MK50 at Wolverton Community Orchard

Help Voice Interaction celebrate MK’s 50th birthday with refreshments, barbecue and music.

The event will take place on 11th June.

At 2.30pm there will be an unveiling of the newly-refurbished Victorian railway carriage.

At 3pm there will be a 1960s-themed fancy dress judging for children and adults.

As always this event is open to all with free entry but donations are always welcome! The venue can be found in the alleyway between Furze Way and Western Road, Wolverton.

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SEMLEP Open Calls for European Regional Development Fund

There are still opportunities to tap into current European Regional Development Fund Open Calls which will be closing at the end of October.

The ERDF focuses its investments on several key priority areas. This is known as ‘thematic concentration’:

  • Innovation and research;
  • The digital agenda;
  • Support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • The low-carbon economy.

The ERDF resources allocated to these priorities will depend on the category of region.

  • In more developed regions, at least 80 % of funds must focus on at least two of these priorities;
  • In transition regions, this focus is for 60 % of the funds;
  • This is 50 % in less developed regions.

Furthermore, some ERDF resources must be channelled specifically towards low-carbon economy projects:

  • More developed regions: 20%;
  • Transition regions: 15%; and
  • Less developed regions: 12%.

SEMLEP is planning an ERDF information event on 20 July 2017 at SEMLEP from 10:00 till 13:00 to help potential applicants with the development of project ideas and eligibility requirements.

Further information on the event and how to reserve a place will be circulated in June.

For further information on the ERDF, please click here.

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After 4 years work, Future Wolverton has just gone live with their first Community Shares Offer!

They are hoping to raise £200k for refurbishment and redevelopment of the Old School in Old Wolverton.  The Old School is a Grade 2 listed building in Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes, which has been closed to community use for over 10 years.

Last Summer, Future Wolverton secured funding from Power to Change to purchase the building, which will serve an area of Milton Keynes that has seen massive housing development, without the corresponding community infrastructure.

The project is a result of a unique partnership with Slated Row School, a community special school for 4-19 year olds with moderate to severe learning difficulties, which is located next door to the Old School. Every aspect of the centre will be run by the 6th Form and year 10 students at Slated Row, from cleaning and maintaining the building, through to taking bookings for the community space and 3 bed Guest House we are creating next door.

To find out more watch our short film

You can invest as little as £50, and every £1 invested up to a total of £50k will be matched by the Community Shares Unit.  Future Wolverton are also offering a 2% return on all investments from 2021 onwards. Applications for shares can be made online at

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Consultation on draft Economic Development Strategy

The Team at InvestMK are inviting people to their consultation on the draft Economic Development Strategy. The consultation is running until 9th June and they’re keen to get as many views as possible.

Milton Keynes Draft Economic Development Strategy – share your views

Following a period of engagement with representatives from business, education and the community and voluntary sector, the draft Economic Development Strategy 2017-2027 is out for public consultation.  The Council now need your views.

The Economic Development Strategy seeks to build on the current economic success of MK, to capitalise on potential future opportunities and to address the challenges the city faces.  The aim of the strategy is to secure strong and inclusive growth which benefits businesses and residents, and to sustain the reputation of MK as a prosperous, innovative and culturally vibrant place.  It outlines a number of actions and activities based on four key priorities:

Brand – embedding a brand that makes MK a special place with the foundations to build upon MK’s environment, leisure and cultural strengths

Connections – working in local, regional, national and international partnerships to advocate for the city and secure physical and digital infrastructure and other investment to support inclusive growth

Enterprise – closer engagement with business and ensuring MK continues to be a place where businesses prosper and grow

Skills – ensuring residents and businesses can gain the skills they require to create a prosperous city

The consultation will be open until Friday 09 June 2017.  The Economic Development Strategy will direct the Council’s approach to economic development in Milton Keynes over the next ten years.  It is vital that it reflects the needs and aspirations of our businesses and residents and identifies the most appropriate and effective actions and activities.  Your thoughts and comments would be welcomed.

The draft Economic Development Strategy can be found at

To comment or for further information, please email Donna Wilkinson, Economic Development Manager,

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Arts and Heritage Alliance Forum, 7th June

Arts and Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes are holding their next Forum on 7th June.  It will be held at The Stables. This is a great opportunity to hear a selection of spotlights from members, alongside an update on a new website and ways to connect with schools from Katye Judge, Bedford Creative Arts.

The guest speaker will be Ian Revell, new Chief Executive of the MK Community Foundation.

Kindly contact AHA-MK in advance to allow them to book your space and lunch.

You can contact them using

Please click here for the promotional poster and more details.

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Job Vacancy – Support Facilitator at Connection Support

Role –                                  Support Facilitator (Full and Part time)

Hours –                               37.5 hours p.w. flexible part time hours available

Location –                          Milton Keynes – Bletchley Park

Salary –                               £17,821 – £20,882 (pro rata if part time)

Contract Duration –        12 month Fixed Term

Annual Leave                    30 days plus Bank Holidays (pro rata if part time) per annum

Closing Date                      Midnight Wednesday 30th May
Interviews will take place on 7th June

About Connection Support –    At Connection Support we are passionate about the professional and quality services that we provide.

At the heart of what we do are the exceptional team of support workers, team managers, administrative support and volunteers, and we are currently looking for new people to join our team.

Benefits of Support Facilitator –      The role is part of a new and exciting Self Directed Support Enabling Service in Milton Keynes that supports clients to have real and meaningful choice and control over their care and support to live the life they aspire to.

Requirements of Support Facilitator –     Please note that you must have a full driving licence and use of a vehicle

Responsibilities of Support Facilitator:

  • Visit clients in their own homes to provide a fully flexible care and support options service
  • Help clients to identify how they can meet their care and support needs, including creative and innovative ways that helps them to achieve the life they aspire to.
  • Assist people to understand how a Direct Payment can be used to increase choice, their responsibilities and the support available.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £17,821.00 to £20,882.00 /year

For more information, please e-mail

Or, alternatively, visit – for the complete Job Description and Application Form.

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