YMCA Youth Matters Awards

The YMCA Youth Matters Awards is an annual event which celebrates the achievements of Young People, Staff and Volunteers across the country. 

The reason we are mentioning these awards today is because a local man has been named for 2 awards!

Tom Davis who is the founder of The Bus Shelter: MK who has been working hard to tackle the homelessness problem in Milton Keynes has been recognised in 2 categories. Young Leader of the Year and Young Campaigner of the year! 

We have definitely seen his amazing efforts in one form or another. I managed to get up close to the bus the other day at INTU in Central Milton Keynes. It is huge and can sleep up to 16 people! 

So if you would like to Vote for Tom Davis or even look at other nominees in other categories… then please click on the link below! 


But we also wanted to say a massive well done to Tom! Keep up the good work Tom, we all appreciate it! If you would like to know more about The Bus Shelter: MK you can visit their website https://www.thebussheltermk.org/

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Still Green Co-Housing – Building Community


Still Green is a membership organisation that is planning two co-housing communities, one here in Milton Keynes and the other in Bicester. Our focus is on increasing the housing options available to women and men aged 50 plus, singles and couples. Our members wish to live as sustainably as possible, in lifetime homes, and in a mutually-supportive way.

Residents of co-housing schemes have individual flats or houses but share some facilities; typically a common house where visitors can stay and meals can be shared, as well as communal gardens, equipment and storage spaces. Co-housing is designed ‘with us not for us’, and managed by us. It offers the autonomy and privacy of your own home with the mutual support offered through a degree of collaborative living.

Still Green hopes to provide a mix of homes for purchase and rent, including a proportion of affordable homes. We would expect there to be between 15 and 30 units in each community.

Interested? Look at their website or contact them on stillgreenweb@gmail.com to find out more and then go along to one of their regular enquirers’ meetings. The next one will be on Saturday 23rd September.

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Meet the Funder – MK Community Foundation

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Want to get specific information direct from the Programmes Team at Milton Keynes Community Foundation about how to apply for a grant for your charity or community group?

Community Action: MK are running a Meet the Funder session on Friday 15th September at Acorn House in CMK.

These small group sessions will give you the chance to meet their grants team, find out about funding opportunities and get some top tips to help your application stand out.

After booking, you’ll be asked to choose a slot between 10am and 12noon, however, the Programmes Team will be available throughout the event to answer questions and have conversations if you are only able to drop in.

These sessions are suitable for anyone interested in applying for funding from Milton Keynes Community Foundation, including start up groups.

We recommend that you read their guidelines about funding before signing up to check your eligibility.

Community Action: MK‘s Development Team will also be on hand to support you as you develop your application and/or search for other sources of funding.

Book via Eventbrite.

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What’s Your Biggest Hope for Civil Society in the Next Ten Years?


Civil Society Futures is a national conversation about how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. This inquiry is about everyone in England. It’s about how we interact beyond the market and the state. Whether through formal charities, or unions, churches or Mosques; or through informal networks of neighbours or groups of friends, we are all involved in civil society. And everyone’s perspective is needed.

As part of the Civil Society Futures inquiry, Community Action: MK invite you to join a collective dialogue into the role of civil society – to share your hopes and fears, the changes you are currently seeing so that together we can develop specific visions for what civil society might look like ten years from now. 

Come along and talk to us in the foyer of Acorn House, Midsummer Boulevard in CMK on:

25th August 10am-4pm

1st September: 10am-4pm

6th September 2pm-7pm


You can follow the conversation on social media at @civsocfutures #CivilSocietyFutures.

We hope you’ll join us in this timely conversation when civil society has never been more needed, nor more challenged.


Civil Society Futures is a two year independent inquiry chaired by Julia Unwin, the former chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, during which we’ll undertake a broad, searching and forward looking inquiry into the role of civil society and the contribution it makes. It is led by Forum for the Future, in partnership with openDemocracy, Citizens UK and Goldsmiths University London.

There will also be a chance to contribute to the National Infrastructure Commission transport proposal for the Oxford Cambridge Arc.

This proposal will deliver new homes, and transport links to enable the growth of more hi-tech, research and knowledge businesses in the area between Oxford, Cambridge, Northampton and Luton.

But this raises important questions:
1. Is it necessary?
2. What kind of homes and transport links are fit for a fast-changing world and will
support a sustainable way of life?
3. What ARE knowledge jobs?
4. How might it affect the lives of my children, grandchildren and me?
5. How might it affect the company or organisation that I work for or volunteer with?
6. Will we lose green spaces?
Come and continue the conversation by responding to these questions and finding out


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