their role will involve working with the wards and department staff to identify and support unpaid carers.

Closing Date: Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Midnight

A Job Description and Application Form can be downloaded from the Carers MK website here.

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Refugees Welcome MK – Newsletter – 21st May

We Need Your Help

We are currently in the middle of the biggest humanitarian crisis in a generation. Millions of people are displaced and seeking sanctuary; the images we see on our screens are heartbreaking.

Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK) have made huge progress responding to the Syrian crisis. Five families arrived in MK in 2016 and we are hoping to welcome six more this year.  But we need your help.   You can:

  • volunteer for the British Red Cross.  They have the contract for resettlement work in Milton Keynes with a wide range of voluntary roles available (see and our own list of British Red Cross roles in MK at
  • raise money to provide grants for essential things the families need.
  • raise awareness.  There is a lot of negative talk in the press about refugees. We need people who are willing to speak out about the contribution refugees make to society.
  • take on a house.  Our ‘Just One House’ scheme is central to the way we help our refugee families. A group of people (possibly a company, church or mosque) take on responsibility for preparing a house for a refugee family – and get to know that family as they settle in. We already have six groups lined up for 2017, but we will need teams for 2018 (see ‘Just One House’ Teams below).
  • join our talks team.  Tell schools, companies and local groups about our work for refugees.
  • help us with our administration and organisation.   We desperately need you – there’s a lot to do.

Contact if you can help with any of the above.

We’ll respond positively to every offer of help, but we must limit our work to the things that we know will make a difference – and that we are actually able to achieve. This can be frustrating because we can see how much good will there is in our city, but there are limits to what is possible. Keep following the newsletter and we’ll let you know when opportunities arise.

The General Election

When David Cameron made the commitment to extend the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, he said the UK would resettle “up to 20,000 refugees by the end of this Parliament” and then supplemented this scheme with 3,000 “children at risk” due to also be resettled directly from the region. Because of the Fixed Term Parliament Act, people assumed this meant 2020; however the snap election now calls this commitment into question. The incoming Government could choose to scrap the scheme with immediate effect.

Currently, even if the incoming Government agrees to continue the existing resettlement commitment until 2020, that still leaves two more years before the end of the Parliament (2022). This is an opportunity for the incoming government to demonstrate Britain’s global leadership and continue to build on the strong commitments already made.

UNHCR estimates that the number of people in need of resettlement globally in 2017 is 1.19 million. They suggest that the UK could expand its commitment to at least 10,000 refugees a year and consolidate the various programmes into one flexible scheme which provides a safe and legal option for refugees of many different nationalities according to need.

On our web site we provide links to some very useful non-partisan background documents produced by Safepassage, a project of Citizens UK, with a collection of frequently asked questions about refugees pertinent to the imminent General Election, as well as ideas for questions to ask all candidates.  To view or download these documents, please visit

Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK) is committed to help the people of Milton Keynes welcome more refugees over the coming years. We will work with politicians (from all parties) to make this happen. It is important to raise questions about refugees during the election, and then build positive relationships with people who can help us achieve our goals.

Also relevant to the forthcoming General Election, and as a way to demonstrate commitment to the values of justice, inclusion, and welcome, Citizens:mk are organising a Great Big Get Together on Friday June 16th. This will be an Iftar meal (breaking a fast). We hope that a number of politicians (including the new MPs for Milton Keynes) will be there. It will be an opportunity to reflect on the way Milton Keynes can develop as a Just, Inclusive and Welcoming community, and speak up for the needs of refugees. Please visit to book tickets.

Storage Space Urgently Needed

Our ‘Just One House’ teams desperately need lockable, clean and dry storage areas in or near Milton Keynes, each one about the size of a small garage, and available free of charge for several months from June 2017.  Do you know anyone not using their garage who might let us have it for storing household furniture and effects?  Or a business that might have space available in one of their offices or warehouses?  Please contact if you can help.

Vote of Thanks to our ‘Just One House’ Teams

We are delighted to be working with the following organisations on our ‘Just One House’ project this year (see  A big thank you to all those involved!  Each of these teams collects  items needed to welcome a refugee family into their new home:

  • St Mark’s Church Milton Keynes: leader, Nina Castree.
  • Stony Stratford Community Church: leader, Anne Day.
  • David Lock Associates:  leader, Caroline Brown.
  • Sri Sathya Sai International Organisation:  leader, Survana Moody.
  • MK Muslim Association:  leader, Rukhsana Malik.
  • Watling Valley Church Partnership:  leader, Rozi Rowcroft James.


‘Just One House’ Teams 2018

We are interested in recruiting new teams for next year but are unable to confirm precise timing and numbers until we receive those details from MK Council.  For a general description of the programme please see

Community Sponsorship of Refugees

At our last Supporters’ Meeting we heard from Bekele Woyecha about a new scheme for welcoming refugees known as ‘Community Sponsorship’. This involves local community groups taking on direct responsibility for supporting a refugee family during their arrival and integration. The trustees of RWMK are keen to explore this idea because we think it will enable us to extend and develop our options for welcoming refugees into Milton Keynes.

Fund-raising Concert

A concert on 30 April in aid of the British Red Cross, Syrian Refugee fund, raised £282.50.  Organised by ipeace at Age UK Peartree Centre, it featured Syrian singers and backing group, delightfully assisted by their children who sang the choruses, and popular western music from the Free Peace Band.   There were cakes and soft drinks for sale and a raffle.

If you are organising a fund-raising event for this fund, or for Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes, please send us details well in advance for inclusion in our next newsletter.

Next Supporters’ Meeting: 20 June, 8PM

The next supporters’ meeting will be on  20 JuneWorld Refugee Day in World Refugee Week8:00pm at St Augustine’s Church, Langcliffe Drive, Heelands, MK13 7PL.  If coming by car,  enter Heelands from V7; at the T-junction turn left; pass the boarded up public house on the left and the church driveway is immediately ahead.

In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.   It started in 1998 as a positive response to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers.  For more information, see our own RWMK Events Page or the national Refugee Week site.

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MK Hustings Debate

BBC Three Counties Radio will be broadcasting the MK Hustings Debate that is taking place at Stadium MK on Tuesday, 30th May with the prospective parliamentary candidates for the constituency of Milton Keynes South.

This hustings debate will be broadcast live as part of their drivetime show between 5pm-7pm. If you’re interested in being part of the audience for this hustings debate, Carol Abercrombie from BBC Three Counties radio has asked that you complete and email the attached form to . On the day, please report to reception and you will be directed to the right place. If you need any further information regarding this event please contact Carol on 01582 636963.

The Application form can be downloaded by clicking here.

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New Community Outreach Programme

A Statement by Outreach Solutions –

Outreach Solutions is working with a company called at800 to run a community outreach programme during the roll out of the UK’s 4G mobile network.

New 4G services enable super-fast internet on mobile phones. Some 4G signals may cause interference to Freeview – TV received through an aerial. Satellite and cable TV services will not be affected.

Your support
We are seeking your help to ensure that your staff are briefed about the potential 4G/TV interference issue in case you should receive any enquiries from your service users in the Newport Pagnell area as the 4G signals are activated.

About at800

at800’s role is to ensure that viewers who rely on Freeview for TV can continue to receive it, or are offered a suitable alternative, when 4G mobile services transmitted at 800 MHz are activated in their area.
at800 offers:

  • advice and free filters to all households
  • engineer visits to non-communal households that are solely reliant on terrestrial TV

Most interference can be solved by fitting a free filter to the TV. The filters can be fitted by the viewer or by an at800 engineer; they fix the problem by blocking the 4G signals. More information can be found here.

Outreach Solutions role
Outreach Solutions specifically engages with organisations that work with or support people who require some extra support, providing them with information to help their customers should they be asked for advice in relation to Freeview interference.

Specifically, we can help:

  • Viewers who are aged 75 and over
  • People who are in receipt of incapacity payments
  • People who are blind or partially sighted

Our remit is to ensure that this knowledge, help and support is made available at a community level from trusted local organisations in the areas which are affected.

Resource pack
We have some information for your use as follows:

We would appreciate it if you could forward this information to relevant staff members and volunteers.

If you are able to add some information to your website or include some content about the 4G roll out within your newsletter that would be most helpful. In addition, if you have a Facebook or Twitter page, we would be very grateful if you would post/tweet the following message: Some new 4G mobile signals could cause Freeview interference – let at800 know if this has affected your TV

Chaperone services
There may, very occasionally, be a need to provide a chaperone, usually a local volunteer, to accompany an engineer when they visit an individual’s home to fit a 4G filter. If we are notified of a need for a chaperone we approach local VCS orgs such as yourselves to see if this is a service that you can provide.

We will pay for this service if it is something that you are able to assist with. These visits typically take around 30 to 40 minutes.

What we need to know is if this is something that your organisation would be able to provide i.e. a volunteer chaperone to accompany an engineer on an installation visit. Please contact Outreach Solution at –

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