MK Community Energy Conference: galvanising action in Milton Keynes!

Thank you for making the conference a great success

We would like to thank everyone who came along to The Chrysalis Theatre last Saturday and contributed to MK Community Energy Conference 2017 that we organised as part of MK Community Energy Alliance.

The event was a great success and we will report on it in more detail in the next few days. If you have any questions or would like to become involved in MK Community Energy Alliance, please contact Anna at

To see more updates, photos and videos from the event, search for  on Twitter. You can also see a selection of photos from the day here:

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If you are keen to start taking action and getting involved immediately, please come along to the FREE workshop for Community Energy Champions tomorrow, 5-7pm at Community Action: MK, 351 Acorn House, MK9 3HP. This workshop is being held as part of the Energage project, a new initiative aiming to bring together people interested in becoming Energy Champions and assisting their communities with energy-related issues.


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Job Vacancy in the Voluntary Sector

Living Well Coordinator – Cancer Care with Penny Brohn UK


Salary: £27,000 – £32,000 per annum, pro rata

Terms: Part time, permanent, 22.5 hours per week

Location: GenesisCare, Linford Wood, Milton Keynes

Closing Date: Monday 27 March 2017 at 9am

Interviews: Friday 31 March 2017


Job Description

Penny Brohn UK are looking to recruit a Living Well Coordinator to join the Milton Keynes Team.

Penny Brohn UK is the leading UK charity specialising in complementary care to help people live well with the impact of cancer. They provide a unique combination of physical, emotional and spiritual support designed to help anyone affected by cancer at any stage of their illness.

Working in partnership with Genesis Care, alongside radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments, their whole-person approach can transform lives by giving people the practical tools necessary to improve their quality of life and help manage their cancer treatment.

They are recruiting for a Living Well Coordinator with previous experience as a registered nurse, health care professional or other health related professionals (e.g. Complementary Therapists / Psychotherapists / Counsellors), to provide a range of Penny Brohn Living Well services within the GenesisCare Centre in Milton Keynes.

This will include: 

Holistic needs assessments, managing complementary therapists, providing information and support services to patients who are undergoing radiotherapy/chemotherapy, supporting patients through relaxation and mindfulness session and delivering short courses on Living Well.

Living Well Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that patients have a positive experience as they move through Penny Brohn UK treatment support services at the GenesisCare Centre in Milton Keynes.

Penny Brohn UK are looking for an experienced professional who is able to work in a flexible, intelligent and creative way.

Penny Brohn UK is committed to equality in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

No agencies please.

To apply for this role click here where you will be directed to Charity Jobs website.



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Short Survey for a Student’s Dissertation

Dear Readers,

We have been contacted by Tom Cheetham, a student at University of Manchester, with a request to help him with his dissertation.

The survey is for his Undergraduate Geography Dissertation. The topic is regarding Milton Keynes and sense of place within Milton Keynes. If you have any more specific questions, please do not hesitate to email him at

If you would be willing to help, please complete the survey on the following link – by Friday 31st March. It will take no longer than 7 minutes to complete. Kindly share the link with anyone else you know locally, that would be highly appreciated.

The survey collects no personal information, unless you choose to share it with Tom.

Thank you.


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Annual Fundraising Conference 2017

Be a part of the Annual Fundraising Conference 2017 on 23-24 May 2017.

The focus for the event is World Water Day. With 663 million people worldwide still unable to access clean water near their homes, often having to travel large distances and waiting for access, you can begin by making a difference.

Amongst the speakers on the day will be Marcus Missen, Director of Communications and Fundraising at Wateraid. His mission is to end World Water Day by 2030 by fulfilling their objectives and giving people access to safe water supplies.

Also attending will be Karen Lynch, Chief Executive of Belu Water. Belu Water pledged £1m to give to Wateraid by 2020, a target they have fulfilled 5 years early. Through their efforts, they have transformed over 102,000 lives. Karen will be part of the panel on the day.

If you are interested in attending this event, the organisers are currently offering a 40% reduction in booking fees if you book before 29th March.

To book your place, please click here.

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Get involved with “Just One House”

Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes (RWMK) are currently recruiting eager organisations to help them with their “Just One House” initiative.

In 2016, they successfully kitted out five houses for five refugee families. Thanks to their supporters, they were able to utilise excess household goods, but, now they are focusing on welcoming more refugees into Milton Keynes and in order to do this they would like to enlist six organisations/ groups to help them. This would widen their circle and help increase involvement from all areas of the communities in Milton Keynes.

Currently, RWMK have successfully recruited three of the six groups. With families arriving in Spring, these three groups have already begun preparing for their arrival. The three new groups will be tasked with helping the families being welcomed in Autumn.

The idea is simple. All you need is hard work, motivation, a dedicated team and the ability to mobilise. RWMK will help guide you through the process using their experience and expertise.

The task will involve varied activities. You may need a place to store donations, be called upon to do some last minute DIY, cleaning, gardening etc and possibly even some fund raising for certain essentials.

Alternatively, you may choose to raise £3,500.00 and donate it towards “Just One House’ to RWMK, in which case their capable and skilled team would be able to make the necessary arrangements.

You could also help with setting the house up and ready for the family and if member groups are interested, they could apply to be BRC Volunteers, and once trained may then have the opportunity to meet the family they are helping and facilitate their settlement.

For more information, please contact Marie Gracie, Furnishing Co-ordinator for RWMK at

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Take Notice Photography Competition

As part of MK50, a new event is beginning this week. It is called Take Notice Photography Competition.

The competition aims to encourage residents to ‘Take Notice’  of Milton Keynes to improve their mental wellbeing.

Images can be of a landmark, a place, an event, local nature or local people- whatever inspires  residents and encourages them to ‘Take Notice’ of MK. Photos must be accompanied by a short caption stating why the image makes residents  ‘Take Notice’ of MK.

10 photographs will be selected for printing and feature in a competition display during Mental Health Awareness week (8-14 May 2017) in Intu in the centre of MK. 2 winning entries from each category will be chosen- winners will receive a prize of framed print and Intu shopping vouchers. A copy of the MK Photography book  Unexpected by Gill Prince will be given to the 3 runners up in each category.

There are two age categories: 5-16 years and 16+

Deadline for submissions is  14th April 2017 and winners will be notified at the beginning of May.

All details can be found at .

Please can you pass this information through your communication channels and encourage people to take part in the competition and ‘Take Notice’ of Milton Keynes.

If you require any further information, please e-mail

For more details, please find here the Terms and Conditions and promotional poster for the event.

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Some Great Volunteering Opportunities!

We have some fantastic Organisations still looking for volunteers

Milton Keynes Community Cardiac Group are looking for Exercise Assistants at Bletchley Leisure Centre. This is a great opportunity to help those that want to stay active. There is also some great training available. This opportunity is only available to people aged 25+. For more information please click the link below;

Exercise Assistant for MKCCG

Cancer Research UK are also searching for some Race for Life Volunteers.

Event- Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 5K and 10K

Date- 11th June 2017

Venue- Campbell Park, MK

Time- 8am until 2pm approx.

Volunteers are needed to; Hand out medals, Marshal the course, Support setting up event site, Admin and enquiries support, and many more.

Refreshments and a t shirt will be provided

To sign up, head to

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What needs to be included in an age-friendly map of MK?

On Tuesday 21 March, the second workshop from Age UK Milton Keynes was held at the MK Gallery. A presentation was given by Virtual Viewing, a Milton Keynes-based company specializing in app development and digital mapping. The aim of the workshop was to find out from participants what they would like to see in an age-friendly map of the Theatre District in Milton Keynes.


OurMK has funded this joint venture between Age UK Milton Keynes and the MK Gallery. The mapping application would be a 2D map looking at the Theatre District of Milton Keynes. It is the hope of all parties that this app would help older people to engage with the new opening of the MK Gallery in 2018 and feed into a city-wide map of Milton Keynes which is being developed. This app would also help tackle loneliness and isolation that is often experienced by older generations by enabling them to reach the city centre easier and take part in cultural activities. The app would be available to use on smartphones, ipads and tablets and would include information that would be specifically useful to older people.

Initial suggestions for what should be included in the map were:

  • Public and accessible toilets (i.e. where restaurants allow you to use the facilities)
  • Disabled parking spaces and number of spaces available
  • Bus stop locations and their routes
  • An audio guide to the Theatre District
  • An interface that is usable for the visually impaired
  • Social elements such as where community events, coffee afternoons etc. are held
  • Advertising of special rates for pensioners
  • Free venues for community activities
  • Event listings

The app would be rolled out with some training for older people and it was also suggested that there could possibly be large screens installed in the theatre district that mimicked the app, so that people would not have to carry their devices with them.

The next step for this project will be to hold another consultation workshop in April where the design specifications are finalised before Virtual Viewing starts developing the software. There will then be a final workshop in May where Age UK Milton Keynes hope to launch the pilot of this new app.

If you would like to be involved in these consultations, please email or contact Caroline Odjidja at 01908 557891.

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