Fareshare is coming to Milton Keynes!

Save the date! Fareshare will be organising a warehouse open day on the 1st October 2019 to celebrate the launch of the new warehouse.

We are excited to announce that the food redistribution charity FareShare, in partnership with the innovative education charity SOFEA will be opening a new Regional Centre; FareShare South Midlands in September 2019.

Who are Fareshare?

FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity. We intercept perfectly good surplus food, and we re-distribute it to local charities and not-for-profit community organisations that use it for good causes. Across the UK, we work with 10,943 frontline charities and community groups to make this happen. They take the food we save from waste and transform it into meals for vulnerable people. It’s about more than just meals though.

These organisations serve up specialist support – as well as lunch and dinner – meaning that one meal can be the start of a life-changing journey. Charities estimate it would cost them an average £7,900 a year to replace the food they get from FareShare.

Membership has the ability to significantly reduce your expenditure on food, allowing you to channel your resource into frontline services that improve the lives of those who you work with.

If you think your charity could make huge savings on your food bills and would like to access nourishing, fresh produce for a fraction of its retail value, please contact us: sophia@sofea.uk.com

Together we can fight hunger, and tackle food waste!

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Jobs in the Sector: Fresh Start Worker (MK ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Fresh Start Worker to support their Fresh Start Programme.

We have an exciting opportunity to work within our organisation to work with those perpetrators of Domestic Violence who are undertaking the Fresh Start Programme, as a worker supporting the service.

As the Fresh Start Worker, your job will be:

  • to support the programme by undertaking assessments and case work with perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • case-managing
  • providing administration and support for the facilitators for Fresh Start.
  • You will also be working closely with other professionals who are involved with our clients.

We require a Fresh Start Worker who has a broad knowledge and experience of Domestic Violence particularly perpetrators.

Our ideal candidate will need to have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of domestic abuse, risk and risk management
  • be able undertake assessment and direct work with perpetrators as required, with the ability to work in a multi-agency setting.
  • be committed to supporting those affected by Domestic Violence and to join our caring and hardworking team.

MK-ACT is an equal opportunities employer committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post is subject to safer recruitment procedures and regulations and an enhanced DBS check.

Salary: £12.56 per hour

Hours: will consider between 20 hours – 37.5 hours per week (based at the MK-ACT Office, Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP)

Contract: Rolling monthly

Closing date: Monday 5th September, 5pm.

Interviews: TBC

MK-Act is a Safer Recruitment Employee and all those who work for us require an enhanced DBS check.

For an application pack and for further details contact: rebecca@mk-act.org

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Jobs in the Sector: Complex Needs Outreach Worker (MK-ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Complex Needs Outreach Worker to support those who experience Domestic Abuse with additional complex needs in accessing services. (Female Applicants Only)

We have an exciting opportunity to work for our organisation providing a high quality service as a Complex Needs Outreach Worker to support those who experience Domestic Abuse (DA). Your role will be to work intensively with clients who have complex needs to support them in accessing services. Part of your work is to empower our clients, keeping the safety of them and their children central to their interventions.

We are looking for an individual who is committed to working in a face-paced multi-agency setting. You will be joining our caring, strong and hardworking team.

The aim of this post is to work with those clients who are experiencing Domestic Abuse, but who are hard to engage and need support into specialist services and therapeutic services due to their additional needs, including substance misuse and mental health.

The main tasks of the job will be to:

  • Engage and advocate with clients who are experiencing DA but have additional complex needs to reduce their risk and increase their safety.
  • To provide intensive support to your clients and to support them into services for e.g. MK-Act, Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health.
  • To work closely with other agencies to develop pathways for your clients to facilitate smooth and quick referral routes to ensure they get the support they need when they need it
  • To work closely with other agencies creating a coordinated multi-agency approach for your client and also encouraging referrals from other agencies and having improved engagement from your clients with other agencies.
  • To refer and provide therapeutic interventions for your clients for e.g Freedom Programme and Counselling.
  • To be able to show clear outcomes for your clients for funders MK-ACT is an equal opportunities employer committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

We require a Complex Needs worker who has a broad knowledge of DVA and experience of working with harder to reach groups. It is desirable you will be experience of working with those who have substance misuse and mental health issues but also have a therapeutic/psychology background.

Our ideal candidate will be able to work in creative ways to engage with this client group and able to work on own initiative but also seeking support from the team when required.

Salary: £ 24,512

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Full-time)

Contract: Fixed Term (1 year)

Hours: TBC (may require some evening work)

Responsible to: Working with the Crisis Intervention Team (nature of the work involved will require majority of your work to be community-based)

This post is subject to safer recruitment procedures and regulations and an enhanced DBS check and is open to female applicants only under Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality act 2010.

Closing date: Monday 2nd September, 5pm

Interviews: TBC

For an application pack please contact: Rebecca@mk-act.org

This post is funded by the Thames Valley Office of the Police and Crime

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We’re Hiring! Support, Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Roles

Support Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Role (x2)

We have two roles available, each with elements of specific focus.

The purpose of the posts is to contribute to the support, development and
volunteering services which are central to the work of Community Action: MK.

These are focused around the key elements of:

● Mobilising communities
● Strengthening groups
● Influencing policy and decision making

The post holder will work as part of a dedicated community development team, committed to supporting the community and voluntary sector in Milton Keynes.

The post holder will focus on:

  • Undertaking a programme of outreach visits to groups and
    residents, to understand their local priorities
  • Ensuring that referrals to specialist support services are carried out
    in a timely and appropriate manner
  • To keep accurate and effective records about dialogue with groups
    and feed this into our intelligence gathering systems to ensure we
    are able to spot themes and issues affecting communities and the
    sector
  • Supporting networking opportunities for voluntary and community
    sector groups
  • Coordinating formal and informal training programmes to build
    capacity and improve governance structures amongst groups and
    residents

Successful applicants will have a demonstrable track record of recruiting and managing volunteers, a passion around educating, empowering and enabling citizens and communities, a have an understanding of Community development principles.

Post 1

Focus area: Walton Grange

Salary: up to £25,295 pa (pro rata)

Hours: 22.2 hours per week (some flexible working required)

Contract: Permanent (dependant on funding)

Responsible to: Community Development Manager (Group Support)

POST 2

Focus area: Expansion Areas (Milton Keynes)

Salary: up to £25,295 pa (pro rata)

Hours: 29.6 hours per week (some flexible working required)

Contract: Permanent (dependant on funding)

Responsible to: Community Development Manager (Lead on Growth)

Please find attached Job Description, Person Specification and Statement of Intent on Equal Opportunities.

Please complete an Application Form and Equal Opportunities form and return to laura@communityactionmk.org

Closing Date: 3rd September 2019

Interview Date: 10th September 2019

When applying for the role, please specify which post you are applying for.

NOTE: We do not accept CV’s.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the week: Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer

Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer provides free emotional and practical support to all victims of crime, witnesses of crime and family members of victims. The service is available across Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire. They can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

What does it involve?

  • Providing practical and emotional support to victims of crime in the Thames Valley area
  • Working to empower victims and to track and map progress by using an evidence-based outcomes tool
  • Ensuring fairness, impartiality and equality in supporting victims
  • Keeping a secure record of contact with victims and reporting to the Caseworker appropriately and in line with data protection requirements
  • Working alongside a Caseworker to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service
  • Committing to attending training, supervision, reflective practice and support sessions

Skills needed?

  • A non-judgemental attitude
  • The ability to empathise with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Listening Skills
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Able to set and work within clear boundaries
  • Able to travel within your local area
  • Commit to a minimum period of 6 months

What’s in it for you?

  • Free training, ongoing professional development and support
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Opportunity to develop personal skills and support skills for future opportunities and employment
  • Contribute to your community in a role that has social value
  • Meet people, learn new things and gain a rewarding sense of contribution

Who are Victims First?

Victims First is dedicated to making sure that all victims and witnesses receive the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of the crime. We care about those affected by crime and work continuously to improve services and support for victims.

Services

We have a number of specialist services which include help for victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse. We may refer you to one of our specialist services depending on your needs.

Specialist services include:

  • Telephone support
  • Face to face support
  • Advocacy, including, help to access other services such as sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol services and legal services
  • Support through the criminal justice system (if you have reported the crime to the police)
  • Therapeutic Counselling

Roles are subject to reference and DBS clearance. For more information or to request an application form, please contact the VFESS Manager on 01844 487989 or email admin@vfess.org.uk

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12 August: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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12 August 2019

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Community and voluntary events in Central Beds, Bedfordshire, Luton & MK

The Counselling Foundation is holding Free Counselling Training Open Days in Bedford and Luton on Saturday 17 August. Booking essential. Click here.

The next Small Charities Forum, hosted by Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, is on 19 September,10am-1.30pm, in Toddington, with the theme of Financial Management. Click here.

Think Autism: Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Borough Council and Luton Borough Council are running a partnership engagement workshop to discuss the Bedfordshire Think Autism Partnership Board. They would like to invite carers, Autism organisations, complex needs groups and others who may be interested, to participate. The event is Friday 27 September, 10am-12pm at The Rufus Centre in Flitwick. RSVP required to commissioningsupport@luton.gov.uk by 13 September.  Details here

19th September: TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST: TRUSTEE CONFERENCE

Looking at why transparency and trust are critical to a charity’s success, this half-day conference will give you expert input and practical ideas to strengthen your organisation.

You will learn how to boost trust levels through governance, board diversity and accountability, as well as participate in one of our expert-led interactive breakout sessions. If you are a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group or a board member of a social enterprise, this conference will provide you with clear, take-away actions to apply to your organisation.
Find out more

We support communities and groups

Community Action: MK provides advice and support on setting up, managing and developing your charity, voluntary or community group in Milton Keynes. We can work with you on a 1:1 basis, or can get you linked in with local training and events. We give advice on getting fit for funding, forward planning and good governance.

Your first step should be to have a look at the information sheets we provide here.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for or think you might require more in depth support please email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

Have your say!
Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Milton Keynes East (MKE) has been allocated for a residential-led strategic urban extension in Plan:MK. The allocation within Plan:MK is for around 5,000 homes and 105 hectares of employment land along with a range of social, transport and green infrastructure provision.

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm.

The preferred method for submitting comments is via a Consultation Response Form which can be downloaded below or a hard copy is available in all public libraries within the Borough and at Civic. Please return your completed form to us via: development.plans@milton-keynes.gov.uk

See all related documents and download Consultation Response Form here

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List
MK Council Statement of Community Involvement

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CNWL Community Health Strategy Q&A

Central and North West London (CNWL) launched their Community Health Services Strategy on Thursday 18 July 2019.

The strategy includes 14 key commitments which the Trust will continue to develop together with staff, patients, carers and partners over the next five years. You can find out more on their website and can attend their Q&A to share your views.

Register for the Q&A event on 14 August from 09:00-11:00

Goods for charities from In Kind Direct

Goods for charities from In Kind Direct

In Kind Direct, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, is set up to provide UK charitable organisations with new usable consumer goods. Goods range from toiletries, clothes, toys, cleaning products and a range of other items that can be used to:

  • Give to people you support free of charge
  • Run your projects and activities
  • Clean and maintain your facilities

The charity takes donations of goods from companies such as Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Asda, Kimberly Clark (to name a few). Goods are all new and usable but donated for a variety of reasons including having small defects in the branding or packaging, over production or being end of line goods.

Registration is free. You pay a small charge for their service, which contributes towards the cost of running a warehouse, staff, packaging and includes delivery. If you have any questions, please contact the Charities Team on 0300 30 20 200 or info@inkinddirect.org

#BLMKfutureNHS

#BLMKfutureNHS is a ‘campaign to understand what is important to local people about the future of health and care services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK). The campaign will provide ‘BLMK residents with an opportunity to share their views at a series of events and via an online survey about existing services and what is important to them for the future’.
Find out more

Nominate your city for the 10th Access City Award 2020! On 29 November 2019, the European Commission will reward the 10th winners of the Access City Award (first, second and third place prizes and up to four special mentions). Once again, cities will be rewarded for their outstanding work in making their cities more accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly people. Applications must be made by completing and submitting the online application form by 11 September 2019 

Apply for the Access City Award

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: MK Gallery Assistant

Gallery Assistant Volunteers are a vital part of the team working to ensure the continuing success of MK Gallery, ensuring we deliver the best quality of visitor experience to all. Gallery Assistant Volunteers work pro-actively to ensure the safety and security of the art works at all times. 

Find out more: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/b881f42d-18f2-4e68-ad68-4a5f6f064659/1

Volunteers wanted for Intu Green Gym

Part-time Digital Skills Officer (Citizens Advice)

Citizens Advice is looking for someone for their new role as a Digital Skills Officer, helping those that need it to access a variety of online services both locally and nationally.

A background in advice giving is desirable but not essential. Full training will be provided.  ‘Job share’ arrangements may be considered. Find out more

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People’s Postcode Trust 

The Peoples Postcode Trust is the grant-giving independent charitable trust of Peoples Postcode Lottery. They distribute funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities.
Deadline: 14 August
Find out more

Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the ‘Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare’ community grants scheme. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations ‘that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.’
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

GSK IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

Comic Relief Launches £1.2m Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Fund

Women’s organisations providing frontline services in the UK that meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage can apply now for grants of up to £250,000 out of this £1.2 million fund.

Comic Relief continues their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s devolved administrations to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls. The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
Find out more

Empowering young people to improve communities

Applications for grants of up to £35,000 are open until 12pm (noon) on Friday 20 September. Co-op Foundation expect to make about eight grants in total and funding comes from a new £3 million extension to Co-Op’s #iwill Fund. You can find out if your organisation is eligible by checking out their funding page,

Mid Shires Orchard Group – Afternoon at the Orchard

Saturday 17 August 2019
2.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: Woughton Orchards, off Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3BD

Activities: This month, our focus will be on the Plum Hedge and its lovely Merryweather Damson trees. We’ll be removing brambles and weeds from around the trees, doing summer pruning and perhaps even harvesting some fruit. Bring work gloves and tools such as loppers, scythes, pruning saws and shears. 
Price: FREE! Donations welcomed towards refreshments 
Contact: Claire at MSOGChairman@yahoo.com to find out more and confirm attendance

Emily’s Star Dinosaur Hunt

Saturday 17 August 2019
10:30 – 14:30

Our roarsome dinosaur hunt is back!! Book your tickets now to join in the adventure! Search the secret garden for the hidden dinosaur letters, play games to earn clues & watch out for Pete the dino roaming around! Tickets are priced at £5 per child plus booking fee, adults are FREE!

Planting Up permablitz

Saturday 24 August 2019

Join Planting Up in the garden for their next permablitz at Westbury Arts Centre on Saturday 24 August from 10.30am. They’ll be working up an appetite for their “bring & share” lunch from 1 – 2pm. Summer garden care is mostly about leisurely watering, trimming and weeding but they’ll also be seeing what they can pick and eat from the garden too! 🙂

Upcoming Workshops @ Westbury Arts Centre

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust 2019
12:00-16:00
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

MK Hospital 40th birthday celebration event

7 September 2019

Weaving Trust event on environmental issues

14th September 2019

Join MK Green Alliance members for lots of natters about Milton Keynes and environmental issues. The following link explains the origin and usual format of a weaving trust event.
http://www.citizensmk.org.uk/campaigns/former-campaigns/weaving-trust/
Find out more here.
Sign up today. We’d love to meet you.
Click here to register on eventbrite 

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Have your say: Milton Keynes East Development Framework

Milton Keynes East (MKE) has been allocated for a residential-led strategic urban extension in Plan:MK. The allocation covers approximately 440 hectares of land encompassed by the M1 to the west, the A422/A509 to the north, and Moulsoe and the wider rural area to the east. 

The allocation within Plan:MK, under Policy SD12, is for around 5,000 homes and 105 hectares of employment land along with a range of social, transport and green infrastructure provision.

Public consultation Aug-Oct 2019

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The SPD will support policies in Plan:MK and will be considered a material consideration in the determination of planning applications submitted to the Council.

The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm.

After the end of the consultation period, any comments received will be considered by the Council and the SPD will be amended accordingly. A report will then be prepared to reflect the comments received throughout the consultation. A decision will then be made as to whether or not to take the SPD forward for adoption, taking into account any outcome of the Council’s Housing Infrastructure Fund bid associated with Milton Keynes East (see below). If the SPD is taken forward for adoption, the final version would be approved by Cabinet.

The preferred method for submitting comments is via a Consultation Response Form which can be downloaded below or a hard copy is available in all public libraries within the Borough and at Civic. Please return your completed form to us via: development.plans@milton-keynes.gov.uk

The following documents form part of this consultation:

A. Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework SPD July 2019 (PDF, 12.2MB)

B. Consultation Response Form pdf (PDF, 161KB) and Consultation Response Form word (DOCX, 31KB)

C. Guidance Note for Respondents (PDF, 206KB)

D. Statement of Representations Procedure (PDF, 238KB)

E. SEA Screening Statement (PDF, 805KB)

Paper copies of all consultation documents have been placed in all libraries across the Borough and at Civic.

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Part-time Digital Skills Officer (Citizens Advice)

Citizens Advice is looking for someone for their new role as a Digital Skills Officer, helping those that need it to access a variety of online services both locally and nationally.

What do they want from you?

  • Competency and confidence in using IT, and specifically using IT applications and resources on websites.
  • Clear and accurate communication skills.
  • Able to listen, understand and use information
  • Able to work in a team, be organised and manage time effectively
  • Confident in working to performance targets
  • Able to recognise the limits and boundaries of the role.

A background in advice giving is desirable but not essential. Full training will be provided.  ‘Job share’ arrangements may be considered.

The successful Applicant/s will be asked to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Salary: £20,265 per annum pro rata. Actual salary – £16,211

Hours: 28 hours per week over 4 days (0.8 FTE)

Contract: Part-time, 3 year fixed term until 31st March 2022

They are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and confident person to join their small, team of staff. The successful candidate will provide advice and support to local people, on a one to one basis, including those living in the community who could be considered ‘vulnerable adults’.

Who are Citizens Advice?

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is a local charity that helps people to resolve their legal, money and personal problems. The organisation has been providing free, confidential, and impartial advice since 1972 and helps approximately 10,000 local people every year.

Closing date: Tuesday 20th August 2019 at Midday  

Interviews: w/c Monday 2nd September 2019 

For more information regarding this role, please click here.

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Information, Advice and Guidance Adviser (Part-time)

Works For Us have a great opportunity available to those who are searching for ‘more than just a job‘.

Come and join our team at Works for Us!

We are looking for an outstanding individual to provide one-to-one advice sessions to our clients to support them in obtaining employment, education, training or volunteering.

This position requires excellent communication skills and experience of working with people from a variety of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The ideal candidate will have a Level 4 NVQ in IAG or equivalent. Working towards relevant qualifications with experience will be considered.

We will consider a job share.

Main Responsibilities

  • To provide high quality individual Advice and Guidance services
  • To assist with work, training and volunteer related skills
  • To contribute to the promotion of services
  • Develop and maintain work, training and volunteer related information and resources
  • To supported Volunteering/Work Experience within our services

See here for more information about each responsibility laid out above.

Hours: 28 hours per week.

Contract: 3 years fixed term contract

Salary: £23,000 pro rata (£18,400) plus additional sessional work

About Work For Us:

If you have a passion for people and want to positively impact the lives of those you support, you’re in the right place. 

​Here at Works for Us, we believe that everyone deserves to be treated as an individual. We offer our clients a safe environment to build their confidence, soft skills and understanding of the labour market so that they are equipped to move forward into training or paid work. 

We are a small but vibrant team made up of staff, tutors and volunteers who all share the same goal:
to empower our clients to be the best they can be.

We focus on maintaining an open, collaborative and positive working environment, never short of laughs (or custard creams!). And what we lack in official “perks”, we make up for in success stories. 

For more information about our services, please visit our website here.

If you require any further information then please contact:
Tracy Whitmore or Marion Cole on 01908 200186
Please return your application by email to info@worksforus.org.uk or by post to:
Marion Cole, Works for Us, The Point, 602 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3NB

Closing date for completed applications is 4pm on Thursday 22nd August 2019 

For further details and to download application form, follow this link: http://www.worksforus.org.uk/vacancies.html#

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Consultation ending SOON – MK Council Draft Transport Infrastructure Delivery Plan

Milton Keynes Council’s consultation on their Draft Transport Infrastructure Delivery Plan is due to end next week and we would encourage you to submit your comments on their identified priorities by the deadline of August 2nd.  Please see below for further information on the TIDP and links to the supporting documents and online survey.

Milton Keynes Council is now consulting on the Draft Mobility Strategy Transport Infrastructure Delivery Plan (TIDP). This plan supports the Mobility Strategy 2018-2036 (Local Transport Plan 4) which was adopted in Spring 2018. The TIDP builds on the Mobility Strategy and identifies the transport infrastructure that needs to be delivered within the short and medium term to enable growth and improve mobility for all. The draft plan has been informed by two stakeholder engagement events which were held in October 2018 and January 2019.

Alongside the TIDP we are also consulting on its Strategic Environmental Assessment Report.  Comments are invited on either of the documents or both.  The following background documents are also available which inform the TIDP: Stage 1 Evidence Review Report, Stakeholder Workshop 1 Report and Stakeholder Workshop 2 Report.

The above named documents can be found on the Council’s website here.

We would encourage people to submit their comments via this online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DPH9S3P.

Alternatively comments can be submitted in writing to transport.strategy@milton-keynes.gov.uk or Transport Policy Team, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ.

The consultation will be open until 02/08/19.

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26 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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26 July 2019

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Vital Signs Focus Group
Wednesday 31st July @ 3pm

This year Community Action: MK is organising a focus group to support the community consultation programme as part of the Vital Signs 2019 project, which is run by MK Community Foundation. Anyone living, working or volunteering in Milton Keynes is welcome to come along.

The focus group will take place on Wednesday 31st July at 3pm at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3HP and will run for up to 1.5hours. Please register by completing this form online – once registered, we will contact you to confirm the details.

19th September: TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST: TRUSTEE CONFERENCE

Looking at why transparency and trust are critical to a charity’s success, this half-day conference will give you expert input and practical ideas to strengthen your organisation.

You will learn how to boost trust levels through governance, board diversity and accountability, as well as participate in one of our expert-led interactive breakout sessions. If you are a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group or a board member of a social enterprise, this conference will provide you with clear, take-away actions to apply to your organisation.
Find out more

Cyber Protection Awareness Workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups. The Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions in October 2019 for Community Action: MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their immediate communities of the current cyber threats that the general public may experience.
Find out more

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Station Square Public Consultation: Have your say

Station Square MK

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) would like to gather views on the potential redevelopment of Milton Keynes’s Station Square to create a gateway to the city that responds to future growth. A link to their survey, consultation materials and a virtual tour of the Station Square Exhibition created for the MK Futures 2050 event can be found on the MKDP website.
The closing date for feedback is Sunday 4th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings (DOCX, 64KB)
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List (PDF, 63KB)

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SWEP activated

MK Council  team is out providing water, sun cream and hats to rough sleepers during this period of warm weather.  Support is also available at Unity Park Station, Elder Gate until midday today.

If you spot anyone who may be in need of help, please encourage them to visit Unity Park Station, call 07985 188072 or email info@roughsleeperpartnership.co.uk.

Cyber security FAQ: why charities can’t afford to ignore the risk from malware

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The world of cyber crime can seem murky and mysterious – cyber criminals are, after all, a faceless threat and charities are focused on the here and now, running their day to day operations and making a difference. But weapons such as malware are indiscriminate, and anyone can be stung. That is why in this article we try to shed some light on the world of malware, with help from cyber security experts Avast. Read more

Getting the Basics Right – Tackling Fly Tipping

Fly Tip SBE

A 12 month campaign to tackle fly tipping will soon be launched as part of the MK Council Plan 2016-2022 Getting the Basics Right (“focusing on getting the basic services right, including waste collection, reducing littering and fly-tipping, improving landscaping and properly maintaining our highways by fixing more potholes and resurfacing more roads, pavements and redways”). Section 4.2 states “our getting the basics right commitment” we will: Reduce fly tipping by 50% on the most affected estates by April 2020. However, due to the way in which we collect data around fly tipped rubbish, the target will be to reduce fly-tipping by 50% on the top 50 fly tipping hot spots in MK.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre: Booking Now Open for Autumn Term of Creative Learning Courses

10 weeks from September 2019
Booking now open
Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s Autumn Creative Courses are now open for booking. Join our growing community of Creative Learners with our 10-week courses, allowing students of all abilities to work with experienced tutors to develop their skills in a range of disciplines. 

Fierce Mind Health: Mental Health and Wellbeing Education and Training

“I am a Time to Change champion for Mental Health and accredited Mental Health First Aider. I have extensive experience in delivering high quality training, education, and coaching sessions in Mental Health, Wellbeing and Sexual Health to private, voluntary and professional organisations”. Fierce Mind offer a range of programmes in order to suit the individual needs of your organisation. Fierce Mind Health can also offer bespoke packages, please feel free get in touch to discuss.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Bricklayer for Buckingham Canal Society

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Individuals with bricklaying skills are needed to help re-build a spill weir on the disused Buckingham Canal. Volunteers will also be expected to support the rest of the group. Volunteers need to wear a hard hat which is supplied. Experienced bricklayer required. Find out more

Volunteers wanted for Intu Green Gym

Outreach Case Worker (Full Time) Citizens Advice

We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and confident person to join our Casework Team. The ideal candidate will provide face to face advice and support to local people, including those living in the community who could be considered ‘vulnerable adults’. The Outreach Caseworker will assist clients with complex welfare, debt and housing enquiries, covering issues across each subject.  This requires a good foundation knowledge of each advice area, so competence in these subjects is essential. 
Find out more

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United Way UK Small Charity Grants Now Available for Community Organisations

United Way UK are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2019 ‘Give Local’ grants! Applications are now open and charities are encouraged to apply.

These grants are aimed to support small charities delivering services in their local communities. United Way UK is particularly interested in supporting organisations whose work addresses our priority areas of health, education and income and those that support disadvantaged people. More information and applications can be found here: http://www.unitedway.org.uk/grants

A B Charitable Trust

Max. Value: £ 20,000
Deadline: 28 Jul 2019

Grants are available for small to medium-sized charities registered and working in the UK that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals in the UK.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF)

Max. Value: Discretionary
Deadline: 28 Jul 2019

Funding for public bodies, non-government organisations, community groups, charities, individuals and private companies, to support the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas of England.

AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme – Project Development Grants

Max. Value: £ 100,000
Deadline: 29 Jul 2019

Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England to help fund development costs of projects that will create alternative uses for redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres

Archives Revealed – Scoping Grants

Max. Value: £ 3,000
Deadline: 29 Jul 2019

Grants are available to public sector bodies, registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK to help analyse collections, supporting development of future plans for cataloguing priorities and projects.

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) – South East Midlands

Max. Value: Discretionary
Deadline: 30 Jul 2019

A combination of funding from the European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund and elements of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development will be allocated at local level to drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Co-op Foundation – Space to Connect

Max. Value: £ 50,000
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Grants are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect and co-operate.

Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Grants are available to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: isolated children and young people; prisoners and ex-offenders; disadvantaged women; disability; arts outreach; and community cohesion among minority groups.

Emergency School Improvement Fund (Non-Capital)

A grant to support schools facing unexpected or imminent failure. Applications can be made for short-term support while a longer-term sustainable solution is developed, for example through the support of a new academy sponsor.
Applications can also be made for longer-term whole school support where no other sustainable solution can be found to address the school failure.

Applications can be submitted at any time.To make an application, email emergency.fund@education.gov.uk for an application form.

Lush Presents: MK Green Fest

Campbell Park
Saturday, 3 August 2019 from 12:00 to 21:00

Lush Presents: MK Green Fest

A community festival bringing together those who want to share, learn and explore all that is sustainable, plastic free and eco friendly.
Register here

Charity Fun Day

Capron, top field Beanhill
Sat, August 3, 2019 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Charity Fun Day to raise money for Help our Homeless MK and MK Play Rangers. Live music from local artists, raffles, tombola, cake sale, balloon making, face painting, water fight, arts&crafts, stalls and many more!!

Garden Gathering with Live Music @ MK SNAP

MK Snap
Fri, 2 August 2019 18:30 – 21:30
Register here

Wildlife Trust Nature Detective and Craft Activity

Thursday 8 August 10.30 – 11.30
Centrecom Meeting Place 602 North Row, Milton Keynes, MK9 3BJ
Register here

Join Kate from The Wildlife Trust and Sue, CMK Council Community Mobiliser, to learn some top tips on how to be a nature detective, along with a wildlife craft activity. Also find out how you can get involved in gardening work in the green space next to Centrecom, N1th and N12th Street and The South Row area. .

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust, 12-4
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Bricklayer for Buckingham Canal Society

Individuals with bricklaying skills are needed to help re-build a spill weir on the disused Buckingham Canal. 

Volunteers will also be expected to support the rest of the group. 

The Society organises regular social events for helpers which includes a festival in July. 

Volunteers need to wear a hard hat which is supplied. Experienced bricklayer required.

Find out more

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Jobs in the voluntary sector: Outreach Case Worker Citizens Advice

Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes
£20,265 per annum
Contract, Full-time

Job Description

3 year fixed term contract
36 hours per week over 5 days

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is a local charity that helps people to resolve their legal, money and personal problems. We have been providing free, confidential, and impartial advice since 1972 and helped over 8000 local people last year.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and confident person to join our Casework Team. The ideal candidate will provide face to face advice and support to local people, including those living in the community who could be considered ‘vulnerable adults’. The Outreach Caseworker will assist clients with complex welfare, debt and housing enquiries, covering issues across each subject.  This requires a good foundation knowledge of each advice area, so competence in these subjects is essential. 

This is a challenging role, managing a demanding caseload, working to strict quality standards and ensuring that all work is compliant with our contract funders.

Applicants need to be –

  • Computer-literate, although training on our case recording systems will be given.
  • Confident in working to performance targets.
  • Able to show good communications skills, both written and verbal. These are essential in the role, as are excellent customer service skills with a non-judgemental approach.
  • Prepared to work independently and from a variety of community based locations. 

A minimum of 12 months’ experience in an advice agency or similar setting is desirable.  

The successful Applicant/s will be asked to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Closing date: Wednesday 21st August 2019 at Midday
Interviews: w/c Monday 2nd September 2019

To apply: E-mail – recruitment@mkcab.org.uk or call 01908 545167 for an application form

Every local Citizens Advice is a registered charity. Different application procedures are adopted by individual local Citizens Advice. Contact the relevant one as outlined in the information about this role. You should not send an application form to national Citizens Advice.

All local Citizens Advice produce their own annual report, but you can find out more about the Citizens Advice network or download the latest national Citizens Advice annual report.

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Cyber Protection Awareness Workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups.

The Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions in October 2019 for Community Action MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their immediate communities of the current cyber threats that the general public may experience.

They will cover such matters as how to notice the signs of a phishing email, or an email with a damaging attachment / link, the importance of secure passwords for sensitive accounts as well as how to maintain internet connected devices. In addition; how victims of a cyber or fraud crime, can report to Action Fraud and where people can go to get additional help and support.

Here at Community Action: MK, we believe in offering support of all kinds to our groups and friends in the voluntary and community sector.

The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:

Tuesday 8th October: 11am – 1pm

Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm

Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU

*Grant Thornton will be offering someone with specialist Cyber Security expertise on hand after the workshops to answer any questions or offer further support if necessary*

If you would like to attend or have an interest in attending, then please register here on eventbrite (limit to 2 tickets PER PERSON)

For any more information, please contact Community Action:MK at info@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623

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19 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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19 July 2019

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Vital Signs Focus Group
Wednesday 31st July @ 3pm

This year Community Action: MK is organising a focus group to support the community consultation programme as part of the Vital Signs 2019 project, which is run by MK Community Foundation. Anyone living, working or volunteering in Milton Keynes is welcome to come along.

The focus group will take place on Wednesday 31st July at 3pm at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3HP and will run for up to 1.5hours. Please register by completing this form online – once registered, we will contact you to confirm the details.

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July 25th Leadership Development Meeting

ella Foundation

ella forums invite you to attend as their guest, the launch of our new Milton Keynes Leadership Development Group on July 25th, 2019, kindly hosted by and at the offices of the MK Community Foundation.

This new ella forums MK Group is a peer mentoring and experiential learning group specifically designed to inspire and develop the leaders of Social Enterprises and Charities to grow their organisation. We will come together for monthly meetings to hear the latest thinking from guest speakers, share best practice and participate in a problem/opportunity resolution clinic.

When: Thursday 25th July 2019 9.30am-2.00pm
Where: Margaret Powell House 401/407 Midsummer Boulevard Central Milton Keynes MK9 3BN
What next: To reserve your place please click here to register.

Email phil@ella-forums.org for further details or visit our website ella-foundation.org

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BLMK NHS Long Term Plan

Thank you for helping hundreds have their say on the NHS Long Term Plan in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

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More money should be spent on providing better access to health and community services, with flexible support available around the clock – according to hundreds of people who took part in a region-wide survey. The findings, published in a report by the county’s independent health and care champion Healthwatch Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, reveal nearly 1000 people believe more needs to be done to improve access to GP appointments for people who work full time.

Read more about what people would do to change services in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

Station Square Public Consultation: Have your say

Station Square MK

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) would like to gather views on the potential redevelopment of Milton Keynes’s Station Square to create a gateway to the city that responds to future growth. A link to their survey, consultation materials and a virtual tour of the Station Square Exhibition created for the MK Futures 2050 event can be found on the MKDP website.
The closing date for feedback is Sunday 4th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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24 HOUR LITTER PICK – McDonald’s Milton Keynes July 24th

After months of planning, McDonald’s in Milton Keynes have announced more information on our biggest Love Where You Live event yet, with our annual 24-hour litter picking event taking place on Wednesday 24 July! Now, we are calling for as many volunteers as possible to turn out during the 24-hour period to make the event their biggest and most productive litter pick yet, and we’d like you to register here if you would like to get involved!

BBC Three Counties People Awards

The BBC is inviting nominations for its Three Counties People Awards to celebrate the exceptional people of Beds, Herts and Bucks. The awards are held to recognise those outstanding people who always go the extra mile, who care about their community or who consistently give up their time to help others. Examples of categories are Young Achiever, Carer, Volunteer, 999 and Diversity & Equality. The ceremony takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, on 25 September. For more details on the awards and how to nominate, please visit the awards section of the BBC website.

Let’s Talk Loneliness Campaign

Let's Talk Loneliness

Loneliness is an issue that can affect us all at some point in our lives. In January 2018, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Foundation, the UK Government announced a programme of work to tackle loneliness. The following October, the Government launched its Loneliness Strategy , which committed to tackling the stigma of loneliness and promoting the importance of social connections. And from this, the #LetsTalkLoneliness campaign was born, to encourage everyone to start the conversation and say it’s OK to feel lonely and it’s okay to talk about it.

This website brings together organisations, resources and inspirational stories that are united in a shared aim, to get more people talking about loneliness. Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Board members for The Stables Events Ltd.

We are looking for Board members to join the Trustees of The Stables Events Ltd – the charity responsible for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and other major cultural events.

The Festival was founded in 2010 and has gone on to become a much-loved and celebrated biennial event in the UK’s cultural calendar. Transforming Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces, the Festival has a growing reputation for commissioning new work and presenting UK premieres.

As we approach the 2020 Festival we are looking for Trustees with particular experience in developing, directing and supporting major Festivals and events.
More information: https://stables.org/about-us/job-vacancies

Calling all volunteers!

Heritage MK are working together and with Milton Keynes Council to help the residents and visitors of Milton Keynes connect with the history of the UK’s most successful New Town.

Although Milton Keynes new town heritage itself is only half a century old, there is a rich history of people living in the area of the city. From the Victorians to the Romans and even the Stone-Age, promoting this rich history is the work that the member organisations of Heritage MK specialise in.

In 2019, we have three exciting projects in conjunction with the Council asking for volunteers. These are:

  • New Town Heritage Explorers – Exploring our unique buildings, places and spaces through events and activity creating a national case study for Milton Keynes as a leading new town reinventing itself and planning for its next fifty years.
  • MK Skate – Social history research, city centre trail, and a major exhibition about the important role Milton Keynes has played in UK skateboarding culture. The project will also showcase and preserve the amazing archive three generations have collected for the city.
  • A Festival of Creative Urban Living – www.afcul.org. An amazing set of installations on Midsummer Boulevard East at the heart of the City Centre, celebrating ‘The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable’. The Festival Programme will take place from 27 September to 13 October and will ask people to show the world what is great about ‘MK’ and what they would like to see for its future, starting with the reshaping of the city centre.

Each project will require a number of volunteers from researchers, transcribers, events coordinator, exhibition stewards, visitor hosts to photographers, filmmakers, cycle tour guides and much, much more. For more information, or to sign up your interest, go to the Heritage MK volunteers website at:
https://heritagemk.volunteermakers.org

MK Community Foundation:
Philanthropy Manager – Full Time

MK Community Foundation are looking for an exceptional Philanthropy Manager with experience in developing high-impact relationships with donors and grant beneficiaries.

Can you contribute to the success of the MK Community Foundation through cultivating new and stewarding existing supporters? Find out more

Spinal Injuries Association:
Support Care and Data Coordinator and Trusts and Partnerships Assistant

The Spinal Injuries Association is the leading national charity supporting individuals who sustain damage to the spinal cord, often resulting in paralysis. 

Supporter Care and Data Coordinator (Maternity Cover)
With a can-do attitude, a caring approach and attention to detail, you will support the Individual Giving & Membership Manager in delivering a first class engagement experience to our members and supporters, putting your strong CRM management expertise to good use whilst delivering excellent supporter care.
Find out more

Trusts and Partnerships Assistant (Part-time)
Charitable trusts are very important to SIA and account for around £400,000 of our annual income. They provide much-needed financial support, without which we wouldn’t be able to deliver our vital services for spinal cord injured people. We’re seeking a Trusts and Partnerships Assistant who will support SIA’s trust fundraising activity.Trusts and Partnerships Assistant (Part-time)
Find out more

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MK Community Foundation Community Grants

Up to £5,000
Deadline 2 August 2019
MK Community Foundation award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 

Home Office – Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund

Max. Value: £ 30,000
Grants are available to voluntary and community sector groups for community projects in England and Wales which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme 2018-2022

Max. Value: £ 15,000
Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.

NHS Blood and Transplant – BAME Community Investment Scheme

Max. Value: £ 10,000
Grants to local community and faith/belief-based organisations for projects in England and Wales that positively engage local communities in organ donation, address myths and barriers, and increase support for organ donation among black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities.

Horizon 2020 – Excellent Science – European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)

Max. Value: Discretionary
Support is available for facilities, resources and services that are used by research communities to conduct research and foster innovation. In particular, grants support activities that foster the innovation potential of research infrastructures, for example, by reinforcing partnerships with industry, transfer of knowledge and other dissemination activities, use of research infrastructures by industrial researchers, and involvement of industrial associations in consortia or in advisory bodies.

Free Let’s Fish! – Milton Keynes Learn to Fish Sessions

Wed, 24 July 2019 10:00 – 16:30
Held by the Canal and River Trust

Get off the tablet and on to the towpath! Whether you have fished before or have always wanted to try, come and learn to fish from our team of professional, fully qualified angling coaches. (All the bait and equipment is provided, so all you need to do is book in and turn up on the day.) Find out more and register here

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

cinema at the skyroom

MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust, 12-4
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

Dyslexia Training Workshops

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Board members for The Stables Events Ltd

Come and join our award-winning team of volunteers!

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We are looking for Board members to join the Trustees of The Stables Events Ltd – the charity responsible for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and other major cultural events.

The Festival was founded in 2010 and has gone on to become a much-loved and celebrated biennial event in the UK’s cultural calendar. Transforming Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces, the Festival has a growing reputation for commissioning new work and presenting UK premieres.

As we approach the 2020 Festival we are looking for Trustees with particular experience in developing, directing and supporting major Festivals and events.

More information: https://stables.org/about-us/job-vacancies

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15 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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15 July 2019

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CVS Free Workshops

Dates for free workshops:

  • Outcomes and Impact – Wednesday 17 July, 6.30pm to 9pm at CVS, 43 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2AA. This free workshop will help you to make clear links to your aims, outcomes and activities in your funding applications. Many funders now require you to do this, and if you’re not, or not doing it well, it could affect your chances of success. Click here. 
  • Committee Skills Workshop – Tuesday 30 July, 10.30am to 1.30pm at Community Room, Arrow Close, Luton LU3 3LS. This interactive workshop covers: committee roles; having effective meetings; and the tasks involved in running an organisation – including planning and budgeting. With practical examples to try out and plenty of time to ask questions, the session is ideal for new committees or ones that want to review how they are doing. Click here. 
  • Trustee Skills Workshop – Wednesday 31 July, 6pm to 9pm at CVS, 43 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2AA. Whether you’re a new trustee or an existing one who wants a refresher, this workshop is for you. We will cover the Charity Commission’s newest guidance including the 6 main trustee duties, with some useful case studies, along with plenty of time to ask questions. Click here. 

To book any of the courses above, email info@cvsbeds.org.uk giving the name of the person attending and the organisation that they are representing.

Dyslexia Training Workshops

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Station Square Public Consultation: Have your say

Station Square MK

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) would like to gather views on the potential redevelopment of Milton Keynes’s Station Square to create a gateway to the city that responds to future growth. A link to their survey, consultation materials and a virtual tour of the Station Square Exhibition created for the MK Futures 2050 event can be found on the MKDP website.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

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CA:MK development officers, Julie and Josan, attended the MK Futures 2050 exhibition, ‘Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050‘, in Middleton Hall on Thursday 4th July, all about the future of Milton Keynes. Look East (West) interviewed them both on what they thought of the growth of MK. It was aired at 6:30 pm that evening. Josan talked about her desire to see Milton Keynes grow inclusively, while Julie spoke about the challenges and opportunities the fast growing city offers residents.

Summer Networking Event 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who came to Our Summer Networking Event last Friday 5th July. It was brilliantly attended by new and old friends from the Voluntary and Community Sector. It was great to share information about the growth of Milton Keynes and enjoy seeing some real life examples on our CMK walking tours!
Read more here

24 HOUR LITTER PICK – McDonald’s Milton Keynes July 24th

After months of planning, McDonald’s in Milton Keynes have announced more information on our biggest Love Where You Live event yet, with our annual 24-hour litter picking event taking place on Wednesday 24 July! Now, we are calling for as many volunteers as possible to turn out during the 24-hour period to make the event their biggest and most productive litter pick yet, and we’d like you to register here if you would like to get involved!

At 10am on Wednesday 24 July, volunteers will congregate at the Xscape branch of McDonald’s before heading off on a 24-mile route around Milton Keynes, taking in well over 20 city estates in the process. The group is set to be the biggest in the event’s history!
REGISTER HERE

GSK IMPACT Awards

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The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

2020 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open for applications. View the application guidelines and find out how to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 23 September 2019.
Find out more

Community Boat Trip

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Following six very successful seasons with the John Bunyan Boat on the River Great Ouse at Bedford, Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway volunteers are planning to run a small passenger boat on the Grand Union Canal, based at the new Campbell Wharf Marina in the centre of Milton Keynes.
Find out more

New parliamentary group launches to increase philanthropic giving

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group has launched with the aim of increasing philanthropic giving in the UK. The APPG on Philanthropy and Social Investment held its first meeting on Monday in Parliament, where the group published a report outlining its priorities.
Find out more

BBC Three Counties People Awards

The BBC is inviting nominations for its Three Counties People Awards to celebrate the exceptional people of Beds, Herts and Bucks. The awards are held to recognise those outstanding people who always go the extra mile, who care about their community or who consistently give up their time to help others. Examples of categories are Young Achiever, Carer, Volunteer, 999 and Diversity & Equality. The ceremony takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, on 25 September. For more details on the awards and how to nominate, please visit the Awards section of the BBC website.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Carers Milton Keynes Volunteer Therapist

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Qualified therapists in massage or reflexology required for a couple of hours a month to deliver relaxation treatments to unpaid family carers at our offices based in Margaret Powell House. 
In house volunteer training will be provided and all roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Massage table and reflexology chair will be provided for treatments. Travelling expenses and parking reimbursed to volunteers.
Find out more

Calling all volunteers!

Heritage MK are working together and with Milton Keynes Council to help the residents and visitors of Milton Keynes connect with the history of the UK’s most successful New Town.

Although Milton Keynes new town heritage itself is only half a century old, there is a rich history of people living in the area of the city. From the Victorians to the Romans and even the Stone-Age, promoting this rich history is the work that the member organisations of Heritage MK specialise in.

In 2019, we have three exciting projects in conjunction with the Council asking for volunteers. These are:

  • New Town Heritage Explorers – Exploring our unique buildings, places and spaces through events and activity creating a national case study for Milton Keynes as a leading new town reinventing itself and planning for its next fifty years.
  • MK Skate – Social history research, city centre trail, and a major exhibition about the important role Milton Keynes has played in UK skateboarding culture. The project will also showcase and preserve the amazing archive three generations have collected for the city.
  • A Festival of Creative Urban Living – www.afcul.org. An amazing set of installations on Midsummer Boulevard East at the heart of the City Centre, celebrating ‘The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable’. The Festival Programme will take place from 27 September to 13 October and will ask people to show the world what is great about ‘MK’ and what they would like to see for its future, starting with the reshaping of the city centre.

Each project will require a number of volunteers from researchers, transcribers, events coordinator, exhibition stewards, visitor hosts to photographers, filmmakers, cycle tour guides and much, much more. For more information, or to sign up your interest, go to the Heritage MK volunteers website at:
https://heritagemk.volunteermakers.org

Willen Hospice: Community Fundraiser

35 hours per week – includes evenings and weekends
£21,000 – £23,000 pro rata per annum

As part of our wider dedicated Fundraising team, you will proactively work with our two community fundraisers to deliver an effective community fundraising programme. The programme generates vital income for the hospice by engaging with supporters and volunteers in a range of community settings.
Find out more

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MK Community Foundation Community Grants

Community Grants up to £5,000
Deadline 2 August 2019

MK Community Foundation award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 
Find out more

Space to Connect Fund launched – new £1.6 million partnership with the Co-op Foundation

The Space to Connect Fund is a £1.6 million partnership with the Co-op Foundation to help community organisations identify, improve and protect spaces where people can connect and co-operate. This Fund builds on the Government’s commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of its Loneliness Strategy. 

The Fund is now open for applications, with grants of up to £50,000 available across England. The invitation to tender is also now open to become our ‘Space to Connect’ Evaluation and Learning partner. Up to £160,000, including VAT, is available and we aim for the contract to start in October 2019 and run until June 2021.

The closing date for tender responses is midday on Friday 30 August 2019.

Wolverton Summer Festival
14th July 2019 12-8pm

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Transition Town Milton Keynes film night 15th July

Transition Town Milton Keynes invite you to their next film night.
15 July 19:00-21:30

Transition Town MK Quiz Night

QUIZ with CURRY SUPPER (Veggie option)
SATURDAY 20th JULY AT 7.00 p.m
Simpson Village Hall MK6 3AD

Proceeds to TRANSITION TOWN MK 

£12.p.p.  £6.00 without food –  Raffle prizes gratefully accepted

 If you need a soft chair please bring a cushion along
Please park along Simpson Road if you are able to walk up to the hall

Bring your own drink – teas served – maximum 8 people on a table 
Please book your place with Miss Quiz – missquiz@sky.com

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Carers Milton Keynes Volunteer Therapist

What We Do

Carers MK

Carers MK exists entirely to support the health and wellbeing of individuals who are caring for someone who cannot manage without them due to illness, physical disability, frailty, learning disability, mental health issues, addiction or additional needs.

We support carers from all backgrounds including young carers, parents of children with a disability or an additional need, carers from the black and minority ethnic community (BAME), older carers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) carers.

Volunteer therapist

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Qualified therapists in massage or reflexology required for a couple of hours a month to deliver relaxation treatments to unpaid family carers at our offices based in Margaret Powell House. 
In house volunteer training will be provided and all roles are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Massage table and reflexology chair will be provided for treatments. Travelling expenses and parking reimbursed to volunteers.


Find out more

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Jobs in the voluntary sector: Willen Hospice Community Fundraiser

35 hours per week – includes evenings and weekends
£21,000 – £23,000 pro rata per annum

As part of our wider dedicated Fundraising team, you will proactively work with our two community fundraisers to deliver an effective community fundraising programme. The programme generates vital income for the hospice by engaging with supporters and volunteers in a range of community settings.

We are looking for a creative person who is also an excellent communicator, with strong organisation and administration skills. You will provide end to end stewardship to our vital supporters, you will co-ordinate volunteers, and help raise the profile of our Hospice as you support community events and campaigns.

You will need a high level of computer literacy as you will be required to keep records updated and attain reports from our CRM database.

The nature of the role will require evening and weekend work – time in lieu will be honoured for out of hours working and flexible working can be accommodated.

In return we offer generous annual leave entitlement starting at 35 days pro rata (inclusive of statutory and bank holidays) and increases with length of service, free onsite parking, pension scheme, and enhanced maternity, adoption and sick pay provision.

Find out more

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Find out about the new Festival of Creative Urban Living and how you can get involved…

Please RSVP to Ursula bedsunited.afcul@gmail.com

Details of A Festival Of Urban Living:
Get Involved Information Evening

Tuesday 16th July 6- 7.30pm
MK Gallery Project Space, MK9 3QA

Meet raumlaborberlin who are co-curating the festival, transforming Midsummer Boulevard, bringing together; artists, architects, designers, urban planners, thinkers, creatives and many others to deliver a free programme of exhibitions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more.

Find out about BEDS UNITED a unique project which aims to celebrate the huge diversity of city, inviting our citizens to host a festival guest for one night only. Sign Up HERE

Find out about other projects including BIKE SCHOOL which will promote and celebrate cycling in many ways. Bike School will rise to the challenge of making MK the Greenest city yet. 

More about the Festival A Festival of Urban Living Sep 26 – 13 Oct Join us on Facebook Twitter #Creativeurban Instagram

Copyright © 2019 A Festival of Creative Urban Living, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
A Festival of Creative Urban LivingMilton Keynes CouncilCivic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate EastMilton Keynes, MK9 3EJUnited Kingdom

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Summer Networking Event 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who came to Our Summer Networking Event last Friday 5th July. It was brilliantly attended by new and old friends from the Voluntary and Community Sector. It was great to share information about the growth of Milton Keynes and enjoy seeing some real life examples on our CMK walking tours!

As well as our own interactive stall about how the growth of Milton Keynes will impact the Voluntary and Community Sector, we had an information stall from the Wildlife Trust, who are working with us as well as with CMK Town Council, conservation volunteers (working on the Green Gym projects) and local residents on improving the green spaces in CMK.

Our colleagues from MK Community Foundation were also in attendance, promoting their Vital Signs initiative. Here at Community Action: MK we are supporting the Vital Signs community consultation programme this year by running a focus group on Wednesday 31st July at 3pm at our office in Acorn House. Please click here to book your place if you would like to take part and share your views about the life in Milton Keynes.

After the networking, we set off on the walking tour of the developments of Central Milton Keynes, with the weather on our side! If you would like to experience an audio version of the walk, please follow this link. Here you can see the list of the key new developments visited on the tour.

The walk culminated at Middleton Hall for the MK Futures 2050 Exhibition – ‘Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050‘. It was really interesting to view designs for MK:U, the new university being built in CMK, and meet and greet the robot that could answer back! There was also talks led by key stakeholders involved in the growth of Milton Keynes.

Stay tuned for information about our next Networking event, which will be held in Autumn 2019. Any questions or information about our events can be asked through info@communityactionmk.org.

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5 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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5 July 2019

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MK Together publications

Over the past year MK Together Team have been working on new innovative partnership arrangements for safeguarding adults and children, enabling community safety and promoting health and wellbeing in Milton Keynes. MK Together is committed to being at the forefront of improvement, integration and partnership working. The good work that has already been done was highlighted in the joint local area SEND inspection carried out in October last year and in the recent peer inspection of the Council’s Adult Services. 

MK Together have now published their new partnership plans which incorporate their multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. The plans for the MK Together partnership have been developed in collaboration with a wide range of local stakeholders. MK Together are now working towards implementing their new arrangements which will be in place by 1 September 2019. Please feel free to contact the MK Together Team if you have any queries on: MKTogether@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

MK Together Simple Story
MK Partnerships Handbook
MK Together Handbook Appendices
Publication letter June 2019

Vital Signs MK 2019

Vital Signs MK 2019 is the latest instalment of a project that the Milton Keynes Community Foundation has run since 2013. The reports bring together existing research and social data about Milton Keynes with an aim of highlighting the strengths, as well as identify areas for improvement for the local community to respond to, including the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sector, as well as local businesses and individuals who want to help make a difference in the Milton Keynes community.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Vital Signs programme. Please follow this link to read the last year’s report.

Here at Community Action: MK we will be supporting this year’s Vital Signs community consultation programme by running two focus groups: on Friday 12th July: at 11am and 2pm.  If you would like to participate in on of the focus groups and share your views towards this year’s Vital Signs report, please follow this link to express your interest. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Once you have registered your interest, you will receive more information asap. 

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Lavendon Neighbourhood Plan

St Michael's Church Lavendon

In June 2019, Lavendon Parish Council submitted the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan to Milton Keynes Council. The Plan is now being published in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Plans (General) Regulations 2012. This is the final stage to make comments on the Plan.

Please follow this link to see the submitted Plan and its supporting documents.

Any comments on the Plan at this stage (including those from members of the public and other organisations) will be passed to an independent person (the Examiner) to consider when he or she is examining the Plan.  The Examiner will consider whether the Plan:

  • Meets a number of basic conditions
  • Satisfies the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans, and
  • Identifies an appropriate area for the referendum

Comments should be sent to: neighbourhoodplanning@milton-keynes.gov.uk  by 5pm on Monday 5th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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Virtual Internship initiative from  The Open University

As a world leader in distance learning, the OU is turning its attention to distance working.  We’re delighted to announce our brand new Virtual Internship initiative, giving you the opportunity to hire your very own OU student in a completely different way. Carried out on a remote basis, and with a clear brief and regular telephone or online meetings, the intern can effectively complete a range of tasks outside of an office environment.

Work with our dedicated internship manager to design an internship that will meet your business needs, and draw from the vast talent pool of OU students with no geographic restrictions.  We’ve already successfully piloted virtual internships, here’s what the business owner had to say:

 “My company has thrived because of the interns, the flexibility of the virtual environment and the students’ willingness to do numerous roles at the same time has allowed us to expand and progress the company a lot further than we would have done without them” Director, Nubis Aviation Training

There are no costs associated with our Virtual Internships, besides paying your intern of course, and if your organisation is an SME or small charity there may be some funding available to help with that.  If you’d like to find out more about this great opportunity please do get in touch, we’d be very happy to talk to you. Please follow this link to find out more. You can find more details about the some possible funding as part of the Santander Placement Scheme here.

Demolition of Milton Keynes housing estates ‘will not happen’– BBC News

Bradville and Serpentine Court
Serpentine Court (right) is still due to be demolished, but that is not the case for North Bradville (left)

Plans to demolish six estates as part of a £1bn housing makeover could be abandoned. Labour-run Milton Keynes Council said “the wholesale demolition will not happen” and it wants to “improve” some estates in the town instead. Plans to demolish and rebuild parts of Serpentine Court, on the Lakes estate, will go ahead, it said.
Read more from BBC News

Children’s books needed for Conniburrow Library

Childrens Books, Books, Reading, Cup, Drink, Education

Conniburrow’s Free Little Library is in need of books, particularly children’s books. Any donations will be gratefully accepted at BLC Hub, 34 Bramble Avenue, Conniburrow, MK14 7AP.

Whitehouse primary school’s Summer Fayre

On 27 June, Whitehouse primary school held their Summer Fayre. The day included games, tombola, face painting, a raffle with amazing prizes and refreshments.

The Friends of Whitehouse primary school raised an amazing £1,400!

B&MK Waterway to launch Community Boat on the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes in 2020

Following six very successful seasons with the John Bunyan Boat on the River Great Ouse at Bedford, Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway volunteers are planning to run a small passenger boat on the Grand Union Canal, based at the new Campbell Wharf Marina in the centre of Milton Keynes.

The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust’s community boat on the river in Bedford (www.johnbunyanboat.org) has been hugely successful for six seasons now, raising awareness about and funds for the new Waterway Park that is designed to link the Grand Union canal at Campbell Park with the River Great Ouse in Bedford. 

The trading arm of the Trust, BMKWEL, now plans to repeat that success in Milton Keynes, with a boat designed for the very different waters of the Grand Union. The boat will be a 12-seater, full-accessible, hybrid narrowboat that will work well for all sorts of trips throughout the year: short rides in summer, one-way taxi for walkers, Santa Specials in December, and of course our ever-popular catered charter trips for families, community and business groups, and ‘public specials’ – afternoon cream teas on board, bubbles ‘n’ bites, fish & chip suppers, etc. We hope to launch in April 2020.

BMKWEL is delighted to be working in partnership at Campbell Wharf with Crest Nicholson, who have a commitment to community-building in their new developments, and with the Parks Trust, who are keen to ensure that residents and visitors alike can see and use as much of the Milton Keynes’ wonderful parkland as possible.

We are holding two public meetings this summer to test support for the Community Boat project, to uncover issues or concerns, and to start to build a new group of local volunteers who are capable of taking this project forward on a short timescale. Please come and find out more, tell us your views, and offer us some help if you can!

The first meeting is on Monday 22 July at 7-9pm at the Parks Trust HQ* and is open to anyone interested. RSVP: jane.wolfson@mkcommunityboat.org 

*The Pavilion, 1300 Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 4AD, UKFor queries, or to tell us that you can’t come to the meeting but would like to be kept informed, please contact us at jane.wolfson@mkcommunityboat.org

New briefing from The Health Foundation

From 1st July, all patients in England will be covered by a primary care network (PCN): the most significant reform to general practice in a generation. PCNs are intended to stabilise general practice in the face of workforce shortages and rising demand, and to help deliver many of the commitments made in The NHS Long Term Plan.
Please follow this link to find out more.

Independent Age and Cosy Club partner to ‘end loneliness’

Independent Age and Cosy Club partner to ‘end loneliness’

Restaurant and bar chain Cosy Club, which operates 25 sites across the UK, has announced a national partnership with Independent Age to help the fight to end loneliness.

Free Teas For Those In Need will be taking place at 10-11am each Wednesday across all sites and will aim to support those who face loneliness and isolation and provide them with the opportunity to engage with others and connect with the community. Read more

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For Your July & August Pleasure

Ever considered putting on a show? Music? Drama? Spoken word? Fund-raiser for your favourite charity? We can help you to make it a success. Our Main Hall accommodates 80 to 90 people; the Beechey Room 40 to 50; we have other rooms and outdoor performance spaces; and we have audio visual equipment.
Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Alzheimers Society Side by Side Volunteer

Margaret, who lives with dementia, and Side by Side volunteer Alistair

As a Side by Side volunteer you will enable someone with dementia to be able to keep doing the things they love, to stay connected to their local community and to build the confidence to stay active and engaged in social and recreational activities. 

You will visit someone with dementia on a weekly or fortnightly basis and take part in activities you share an interest with them to help them to keep doing the things they love – or pick up new ones!
Find out more here or call Jane on 01296 331 722.

Intu Green Gym: Volunteers wanted for gardening, tree-planting and more!

Sid’s Story: A Volunteer Case Study

Sid Burgess is avidly involved in Big Local Conniburrow (BLC), volunteering most of his time to organising events for the residents of Conniburrow to bring the people together and promote the feel of community. We wanted to help him share his story with you.

Sid Burgess is now the Chair of the Social and Involvement Task Group for the BLC through his time volunteering with them.

Read more about Sid’s story

For more information about opportunities to volunteer in your area, visit our volunteering platform, SimplyConnect or contact us at info@communityactionmk.org.

MacIntyre: Support workers

MacIntyre have vacancies for support workers in various areas of Milton Keynes area:

Support Worker – part-time, 15hrs per week
Milton Keynes
£8.55 an hour
We are looking for part-time Support Workers, (weekends only) to join the teams within our Milton Keynes area – where we support adults who have a learning disability.
Find out more

Support Worker – Full or Part time
Milton Keynes (Emerson Valley)
£8.55
We are seeking experienced and non experienced Support Workers (full or part time) for our supported living service in Milton Keynes.
Find out more

Support Worker Part Time (FEMALE ONLY)
Milton Keynes – Bradville
£8.55 an hour
We have vacancies for a part-time Support Worker at one of our Supported Living services in the Bradville area of Milton Keynes. This position is for 23 hours per week.
Find out more

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Co-op Foundation – Space to Connect Fund

Space to Connect is a partnership between the Co-op Foundation and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DMCS). It builds on the commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of the Government’s loneliness strategy. It also extends the Co-op Foundation’s existing support for organisations who are working to make community spaces sustainable.

There are two strands of funding:
Enhance – grants for organisations that are already using a community space in an innovative and creative way, and that want to expand activities and embed sustainable ways of working to build a more secure future.
Explore – grants for organisations that want to start exploring ways that local challenges could be addressed through better use of space, and/or identify potential spaces that could be opened up to community use.
Find out more

MK Community Foundation Community Grants

Community Grants up to £5,000
Deadline 2 August 2019

MK Community Foundation award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 
Find out more

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Four Bridges Family Festival
Saturday 13th July 2019 12-4pm

Milton Keynes Open Art Exhibition
13th & 14th July 2019 (11am-4pm)

Transition Town Milton Keynes film night 15th July

Transition Town Milton Keynes invite you to their next film night.
15 July 19:00-21:30

Architechture at the library

22 June – 10 July

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Alzheimers Society Side by Side Volunteer

Margaret, who lives with dementia, and Side by Side volunteer Alistair

Side by Side is our fun, friendly, super-flexible volunteering opportunity for someone like you to help someone with dementia. Just because a person is diagnosed with dementia, it doesn’t mean they stop wanting to take part in their favourite activities.

Our Side by Side service helps people with dementia to keep on doing the things they love and try new things – from going to the football to catching the latest movie – so they can continue to lead an independent life. 

As a Side by Side volunteer you will enable someone with dementia to be able to keep doing the things they love, to stay connected to their local community and to build the confidence to stay active and engaged in social and recreational activities. 

What is Side by Side?

A splash in the pool, a mooch around the shops, a catch-up over coffee or supporting a person with dementia to volunteer themselves. Whatever they’d like to do, together you decide where and when.

One thing you can be sure of is bringing a lot of joy into someone’s life. There are nearly 1,000 people waiting for volunteers right now, so whatever your interests we need people like you.

World of difference: The value of volunteer supportReal storiesWe speak to a Belfast man with dementia who has gained a new lease of life through our Side by Side service. 01 June 2018 0

Ways to volunteer

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings, weekends and even over the phone. It’s a super-flexible way to give your time and it will make a difference to someone’s life.

You need to be 16 years-old or older to sign up, and we’ll provide you with all the training and support you need. Why not try one of the following?

  • Face-to-face: As a face-to-face volunteer you can go wherever your shared interests take you – whether it’s a local garden centre, museum or café! It’s up to the both of you. Meeting in-person helps build familiarity, while people with dementia can still do the things they love.
  • Telephone: You can also volunteer over the phone, either from your home or your local Alzheimer’s Society office. A friendly chat with a familiar voice can be a great source of comfort so is a great option if you’re not able to travel and meet face-to-face.
  • Hospital: By volunteering at your local hospital you will provide invaluable face-to-face support to patients with dementia during their hospital stay. Get involved Become a Side by Side volunteer today – a couple of hours a week is all it takes.

You will visit someone with dementia on a weekly or fortnightly basis and take part in activities you share an interest with them to help them to keep doing the things they love – or pick up new ones!
Find out more here or call Jane on 01296 331 722.

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Jobs in the voluntary sector: MacIntyre Support Workers

MacIntyre: Support workers

Are you warm and patient? Could you support people with learning disabilities, helping them live more independently?

MacIntyre is an award winning national charity supporting people with learning disabilities. Our core belief is that everyone has potential, something to offer and a valuable contribution to make to their community.

MacIntyre have vacancies for support workers in various areas of Milton Keynes area:

Support Worker – part-time, 15hrs per week
Milton Keynes
£8.55 an hour
We are looking for part-time Support Workers, (weekends only) to join the teams within our Milton Keynes area – where we support adults who have a learning disability.
Find out more

Support Worker – Full or Part time
Milton Keynes (Emerson Valley)
£8.55
We are seeking experienced and non experienced Support Workers (full or part time) for our supported living service in Milton Keynes.
Find out more

Support Worker Part Time (FEMALE ONLY)
Milton Keynes – Bradville
£8.55 an hour
We have vacancies for a part-time Support Worker at one of our Supported Living services in the Bradville area of Milton Keynes. This position is for 23 hours per week.
Find out more

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Volunteering: Sid’s Story

Volunteer Case Study: Sid Burgess

Sid Burgess is avidly involved in Big Local Conniburrow, volunteering most of his time to organising events for the residents of Conniburrow to bring the people together and promote the feel of community. We wanted to help him share his story with you …

Sid Burgess is now the Chair of the Social and Involvement Task Group for the BLC through his time volunteering with them.

My wife Doreen and I moved to Conniburrow about 8 years ago. Sadly I lost Doreen nearly 3 years ago after 46 years of marriage.
I’d heard about Big Local Conniburrow from a friend of mine. He told me they do a coffee morning on a Friday. I’m always looking to meet new people and make new friends so come Friday I was off to the coffee morning. I got to know the staff and as time went by they got to know me. 
I told the team that I had arranged events in the past, birthday parties, Christmas parties and much more.
To cut a long story short, I am now the Chair of the Involvement and Social task group. The team arrange events for residents of Conniburrow. I am happy doing things like this as I like to see people enjoying themselves.
The first event I organised was a treasure hunt around Conniburrow for children and parents. It was a good turn out with nearly 60 people attending. Not bad for my first time as an organiser!
I intend to do my best as Chair now and in the future. It may be early but I am making notes for next years events already. I always like to think ahead in what I like to do! 

Sid Burgess

With Sid’s involvement there are plenty more events lined up for the residents of Conniburrow. He was also involved in the Building Connections project, a project funded by the Co-Op to help loneliness and isolation in children and young people through the utilisation of community spaces.

Sid recently attended our CA:MK Volunteer’s Lunch, to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all our wonderful volunteers and to let them know how much we appreciate all their efforts in helping communities come together and grow!

For more information about opportunities to volunteer in your area, visit our volunteering platform, SimplyConnect or contact us at info@communityactionmk.org.

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Community Consultation: Vital Signs 2019

Vital Signs Focus Groups on Friday 12th July @ 11am & 2pm

Vital Signs MK 2019 is the latest instalment of a project that the Milton Keynes Community Foundation has run since 2013. The reports bring together existing research and social data about Milton Keynes with an aim of highlighting the strengths, as well as identify areas for improvement for the local community to respond to, including the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sector, as well as local businesses and individuals who want to help make a difference in the Milton Keynes community.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Vital Signs programme. Please follow this link to read the last year’s report.

Here are Community Action: MK we will be supporting this year’s Vital Signs community consultation programme by running two focus groups: Friday 12th July, with one group at 11am and the other starting at 2.30pm. 

If you would like to participate and share your views towards this year’s Vital Signs report, please follow this link to express your interest.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided of course!

Once you have registered your interest, you will receive more details.

Thank you,

Community Action: MK team 

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1 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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1 July 2019

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5th July: Community Action: MK Summer Networking event

Join Community Action: MK and other colleagues from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes at our Summer Networking/ Netwalking event, which will be dedicated to the topic of the growth of Milton Keynnes. The event will include a walking tour (optional to join) of some of the planned development areas in the city centre, ending up at Middleton Hall for the Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050 exhibition and talks.

Please follow this link to find out more and to book your place.

MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

4th-7th July at Middleton Hall

Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050 is a four-day exhibition being held in the heart of the borough to give everyone the opportunity to come and see what the future plans are for Milton Keynes.

Please follow the link to find out more.

How Disability Confident is your Business?

Thursday , 4 July 2019
09:30 – 11:30 BST

The event’s emphasis will be around attracting, recruiting, retaining and developing all staff with a focus on those with health conditions and disabilities. Come and meet other employers who will share their experiences and also find out what other support is available.
REGISTER HERE

Mental Health First Aider Course (MHFA) Milton Keynes

3rd & 4th July 2019 (09:30-17:00)

This is the official two day MHFA Enlgland mental health first aid course acredited by the Royal Socety for Public Health qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities and each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.
Visit www.transpiretraining.com for more info.

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Early Help Strategy Consultation

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board and the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Children’s Partnership have been working on an Early Help Strategy 2019-22 for Milton Keynes, and are inviting local groups to submit their comments.

Deadline for submitting feedback and comments: Monday 8th July.

Please follow this link to access the consultation document and to submit your response.

Lavendon Neighbourhood Plan

St Michael's Church Lavendon

In June 2019, Lavendon Parish Council submitted the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan to Milton Keynes Council. The Plan is now being published in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Plans (General) Regulations 2012. This is the final stage to make comments on the Plan.

Please follow this link to see the submitted Plan and its supporting documents.

Any comments on the Plan at this stage (including those from members of the public and other organisations) will be passed to an independent person (the Examiner) to consider when he or she is examining the Plan.  The Examiner will consider whether the Plan:

  • Meets a number of basic conditions
  • Satisfies the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans, and
  • Identifies an appropriate area for the referendum

Comments should be sent to: neighbourhoodplanning@milton-keynes.gov.uk  by 5pm on Monday 5th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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Vital Signs MK 2019

Vital Signs MK 2019 is the latest instalment of a project that the Milton Keynes Community Foundation has run since 2013. The reports bring together existing research and social data about Milton Keynes with an aim of highlighting the strengths, as well as identify areas for improvement for the local community to respond to, including the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sector, as well as local businesses and individuals who want to help make a difference in the Milton Keynes community.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Vital Signs programme. Please follow this link to read the last year’s report.

Here at Community Action: MK we will be supporting this year’s Vital Signs community consultation programme by running two focus groups: on Friday 12th July: at 11am and 2pm.  If you would like to participate in on of the focus groups and share your views towards this year’s Vital Signs report, please follow this link to express your interest.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Once you have registered your interest, you will receive more information asap. 

Help with applying to the EU Settlement Scheme

East European Resource Centre is pleased to announce that we have received government funding until March 2020 to provide support to vulnerable Eastern European citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme

EU citizens and their family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after after the UK leaves the EU.

Our new service – Eastern European EUSS Centre (238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF) is now open for drop-ins Tuesday to Saturday 11.30am – 13.30pm (last client at 13.00pm) and 14.30pm – 18.30pm (last client at 18.00pm). 

We are also providing outreach sessions and workshops for vulnerable Eastern European citizens to explain the EU Settlement Scheme and help to apply for EUSS – if you would like us to visit your service please get in touch with me or at euss@eerc.org.uk.

Our help is free and we speak Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian and Hungarian.

For further information about our service, please refer to the flyer or visit our website.

MK Calling – Open call to exhibit at MK Gallery

Artists working across all art forms are invited to take over MK Gallery! Applications welcome from all, especially from artists connected to Milton Keynes in particular.

Please follow this link to find out more and to submit your application.

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org. To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week:
St John’s Ambulance Youth Team

Youth Helpers work flexibly as part of our volunteer youth teams and are advised to liaise directly with their Unit Manager/Unit Youth Lead to design the scope of their role and allocate their responsibilities within the unit. For instance, Youth Helpers may be involved in helping to facilitate and run games, activities, and sessions within our Badger Setts and Cadet Units. This may include supporting our young people directly or participating in administration and support tasks to ensure the efficient running of the unit.
Find out more about this role here
Search for other volunteering opportunities with St Johns Ambulance

MK Snap Job vacancies – Various Roles

MK Snap are looking for Trustees, Learning Support Assistants, Tutor, Head of Social Enterprise and more.
Find out more here

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British Cycling Places to Ride Programme

Max. Value: £ 50,000
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England that are developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new, or the improvement of existing, cycling facilities in communities.

Quaker Housing Trust

Application deadline: 16 August 2019
Grants are available for registered charities carrying out housing projects providing homes for those in need in Great Britain.

Stop Loan Sharks – Proceeds of Crime Grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000
Grants are available for local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England for projects that target illegal money lending

Transition Town Milton Keynes film night- 15th July

Transition Town Milton Keynes invite you to their next film night.
15 July 19:00-21:30

MK Festival of Nature

29th June -7th July

Please follow this link for a full programme.

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A Festival of Creative Urban Living 2019

26th September – 13th October 2019

What is a Festival of Creative Urban Living?

Midsummer Boulevard in CMK will play host to the first ever ‘A Festival of Creative Living’ this autumn! It will bring together artists, architects, designers and urban planners, thinkers and creatives to deliver a free programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances and more!

The programme itself will take place in a temporary campus of remarkable and playful buildings and structures and you will find more information about each element here

The Festival will explore the idea of ‘The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable’ with an urban environment.

Visitors will be able to enjoy and experience central MK in an entirely different way and think about what it might become and look like in the future! 

Whilst the Festival campus will occupy the centre of the city’s infamous grid road, raumlabor have developed two other creative projects, with the sole aim of getting visitors out and about in MK, whilst also inviting residents to experience and visit different parts of the city. 

To get involved and find out how to take part – drop us a line at culture@milton-keynes.gov.uk

To get updates from the Festival team sign up to their Mailing list
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Local Consultation: Early Help Strategy 2019-22 for Milton Keynes

Early Help Strategy 2019- 2022

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board and the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Children’s Partnership have been working on an Early Help Strategy for Milton Keynes.  

MK Together (which brings together the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Boards, Community Safety and the Health and Wellbeing Boards) are circulating the consultation document which has been prepared by a cross sector Task and Finish Group. 

 Priorities include: 

  • To target resources effectively to support children and their families as early as possible when problems arise
  • To monitor and measure the impact of the Early Help offer through assessment processes and performance management
  • To build on the strengths and capacity of families and communities to meet children’s needs through universal services where possible
  • To prevent the need for referral and thereby reduce the number of children requiring specialist and statutory support
  • To support children to thrive by intervening to improve key protective factors that help build resilience
  • To support the Early Help model to thrive through shared understanding and responsibility across partners

Please follow this link to access the consultation document.

Please submit your comments on the consultation document by Monday 8 July to MKTogether@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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5th July: Community Action: MK Summer Networking & Netwalking Event

When? Friday 5th July: 12.30-1.30pm with an optional walking tour between 1.30-2.30pm

Where? Meet at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3HP

Join Community Action: MK and other colleagues from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes at our Summer Networking/ Netwalking event, which will be dedicated to the topic of the growth of Milton Keynes. The event will include a walking tour (optional to join) of some of the planned development areas in the city centre, ending up at Middleton Hall for the Milton Keynes: A Journey to 2050 exhibition and talks.

The Agenda: 

12.30pm – Arrive: registration and refreshments

12.45pm – Welcome from Clare Walton, The CEO of Community Action: MK 

12.50pm – Networking & Visiting the stalls to share feedback & find out useful information about the growth projects in the city and their impact on the sector 

1.30pm – Walking Tour (please note there might be two walking groups depending on the number of people signing up) 

2.40pm – Arrive at Middleton Hall: exhibition & talks (optional to join and explore)

The walking tour is optional (please reserve your ticket as part of the registration process) and will cover the key areas for development proposed in Centre MK, such as MK:U – a new university and Hotel La Tour, a multi-million pound development, to name a few. The walk will take up to one hour – please make sure that you wear comfortable footwear! 

The MK Futures 2050 project is putting on an exhibition at Middleton Hall, with talks from some of the key stakeholders involved in the development projects in Milton Keynes – to see the full programme, please follow this link

Once at Middleton Hall, guests can feel free to browse at their leisure before the exhibition and spend as much time as they wish there.

We very much look forward to seeing you on the day!

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CVS Consultation: Children & Young People’s Mental Health Needs Assessment

Date:   1 July 2019 9:30 – 12:30pm

Do you provide support for Children and Young People’s mental health and wellbeing? Particularly in Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire? Well, this event may just interest you.

See below for more details.

To see more from our Community of Practice events and any more information about CoP, click here

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17 June: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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17 June 2019

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Community Action: MK Summer Networking event – Friday 5th July

Friday 21st June: A Community of Practice: All VCS practitioners welcome

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who works or volunteers with Children and Young People in MK, offering them support for their mental health and sense of wellbeing. The second meeting of the group is taking place on:

FRIDAY 21st JUNE 9.30am – midday at Service Six, Chapter House, Coffee Hall, MK6 5EE

Please follow this link to find out more about this new group and the meeting on the 21st June.

This group is set-up for the workers/ volunteering from within the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes.

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The Stables need your support!

The Developers are back and have put in a new Reserved Matters Application no 19/01357/REM which makes no reference to the existence of The Stables nor the previous pre-commencement condition for a deed of easement.

Please support The Stables to protect this important and much loved venue for our creative and cultural city. It is vitally important that you send in comments on the proposed Reserved Matters application as a matter of great urgency.  All comments must be submitted to the Council by Wednesday 19 June.  Please see The Stables website for their Planning Development update of 6 June.

Upcoming Training sessions at MK Play Association:

MK Play Association are offering the following training courses:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • 12hr Paediatric First Aid (last courses of this term)
  • Safeguarding Children
  • L2 Health & Safety (accredited with Highfield Awarding Body)

For dates and prices, and to book, please follow this link.

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Community Pit-Stop

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org. To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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Volunteers Week 2019 as seen by Community Action: MK

Read our blog with a summary of the activities we run and visited during this year’s Volunteers’ Week! Huge thanks again to all of the fantastic groups and organisations that engaged with us this year! Please follow this link to read the blog.

Volunteering opportunity of the week:

Volunteering Sessions at Salcey Forest and Silverstone Woodlands

If you enjoy the outdoors, want to learn new skills, meet new people and help the team look after the nations forest, these volunteering opportunities are just for you. Please follow this link to find out more and to get involved!

We are hiring! Join Community Action: MK as a Trainee Community Mobiliser

Please follow this link for more information and to apply to this exciting community development role, supporting the work of Big Local Conniburrow.

Closing date for applications: 17:00 on 21st June 2019

Macintyre Children’s Homes – Support Worker (Wingrave, near Aylesbury)

Please follow this link to find out more and apply.

Other Roles:

For information on other recent job openings, including at YMCA, Thames Valley Partnerships and Scouts, please follow this link.

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Nationwide Building Society – Community Grants

Max value:  £50,000

Application deadline: 05 July 2019

Grants are available to charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives for projects that tackle a housing problem in local communities in eligible parts of England.

Please follow this link to find out more and to apply.

Carers Innovation Fund to announce support for unpaid carers

The government has launched the £5m Carers Innovation Fund, which plans to help unpaid carers within communities.

The funding will be used to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities. Applicants will need to demonstrate their idea is a fresh approach that is better than existing provision, and it will benefit the local community and can be expanded and replicated.

Please follow this link to find out more about the fund and the applications process.

Support for organisations through Doit.Foundation

Doit.Foundation are inviting small and micro voluntary and community groups to register interest in their small grants pilot, which aims to explore how digital can be used to make it easy for small organisations to access funding and other support.

If your organisation has an income of £100,000 a year or less then all you need to do is complete a short survey and register your details for the pilots that will take place later in the year.

Doit.Foundation is the new charity foundation of Do it Life Social Enterprise, the home of the Do-it.org volunteering service. The charity’s aim is to utilise Do it Life tech to make it easy for small voluntary and community organisations to access small grants and other support.

For more information about the Foundation visit their website Doit.Foundation.

World Refugee Day

20th June

Join Refugees Welcome Milton Keynes and partner groups in celebrating World Refugee Day with a programme of events on Thursday 20th June.

Armed Forces Flag Raising

24th June

Big Lunch at Conniburrow Orchard

29th Jun

Come and join us for our Big Lunch in Conniburrow on Saturday 29th June at 1pm – please bring your own lunch or a dish to share.

Wolverton-On-The-Sea

29th June

Join this fun event being organised by Wolverton Community Orchard. Please follow this link to find out more.

Parade of Colours – Art at the Lake Festival

29th June

Get Involved with ‘Parade of Colours’. We are setting off for the best Multi-Cultural Parade as part of this year’s Art at the Lake Festival on Saturday 29th June 2019. If you wish to take part or require more info contact simon@routecanalarts.org.uk

Charity Walk for Peace 2019

30th June 2019

This year this flagship event will be held in Milton Keynes, in association with MK DONS Football Club and the MK DONS SET Charity, on 30th June 2019. It is free to participate.
Find out more and register

MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

4th-7th July at Middleton Hall

Please follow the link to find out more.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Salcey Forest and Silverstone Woodlands

If you enjoy the outdoors,want to learn new skills, meet new people and help the team look after the nations forest, why not get involved with your local group today.


The sessions are based at both Salcey Forest and the community woodlands in and around Silverstone and led by our Recreation Rangers and Forest Craft workers. Each session offers individuals the opportunity to learn a variety of new skills in woodland management, the environment and the chance to meet new people whilst out in the great outdoors. In return, the sessions provide us the opportunity to educate people on the work Forestry England do and receive some valuable support helping us to ensure our trees remain healthy and that our woodlands encourage a diverse range of wildlife species. At every session our volunteers receive on the day training, tools and of course tea and biscuits.

For further information contact: Claire.underhill@forestengland.uk

016044 863830

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#VolunteersWeek as seen by Community Action:MK

We journeyed out and about into the local communities of Milton Keynes to promote and celebrate all types of volunteers!

Wolverton Community Orchard were wonderful hosts, with the Orchard itself housing several fruit trees, pockets of peace and a lovely sensory garden for all ages to enjoy! The volunteers there give their time and work hard to maintain the tranquil garden, whether it’s teaching schools about wildlife, planting patches of wild flowers or building a dragon out of their unused compost, their commitment to this well-kept Orchard is to be commended! Click here to view their Facebook page to find out more about this wonder of Wolverton!

We also travelled down to Brooklands Expansion area – ever expanding, it seems! There was an inquisitiveness surrounding what we do here at CA:MK, meeting a few people interested in offering their time to us as volunteers! CA:MK also had the fortunate pleasure to bump into the Health Centre’s practice manager, who seemed keen to liaise with us about local community engagement! Creating links, connecting the community and giving people opportunities is a pleasure to accommodate here at Community Action:MK!

The pop up in Netherfield provided an interesting insight into the residents thoughts and feelings on the People’s Health Trust project, a Local Conversation. Most locals were intrigued, particularly when tea and coffee were on offer! They were delighted with the Local Conversation’s recognition of the challenges they face, but there was also a sense of community among them and a willingness to give their time to the Local Conversation, to come together to share ideas, giving up their time willingly to do so, which is what Volunteers Week is all about! To find out for yourself what the Netherfield Local Conversation is all about, click here!

The locals of Big Local Conniburrow accommodated us at the hub for their weekly coffee morning, where we were joined by Amy from Sanctuary Hosting, who was impressed by the activities and various groups set up by BLC and it’s committee, with one of the committee members proudly showing off his own artwork, as well as the colossal amount of ideas and activities he and the committee put forward to bring the community together! To find out more information about what goes on down at the BLC hub, click here, or see for yourself by popping down to their local coffee morning every Friday!

There are so many opportunities to get out there and volunteer, even if it’s just for one hour a week – your time could make a difference to somebody’s life or to your community, as well as gaining invaluable experience and making friends along the way! Volunteers are the unsung heroes of a lot of our communities, so here’s to them! Thank you! #volunteersweek

Get in touch using info@communityactionmk.org if you wish to advertise any of your volunteering vacancies with us, or for those wishing to volunteer themselves, simply follow this link to view our opportunities, sign up to our weekly newsletter or pop in to our Volunteer Drop-In and speak to one of our Volunteering advisors, every Tuesday 1-3pm at Acorn House, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP.

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10 June: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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10 June 2019

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Community Grants Information Event

Find out more and register here

Fundraising Regulator reveals brand new Code of Fundraising Practice

Commission finds The Cup Trust trustee responsible of ‘clear misconduct and mismanagement’

The Fundraising Regulator has launched a “new and improved” Code of Fundraising Practice which will come into effect in October 2019. The changes are said to be designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. The regulator added the new code is also easier for the public to navigate, so that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising. Read more

Room for improvement in workplace volunteering, new research finds

Room for improvement in workplace volunteering, new research finds

The experiences of people who give their time through employer-organised or employer-supported activities, known as employer-supporter volunteering (ESV), are positive but “lag behind those who arrange their own volunteering”, a new report from NCVO finds. Read more

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org. To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

Nominate your women leaders

This year’s Women Leaders prestigious awards event will take place at the Double Tree Hilton in Milton Keynes on Friday 11th October 2019. It’s time to nominate the talented, dedicated and inspiring women that you would like to celebrate.
Find out more

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Volunteers Week 2019: Thank you!

Thank You, Neon Lights, Neon, Advertising, Lighting

Thank you to everyone who participated in Volunteers Week 2019! It was a fantastic week and a great to chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contributions of volunteers in Milton Keynes. Keep an eye on our website for an update from our activities of the week.

Volunteering opportunity of the week

Thames Valley Partnership: Project Crisis & Support Coordinator (Bucks)

Role: To provide prevention, intervention and crisis support to anyone who is/has experienced, or is deemed to be at risk of, any form of exploitation (e.g.  modern slavery, criminal, financial) and those with complex needs.  The post holder will identify and engage with these individuals on a one-to-one basis, enabling them to access services and make positive, empowering choices to change their lives. 

Closing date for applications:  26th June at  at 8am
Interviews will be held on:   1st  July  2019  at the Partnership offices (Aston Sandford, Bucks HP17 8JB)

A full Job Description and Application Form can be download from the Partnership website at:  www.thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk.  Please note that applications will only be put forward for consideration if they are submitted on the Application Form supplied.

YMCA: Various Roles

YMCA England

In Autumn 2019, YMCA are launching a brand new campus in the centre of Milton Keynes which will provide homes to two hundred young people. We aim to support 75 young people each year out of homelessness and we will be helping 75 young people each year to move on, having secured a job and a new home.

Employment Manager: Salary £30,000
Deadline for Application: 28 June
Interview date: 12 July

The Employment Manager will oversee a team of staff who will be focussed on delivering employment related support to our residents, as well as developing relationships with employers and training providers in Milton Keynes.   Find out more

Activities Coordinator: Salary £23 – £25,000 depending on experience
Deadline for Application: 28 June
Interview Date: 19 July

We need someone who can lead on a range of engaging activities that make the YMCA a vibrant place to live and to build up the confidence of our young people. It’s key that the post holder is able offer a varied programme of skills that collaborate with other areas of life including volunteering opportunities, independent living skills and a range of health & wellbeing activities. Find out more

Hostel Manager: Salary £32,500
Deadline for Application: 28 June
Interview Date: 9 July

The Hostel Manager oversees a team of hostel support workers in our Stage 1 accommodation. The priority is the wellbeing and support of the residents, who have often faced homelessness, family or relationship breakdown, or trauma.  Find out more

The Scouts: Various Roles

Growth and Development Officer, South of England

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An exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team working to create opportunities for more people to join the largest youth organisation in the county. Engaging with communities and young people to help set up new Scout groups, you will also support new and existing volunteers through workshops, one to one inductions and training across the South of England. Contributing to the Growth strand of the Skills For Life organisational strategy, this is a great time to be joining The Scouts!

Maternity Cover from July 2019. We foresee the successful candidate living in Berkshire/ Surrey area in order to respond to our current project demand, but the role will require regular travel beyond this geography : https://scouts.org.uk/about-us/jobs/growth-development-officer-south-(mat-cover)/

FTC until Sept 2020. We foresee the successful candidate living in Avon/ Gloucester/ Wiltshire area in order to respond to our current project demand, but the role will require regular travel beyond this geography.: https://scouts.org.uk/about-us/jobs/growth-development-officer-south/

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Can you help UK schools make more effective use of technology?

Deadline 15 July 2019

Nesta has just launched the EdTech Innovation Fund as part of a new £4.6 million programme, in partnership with the Department for Education. We’d like to transform the UK education system through better use of tech in schools and colleges. We are now looking for 20 organisations to apply for grants of up to £100,000 to improve, evaluate and grow the reach of digital tools across four challenge areas.  Find out more

Will Charitable Trust

Max. Value: £ 30,000
Cancer care: Applications should be submitted from June and by 31 AUGUST at the latest

Grants are available to UK registered charities for activities in the UK that fall within the following categories: care of and services for blind people; long-term care of people with learning disabilities; and care of and services for people suffering from cancer. Find out more

Skills for Positive Futures

Max. Value: £ 90,000

Grants are available for local voluntary organisations to support vulnerable children and young people (aged 8-14 years) in London, Birmingham, and the South of England to develop the life skills they need to thrive and make positive life choices. Find out more

Big Lunch at Conniburrow Orchard

Come and join us for our Big Lunch in Conniburrow.
Saturday 29th June 1pm, please bring your own lunch or a dish to share.

Charity Walk for Peace 2019

30 June 2019

This year this flagship event will be held in Milton Keynes, in association with MK DONS Football Club and the MK DONS SET Charity, on 30th June 2019. It is free to participate.
Find out more and register

Parade of Colours – Art at the Lake Festival

Get Involved with ‘Parade of Colours’. We are setting off for the best Multi-Cultural Parade as part of this year’s Art at the Lake Festival on Saturday 29th June 2019. If you wish to take part or require more info contact simon@routecanalarts.org.uk

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Brook Clinic Support Volunteer

Brook Milton Keynes offers a wide range of sexual health and advice services to anyone up to the age of 25. 

We are currently recruiting for a clinic support volunteer. Go to the volunteer clinic support page for further information on the role, the specification and to discover the benefits.

The next volunteer open day at Brook Milton Keynes will be on Wednesday 12 June 2019 between 10am – 4pm. Contact jennifer.bywater@brook.org.uk for further information.

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Jobs in the voluntary sector: The Scouts, YMCA and Thames Valley Partnership

Thames Valley PartnershipProject Crisis & Support Coordinator (Bucks)

Role: To provide prevention, intervention and crisis support to anyone who is/has experienced, or is deemed to be at risk of, any form of exploitation (e.g.  modern slavery, criminal, financial) and those with complex needs.  The post holder will identify and engage with these individuals on a one-to-one basis, enabling them to access services and make positive, empowering choices to change their lives. 

Closing date for applications:  26th June at  at 8am
Interviews will be held on:   1st  July  2019  at the Partnership offices (Aston Sandford, Bucks HP17 8JB)

A full Job Description and Application Form can be download from the Partnership website at:  www.thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk.  Please note that applications will only be put forward for consideration if they are submitted on the Application Form supplied.

YMCA: Various Roles

YMCA England

In Autumn 2019, YMCA are launching a brand new campus in the centre of Milton Keynes which will provide homes to two hundred young people. We aim to support 75 young people each year out of homelessness and we will be helping 75 young people each year to move on, having secured a job and a new home.

Employment Manager: Salary £30,000
Deadline for Application: 28 June
Interview date: 12 July

The Employment Manager will oversee a team of staff who will be focussed on delivering employment related support to our residents, as well as developing relationships with employers and training providers in Milton Keynes.   Find out more

Activities Coordinator: Salary £23 – £25,000 depending on experience
Deadline for Application: 28 June
Interview Date: 19 July

We need someone who can lead on a range of engaging activities that make the YMCA a vibrant place to live and to build up the confidence of our young people. It’s key that the post holder is able offer a varied programme of skills that collaborate with other areas of life including volunteering opportunities, independent living skills and a range of health & wellbeing activities. Find out more

Hostel Manager: Salary £32,500
Deadline for Application: 28 June
Interview Date: 9 July

The Hostel Manager oversees a team of hostel support workers in our Stage 1 accommodation. The priority is the wellbeing and support of the residents, who have often faced homelessness, family or relationship breakdown, or trauma.  Find out more

The Scouts: Various Roles

Growth and Development Officer, South of England

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An exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team working to create opportunities for more people to join the largest youth organisation in the county. Engaging with communities and young people to help set up new Scout groups, you will also support new and existing volunteers through workshops, one to one inductions and training across the South of England. Contributing to the Growth strand of the Skills For Life organisational strategy, this is a great time to be joining The Scouts!

Maternity Cover from July 2019. We foresee the successful candidate living in Berkshire/ Surrey area in order to respond to our current project demand, but the role will require regular travel beyond this geography : https://scouts.org.uk/about-us/jobs/growth-development-officer-south-(mat-cover)/

FTC until Sept 2020. We foresee the successful candidate living in Avon/ Gloucester/ Wiltshire area in order to respond to our current project demand, but the role will require regular travel beyond this geography.: https://scouts.org.uk/about-us/jobs/growth-development-officer-south/

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#VolunteersWeek: Grandmentors

WHAT IS THE GRANDMENTORS PROGRAMME ABOUT?

Grandmentors is an innovative volunteering project where older volunteers use their lifetime of skills and experience to support and mentor vulnerable young people leaving the care system. It is a flagship national programme that has won multiple national awards.

The programme is run by Volunteering Matters, a national charity working to fulfill their vision of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.

These young people who are out of employment, education or training (NEET) often need a guiding hand and role model to support them to find work, continue their education or begin training – ultimately giving them the skills and self-belief to lead successful and independent lives.

WHAT IS THE GRANDMENTOR ROLE ABOUT?

Volunteers meet with a young person each week to boost their confidence and work towards goals which are unique to each young person. Volunteers support where they can to help these young care leavers find their feet and reach their full potential. All volunteers are given full support and training throughout their time on the project.

WHAT ARE VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS?

  • Be aged 50+
  • Good people and communication skills, patience
  • DBS (criminal record) check will be performed
  • Long-term commitment (min. one year)
  • Based in Milton Keynes

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING AS A GRAND MENTOR?

As a volunteer you’ll receive:

  • Full training
  • Ongoing support including monthly mentor support meetings
  • Reimbursement of your expenses Expenses

WHAT DO THE EXISTING VOLUNTEER GRANDMENTORS SAY?

Through using my wisdom, experience, patience and creative mindset my mentee and I were able to focus on their new direction in life

Darren

The Grandmentors project appealed to me as it gives me the opportunity to work with young people who both need and want support.  In a role where I would be able to share my knowledge and experience. I also hope that in doing so I will inspire others to volunteer.

Bernadette

I decided to become a Grandmentor in order to give myself a feeling of renewed pride as well as giving me the opportunity to have an involvement in the local community where I live

Sue

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERING MATTERS STAFF SAY…

Our Grandmentors give their mentee the pen and let them write their future

Stephen

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY

You can access the role through our Simply Connect volunteering platform – please follow this link to apply.

You can find out more about this innovative volunteering programme on: volunteeringmatters.org.uk/opportunity/grandmentors-mk or follow Volunteering Matters, including Kelly Israel, Volunteer Manager of the programme in MK, on  social media.

Facebook: facebook.com/volunteeringmatters
Twitter:   @volunteering_uk
@kelsrael
#Grandmentors

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#VolunteersWeek: Sailability MK needs volunteers – Can you help?

Enabling the freedom of sailing to all at South Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes

Sailability Milton Keynes aims to promote and encourage recreational and competitive sailing for people with disabilities, with the objective of improving their quality of life. Their volunteers help people of all ages to participate and enjoy sailing. They are based at Milton Keynes Sailing club, South Caldecotte Lake. Your donations help provide boats, equipment and support their volunteer instructors. They welcome people of all abilities: sailors and non-sailors.

Why does the community needs Sailability MK?

When people are impacted by a life changing accident, or illness or if they have learning or visual impairments, Sailability MK can help these people establish independence and freedom. People of all ages are able to enjoy sailing in Milton Keynes. Thanks to generous donations and sponsors, they have 8 boats especially designed to be stable and suitable for people with range of abilities. Their special hoist can make getting into a boat simple and straightforward.

Sailability MK’s impact on the community

Sail days provide a mixed social group where all participants, including volunteers, have an enjoyable time, providing a medium for greater confidence in the wider community. Through our links with the Royal Yachting Association, they can offer development and support for people who want to achieve excellence to international level, or simply potter around in their boats. http://www.rya.org.uk/sailability

Volunteers needed

Help rig, launch and sail our boats on Saturdays and some Wednesdays. Contact Tim on 0791 008 6743 or e-mail: sailabilitymk@gmail.com

To find out more about Sailability MK, visit their website: www.mksailability.com. You can also follow them on social media

Twitter: @SailabilityMk

Facebook: facebook.com/SailabilityMK

You can also watch videos on their YouTube channel – here.

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#VolunteersWeek: Volunteer your home as a sanctuary

Sanctuary Hosting service Coordinator, Elaine, came into the office the other day, and said this:

‘I introduced a guest to a new host today and it never gets old after so many times and years, it blows me away every time when a volunteer host family says to a complete stranger: ‘My home is your home, help yourself to anything in the fridge’.

That is it really – in a nutshell.

Sanctuary Hosting offers the chance for homeowners in the Thames Valley to give a bed to someone seeking a new life in our community. And they do.

Since they started in 2015, 80 people have volunteered to open up their spare room to a stranger. Sometimes for a few nights, sometimes for a few months- it’s up to the host. And for them, it’s a question of humanity and the recognition that we all need a safe place to lay our head, and some of us who have it can offer that to others who don’t.

Madeleine has hosted nine ‘guests’ since 2015 when the refugee crisis hit a peak, with the terrible images of a little Syrian boy washed up on a Mediterranean beach. She said it was a tangible way to help:

It’s more than just ‘doing good’. It’s quite deep. It’s about equality and respect, and all those things. You’re living it a bit, rather than just reading about it or thinking about it.’

Of course – like having any guests – there can be difficult moments, and many of the guests are traumatised by their past experiences, but there are also moments of magic.

‘It’s amazing being able to laugh about things with people from a different culture. I love that- when you find so much difference, but you find something you can both giggle about, or do together. Humour is a really big positive. Seeing a guest become more confident and more ‘in themselves’ is wonderful’.

Aside from hosting, Sanctuary Hosting also offer other volunteering roles as a guest or host support worker that usually take a couple of hours a week to help hosting placements run smoothly and be a support for the guests and hosts. If you are unable to host or volunteer, consider giving £10 per month. Such support goes a very long way in our dynamic small charity. Please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

Sanctuary Hosting is a registered UK charity that provides shelter to homeless vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, many of whom are destitute. They work across the Thames Valley to match guests to generous people who have a spare room to accommodate them temporarily.

The idea for “Sanctuary Hosting” came at the Refugees Welcome demonstration in Oxford, in July 2015. In his speech to the crowd our founder Wyon Stansfeld asked, who would be willing to open up their home to a refugee or migrant in need? The response was startling. Many people volunteered. And so their service began. Thanks to the Big Lottery and Oxford City Council, they work in partnership with the British Red Cross and Citizens Advice Reading to holistically support their guests.

You can apply to volunteer with Sanctuary Hosting through our online volunteering platform, Simply Connect:

Volunteer Guest Support Worker
Volunteer Host
Volunteer Host Support Worker

To find out more about Sanctuary Hosting, visit their website: sanctuaryhosting.org. You can also follow them on social media:

Twitter: @SanctuaryHUK

Facebook: facebook.com/SanctuaryHUK/

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#VolunteersWeek: BucksVision-give support to people with sight loss

There are an estimated 23,000 people living in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes with sight loss.

However, sight loss doesn’t mean you stop living or enjoying your life and BucksVision are here to support people to do this.

BucksVision is the local charity supporting people with sight loss across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. They offer a range of services including:

  • advice and information on living with sight loss;
  • practical support on using new technology;
  • advice and information on equipment;
  • befriending services; and social and sporting activities.

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT BUCKSVISION AS A VOLUNTEER?

BucksVision currently have a number of volunteering roles available – to find out more about these roles and to apply,  please follow the links below:

Resource Room Volunteer

Make visitors feel welcome by demonstrating and providing information as they browse through a host of handy products that can help them to live independently.

Volunteer Tandem Pilot

Assist our visually impaired members enjoy a tandem experience

Social and Activity Support Volunteer

Assist with social groups and/or activities for blind and partially sighted people

Sports and Activities Volunteer

Support visually impaired members to participate in sports and activities

Telephone Befriender

Offer companionship via telephone conversations and alleviate the loneliness blind and partially sighted people can often experience

Volunteer Befriender

Offer companionship and alleviate the loneliness blind and partially sighted people can often experience.

Volunteer Driver

Help drive driving blind and partially sighted people from their homes to local activities

Walking Group Sighted Guides and Drivers

Help visually impaired people in your local community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE

To find out more about BucksVision and its work, please visit their website: https://www.bucksvision.co.uk/

You can also follow them on social media:

Twitter: @BucksVision

Facebook: facebook.com/bucksvision

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#VolunteersWeek: Become a Volunteer Tour Guide at Hazard Alley

The Safety Centre, better known as Hazard Alley, is on the lookout for people to volunteer as tour guides. They  need more people to take small groups of primary aged children coming on school visits through the 12 everyday scenarios in their interactive safety learning village.

WHAT IS HAZARD ALLEY?

‘Hazard Alley’ was the first purpose-built safety education centre in the UK, designed to give visitors a unique interactive learning experience.  During a tour in our ‘life size’ village, young people encounter a range of ‘hazards’ giving them the opportunity to develop vital knowledge and strategies on how to stay safe.

WHAT DOES A VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDE DO?

If you enjoy working with youngsters and want the satisfaction of teaching children invaluable life skills such as how to make 999 calls and put casualties into the recovery position as well as what to do in the event of a fire, how to cross the road safely, and ways to stay safer online, you will enjoy being a tour guide. They’re also a friendly bunch who enjoy buddying with new volunteers on tours and showing them how to lead a group.

You will be asked for a minimum of 4 hours a month and you can give your time regularly each week or flexibly to fit with other commitments.

You will receive full training and you don’t need to have experience of working with children to be able to become a guide.

You can get your travel expenses reimbursed and will receive a safety centre polo shirt and sweatshirt to wear when guiding, and organise social activities such as a summer outing.

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY:

Please contact Val Williams for more information or to arrange to visit the centre and see a tour in action. Telephone 01908 263 009 or email info@safetycentre.co.uk

You can also access the role through our Simply Connect volunteering platform – please follow this link to apply.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HAZARD ALLEY

To find out more about The Safety Centre, visit: http://www.safetycentre.co.uk or follow them on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/safetycentre

Twitter: @HazardAlley (#hazardalley)

You can also watch a short video about Hazard Alley here.

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#VolunteersWeek: Weekly Volunteer Drop-In in Milton Keynes

It’s the national Volunteers Week and we wanted to remind you about the weekly Volunteer Drop-In

  • Every Tuesday
  • 1-3pm
  • Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3HP

The drop-in is run by our wonderful volunteers, Jill and Mary, who enjoy chatting to people about the variety of volunteering roles available at a wide range of not-for-profit organisations in Milton Keynes and guide them through our volunteer recruitment platform, Simply Connect.

We would like to thank Jill and Mary for their energy and dedication in helping to run the drop-in every week!

To mark Volunteers Week, we will be running a special edition of our drop-in tomorrow, Tuesday 4th June, with our friends from Volunteering Matters and MK Sailability, who will be promoting their current volunteering opportunities!

Come along to find our more and explore how you could be making a difference through volunteering.

If you can’t make it to the drop-in, you can search for volunteering roles on our volunteer recruitment platform, Simply Connect.

If you are a local group or organisations wanting to find volunteers and advertise your opportunities, please follow this link.

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#VolunteersWeek: Get inspired by these National Trust volunteers!

National Trust in Stowe is a truly beautiful place to volunteer at and they have been very lucky to get support from a number of dedicated volunteers.

Read on to find out more about what inspires them to give their time and skills to support National Trust through a variety of volunteering roles, and what their favourite places at the Stowe Park are…

LIZ

This is Liz. Along with her husband Conrad, she volunteers multiple times a week and spends lots of quality time at Stowe with her family. Liz can often be found at New Inn playing tunes on her recorder and is part of the fundraising team selling National Trust raffle tickets. Liz’s favourite place at Stowe is in the Elysian Fields because of the way the British Worthies look towards the Temple of Ancient Virtue, she says, “there is so much history behind it!” She finds it is very beautiful and peaceful no matter what time of year and she loves to sketch the view.

MICHAEL

Michael here is one of Stowe’s faithful buggy drivers, helping visitors get to and from the garden on their electric mobility vehicles. He told us his favourite place at Stowe is in Lamport Garden. He thinks it is a peaceful area. He likes the waterfall and the succession of colourful plants. He feels it offers a nice contrast to rest of the Stowe landscape.

SUE

Sue is part of the visitor welcome team at weekends. She coordinates the volunteer’s monthly social coffee hour and supports the young Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. Her favourite place at Stowe is at a Yew tree near to the Temple of Ancient Virtue. She likes it because it is secretive, mysterious, and fun to play on. It also provides a great place to take shelter!!

PAUL

This is Paul, he volunteers in the welcome team, greeting Stowe’s visitors, and he loves visiting Stowe regularly with his two dogs.  When asked his favourite place at Stowe he said, “I love the Saxon Deities, it’s feels like a tucked away secret place that is a bit mystical. I get great fun from telling people that there are only six deities (Sunday is missing) and that’s why we get Sundays off work. It’s lovely to hear them say things like “really” or “oh I see” before they realise I’m pulling their leg, normally with a hearty laugh!”

ANDY

This is Andy. He is one of Stowe’s knowledgeable tour guides. His favourite place at Stowe is at the Temple of Friendship. He loves the view here because there is so much to see. “When I am guiding it is a great place to explain landscape gardening and how the great landscape gardeners managed to create the wonderful balance between the temples and the natural environment – for example the trees were carefully chosen so that when mature they would perfectly frame Lord Cobham’s Pillar.”

Find your favourite place at Stowe: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

If you are interested in exploring volunteering opportunities at National Trust, please follow this link.

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#VolunteersWeek: Buckingham Canal Society needs volunteers!

Since 1992 Buckingham Canal Society have been working on sites along the Old Stratford and Buckingham arms of the Grand Union Canal which they eventually hope to see re-opened breathing new life, recreational opportunities and environment friendly business to the area.

The society’s aim is the restoration of the Buckingham Canal to full navigable order, to promote and improve conservation, biodiversity and quality of life.

THURSDAY 6TH JUNE:  ‘HANDS ON’ VOLUNTEERING PROJECT – ALL WELCOME!

The Society are marking the National Volunteers Week by running an extra practical task on Thursday 6th June:

The Buckingham Canal Society are working to restore the disused Buckingham Canal which use to run from the village of Cosgrove to the town of Buckingham hoping that to people will join us in this exciting project for part of ‘National Volunteers Week’.

As a volunteer on the day, you will have a chance to be part of a team helping to restore part of a canal bridge or they may be helping to improve part of the towpath at Cosgrove.  This gets very muddy in winter and is almost impossible to walk along so the work is to help disabled people enjoy the canal more and also be of great assistance to other walker and boaters.  

If you want to be part of the exciting project and want more information email info@buckinghamcanal.org.uk or ring 01908 661217 or just turn up on Thursday 6th June at 10.00 in Lock Lane, MK19 7JR

You will need to wear oldish clothes and bring lunch but they will supply all tools and equipment, and training is given where necessary but no experience is needed and we are a very  friendly group and always welcome new people.

NOT AVAILABLE ON THE 6TH OF JUNE, BUT KEEN TO GET INVOLVED?

If you have an interest an interest in and passion for conservation and environmental work, the Society has a number of volunteering roles currently available. It is a great chance to help the environment whilst also enjoy the great outdoors, however administrative roles are also available!  Please follow the links below to get more details and to apply through our volunteer recruitment platform, Simply Connect:

Conservation Volunteer

Bricklayer

Committee Minutes Secretary

Trustee/secretary

Fundraising Volunteer

Nature Reserve Restoration (group volunteering opportunity!)

Planning Post (experience of writing and submitting planning applications desirable)

Publicity Officer

Social Media Volunteer

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE…

To find out more about the work of Buckingham Canal Society as well as about their history and the history of the Canal, visit their website on

https://www.buckinghamcanal.org.uk or follow the Society on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/BuckinghamCanalSociety

Twitter: twitter.com/BCSocietyUK (#Buckingham Canal Society #BCS)

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#VolunteersWeek: Wolverton Community Orchard, a volunteer-led tranquil place for the local community

HOW DID THE PROJECT COME ABOUT?

Wolverton Community Orchard was founded in 2003 with a vision to provide a place of peace and tranquility for the whole community to enjoy. A place for all age groups to practice skills and develop new ones, to enhance and raise awareness of the importance of caring for our environment and the wildlife that share that environment with us, to encourage an appreciation and love of wildlife and the natural world in the children who visit.

Yvonne Galuszka came up with the original idea for Wolverton Community Orchard back in 2003, determined to rescue it from being a disused allotment site which had also become a rubbish tip. She imagined it as a potential site for a community area for all to enjoy, then polled the neighbours for their input, applied for grants and pulled together a small group of friends who wanted to get involved in creating a community space that could be used by everyone.

The local residents expressed their support for the idea. After clearing the area, work proceeded in setting out the various sections of the site, planting hedges and fruit trees and creating a “sensory” garden full of colour and scents. Part of the site was retained as allotments and has successfully involved local schools who provide the children with after-school outdoor experiences.

HOW HAS THE ORCHARD DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS?

The orchard now boasts over 50 productive fruit trees including apple, pear, cherry, plum and damson. It’s enclosed by a mixed hedge of native species and incorporates a child-safe covered pond, a coppiced hazel “secret” pathway, a willow dome and an impressive rosemary hedge. Other hidden surprises are mentioned later in this document. Over the years, increasing numbers of nesting boxes have been installed – these and the pond are productively used by the local wildlife most years.

The Orchard does not use any harmful chemicals across the site, thus protecting wildlife and humans alike.

Wheelchair-friendly pathways and raised beds have been installed from early on, providing accessibility for less able visitors and volunteers. Open every day of the year during daylight hours, the orchard plays host to locals and Mums/Toddler groups who might be found relaxing in the orchard, playing or picnicking.

To read the full story of this amazing local volunteer-led project, please follow this link.

Here is what the group has said about its founder and volunteer, Yvonne Galuszka

Yvonne Galuszka, whose imagination and enthusiasm initiated the project 15 years ago, is still the orchard committee chair and an inspiration for us all with her continuing energy. As a volunteer group, we are proud of our achievements and continue to plan for the future. We believe that we make a positive contribution to Wolverton’s community and the comments we regularly receive from visitors encourage us onward and continue to make us feel appreciated.

To read the Volunteer Case Study of Yvonne Galuszka, please follow this link.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED & SUPPORT THE ORCHARD?

Apart from grass-mowing performed regularly by the local Council’s caretakers, it’s entirely maintained by a small group of volunteers who have weekly work sessions on Tuesdays where anyone is welcome to join in. On a site of almost half an acre, there’s never any shortage of tasks for people of any ability and experience and we’re always looking for new talents.

If you would like to volunteer with the orchard, contact them on:
1908 320 405 or e-mail yvonnegalu@gmail.com. You can also follow the group on Facebook.

Location: alleyway off Woburn Ave, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5AY, United Kingdom. For map and directions, please follow this link.

Come along to the Orchard on Tuesday 4th June between 11am-12.30pm when we will be running a Volunteering Pop-Up, a volunteering information session for anyone interested in finding out about volunteering opportunities across Milton Keynes! All WELCOME.



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1 June: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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1 June 2019

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The Voluntary Sector Partnership Podcast

Don’t miss this podcast from NHS England which explores the value of a joined-up way of working between systems and the voluntary sector. It identifies the benefits of voluntary sector involvement in health and care partnerships and what this means for clinicians and their patients.
It features Ben Barley from NAVCA member, Voluntary Centre Services, who speaks about the real value for health services of working with local voluntary sector organisations in delivering care to local communities. Listen to the podcast here.

In-work poverty in Europe: a study of national policies

A new Synthesis Report produced by the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) puts forward several recommendations and calls for more effective policy action at European and national levels to tackle in-work poverty.

In-work poverty in Europe: a study of national policies

While working is generally considered as the best way to avoid poverty, this is not the case for a significant number of European workers. In 2017, 9.4% of all EU-28 workers lived in households that are at risk of poverty, i.e. an alarming 20.5 million persons. Read more

Final report for the UK Autodrive Project released

When UK Autodrive got underway in October 2015, it was the largest trial of connected and self-driving vehicles ever to have taken place in the UK. Back then, the concept of autonomous cars would still have struck many people as the stuff of science fiction. And yet, in the space of just three years, we have gone from concept to reality – delivering on our promise to trial fully connected and self-driving vehicles on UK streets.
Read the full report

Association of Mental Health Providers hosts free webinars for VCSE sector

With support from the VCSE Health & Wellbeing Alliance, the Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP) is hosting a series of free webinars for VCSE organisations and policy leads. The webinars are theme-specific including Men’s Health, Homelessness and Money and all focus on the prevention of mental health problems. Each webinar is developed in conjunction with a Health & Wellbeing Alliance partner, offering specialist expertise. You can find a full list of the webinars here.

VODG report highlights importance of VCS disability organisations

A new report from VODG has highlighted the significant social and community impact of voluntary sector disability organisations.
Above and Beyond: How voluntary sector providers of disability support add value to communitiesproduced by VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) explores how innovative not-for-profit organisations consistently and proactively meet gaps in support, particularly as austerity undermines existing provision. You can read the full report here.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

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Vital Signs MK 2019 survey

The aim of this survey is to find out what people living in Milton Keynes think and have to say about different aspects of their community. MK Community Foundation is interested in hearing about your personal experiences and opinions, so encourage you to answer as honestly as possible.

The majority of the questions in this survey will ask the extent to which you agree or disagree with a number of given statements about Milton Keynes, across 12 thematic areas. All questions are optional, and you can answer as many or as few as you like.We estimate that the complete survey will take you approximately 10 minutes.

Complete the survey here

Ways to reduce your Council Tax bill

If you are struggling to afford your Council Tax bill as it has recently gone up, or even if you are not, you may be able to decrease how much you are paying.

There are two different schemes in Britain to help you reduce your Council Tax bill. Read more

Westbury Arts Centre Creative Wednesdays

Every Wednesday 10am – 12pm

A Morning of Mindfulness
by Ka-yee

5th June
3rd July
On the first Wednesday of each month, Ka-yee will share one Chinese philosophical teaching combined with experience of still and action zen, zen tea ceremony….
You will have quiet time for mindful reflective contemplation.
Find out more

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Tune in & get involved: Volunteers Week starting on 1st June

Visit our website to find out all about our activities over Volunteers Week!
https://communityactionmk.org/volunteersweek/

4th June: Special Edition of CA: MK Weekly Volunteering Drop-in During Volunteer’s Week

Join us at this special edition of our weekly volunteering drop-in to mark and celebrate the national #volunteersweek. You will be able to speak to our advisors and find out about the many volunteering roles across Milton Keynes listed on our volunteering platform, Simply Connect.

We will be joined by our friends at Volunteering Matters and MK Sailability, and you’ll be able to chat to them about he amazing volunteering opportunities they currently offer. We look forward to seeing you on the 4th June!
Register your interest on Facebook

Volunteering opportunity of the week

Worktree

Career WorkOut  – No prep, no pressure, no prior qualifications needed…just an enjoyable hour or two with other work guests answering young people’s questions about your work. 

Career WorkOut involves small groups of 3-4 students rotating around 8-12 work guests in a carousel of 6-7 minute conversations.  Primary WorkOut involves guests answering questions from 3-4 class groups of 25-30 pupils in a carousel of 15-25 minute conversations.  If you have any questions, please contact Bhupinder on 07984 178416, bhupinder.roda@worktree.org.
Find out more

Trainee Community Mobiliser Role

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The post is part of the CA: MK staff team which aims to develop the capacity of BLC and assist the Partnership and residents of Conniburrow to achieve their collective aspirations. The post-holder will work as part of the BLC Team.

Our ideal candidate is someone familiar with the local area, has a positive, flexible and can-do attitude to be able to assist in building an inclusive and engaged community. You must have good communication skills to build.   Find out more

Administrator for VOCypf Network in Bedfordshire

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10 hours per week
£5,987 per annum (£20,344 pro rata)

We are looking for a flexible person with administration experience to support the work of the Voluntary Organisations for Children, Young People and Families (VOCypf) network, which operates across Bedfordshire. 
Find out more

Enrych Bucks are recruiting for a
Co-ordinator

We are looking for a self-motivated person who is passionate about improving the quality of life for disabled people.  This is an opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives through an approach that has earned a reputation for meeting individual needs and aspirations.

Working and travelling from home, this is a 14-21 hours a week appointment, on a flexible arrangement, and initially for a 6 month contract.  If we can secure the funding we’ll aim to increase length of the contract period.
Find out more

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£140,000 available to community and voluntary groups

Deadline 9am on Thursday 20th June

Applications are now invited from local voluntary and community groups who can contribute towards two of the PCC’s strategic priorities in his Police and Crime Plan priorities, which are Reducing Reoffending and local response to Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism.
Read more

Help the Homeless

Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Deadline 15 June.
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Esmee Fairbairn – Food Strand

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has launched its new food strand. Esmee will offer total funding of £5m over a period of three years and is inviting applications from organisations focused on understanding and investigating the critical role that food plays in wellbeing and the interplay between food, sustainability and poverty.
Read more

Urb Farm Summer Open Day

Farm Fest returns for it’s fourth year of fun and frolics at the Urb Farm! Come down and soak up the sun while you…

– Devour a delicious burger from our locally sourced BBQ (vegetarian/vegan options available)
– Sip on a cool, refreshing locally brewed beer or cider
– Delight in the soothing sounds of local musicians performing live in the willow dome 
– Browse our beautiful array of fruit and veg, plants and seedlings, and eggs and preserves, all produced and/or grown at the Urb Farm
– Try a homemade cake or two while enjoying a hot cuppa
– Have your face painted by our amazingly talented artist Sonia
– Take part in a range of free forest school activities in our wonderful woodland
Find out more in the Facebook event

Charity Walk for Peace 2019

30 June 2019

This year this flagship event will be held in Milton Keynes, in association with MK DONS Football Club and the MK DONS SET Charity, on 30th June 2019. It is free to participate.
Find out more and register

Parade of Colours – Art at the Lake Festival

Get Involved with ‘Parade of Colours’. We are setting off for the best Multi-Cultural Parade as part of this year’s Art at the Lake Festival on Saturday 29th June 2019. If you wish to take part or require more info contact simon@routecanalarts.org.uk

MK Festival of Nature: 29 June – 7 July

A wonderful programme of exciting events and activities for all ages is being lined up. Check back soon on the website to download the programme.
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Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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#VolunteersWeek: Yvonne Galuszka, a volunteer with energy & ideas that inspire many

Volunteers’ Week 2019 is here and we are marking the start of it with this inspiring case study of a local volunteer. We will be posting blogs throughout the Volunteers’ Week with special focus to volunteering, so tune in…

Yvonne Galuszka came up with the original idea for Wolverton Community Orchard back in 2003, determined to rescue it from being a disused allotment site which had also become a rubbish tip. She imagined it as a potential site for a community area for all to enjoy, then polled the neighbours for their input, applied for grants and pulled together a small group of friends who wanted to get involved.

Soon the digger moved in and levelled most of the site while removing broken glass and much other rubbish. After clearing the area, work proceeded in setting out the various sections of the site, installing railings, planting hedges and fruit trees and creating a “sensory” garden full of colour and scents.

In addition to the 50+ fruit trees which are now extremely productive, part of the site was retained as allotments and Yvonne liaised with local schools, Milton Keynes College and other organisations to provide children and young people with outdoor experiences. From the outset, the orchard has been designed as wheelchair-friendly and raised beds have been installed over recent years to make gardening accessible to all.

Yvonne’s approach is to encourage volunteers and other helpers with varied interests; not just gardening but musicians, artists and more, many of whom can be seen at our regular community events throughout the year. No decisions are made on new features of functions without the agreement of the majority of volunteers.

Her tireless efforts have transformed the site into a peaceful and productive area which is appreciated by many and she still works tirelessly as committee chair as well as cooking cakes and more for our events.

Yvonne is an inspiration for us all through her energy and ideas.

Said another member of Wolverton Community Orchard.
Yvonne Galuszka, whose imagination and enthusiasm initiated the project 15 years ago, is still the orchard committee chair and an inspiration for everyone involved with the ORchard with her continuing energy.

To find out more about Wolverton Community Orchard and how you can get involved as a volunteer, look out for our next blog…

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Sanctuary Hosting

Sanctuary Hosting – Sanctuary Hosting matches homeless asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people in the community with spare rooms and open hearts, to stay rent free for an agreed period of time.

Volunteer Host

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A ‘host’ is someone who generously accommodates a refugee, migrant or asylum seeker – a ‘guest’ – in their own home. This is usually in a spare room. It is up to the host to decide how long they are willing to accommodate someone. This could be for just a few days or considerably longer. The initial agreement is always for a week or two; then you can decide to extend if you wish. People host in all sorts of different ways and we aim to be as flexible as possible. Find out more

Volunteer Guest Support Worker

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Volunteer guest support workers provide practical support to guests in the hosting scheme, acting as the main contact. The guest support worker attends meetings relating to their hosting placement with the guest. During the placement, the guest support worker makes weekly check-in contact e.g. by phone or text message and meets with the guest in person at least once a month. The support worker’s role is to help the guest access services as needed, and report any issues that might arise during the hosting placement to the Service Manager. Find out more

Volunteer Host Support Worker

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Host support workers provide vital support to the people who welcome guests into their homes. They are the main contact point for hosts and are essential in maintaining good links and communication between a host and Sanctuary Hosting.  Find out more

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16 August: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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16 August 2019

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Cyber Protect Awareness Workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups.

The Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions in October 2019 for Community Action: MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their immediate communities of the current cyber threats that the general public may experience.

The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:
Workshop 1: Tuesday 8th October: 11am – 1pm
Workshop 2: Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm
Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU

REGISTER HERE

For more information or any queries, please email info@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623

Community Grants information event

Do you run a project that supports local people to get on in life? If you can help people to build confidence and overcome barriers that can block them from getting into training or paid work, the Community Grants programme could help you.

The Community Grants programme offers Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations grant funding from £10,000 to £20,000 to deliver projects that make a difference within local communities in the South East Midlands.

Join the upcoming ‘Community Grants information event’ on Thursday 19 September in Milton Keynes for more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-grants-information-event-milton-keynes-tickets-68263663455?aff=VCSENewsletters

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

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EEH Transport Strategy Meeting

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) is inviting comments on their Outline Transport Strategy. To facilitate engagement and increase awareness of their role, EEH officers are holding a local engagement event on 25 September where you can hear about the Strategy and their work.  

The EEH is the Sub-national Transport Body for a region stretching from Swindon to Cambridgeshire and from Northamptonshire to Hertfordshire. Milton Keynes is at the centre of this region. The EEH are already playing a role in prioritising strategic infrastructure investment in the region informed by the studies and the evidence base it is developing, and in the future will play a key role in facilitating investment and improvement in local transport services.

Details of the Outline Transport Strategy can be found here: http://www.englandseconomicheartland.com/Pages/outline-transport-strategy.aspx

The stakeholder engagement event will take place on 25 September 2019 from 6:30-8pm, in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Milton Keynes. To assist with planning for the event, we ask anyone wishing to attend to please email Transport.Policy@milton-keynes.gov.uk and include details of any groups they represent. This is so we can manage attendance and provide more details to confirmed attendees nearer the time of the event.

Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Milton Keynes East (MKE) has been allocated for a residential-led strategic urban extension in Plan:MK. The allocation within Plan:MK is for around 5,000 homes and 105 hectares of employment land along with a range of social, transport and green infrastructure provision.

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm. Read more

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List
MK Council Statement of Community Involvement

Second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model

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You are invited to join us for our second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model. Wednesday 25th September 2019.
Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5TH.
Booking is essential.
Please email n.ranautta@nhs.net by 13th September 2019 to reserve your place.

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Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors – Litter Pick events

The Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors have some Litter Picking events on the following days:

  • September 1st 2-3pm
  • November 3rd 2-3pm

Meet at Brooklands Play Area, Saxonia Boulevard, Brooklands

Fareshare is coming to Milton Keynes!

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We are excited to announce that the food redistribution charity FareShare, in partnership with the innovative education charity SOFEA will be opening a new Regional Centre; FareShare South Midlands in September 2019. Save the date! Fareshare will be organising a warehouse open day on the 1st October 2019 to celebrate the launch of the new warehouse. . Read more

Tai Chi Classes for the visually impaired

Tai Chi is a gentle way to exercise And keep fit.  It is a Chinese form of ‘meditation’ within movement, a series of movements performed in a slow, harmonized and relaxed way. It aims to improve balance, reduce stress and tension, increase energy  levels, build up your immune system, loosen stiff joints, relieve headaches, neck and shoulder pain; and improve posture to alleviate back pain. It is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Bucks Vision Tai Chi  classes for the visually impaired are held twice a month on Friday afternoons between 1.30 and 2.45 pm in John Lewis Community room within the Store in Centre MK.  Cost is £4 per session. Transport can be arranged at a small extra cost.

For further information please call Padma on 01908 377058 or e-mail: pscheriyan@gmail.com

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer

Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer provides free emotional and practical support to all victims of crime, witnesses of crime and family members of victims. The service is available across Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire. They can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police. Find out more

Giffgaff launches community projects initiative to boost volunteering

Room for improvement in workplace volunteering, new research finds

Mobile network Giffgaff has launched a new community projects initiative to promote volunteering after it found the concept of British community could be under threat.

According to a new white paper commissioned by Giffgaff, less than a quarter (24%) of the nation believe the notion of community is alive and well in the UK, with 60% placing the blame on Brexit and 72% highlighting a lack of funding by the government. Read more

We’re Hiring! Support, Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Roles

We have two roles available, each with elements of specific focus. The purpose of the posts is to contribute to the support, development and volunteering services which are central to the work of Community Action: MK. These are focused around the key elements of:

● Mobilising communities
● Strengthening groups
● Influencing policy and decision making

The post holder will work as part of a dedicated community development team, committed to supporting the community and voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. Find out more

Fresh Start Worker (MK ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Fresh Start Worker to support their Fresh Start Programme. They have an exciting opportunity to work within their organisation to work with those perpetrators of Domestic Violence who are undertaking the Fresh Start Programme, as a worker supporting the service. Find out more

Complex Needs Outreach Worker (MK-ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Complex Needs Outreach Worker to support those who experience Domestic Abuse with additional complex needs in accessing services. (Female Applicants Only). The aim of this post is to work with those clients who are experiencing Domestic Abuse, but who are hard to engage and need support into specialist services and therapeutic services due to their additional needs, including substance misuse and mental health.

Information, Advice and Guidance Adviser (Works For Us)

Works For Us are looking for an outstanding individual to provide one-to-one advice sessions to their clients to support them in obtaining employment, education, training or volunteering. This position requires excellent communication skills and experience of working with people from a variety of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Find out more

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Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the ‘Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare’ community grants scheme. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations ‘that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.’
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

GSK IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

Empowering young people to improve communities

Applications for grants of up to £35,000 are open until 12pm (noon) on Friday 20 September. Co-op Foundation expect to make about eight grants in total and funding comes from a new £3 million extension to Co-Op’s #iwill Fund. You can find out if your organisation is eligible by checking out their funding page,

Planting Up permablitz

Saturday 24 August 2019

Join Planting Up in the garden for their next permablitz at Westbury Arts Centre on Saturday 24 August from 10.30am. They’ll be working up an appetite for their “bring & share” lunch from 1 – 2pm. Summer garden care is mostly about leisurely watering, trimming and weeding but they’ll also be seeing what they can pick and eat from the garden too! 🙂

Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) Treasure Hunt

30th August
10:30-11:30 am

Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) is holding a Treasure Hunt that has been designed by a resident.  It will follow a route along the Redways and end in Friendship park, Conniburrow.

MK Arts Centre Summer Party

Saturday 31st August 2019
1-3pm

Milton Keynes Arts Centre warmly invites you to a launch party with artist Kitty Finer, MK College students, residents of Pritchard Court and our communities, in celebration of the intergenerational collaborations which have taken over MKAC gallery this summer. 

The launch will include the drop of MY KIND; a new fashion label inspired by the elderly, designed by the young and worn by all. 

Free picnic and arts activities for everyone. Free, everyone welcome.

Youth Fest – Truth For Youth

Saturday 31 August 2019
11:00 – 18:00

We are celebrating the launch of Truth For Youth, a brand new youth project in MK4. Come and join us at our free festival to see a mix of youth facilities from around MK. We will have DJs playing some soulful House and Garage, guest speakers, singing workshops, dance crew performances, a climbing wall, football skill activities, creative tent, a giant sand pit for little ones and some quality eco food & beverage vendors. This event is 100% plastic free, and the first 70 people will get a free reusable Truth For Youth festival cup!

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust 2019
12:00-16:00
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

MK Hospital 40th birthday celebration event

7 September 2019

Weaving Trust event on environmental issues

14th September 2019

Join MK Green Alliance members for lots of natters about Milton Keynes and environmental issues. The following link explains the origin and usual format of a weaving trust event.
http://www.citizensmk.org.uk/campaigns/former-campaigns/weaving-trust/
Find out more here.
Sign up today. We’d love to meet you.
Click here to register on eventbrite 

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Gala Ball

Friday 13 September
Find out more

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