Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

CA_MK AGM 2018 (1)

You are invited to join us for our Annual General Meeting which will be held on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at The Chrysalis Theatre, Japonica Lane, Milton Keynes, MK15 9JY.

There will be a special focus on how we tackle Social Isolation in Milton Keynes, with guest speakers:

Dr. Ann Limb CBE DL – Chair of The Scout Association and Roger Kitchen – Community Action: MK

Refreshments will be provided and we hope that this will be a fantastic opportunity for you to network across the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes with our “Let’s Make Connections Cafe” giving people the opportunity to network in a relaxed and informal way.

We hope you will join us.

Times 5:00pm -7:30pm (Formal Business 5:15pm)

Please RSVP here.


Action4Youth invite you to the Action4Youth Conference 2018

Thursday 1 November 2018
10.00 am – 4.00pm
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Venue: The Holiday Inn, New Road, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, HP22 5QT
The welfare of young people and the challenges they face are at the heart of our conference this year as we address the challenges of crime and radicalisation, mental health and wellbeing through the teenage years and the education system.
Who should attend: Anyone involved with community organisations looking to improve their organisational development and leadership – While there is a focus towards young people, the conference is relevant to all community organisations.
We, who work for and with young people, need to ensure that we are effective and efficient in all we do so we have sessions to help us hone both our thinking and practice.
The conference is FREE to attend.
Click here for more information and programme details and to register for your free place A4Y Conference 2018
browns wood


Make Change Happen is a new free online course from Oxfam and Open University, now open for registrations: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/make-change-happen

Connect with other changemakers around the world to explore how power dynamics, collaboration, opportunity and action can tackle poverty and injustice. #FLMakeChange


The Social Business Alliance are looking for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations who can offer support and social, emotional and practical help to MK residents, especially for lonely or anxious people.
Here is the link for the Survey:
Any questions, please contact Sue at sue@socialbusinessalliance.co.uk


Need a helping hand? Cisco Partner Account Managers are planning a day in Milton Keynes next month.

We are all between 25 & 50 years old, fit, able, IT literate, we can clean/clear/train/educate, do whatever you think would be of value. Please do let us know if we can be of support to your organisation on this day by calling 07789 270788.


Calling small charity leaders

The Weston Charity Awards is inviting small charity leaders to take part in its annual online survey. Last year’s survey showed three quarters of small and medium sized charities were spending little or no time on long term planning and strategy and needed support planning for the future.

Is this something your charity can relate to?
The survey might help you consider whether your charity could benefit from the kind of strategic support offered through the Awards. As a small incentive, a donor has provided a 32GB Apple iPad to be won by one charity picked at random from those who take part.

Take the Small Charity Leadership Survey


Under-resourced: Why are charities wide of the mark on core funding?

This week is Charity Finance Week and, as part of this, Charity Finance is celebrating the value of finance and other core functions within charities. As well as holding a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords to highlight the value of finance professionals and other core staff in charities, Charity Finance has issued the findings of a survey it performed to find out more about charities’ core functions. In this long-read from Gareth Jones, he explores the value that finance brings based on the survey results and the downside of not investing in core functions. Read the article to find out how well-resourced charities are when it comes to core functions, and to see comments from a number of charities on this subject.
—————————————————————————————————————————————–Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Fresh Start Facilitators
Deadline: 31st October
Blog Post

Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Fresh Start Programme Facilitators


Fresh Start Programme Facilitators

We welcome applications from both males and females for this role.

MK ACT is an established charity providing a holistic domestic abuse support service within Milton Keynes, managed by MK Womens Aid www.mkact.com

We are seeking individuals who are committed to preventing domestic violence and abuse to join our Fresh Start team. Fresh Start provides group work and one to one interventions for people using abusive behaviour within their intimate relationships, which run alongside a safety and support service for partners.

We are currently recruiting both male and female sessional staff to deliver the group work and 1-2-1 programme in Milton Keynes, which aims to help individuals end their violent and abusive behaviour. Evening work will generally be required with candidates working a minimum of 3/4 hours per week, with a flexible / negotiable work pattern. Rates of pay will be in accordance with experience.

Our ideal candidate will need to have an understanding of domestic violence and how it affects men, women and children and previous experience of some type of behavioural change work. They may well have experience of providing one to one support, group work or counselling and advice to service users in some capacity and be willing to learn new techniques and develop their skills within this field. Training will be provided and candidates will be required to attend specific training days as requested. We are prepared to consider candidates with a wide range of experience to attract the right, committed individuals.

MK-ACT is an equal opportunities employer committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date for applications: 31st October 2018 Interviews: November 2018

Please send a C.V. and a short outline (max 500 words) of why you are interested in this role to Julia@mk-act.org

Blog Post

Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes


Thank you to everyone who made last Friday’s GATHER networking event such a success! Here’s a little review and what comes next

Is your board or committee working well but could do with a little refresh of your practices? Come along to our Introduction to Governance next Wednesday and get top tips on easy ways to do this. Book now!

Good Governance Social Media (1)

Could your group do with a hand? Staff at intu are looking to volunteer. Contact Lucie Rose directly on 01908 557017 or lucie.rose@intu.co.uk


Milton Keynes Community Car Raffle is back for its 30th year this year!

Last year sellers sold an amazing 21,940 tickets raising an incredible £21,940, with groups retaining at least 50% of the funds raised from ticket sales.

If you haven’t already signed up, but would like to take part this year and raise funds for your group, please register your interest here.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation’s   Report is now available. This year they have reported on, Disadvantage & Poverty, Education, Diversity & the Economy. Download your copy from their website now – get in touch with them for more copies for your Parish Council or Group 

Spread the word about World Mental Health Day on 10th October and download resources from MK Council’s website.

WMHD Social media-01

Wednesday 14th November (1)

The updated version of the essential facts and figures about the UK charity sector at your fingertips, including statistics on volunteering, donations, size of the sector and more. Take a look at the 10 key figures below and download the full article for more:

10 key facts

  • There are 880,000 paid employees in the charity sector
  • There are 168,000 registered charities in the UK, nearly 90% of which have an annual income below £500K
  • The total income of all charities combined is about £48 billion. This is higher than the Higher Education sector, and about £10 billion less than Tesco.
  • The voluntary sector contributes approximately £15.3bn to UK GVA – more than the arts or agriculture.
  • The value of formal volunteering in the UK is around £22.6bn
  • Individuals account for almost half of the sector’s total income
  • The median for the 100 highest paid positions is £185K per annum
  • Charities have over 10 regulators
  • Charities fund almost half of all medical research in the UK
  • 35% of the total voluntary sector workforce work in the social care subsector.

Download the report here.


Have you always wanted to dance along The Railway Walk?! Join the fantastic dance company Motus this autumn and do just that! #pedallingculture

Board Trustees Call Out

MÓTUS is a charity based in Milton Keynes who are dedicated to providing high quality dance experiences for all. MÓTUS have been operating since 2013 and are supported by the Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council and the MK Community Foundation. The charity also has strong relationships with key organisations across Milton Keynes including the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes Education Partnership and the Arts and Heritage Alliance alongside many more. To date MÓTUS have produced four annual festivals commissioning artists from across the UK and internationally to work with and provide opportunities for the communities of Milton Keynes and beyond. MÓTUS have also received commissions across the UK to produce work for performance and are the creators of Jump Start and Adjustments supporting youth dance opportunities across the sector and new works in preparation for touring.

MÓTUS are seeking new board members.

More information: http://www.motusdance.co.uk Charity No: 1173277

Company Secretary

Purpose of the role

  • To ensure the administrative affairs of the organisation are conducted within legal requirements
  • To ensure that Trustee Board meetings are properly administratively serviced. This includes taking and communicating minutes to include recording actions, decisions, policies and communications and reporting these to the board of trustees.
  • Ensure the Board fulfils its administrative responsibilities.
  • Deal with Trustee Board correspondence and keep adequate records of this for reporting.
  • Keep a check on the progress of work as agreed by the Trustee Board.
  • Ensure the Trustee Board meets its legal obligations, including reporting.
  • Meeting charity and company law and insurance requirements .
  • Make arrangements for Trustee Board meetings.
  • Receive agenda items and prepare the agenda with the Chair and team of Directors.
  • Ensure the circulation of agendas, previous minutes, and papers, prior to meetings.
  • Ensure that any Trustee Board members who have been given tasks know what it is they have been asked to do.
  • Check that action has been taken following decisions at previous meetings.
  • Ensure members are informed of the AGM and any Extraordinary or Special Meetings.
  • Ensure the Annual Report is written and produced and sent to relevant bodies.
  • Ensure the proper administration of Trustee Board meetings
  • Ensure the Chair signs the minutes of the previous meeting once approved by the Trustee Board

It is essential that the Company Secretary:

  • has a knowledge of administrative procedures
  • has the ability to write clearly
  • has the ability to progress chase in a coaching rather than an autocratic manner
  • has the ability to provide clear advice on procedural and relevant legislative matters.

To Apply: Please email info@motusdance.co.uk with ‘Company Secretary’ in the subject heading.

Other Roles

Board members with specialisms in law, business, communication and advocacy are required. If being part of a charitable board is something you might like to experience and you think you can offer some time and help a young charity to grow then please do get in touch by e-mailing: info@motusdance.co.uk with ‘Board Role’ in its title.

Blog Post

Great things happen when we Gather…


Last Friday fifty people from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes gathered at Margaret Powell House for a packed day of inspiring talks, discussions and networking.

The day was opened by Community Action: MK Chief Executive Clare Walton who introduced Cllr Moriah Priestley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Partnerships who spoke about the need to listen to the sector and work together to solve challenges in the city.

Representing groups from health and social care, community organisations, residents associations, parishes, community finance, arts organisations, developers and funders, the day was a great opportunity for networking and making new connections. One participant commented;

“…the mix of topics brought a wide cross section of the sector together which meant that I met people I otherwise wouldn’t have.”

People attended sessions on how to use data and research to plan services and programmes, leadership, sponsorship, transport and mobility, collaboration and health and wellbeing.

At lunch, Carol Jacklin-Jarvis ran an interactive activity which asked people to send a postcard from the voluntary sector with a message about what life is like here right now. One group chose this lovely scene and wrote:

This is a beautiful one but how difficult it is to get one’s head above the clouds – the daily grind – to achieve the sense of having fresh air and space in order to vision and view the wider world and relax/breath/reflect.  We have to move up out of the lower slopes of the challenging mountain! The only way is up!

A big thanks must go to our wonderful speakers who gave their time and expertise for free, MK Council who supported the event and MK Community Foundation who assisted with the event.

What’s next?

Please make sure you are signed up to receive our mailings here. We will use your contact details to send you a State of the Sector Survey in the new year which will gather information on the rich diversity of the sector in MK and give us evidence to lobby for better support for you.

Make sure to respond to MK Council’s current Housing Strategy here.

If you would like to be part of a working group taking forward some of the discussion in the session on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and what it means for MK please let us know.

Look out for our next networking event in December!

Blog Post

Join the Health and Wellbeing Board

Join the Health and Wellbeing Board 

The Milton Keynes Health and Wellbeing Board is appointing a new Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Board Member and a Deputy. The Health and Wellbeing Board have asked Community Action: MK to run the process to enable a wide and diverse range of applications be considered.  

Role Description:

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Representative/Advisor on the board will be expected to:  

  • Provide credible representation and a voice for the VCSE sector in Milton Keynes.  
  • Act as a champion and a critical friend for the VCSE sector on the Health and Wellbeing Board.  
  • Motivate the VCSE to work together as a key partner in delivering the priorities set out in our ten year health and well-being strategy.  
  • Work in partnership to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the local community and reduce health inequalities.  
  • Be committed to developing the Health and Wellbeing Board as a high performing board, ensuring that it i in touch with the people and the VCSE sector.
  • Facilitate ongoing engagement with the wider VCSE sector on behalf of the Board  Promote health and social care integration .
  • Be committed to ensuring that the board values diversity and promotes equality and inclusivity in all aspects of its business.  
  • Provide a good level of attendance at board meetings and ensure the deputy is engaged and prepared for their role.

(NB. There are a minimum of five meetings held per year, usually in the evening)

Person Requirements/Relevant skills/Knowledge

The desirable candidate must:  

  • Have a general knowledge/understanding of health and social care services and an appreciation of the broad social, political and economic trends influencing them.  
  • Have experience of working in a collaborative decision making group such as a board level committee.  
  • Be engaging in how they communicate, behave and interact with others.  
  • Be able to make a strong contribution to strategic meetings in a constructive, appropriate and professional manner.  
  • Be objective and considerate of issues from all perspectives, especially external and service user perspectives.  
  • Have recent or current experience of working at a senior level for a VCSE organisation (in a paid or Trustee position)  in Milton Keynes and be able to demonstrate legitimacy in representing the Milton Keynes VCSE sector.

Please note: This appointment is for period of up to three years.

Application Process: Letters of Application by email to: laura@communityactionmk.org by Thursday 4 October 2018.  Interviews will be held on Thursday 11th October 2018 in Acorn House.  

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Representative Task and Finish Group


To oversee the recruitment of a new VCSE representative to the Health and Wellbeing Board.  


    1. Two small Health focussed organisations
    2. Two medium sized health focussed organisations
    3. Two organisations offering Wellbeing services or activities
    4. Healthwatch

  • Community Action: MK to Chair


  1. To recruit the interview panel.
  2. To agree the selection criteria based on the person specification and role description
  3. To develop interview questions
  4. To shortlist the applications for interview

Health and Wellbeing VCSE Nominations Project Plan

Week Commencing Task Who
2 July 2018 Prepare revised process for nominations CAMK
Seek approvals for adapted timetable, criteria and panel from MKC CAMK
16 July 2018 Circulate process to VCSE organisations CAMK
Advertise for Task and Finish Group Members to manage the process CAMK
Set Dates for 2 Information Sessions and arrange venues and people to support / answer queries CAMK

HWB Members

Advertise Revised Process and Key Dates:

Information Sessions / Application Deadlines / Interview

23 July 2018 Confirm Task and Finish Group Members CAMK
Arrange Task and Finish Group Meeting Schedule CAMK
Advertise Revised Process and Key Dates:

Information Sessions / Application Deadlines / Interview

6 August 2018 Hold Task and Finish Group Meeting: agree interview panel, create selection criteria and develop interview questions T&F Group
Advertise Revised Process and Key Dates:

Information Sessions / Application Deadlines / Interview

Appoint Interview Panel T&F Group
10 Sept 2018 Host Information Session for potential nominees

Monday 10th September 4-6pm

T&F Group


Advertise Revised Process All
24 Sept 2018


Host Information Session for potential nominees at CAMK Networking Event

TBC Friday 28th September or Saturday 29th September

T&F Group


1 October 2018 Applications to be received on Thursday 4 October CAMK
Application letters to be anonymised and circulated to Task and Finish Group for review and shortlisting.   CAMK &

T & F Group

Shortlisted applications to be circulated to the Interview Panel for review CAMK
8 October 2018 Interviews take place on Thursday 11 October   Interview Panel
Interview Panel make recommended appointment Interview Panel
Interview Panel write to Health and Wellbeing with their named and recommended appointment. Interview Panel


21 Nov 2018 Health and Wellbeing Board Meet HWB

Blog Post

Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary Sector in Milton Keynes


GATHER 2018, Networking, discussions and open spaces for the Voluntary Sector in Milton Keynes

Programme and timetable released!

Have you RSVP’d yet? https://gather2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Are you signed up for the Charity Car Raffle?

Every year charities and community groups from Milton Keynes rally around to raise funds for their causes by selling Charity Car Raffle tickets with the chance for one lucky winner to win a car for £1!

Last year, sellers sold  21,940 tickets raising an incredible £21,940. Groups retain at least 50% of the funds raised from ticket sales and the remaining went towards MK Community Foundation’s grant-making programme, benefiting community groups across Milton Keynes. Sign up now.

Volunteer Call Out!

Motus Dance are looking to establish a pool of individuals who are interested in the arts and dance events who can help them to steward, sell tickets, usher and inform.

Interested parties can register at www.ticketsource.co.uk/motus, or simply turn up on the day to find out more! Facebook event.


Cycle Poster_A3_V3_NOcrops

Black History Month 2018 flyer



Blog Post

GATHER 2018, Friday 28th September 9.30am-4.30pm – Programme and Timetable


Gather 2018

Community Action: MK invites you to GATHER
Networking, discussions and open spaces for the Voluntary Sector in Milton Keynes

Stay all day or pop in for sessions of interest

Friday 28th September 9.30am – 4.30pm
Margaret Powell House, CMK, MK9 3BN


Arrival at Margaret Powell House, registration and networking


Welcome and orientation, Margaret Powell Suite, 4th Floor

Introduction from Clare Walton, CEO of Community Action: MK and a representative from MK Council

10.30am-11.30am Session 1

Leadership & Governance space (Witan Room)

Alissa Pemberton & May Chung
What is the STATE OF THE SECTOR in MK?
Alissa Pemberton and May Chung from Community Action: MK will be talking about our forthcoming State of the Sector survey. We know that groups need many things in order to thrive so tell us about your current challenges and successes and help us to think about the ways in which Community Action: MK can support you. May will introduce her work on the infrastructure needs of the VCS.
Expect to talk about: #civilsocietystrategy #infrastructure #vcs #community #groups #advice #support

Health & Wellbeing space (Margaret Powell Suite)

David Pye
David Pye from Simpson & Ashland Parish Council will share the learning for their experience of using research to capture the views of residents as to the type of support they would like to see in the future to enhance their health and well-being.
Expect to talk about: #demographics #data #services #ageing #wellbeing

Environment & Transport space (Silbury Room)

Open Space – come and set an agenda on Environment and Transport issues and take part in discussion.

Social & Cultural space (Saxon Room)

Andrew Armes
Andrew Armes from Vagabond Cinema will share how they put together a compelling sponsorship package and use their challenges as their greatest strengths, kickstarting discussion on how VCS groups get better at asking for what we need.
Expect to talk about: #funding #finance #marketing #business #sponsorship

11.30am-12.30 Session 2

Leadership & Governance space (Witan Room)

Open Space – come and set an agenda on Leadership & Governance issues and take part in discussion.

Health & Wellbeing space (Margaret Powell Suite)

Vasco Fernandes
How do we address what MATTERS?
VP of MK Community Foundation, Retired NHS Consultant Physician (Public Health and Addiction Medicine Consultant) Vasco Fernandes will present the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report and help groups to navigate how they best use the information contained within it.
Expect to talk about: #evidence #statistics #miltonkeynes #vitalsigns #poverty #health #wellbeing

Environment & Transport space (Silbury Room)

Rebecca Kurth
Rebecca Kurth from CMK Town Council will share her research on public transport and her experiences with engaging stakeholders and communities to kickstart discussion on how we help people influence public transport and public policy.
Expect to talk about: #buses #networks #communitylearning #publicpolicy

Social & Cultural space (Saxon Room)

Open Space – come and set an agenda on Social and Cultural issues and take part in discussion.

12.30pm – 1.30pm LUNCH, Margaret Powell Suite

Please bring a packed lunch or visit one of the many establishments nearby.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Carol Jacklin-Jarvis from The Open University’s CVSL will be running an activity called Postcards from the Voluntary Sector during lunch.

There will be a demonstration of an electric vehicle outside the venue during lunch.

1.30pm-2.30pm Session 3

Leadership & Governance space (Witan Room)

Owain Smolovic Jones
Owain Smolović Jones from the Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership will facilitate a 2.5 hour workshop that helps participants unpack and develop leadership. The workshop will help participants build practices such as embodied responsiveness, conversation and collective storytelling, supporting them to think and enact leadership in fresh and generative ways.
Expect to talk about #leadership #relational #aesthetics #conversation #storytelling

Health & Wellbeing space (Margaret Powell Suite)

Yvette Hitch and Clare Walton
What does the HEALTH & WELLBEING STRATEGY mean for us and how will VCS representation to the Health & Wellbeing Board work?

Come and discover what the Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Milton Keynes is all about and hear an introduction to the work of the Health & Wellbeing Board. You’ll also be able to find out about what is involved in representing the VCS on the board and whether that could be an opportunity for you and your organisation.

Expect to talk about: #representation #partnership #publicservices #wellbeing

Environment & Transport space (Silbury Room)

Phil Tipper
Storyteller Phil Tipper will tell tales of a future where AI has transformed the way we move around the city. Join in and help build a language that expresses what ordinary people might need from this kind of technology.
Expect to talk about: #autonomousvehicles #driverlesspods #stories #mobility #movement #city #civicspace

Social & Cultural space (Saxon Room)

Nicky Kenny
How do we SLOW DOWN?
Nicky Kenny will share learning from the Pedalling Culture project which seeks to encourage sustainable transport use when visiting cultural venues and ask how we can encourage behaviour change and help people slow down in this fast paced world?
Expect to talk about: #culture #heritage #transport #cycling #walking #wellbeing

2.30pm-3.30pm Session 4

Leadership space (Witan Room)

Owain Smolovic Jones
Owain Smolović Jones from the Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership will facilitate two linked workshops that help participants unpack and develop leadership. They will help participants build practices such as embodied responsiveness, conversation and collective storytelling, supporting them to think and enact leadership in fresh and generative ways.
Expect to talk about #leadership #relational #aesthetics #conversation #storytelling

Health & Wellbeing space (Margaret Powell Suite)

Yvette Hitch and Clare Walton
What does the HEALTH & WELLBEING STRATEGY mean for us and how will VCS representation to the Health & Wellbeing Board work?

Come and discover what the Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Milton Keynes is all about and hear an introduction to the work of the Health & Wellbeing Board. You’ll also be able to find out about what is involved in representing the VCS on the board and whether that could be an opportunity for you and your organisation.

Expect to talk about: #representation #partnership #publicservices #wellbeing

Environment & Transport space (Silbury Room)

Sheila Thornton
What does the Oxford to Cambridge Arc mean for MK?
Oxford to Cambridge Arc: Is MK stuck in the middle or the centrepoint? A personal view of what the ARC could mean which should start you thinking about what it may mean for you and your organisation.
Expect to talk about #infrastructure #planning #change #growth #inclusion #vision #transport #homes

Social & Cultural space (Saxon Room)

Lallie Davies
How do we GATHER?
Lallie Davis from the Arts and Heritage Alliance will share some learning from the AHA Forums to kick start discussion about how the voluntary sector is currently gathering, what our spaces look like and what we might need in the future.
Expect to talk about: #voice #territory #space #representation #mapping

4pm-4.30pm Plenary, Margaret Powell Suite


Blog Post