Opportunities: Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Conference

This year, the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board is holding a joint safeguarding children and adults conference – Tackling Exploitation: Safeguarding Children and Adults in Milton Keynes.

Friday 17 November 2017

9.15am – 1pm

Arena MK (Next to MK Dons), Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST

Delegates will be provided with the opportunity to hear from an impressive line-up of speakers about the following safeguarding issues:

  1. Prevent and Radicalisation – Miriam Bentley-Rose, N-W Leicestershire District Council
  2. Online Exploitation – Lorin LaFave, of Breck Foundation
  3. Modern Slavery – Alison Gardner, of Nottingham University, and Justine Currell, of ‘Unseen’

Delegates will also receive important information about the new safeguarding partnership arrangements in Milton Keynes.

You can also access the flyer here or by visiting the training page of the MKSB website.

Conference places are offered at a competitive price of £35 per person, which includes a light brunch and free parking.

A number of information stands at the conference will provide information about local services.

Bookings are being taken via the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board event-booking system. You can access the MKSB event booking system here.

If you have not used the MKSB event-booking system before, and need assistance, please contact the safeguarding board office, either by phone 01908 254003 or by email.



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Opportunities: Action4Youth Conference on 17 November



2017 Conference Theme: Community Cohesion

Friday 17 November 2017 10am-4pm
The Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Buckingham HP14 4HU

In rapidly changing and uncertain times, how can we contribute? What is the way forward for our sector?

Key Note Speakers include:

  • David Ruebain, Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit
    Building Inclusive Cultures
  • Patrick Murray, Head of Policy and External Affairs at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)
    New relationships and ways of working with highlights from NPC’s State of the Sector research
  • Professor Nigel Adams, BA (Hons), FCIM, Chartered Marketer
    Can Innovation and Entrepreneurship help charities prosper in future?

Workshop One
Demonstrating our difference: are we making the change we want?

This Workshop will be led by Shehnaaz Latif, Lead Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Service.

Workshop Two
How Youth Organisations can work with the Police.

This Workshop will be led by Sergeant James Benfield, Thames Valley Police.

Workshop Three
Is anyone Listening? Getting the message right for your cause.

This Workshop will be led by Nick Lund, Director of Development, Action4Youth.

Panel Session

Shouldering the burden: as local government struggles with financial constraints is it for the charity sector to step up and fill the gap?

Panel Members

  • Tolis Vouyioukas: Buckinghamshire County Council’s new Executive Director for Children’s Services
  • Cllr Zoe Nolan: Cabinet member responsible for Children and Families, Milton Keynes Council
  • Ian Revell: CEO of MK Community Foundation
  • Sue Imbriano: Trustee of the Bucks Learning Trust and Board member of LEAP


The Conference is free, however there will be charge of £35 for non-attendance.

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Our Work: Exploring Community Led Housing Workshop

If your area is crying out for decent, affordable housing, then why not consider taking some local action to set your own housing project?


“Communities can now have more of say over what they want to build and where they want to build it.”

What is community-led housing?

Community-led housing projects are run by individual community groups determined to build the types of homes that local people need and want.

It is usually developed by, with and for a community-led organisation or enterprise, and is controlled and in some cases owned by a community-led organisation or enterprise.

These projects aim to solve local problems by working for and with the local community.

Community-led housing can help address issues like:

  • Affordable housing for:
    • those who are in need (such as unemployed people or single parents)
    • young people looking to buy their first house
    • older residents wanting to downsize
  • Reasonably priced homes for families
  • Housing that meets the community’s wants and needs
  • A long waiting list for council housing.
Text from Locality – My Community website

Community Action: MK and Future Wolverton are hosting a free taster workshop to explore the current interest in community-led housing initiatives such as co-housing and community land trusts, and to consider the opportunities that might exist in Milton Keynes for local people to take the lead in addressing their own housing situation.


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Opportunities: Leadership in Voluntary Organisations Webinar


On Friday 20th October, 12-1pm, The Open University’s Centre For Voluntary Sector Leadership is hosting a webinar on leadership and collaboration.

Drawing on their research and work in the voluntary sector, Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis will talk about why a collaborative approach to leadership might be particularly relevant for voluntary organisations and Dr Owain Smolovic-Jones will talk about leadership development focusing on democratic approaches to leadership and collective forms of leadership development. There will be opportunities for you to ask questions and hear how others are thinking about leadership in their own situations.

This is the first in what is hoped will be a series of lunchtime seminars. They will be informal and relaxed, something for you to simply listen to or interact with as the work week draws to an end.

To register for the event please follow the link: http://bit.ly/2yM7K2o

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Newsletter Editor for Bedford & MK Waterways Trust


The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust is the organisation which is campaigning to build a new waterway linking the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the River Great Ouse in Bedford.

They are looking for a volunteer editor to compile and edit their high quality quarterly newsletter which has a print run of 600, and a further 200 on-line recipients.

Read more on the Community Action: MK Volunteering website.

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Opportunities: new exciting project for MK’s enterprises and businesses

Our colleagues at The Open University have teamed up with a number of partners, including ZTE and Fronesys, in a new project funded by ERDF, the European Regional Development Fund.

The City Labs project aims to provide opportunities for local SMEs (and well as local citizens with ideas that could be turned into business enterprises) to get involved and receive support with product development, training and funding. City Labs is  all about promoting research and innovation in the digital economy.

You can find out more from the leaflet below and register on the project’s website:


City Labs will be launching through an event held at the at The Open University on Thursday 19th October. If you are interested in finding out more about the project and/or participating in it, you can register for the event here.

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: The Bus Shelter MK

Homeless Shelter Manager – The Bus Shelter MK

The Bus Shelter MK will provide short-term accommodation aboard a converted double decker bus for people who would have no other option but to sleep rough on the streets of Milton Keynes.

In addition to providing a safe, warm environment, with shower block and laundry facilities, it will signpost residents to support services which will assist them in moving into more permanent housing and more stable living situations.

They are looking for a confident, caring and creative leader to manage our accommodation, the experience for our residents and ensure safety on board.  Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be joining at an exciting and critical time as they launch the service this autumn.

Experience working with homelessness or in a related sector is essential. NVQ level 3 or equivalent an advantage. This post is offered on a full time (37 hours per week), permanent basis and includes some unsocial hours including weekend work. The annual salary range is £21,500 to £25,000 based on skills and experience with an Employer matched pension contribution of up to 5%. The post holder will be required to independently travel to various locations.

Please email your CV and a covering letter explaining your reasons for applying and your suitability for the role to: chair@thebussheltermk.org

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