Support for local family

One example of how we work with local businesses

We wanted to share with you this lovely impact story of how we managed to link local business with the local community through our Employee Volunteering Programme.

Towergate told us that they were hosting a reverse Advent. For this they asked staff for donations of nonperishable items, which would be distributed to local community groups.

Instead of this, Community Action: MK linked them with Daisy Chain Children’s Centre in Bletchley, who facilitated the hampers to be delivered to local families.

Ann, an employee at Towergate, told us:

“Staff appreciated that Community Action: MK linked them with Daisy Chain Children’s Centre. We started a reverse advent, but I had an image that it would be filled with 24 donated tins of food. Once we were given the make up of a real family that we could support it gave us something to focus on.”


Generous donations given by Towergate Staff. Photo credit: Community Action: MK

We at Community Action: MK think that the picture tells the story of how staff got involved in giving with a sense of purpose.

If you would like to find out more about our Employee Volunteering Programme and about future corporate volunteering opportunities please click here.

If you would like further information please email


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Pepperhill & Stanton School: MK Lightning Ice Hockey Tickets

Do you and your family fancy seeing the MK Lightning ice hockey match at Planet Ice on Saturday 21st January 2017.


If the answer is ‘Yes!’, then please book your tickets through Stanton School and have a fantastic evening’s entertainment, followed by the opportunity to take to the ice after the match for a skate. The after match skating is free of charge, but any skate hire will cost £2.20 per person, payable on the night in the reception area of the rink from the 1st period break.

These have arranged before and they have only ever had positive feedback. As half the ticket price paid goes back to the school, the event is a school fundraiser too!

There is a simple process to follow:                            

  • Please complete your ticket needs in the attached form, and send them back to school with your payment. To check the deadline for this please contact Stanton School
  • Your names and ticket numbers are then forwarded to the venue; you simply turn up by 6.30pm at the latest: Planet Ice Milton Keynes, 1 South Row, Milton Keynes, MK9 1DL: and collect your tickets from our ticket collection gazebo , in  the car park just outside our main reception.
  • The match starts at 7pm. Visit: for details.
  • Cost: per family ticket (4 people) £10, per adult £5  and per child £3

All tickets must be paid for in advance to the school, and not on the door.

The School hopes that as many families as possible will support this event and enjoy an exciting game too!


For any further details please contact Stanton School on 01908 221 242.

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Argos Staff get their Hands Dirty for Charity

60 Argos Store Managers help support various causes across Milton Keynes

Community Action: MK work with Argos to deliver their employee volunteering programme, where staff volunteer some of their work time on helping local causes. On Monday 23rd May, 60 Argos Store Managers went out to various places across the city. They supported Willen Hospice, Stanton School, The British Red Cross, MK Snap, Coffee Tots Pre-School, The Urb Farm and York House in Stony Stratford. On this occasion the projects were also lucky enough to receive a cheque from the teams towards their work. Check out some of the images and quotes from the day…

Urb farm

Stanton School

“It’s amazing that the volunteers have achieved so much in just 4 hours. We are always delighted to have volunteers at Stanton School” ­ Helen Nicholson, Headteacher Stanton School

“I’ve really enjoyed volunteering today. It’s an easy project to do and I can see how this can relate back to my area back home” Emma, Argos Volunteer


Willen Hospice

“WOW! Not only have we had the fantastic assistance of 10 volunteers today that have helped us in the Furniture store and warehouse…BUT they have also given us a total of £200 donation for the hospice!” Bob Prince, Distribution & Store Manager at Willen Hospice


MK Snap

“It’s a great idea to take part in volunteering like this. We can take these ideas back to our areas and encourage others”Debbi, Argos Volunteer
“I wouldn’t think of arranging an activity like this. We have 10,000 volunteering hours to use; this is a way to use them productively” Yu Ming, Argos Volunteer
British Red Cross

British Red Cross

“This opportunity is bringing on a fuzzy feeling. It’s always good to have fuzzy feelings!” Argos Volunteer
“It’s great to be out doing something that is not for profit but making a real difference” Argos Volunteer
“This is the first time meeting the team, feel as though we are really bonding” Argos Volunteer
“We were struck by the energy and enthusiasm the group had, and their interest in the project. They enjoyed getting stuck into the tasks, but also asked a lot about how volunteers work and some of the ways tending the plot helps our clients. We were also not expecting such a kind donation, this will really motivate our volunteers and help clients plan to grow what they would like to see grow.” Kerri, British Red Cross

If you would like to find out more about how your staff could get involved in our employee volunteering programme, or if your charity could use teams of volunteers, contact us on

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Volunteers Week

Community Action MK are celebrating volunteers week which runs from the 1st – 12th June 2016. We are inviting businesses large and small to work collaboratively and bridge the gap with community organisations, charities and schools. Our aim is to ensure everyone across Milton Keynes is given an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to our thriving city.

‘Employee volunteering is great for building strong and resilient teams in the current challenging economic environment and so it’s good for the businesses and their employees as well as the community groups they help. At CAMK we aim to provide easy access to quality opportunities. Our prep work ensures employees and groups all have a valuable time. Employee volunteering develops a greater sense of community and makes Milton Keynes a better place to work and live.’ Tim Marren CEO of CA:MK.

CA:MK will identify and create a range of projects that individuals or teams will be able to choose, throughout the week. We will coordinate the volunteers to ensure that the activity benefits everyone who takes part. CA:MK will collect feedback and create an evaluation report for the week, so, if you are in charge of volunteering at the employer end, you’ll have information to show the opportunity has been a success for you .

The cost to take part in volunteers week will be £30 per volunteer. This will contribute to the resource of CA:MK staff time.

Here are some volunteering opportunities that you could be involved with…

To learn more visit our page 

  • Fancy a breath of fresh air working on a variety of outdoor tasks with a local community farm, activities will include: painting, scrub clearing, small-scale construction and planting. Thursday 9th. Volunteers needed 25.
  • Get down and dirty to clear the way to extend our local canal. Safety equipment will be provided. Thursday 2nd June. Volunteers needed 20.
  • Be a part of history by volunteering for a National Charity to help preserve their gardens for everyone to enjoy for years to come. They are able to accommodate teams throughout the week (not 2nd June). Teams can be 20+.
  • Help a school to deliver employability skills to their students to prepare them for the future. Wednesday 8th June. All welcome.
  • Deliver skills for life coaching to homeless young people. This can be helping them to budget, cook, shop or just a general chat to help prepare them for when they are successful in securing a home of their own.
  • Sailing is one of the very few sports in which able-bodied sailors and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms. This group are inviting volunteers to go along to support them to get onto the water. They also keen to show volunteers how it is done and encourage them to get onto the water too! Sailing will take place on Wednesday 8th June 12-5pm.

If you would like to get involved with any of the above activities please contact Tracy Pearson 01908 661623 or email


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Party Time for MK Sailability and their volunteers!

MK Sailability are inviting children from local schools to take part in a fun sailing activity. They have secured 20 volunteers from Home Retail Group to help make the day go with a splash!

The day will consist of teams of children racing through the water helped by skilled members of the group and the volunteers assisting the activities. This has been made possible through our employee volunteering brokerage service.

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