Join us in Fullers Slade this Saturday

Community Action: MK are delighted to be part of the Fun Day that is being organised by Fullers Slade Residents Association this Saturday, 24 June –  in Spider Park.

We will be promoting our existing projects and telling you about the various volunteering opportunities in Milton Keynes that you can get involved with, including the following projects

We will also be showcasing CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project and giving out free LED lightbulbs to anyone who signs up to CAPE website. Our friends at Transition MK will also have a stall, showcasing their work on promoting local action on low-carbon living and the Carbon Conversations project in particular.

In addition, we will be engaging with people about the new European Capital of Culture bid, giving is you the chance to tell us what, you think, is best about Milton Keynes, so we can pass on your views to the MK Council Team.

Join us on Saturday a this fun-filled local event. Our stall will be available for you to visit between 12-2pm.


If you have questions about the event, contact Fullers Slade Residents Association on

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MK Futures Connectors Group – what are the 6 MK Futures 2050 projects?

Community Action: MK are calling on local residents and groups to take part in the next phase of the MK Futures 2050 project, which is all about engaging our local communities on the topics that are key to the future development of Milton Keynes.

If you are passionate about living in Milton Keynes and how it should be developing as a city, apply to join MK Futures Connectors Group, who will represent the views of our local communities and help shape the 6 big projects that have been identified in the MK Futures 2050 Report. The projects are:

Project One: Hub of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc
Project Two: MK:U, a new university for Milton Keynes
Project Three: Learning 2050
Project Four: Smart, shared, sustainable mobility
Project Five: Renaissance: CMK
Project Six: Milton Keynes: The creative and cultured city

To find out more about the projects, you can read the full MK Futures 2050 report here.

Community Action: MK have also engaged with local residents about the future of Milton Keynes at the earlier stage of the MK Futures 2050 project in 2016. To find out what local residents have told, read our short report here.

The applications to be part of MK Connectors Group are open until Sunday 25th June. We would like to encourage all members of the community, including individual residents as well as representatives of specific groups, communities and minorities, to join this new and exciting initiative.

The application process is very simple; all you need to do is complete a short online application form and tell us about yourself and the group or the community you would like to represent, and answer the following questions:

  • How you will update and inform people about what you have learned as a Connector?
  • What arrangements you will use to consult with the people that you are representing, and gather their views?
  • What support or training do you think you might need?

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MK Futures 2050 Panel will shortlist successful participants in early July. The first meeting of MK Futures Connectors Group is planned for 24 July. If you are not successful in your application, don’t worry – there will be plenty of opportunities in the next year or so to have your voice heard through other events and activities we plan to hold as part of the project. Community Action: MK are completely dedicated to ensuring that a wide range of community members can have their say on the developments of the MK Futures 2050 projects!

If you have any questions about your application or about the MK Connectors Group project, please call our office on 01908 661 623 and ask to speak to Anna, Julie or May. You can also e-mail our project team on

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Job Vacancy in the Voluntary Sector

Head of Christian Influence & Engagement (Maternity Cover) with World Vision


Salary: £45,772 – £53,316 p.a plus good range of benefits

Terms: Fixed Term, full time 9-12 months (Maternity cover)

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 16 July 2017


Job Description

Play a leading role in spiritual and social transformation to help change children’s lives for the better.

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity. Every day they bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places as a sign of God’s unconditional love. At World Vision, their aim is simple – to keep every child free from fear. They were proud to be voted one of the Top 100 ‘Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For’ in 2014 and 2015 and they are absolutely delighted to be ranked in 9th place in the same category for 2016.

This is a new position within World Vision UK. It’s a role requiring an inspirational leader who can lead World Vision UK on this next stage of its journey to serve and build authentic partnerships with the Church. With a working understanding of the UK Christian context, as well as links across a variety of Christian networks, you will quickly rise to the challenge of finding spaces where the work of the Church and World Vision intersects, contributing to spiritual and social transformation.

This role offers the opportunity to use your collaborative skills and acumen to lead sustainable strategic development of World Vision’s church ministry at the most senior levels, as well as identifying new ways to engage and equip Christians in the UK. This, in turn, will increase the impact of their work to help the world’s most vulnerable children through campaigning, prayer and financial giving.

By demonstrating your Christ-centred life and work in all that you do, you will have the chance to communicate a sense of calling for ministry and leadership by fulfilling the following key responsibilities:

• Leading the ongoing development of World Vision UK’s Christian Engagement strategy

• Overseeing strategy implementation with and through UK churches and Christians

• Exploring and communicating the theological underpinning of their work

• Leading the thinking on how their Christian faith should influence their brand, their development work and their culture

• Growing their influence and support amongst Christian leaders, organisations, denominations and the media

• Representing World Vision UK on faith-based initiatives across the WV Partnership

• Building and strengthening relationships with other faith-based charities, exploring appropriate opportunities for collective impact

As an active and committed Christian, this role will allow you to fully integrate your faith and be sensitive to its various expressions across cultures and denominations.

An outstanding networker as well as an influential and strategic leader, you will be educated to degree level or have relevant professional experience, including skills gained within a marketing or charity fundraising capacity.

In addition to the salary offered, they offer a range of benefits including pension, subsidised gym membership, generous holiday entitlement and free parking at their Milton Keynes offices.

Do you have the essential qualities required to perform this key role?

To apply click here where you will be directed to Charity Jobs website in order to view the Job Description, complete their short online application form and upload your CV.

Please note that if response for this role is higher than anticipated, World Vision reserve the right to commence interviews and appoint before the published closing date.

World Vision UK is an Equal Opportunities Employer and this role requires the post holder to have a Christian faith as an occupational requirement.

No agencies please

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Arts Gateway Mingle at Arts Central

The next AGMK Mingle (Arts Networking/Showcase) at Art Central, is fast approaching.

106-108 Saxon Gate West,
Norfolk House East (3rd Floor), CMK, MK9 2DN
(In front of the Octo Sculpture).

22nd June 2017 from 6.30-9pm

You are invited to the next Arts Gateway MK Mingle (Arts Networking/Showcasing) to be held back at Arts Central, Norfolk House.

**Networking – Live Music/Performances – Talks – Stalls (available to hire) – Refreshments – Raffle**

Still a few stalls available so do get in touch ASAP if you’d like one! £15 Non-Members / £10 Members and £5 Residents.  Please download the form ‘here’. Please also get in touch if you have something to share or shout about and we may be able to squeeze you in.

Entry: Members Free | Non Members £2 (pay on door) – please gift aid if possible.

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The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse

Please find below a statement from the CSA Centre regarding funding:

“We are excited to say that we are now accepting applications for our Evaluation Fund (5k-25k).

The fund is open to organisations (England and Wales) who are providing programmes in educational settings or working with, and providing direct services to children and young people who are at risk of, or are experiencing CSE or CSA.

We have a particular interest in evaluation work with children and young people in or leaving care and/or children and young people with learning difficulties, as the evidence shows that they are at increased risk.

Front-line services tackling child sexual abuse and exploitation can often lack the time and resources to investigate the effectiveness of their work.  The fund aims to assist services to put in place the fundamental building blocks that lay the basis for evaluation.

These grants will help services to better measure the results of their work. Improving understanding of what is effective is essential to improving responses to children.”

More information on funding can be found by clicking here.

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Fashion Show – 29th July

We are inviting you and your family to our Fashion Show, as shown on the leaflet attached – which will take place on the 29th of July 2017.

The event will take place from 6.30pm – 9.00 pm at The Guildhall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone.

There will be music, performances and lots of Fashion!

Come support the artists, designers and participants.

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The Hive – Building Co-operatives

The latest edition of The Hive is now available. It focuses on four ways to celebrate co-ops.

  1. Share your #CoopStories – It is Co-operatives Fortnight 2017. During this period, running from 17 June-1 July, the team are asking people and co-ops to share stories of how working together has made a difference. The aim is to create a wealth of stories to raise awareness about co-operatives.
  2. People from across the co-op sector and beyond will come together on 30 June-1 July to reimagine the economy at Co-op Congress 2017. With keynote speakers on the ‘gig economy’, the launch of a long-term strategy to grow the co-op sector, workshops on the big issues like social care, community development and technology, as well as Dragon’s Den style pitches, Congress is fantastic event. Book your place now.
  3. These are the closing days of voting for Co-operatives UK’s annual Co-operative of the Year Awards. Vote in three categories – Leading, Growing and Inspiring. It’s a wonderful celebration of co-operation. Voting closes 22 June and the winners will be announced at Congress.
  4. The UK Co-op annual report on the performance of the UK co-operative economy launches on Tuesday. Watch out for it on email, or via our Facebook or Twitter pages, and please get ready to spread the word about co-ops and the inspiring stories emerging in another successful year for the co-operative sector.

Please share with friends and family who may be interested.

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