Guest Blog – Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity that offers help and hope to everyone affected by dementia, supporting people with a diagnosis and their loved ones.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge we face. There are an estimated 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and 700,000 people caring for them. If you are worried about your memory, have a diagnosis or are caring for someone who does; Alzheimer’s Society are here for you. Alzheimer’s Society is a vital source of support and a powerful force for change for everyone affected by dementia. Too many face dementia alone. We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you’re going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for expert support through practical advice, emotional support, and guidance for the best next step.

Caring for someone with dementia is the ultimate vow. Our video tells the story.

Click the image below to watch the video.


Nationally, diagnosis rates are at a five-year low, meaning tens of thousands are living without the crucial treatment, care and support a dementia diagnosis brings.  Timely diagnosis is crucial to manage symptoms and avoid ending up in crisis . Some people are putting off a diagnosis because they think memory loss is a normal part of ageing, they don’t recognise the signs, or are just too afraid to visit their GP.  Diagnosis can be daunting but it’s better to know – 9 in 10 people with dementia said they benefitted from getting a diagnosis, allowing more time to plan for the future and unlocking the door to treatment, care and support.   If you are worried about your memory, please speak to your GP. Alzheimer’s Society has produced a symptoms checklist, endorsed by the Royal College of GPs, to support people to get a vital diagnosis. You can find it here.

Milton Keynes Branch Support

We understand that dementia affects everyone differently and we are here for you. In Milton Keynes, our Dementia Information and Support Service is here to support you. Our Dementia Advisers offer personalised face-to-face and phone support to help people with dementia have better access to health, community, and care services, as well as providing crucial emotional support so people with dementia can take control of their condition and live the life they choose. Alzheimer’s Society in Milton Keynes also offer an online carers group, an empowerment group for people living with dementia and our popular Singing For The Brain sessions.

If you want to talk to someone in confidence, our Dementia Advisors can be reached at or on 01908 669404/ 01908 232612


We are currently looking for volunteers for our face to face Singing For the Brain sessions. If you are interested there is more information here.

Alzheimer's Society Logo. A blue flower above the words 'Alzheimer's Society. Together we are help & hope for everyone living with dementia'. This writing is also in blue.
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Volunteering with Caudwell Youth

Who are Caudwell Youth?

Caudwell Youth work with at-risk 11–24-year-olds delivering person centred support based on their individual needs. Most young people they see have one or more of the following challenges: mental health, care experienced, at risk of or involved in offending behaviour or at risk of exploitation.

The Volunteer Role

Volunteering your support means working with one young person for 1-2 hours a week, to support them in taking the next steps in their life. This will be a combination of support through messaging/ calling / video calling and meeting up in the community.

The Caudwell Youth team will support you to do this. Each Youth Support Coordinator is responsible for 25-30 volunteers and 25 young people. They also have a Volunteer Coordinator and an Operations Director, so there is always somebody available when you need them.

How can I find out more?

For next steps, more info and online application, click here.

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MK Climate Action Network Event – 14th October

  • Topic: MK Climate Action Network: Networking and Vision Planning Event
  • Date: Saturday 14th October: 2.30-5.30pm (doors 2.15pm)
  • Venue: The Summerlin Centre, Woburn Sands
  • Cost: we are asking for a donation of £5 to help cover the costs of the venue hire – pay on the door.

MK Climate Action Network, an emerging collaborative initiative of local groups, organisations and volunteers, dedicated to positive action on climate change in Milton Keynes would like to invite you to our first Networking and Vision Planning Event.

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Support Us on Givto

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be featuring on Givto in September 2023!

Givto is a new way to donate to charity that allows users to give to a different cause each month with one simple Direct Debit. The service was developed by volunteers in Leeds who wanted to support local charities during the pandemic. Following a successful pilot in Yorkshire, Givto is now being rolled out to people nationwide. Givto offers users the chance to support local charities and discover new causes – like ours. 

Read more: Support Us on Givto

Each month, Givto users are given three causes to choose from. We’ve been selected to feature in September, and we’re so excited to share our cause with a new audience and hopefully raise funds for Community Action: MK to support our work with the voluntary groups and communities across Milton Keynes.

Givto also feature us in a Directory of all the worthy causes they’ve helped where you can search by cause and location, and you can check our page here.

If you’d like to support us this September, sign up to donate with Givto today.

Sign up to donate with Givto here: 

Find out more about Givto here:

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The NSPCC is seeking new volunteers in Milton Keynes to help keep children safe

Today’s guest blog comes from the NSPCC, read on for how you can help protect MK school children:

Volunteer support is needed for the charity’s Speak out Stay safe (SOSS) safeguarding programme, which is for children aged 5 to 11 years old and available to all primary schools across the county.

It helps children, in an age-appropriate way, to understand:
- abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse
- that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe
- where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including the NSPCC’s Childline service.

Last year, the NSPCC delivered SOSS online programmes to 20,125 children in more than 80 schools in Buckinghamshire, and is looking for volunteers to train to deliver sessions in person when school starts again in September.

Through assemblies and workshops, children can learn about the different types of abuse in a child-friendly way, so they can get help if or when they need it.

NSPCC staff and volunteers help them identify a safe adult they can talk to if they’re ever worried about themselves or a friend. With the help of mascot Buddy, SOSS covers topics like bullying, neglect and abuse – without using any scary words or adult language.

Sarah Smith a SOSS volunteer from the East of England, said: “I would say that my main enjoyment comes from the interaction with the children. I love their earnest responses and fresh ways of looking at the issues we present.”

Laura Franklin, NSPCC Schools Area Coordinator for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, said: “Over the past year counsellors at the NSPCC service Childline delivered almost 200,000 counselling sessions to children, with 23,600 of these sessions estimated to have taken place with young people in the East of England. With the help of the SOSS programme many children may speak out sooner.

SOSS is an effective way to support a school’s safeguarding duties and link directly to the curriculum as well as helping reinforce key messages about abuse and neglect as part of a school’s teaching on relationships.”

For further information about how your school can take part please contact

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Community Action: MK AGM 2023

We would be delighted to welcome you to join us at our 2023 AGM. 

When: Thursday 19th October 2023 |  930am – 12pm

Where: The Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, Wolverton, MK12 5TH

This year our theme is ‘Navigating Change – Working Together’. We will look back at how collaboration has impacted the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector in Milton Keynes, and how this has informed our work over the past year and how we plan and navigate through the constant changes and bigger events happening around us. 

Our Keynote speakers will reflect on these challenges and provide some insight from their experience. We are delighted to be hosting Laura Crandley, the Chief Operating Officer from NCVO, as one of our speakers.

There will be networking opportunities and refreshments will be provided.

BSL (British Sign Language) Interpreters will be present at this event. 

You can register for this event here.

If you require any further assistance to register for this event, please contact one of our team at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Family Fun Community Event, Glebe Farm

Free Community Event at Wavendon Community Hub, Dankworth Way, Glebe Farm, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8ZN

10th August, 12-2pm

Live in Glebe Farm and looking for some free family fun this Summer holidays?

Find out more about your community and have some family fun with toy tombola, name the teddy, craft activities, first aid demos and colouring! You’ll also be able to chat to The Safety Centre, MK Community Foundation, Recovery and Wellbeing College, Specialist Memory Service, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Perinatal Mental Health Service, Talking Therapies, Community Mental Health Hub, Diabetes UK MK, Volunteering Matters, Neighbourhood Watch, Fresh Youth MK, Wavendon Parish Council and Drugs and Alcohol and Family Support.

Find out about their work and how they can support you.

No booking required, no additional charges for activities, all welcome!

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We are recruiting for Trustees!

Like most charities, Community Action: MK  is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Trustees all live in, near to, or have strong links with Milton Keynes.  They are volunteers and are appointed to the board for a three-year term. They have ultimate responsibility for the sound professional, legal, and financial management of Community Action:MK  and they set and monitor the strategic direction of the organisation.

As a charity in and for MK, we want to recruit people who live or work in MK.  We are particularly interested to hear from you if you have skills in any of the following areas: Finance and Investment expertise, Legal expertise, Company Law and Regeneration.

Our board is under-represented by some groups including Black and Minoritised Communities, people with disabilities, younger people (over the age of 18) and people from the LGBTQ+ community. We want to ensure we better reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve so we particularly welcome interest and applications from people of these backgrounds.

If this is your first Trustee role, we have a full trustee induction process, ongoing training, and a buddy scheme to support you through your first year. 

If you have the skills and experience that we are looking for, the commitment to share in the governance of our work and are passionate about support for the Voluntary and Community Sector, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

The Role of a Trustee

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Trust and ensuring it performs well. Because of the Trust’s significant role in the city’s future, being a Trustee is a position of influence and great responsibility, now and for future generations.

Our Trustees are people who care about Milton Keynes and who recognise the vital contribution the Voluntary and Community Sector makes to the quality of life for everyone living and working here. If you support our aims and are prepared to give some of your time to this important role, we would like to hear from you.  

The role of Trustee is interesting and rewarding and one in which your knowledge and skills will be harnessed to make a positive contribution.

Skills and experience needed on the Board

  • An appreciation of the support voluntary and community organisations need to run well: safely, effectively and legally. 
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • The time to commit to carrying out the role
  • An understanding of the need to be impartial and objective and always act in the best interests of the organisation. 
  • An understanding of the need for Community Action:MK  to engage with the whole community
  • A willingness to get to know the work of Community Action: MK and attend events throughout the year: most importantly our Annual General Meeting in October.   
  • Able to access the Internet for online meetings
The Board needs to have people with a mix of skills and experience including:
  • Business Development
  • Charity governance
  • Community Development
  • Digital transformation skills
  • Finance
  • Investment management
  • HR
  • Marketing and communications
  • Planning and urban design
  • Social Justice

From time to time, we review the skills and experience on the Board and aim to recruit people with specific skills and experience to ensure gaps do not occur as trustees retire. The Charity Code of Governance provides guidance relating to the number of Trustees which is optimum for a board: between five and twelve.  

The role of the Board of Trustees

The main purpose of the Board of Trustees is:

  • To set and monitor the strategic direction of the charity and to ensure that our strategy is aligned with the values and mission of the Trust;
  • To ensure the Trust is effectively managed and complies with all relevant law and has the resources, policies, and structures necessary to be effective and ensure the highest standards of corporate governance;
  • To set the way the Trust is governed and monitor, guide and authorise the work of its sub-committees;
  • To approve all major decisions and policies and the annual accounts;
  • To ensure that appropriate protection, systems, and checks remain in place to mitigate exposure of the Trust to major risks;
  • To appoint and appraise the Chief Executive.

Community Action: MK is a Company and a Charity and therefore its Trustees are also Company Directors. The Full Board meets four times a year. Most meetings take place in the early evenings online via MS Teams.  You would need access to a secure and private venue to participate in meetings.  

The Board of Trustees has an Executive Committee, which involves the Chair, the Vice Chair and the Treasurer and this Committee meets approximately four times a year. 

Depending on the work of the organisation we also run Task and Finish Groups which involve Trustees and Staff.  Example Task and Finish Groups include: Five Year Strategic Plan, Staff Wellbeing and Membership.

Being a Trustee requires involvement of around 8 – 20 days per year. Trustees are unpaid, but expenses may be reclaimed. Trustees are normally appointed for a three-year period of office and may be reappointed for two further terms of three years.

Trustees’ legal responsibilities

All Trustees must administer their charity in accordance with the terms of its governing document. In our case this is the Memorandum and Articles of Association which set out the objects and powers that the Trustees can exercise in pursuing those objects on behalf of the organisation.

As a charity Trustee you will be taking on significant responsibility, but the law protects Trustees who have acted reasonably, and it is extremely rare for a Trustee to be made personally liable.  Community Action:MK is incorporated and this provides protection to Trustees. The Trustees are further protected by the fact that the Trust employs professional staff and advisors, and the Board seeks their advice on all matters.   

Charities are no different to other organisations in the duty of care owed to their employees and beneficiaries.  Trustees must satisfy themselves that we have in place proper management systems and processes and appropriate insurance cover.  The organisation also holds Trustee Indemnity Insurance.   

Trustee training

New Trustees receive an induction which includes a briefing by the Chief Executive and other senior managers. Trustees are also given an induction pack containing the core documents such as the Articles of Association and Charity Commission guidance.

Who can be a Trustee?

You need to be 18 years or over to be a Trustee. Certain people are legally disqualified, but this only affects a small number of people such as undischarged bankrupts, those disqualified from being company directors, and those who have been convicted of any offence involving deception or dishonesty.

Conflicts of interest

We would like Trustees who are actively involved in Milton Keynes’ community. Given that VCSE activity is so prevalent in Milton Keynes,  there will inevitably be occasions when there might be conflicts of interest. In these situations, the person should declare an interest and not seek to influence the discussion and decision.  Conflicts of Interest are requested and recorded at the start of all Trustee Meetings. 

How new Trustees are appointed

If you would like to be considered, please download and complete the expression of interest form here, and email back to Clare Walton, Chief Executive at, or get in touch for a formal discussion.  We are looking to recruit two new Trustees by our Annual General Meeting on 20 October 2023. 

Appointment Timetable: 

Three Drop In Sessions with Clare Walton, Chief Executive and Diane Webber, Chair of Trustees: 

  • 30 August: 2-3pm – Acorn House Cafe
  • 30 August: 7-8pm. Book here for an online meeting slot.
  • 5 September: 7-8pm. Book here for an online meeting slot.
  • 22 September: Applications Submitted
  • 28 September: 7-8pm – Candidates Event: to be confirmed
  • 2 and 3 October: Interviews
  • 20 October: Appointed to the Board at the Annual General Meeting 

Decisions on who to invite onto the Board are always made with a view to filling any skill gaps and assembling a board with an appropriate mix of knowledge and experience. Therefore, if there is not a space immediately we would like to retain the details of those applying as we need to regularly renew and refresh the Board and vacancies will arise in the future.

Clare Walton 

Chief Executive Community Action: MK
Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP

Telephone: 01908 661623


Useful links

Community Action:MK  Annual Report

Getting on Board – Resources for aspiring trustees

Gov.UK – Charity trustee – What’s involved

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MK-ACT are hiring!

See below the job roles that MK-ACT are currently looking for to see if they are right for you!

Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Closes 31st July 2023.

Children and Young People Support Worker – Maternity Cover

We will look at Part time or full time hours, pro rata £25,481 for 37.5 hours, for those that hold childcare qualification and for those that do not hold qualification £24,981.

Closes 31st July 2023.

Health Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (HIDVA) 
35 Hours per week
Salary: £Competitive 

Closes 31st July 2023.

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

For recruitment packs for all roles, contact and reference the relevant job roles.

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Event: Effective VCSE Representation in a Cross Sector Landscape

Please join us for our first Voluntary Sector Alliance Open meeting of the year! The event is for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector groups and organisations in Milton Keynes!

Date: Monday 3rd July 2023, 09:30am – 1:30pm

VenueYMCA MK, 1 N Sixth St, Central Milton Keynes MK9 2NR

Theme: The theme for this open event is: “Effective VCSE Representation in a Cross Sector Landscape”.

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Willen Hospice are in search of a new trustee

Are you looking for an opportunity to support an MK-based charity? Willen Hospice, a charity which provides specialist end of life care to adult patients and support for their families, are looking to add a new member to their Board. Becoming a trustee can be a great way to enhance your CV, build networks, and make a difference in your community.

Read Willen Hospice’s guest blog for more on their rewarding voluntary role:

Opportunity for a Property trustee to join the Board of Willen Hospice

Willen Hospice is looking for a new trustee to join the board who will bring their skills, enthusiasm, and in particular knowledge of property matters, to the heart of our organisation. 

We are a Milton Keynes based charity, highly regarded, and well established in the local community. A new extension to the Hospice has recently opened and we employ 200 staff, manage 14 shops and over 1000 volunteers. The Board currently consists of 11 members who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience of working in the commercial and charity sectors. 

Our vision at Willen Hospice, is to be the lasting and thriving provider of free care to all people affected by life limiting illness in our community of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. The Willen Hospice Values are important to us and are at the heart of everything we do: Compassion, Ambition, Respect and Excellence.

This is a voluntary role.

About you

If you have a solid background of working at a strategic level in a commercial property environment and feel able to commit to the Willen Hospice vision and values, we would love to talk to you about the trustee role and the work that we do.

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the charity, its strategic objectives, and overall aims.
  • Exhibit strong interpersonal and relationship building abilities and be comfortable challenging as well as offering support when required. 
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative working environment.
  • Be an ‘expert by experience’ with a good grasp of current best practice in your specialist field.  

What we offer

  • The opportunity to make a real difference and be part of a great team. 
  • A comprehensive induction programme.
  • Broaden your skills, knowledge and expertise working alongside a diverse range of professionals.
  • Enhance your CV.

Time Commitment

  • 10 meetings a year:  6 in the morning attending the Property Working Group and 4 early evening attending Council of Management. Attend other committee meetings by invitation or as an observer.
  • Time to attend a couple of events each year.
  • Attend at least one of the three trustee away mornings each year. 
  • Our meetings are held face to face on occasion we are happy to accommodate remote attendance. 


Trustees serve up to a 10-year term and are eligible for re-appointment for 3 additional years.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the leadership, management and administration of the charity working closely with the senior team. On occasion, trustees will need to have the ability to balance their role as a team player with that of critical friend to challenge and scrutinise performance. 

Apply now.

If you are interested in playing this important role on our Board of Trustees, please send your application to  Margaret Dovies, PA to the CEO with your CV/ summary of your experience.  All applicants are subject to an advanced disclosure check before commencing their Trustee role. Interviews will be held with the CEO, Chair and a third member of the board. Candidates will have opportunity to visit the Hospice prior to interview. 

We are particularly looking to improve our diversity as a Board and so welcome applicants from a range of different backgrounds but particularly those from an ethnic minority group as Willen is currently underrepresented in this area.  

Qualities Required for Trustee Post (Property)

Essential Qualities Desirable Qualities 
Knowledge and Experience  
Experience of working with performance and monitoring targets 
Sound experience in Commercial Estate Management with particular emphasis on Landlord and Tenant relationshipsKnowledge of retail market in relation to acquisitions, lease renewals and rent reviews
RICS or equivalent qualification.Minimum 5 years post qualification experience
Experience of general facilities managementExperience of Health and Safety Legislation
Experience of Project Management Principles and risk management Experience of construction projects
Personal Qualities and Skills 
Strong sense of Integrity
Strong Interpersonal skills
Team Player 
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Environmental networking event/ meeting

Environmental networking event

Extinction Rebellion MK and Transition Town MK/Doughnut Economics MK, with support from Community Action MK, are holding an environmental/climate change networking/ planning meeting for groups in Milton Keynes, Beds and Luton – on Saturday 9th July at The Old Bath House in Wolverton 3-5pm!

The aim of this collaborative initiative is to provide a regular space for groups related to local action on climate – to inform and inspire each other, identify common goals and shared causes, and generate joint initiatives.

The aim of this initial meeting on the 9th July is to build a planning team in order to organise (co-produce!) a bigger event in September

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We are hiring!

Would you like to work for us? Community Action: MK are recruiting for a Group Support and Outreach Officer.

Are you passionate about the work of the not-for-profit sector and looking for a new challenge?  Do you want a role that works with voluntary groups and communities to do great things?  Do you have great communications skills and interpersonal skills?  If so, this role might be for you…

We are looking for a skilled individual to join our team here at Community Action: MK as a Group Support and Outreach Worker. The role is focused on undertaking a programme of outreach within New Communities in Milton Keynes (new housing developments/ /newly developed estates) which provides opportunities for residents in new areas to meet, connect and develop ideas to create action and change in their communities. The role also involves supporting the coordination and communication for the Milton Keynes Mental Health Alliance.

We are keen to hear from a range of people with relevant skills and experience, whether they were gained via education, volunteering or paid employment.  To be successful, you will need to demonstrate that you are organised, can work both independently and as part of a team, and are passionate about social and racial justice, which sits at the heart of our work.  This is a really vibrant role that will give you the opportunity to get involved with a number of different aspects of work, as well as outreach to groups and communities, there will be opportunities to coordinate events and meetings, managing information and data, communications, partnership working and gathering intelligence and insights to share with key stakeholders.  

To find out more about the specific tasks that you will get involved with, please refer to the job description document.

Job description

Person Specification

Application and Interview Process:

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter to CVs and covering letters will be reviewed as soon as they are received.  If we think that you have the right skills and experience for the role, we will contact you via telephone to arrange a short assessment to be conducted online.  If successful, you will be offered an interview.  

Deadline for application: 29th June 2023  

Interview date: TBC

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Volunteering for the Access Project

Today’s guest blog comes from The Access Project. Read on to discover more about this powerful initiative and their volunteer roles:

Inspire. Engage. Empower with The Access Project.

The Access Project have been enabling young people from underrepresented
backgrounds to realise their potential, and access top Universities for the last 15

Inequalities in the education system have only been exasperated since the Covid pandemic. With the additional strains of the cost of living crisis schools, charities and parents are frank about the risk of talented young people from under-represented backgrounds being failed by the system.

As experts in this field, we know our programme works to address this risk and inequality. The young people on our programme are almost twice as likely to access top Universities as their comparable peers. That is almost twice as likely to gain from the unique insights, education and opportunities that accessing a top University provides.

We are excited to bring to you the opportunity to volunteer as an academic tutor, and be this change.

The opportunity:
You can tutor a young person aged between 14-18 years, online, for 1 hour a week; starting from September 2023.

You will be a core component in a unique programme helping to tackle education inequality, and inspire the next generation of young people.

You will help them reach their potential, grow in confidence and raise their academic attainment. All in aid of helping them access the University their potential deserves.

Your time will be focused on helping your tutee reinforce what they have learnt in school, problem solve the areas they find challenging, grow in confidence and take ownership of their learning.

How do you do this?
All tutoring is delivered online, through a purpose built platform. Tutors have access to our extensive resource library and professional support from our staff, as well as a comprehensive training programme.

No prior teaching experience is necessary, as you are provided with everything you need to get started as a volunteer tutor. This includes guidance on lesson planning, topics and resources from The Access Project.

Tutorials will typically take place after school hours, starting no later than 6pm, and can be arranged to fit your availability on a week by week basis.

To find out more and get involved. Click here.

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Volunteering with Alina Orchestra

Alina Orchestra is a new professional orchestra that wants to make classical music accessible and inclusive for everyone in the community, and they are currently recruiting for the following roles:

Front of House Assistant

The orchestra performs a number of events across Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire. With the
demand increasing for tickets, programmes and drinks, the orchestra are seeking someone (possibly two people) to help support their Front of House operations. As a FOH assistant, we would ask that you support ticket sales (including pre-booked tickets), concert programme sales and possibly serve drinks at venues where there is no bar provided.

No musical experience needed, but this is a customer service role, so communication skills, and a
customer-friendly attitude most definitely required. Must have own transport.

Website Updates

As the orchestra develops, we require the right person to help update our new website. The
orchestra is in the final stages of creating a new website which reflects the orchestra’s dynamic and
professional events and with that, we require someone to update the new website with new concert
details, new outreach events and help communicate all event details to website visitors.

This role is working from home and will require 3-4 hours a month of your time. Previous experience in websites and a good standard of written English very desirable.

For more information, contact Chief Executive, Nick Cutts

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Refugee Community Event – 28 June 23!

Networking event: with focus on Support to local refugee communities in Milton Keynes

Thank you to everyone that attended our event – it was fantastic to see you and to come together to share experiences and ideas about how we can all work together to support our local refugee communities in Milton Keynes! We will be updating this blog with information, resources and photographs from the event soon. A sneak peak to a few photographs here:

What was the event…

In collaboration with Eden Project Communities as part of their Month of Community and with support from a number of local VCSE organisations, Community Action: MK  is delighted to host a special networking and community event dedicated to the Refugee Community. The event will be on Wednesday 28th June, hosted at the wonderful space at the YMCA in Central Milton Keynes. The aim is to bring together the local Voluntary sector and identify how best to connect with and support our refugee communities in Milton Keynes.

The event will feature presentations from local organisations that have been working closely with and providing support to our local refugee communities in Milton Keynes, including those from Afghanistan and Ukraine. We are delighted to be joined by the Ukraine Appeal charity, who have been galvanising support for the local Ukrainian community in the City, and from the Volunteers at The Mead Centre in Newport Pagnell, who have been supporting the Afghan women and their families staying in one of the local holding hotels in Milton Keynes. We will also be joined by a local/regional team from the British Red Cross, who have been a life-line for many refugee and asylum seekers coming to our region to seek safety and support.

They will be sharing their first hand experiences of providing support to those that seek sanctuary in Milton Keynes and will support some of the refugee community members to talk at the event and share their lived experience stories too. 

We know that there are many more local voluntary organisations (as well public and health sector agencies) that have been providing services and activities tailored to meeting the needs of our local refugee communities. We hope to shine the light on their work too as well as enable networking and collaboration within the wider VCSE sector and other sectors in the City.

There will be a workshop and a discussion of how our local VCSE sector and other key agencies can work together in a joined up way to provide the best possible support to our local refugee communities and give them the chance to rebuild their lives, share their culture and enable them to thrive in our City. 

There will also be the opportunity for the local refugee community members to join us on the day and engage with the local charities and services to find out about their services and volunteering opportunities etc. 

And finally, a very special part of the event will be delivered by the local charity, Middle Eastern Cultural Group, and their special live performance of the “Broken Wings“play. 

Based on real life experiences, the performance follows the journey of a teenage girl fleeing conflict and eventually arriving in the UK. Drawing attention to the trauma refugee children have experienced through their journeys and the challenges they face in their new life in the UK.

More details about the event and its programme will be updated in this blog and through our newsletter, and social media.

You can follow us on @ComactMK/

We hope to see you there!

A week on before the event, there will also be a gathering at MK Rose – on Thursday 20th June at World Refugee Day. Find out more here.

Volunteering at the Event

If you’re interested in volunteering at this event, we’re seeking volunteer translators in Ukrainian/ Farsi/ Dari or Pashto.

Or are you a keen photographer? We’re also in need of someone to capture this special event!

Please email for more details.

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Volunteers Week 1 – 7 June 2023

Today is the start of Volunteers Week! Across MK, charities and groups will be celebrating the huge impact volunteers have, and thanking them for their time and dedication.

Why is Volunteering Important?

Volunteering builds stronger, more connected communities. Volunteers can also benefit from forming friendships, gaining skills, and attaining work experience.

Being a volunteer can improve your wellbeing, and can be a source of fulfilment and fun!

I’d like to find a volunteer role, how can I do this?

1. Sign up to Do.It, a free-to-join volunteering platform

Search a wide range of volunteer opportunities, and get in touch directly with volunteer managers and coordinators. Sign up here.

2.Book a virtual 1-2-1 session on volunteering 

Talk to our Volunteering Coordinator about finding a volunteer role that’s right for you.

You can do this by emailing 

3.Check out our volunteering map of MK

Click here to start exploring.

4.Join our Facebook Group, Volunteer MK

Click here to join the community and see the latest posts.

I work with volunteers, how can I get involved?

You can start by browsing ideas here.

If you’re sharing a message of thanks to your volunteers or pictures of your awards ceremonies or thank you gatherings on social media, use #VolunteersWeek and #Volunteer MK or tag us @ComActMK, and we’ll share your posts on the 5 and 6 June.

You can also send a Thank You message to be displayed on the 7 June at the Volunteers’ Week Pillar at MK Rose, Campbell Park.

Email over 2 or 3 sentences of thanks to your volunteers:

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Volunteering at MK Museum, Wolverton

Milton Keynes Museum is a hands-on day out, dedicated to the history of MK. The museum has a thriving volunteer community, and they’re looking to expand this team:

MK Museum Volunteer Roles

Reception and Shop Team

Giving a warm welcome to our visitors, serving them on admissions and retail and keeping the museum shop stocked are just some of the tasks of our team of reception and shop volunteers.

This front of house role is for you if you’re outgoing, communicative, have an eye for detail, are happy to use a till and handle cash.

Catering Team

Our Granary Tea Room is known for its incredible homemade cakes and is a key element of our visitor’s experience, with volunteers serving the counter and taking food and drinks orders.

This front of house role is for you if you are approachable, hands on, communicative and are happy to use a till and handle cash.

Education Team

Helping to educate over 4,000 students a year is a rewarding task, and the Education team brings the past centuries back to life for children.

This front of house role is for you if you are approachable, know a thing or two about our local history and enjoying working with children and young people. No past teaching experience required!

Visitor Guide

Our friendly Visitor Guides provide accessible information for individual visitors and interpret our collection to pro-vide an all-around excellent visitor experience.

This front of house role is for you if you are interested in historic artefacts, have great interpersonal skills and are a good communicator.

Maintenance Team

There are always jobs to be done to care for the Museum, its buildings and artefacts – whether you’re a skilled crafts-person or good at DIY, you can help the museum with various projects.

This back of house role is for you if you are a hands-on team player, have some experience or interest in a craft/trade and are physically fit.

Events Team

Something all of our year-round events have in common are our Event volunteers who are in charge of planning, running and stewarding.

This front of house role is for you if you are a people person who is able to multitask and doesn’t mind working outdoors.

Contact Email 

Contact Number      01908 316 222

Contact Name          Mirjam Rundel

Postcode                    MK12 5EL (Milton Keynes Museum)


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FoodCycle Launching in Fishermead 8 June, could you help by volunteering?

FoodCycle connect communities through free meals and great conversation. Harnessing volunteer power, they utilise food surplus to create warm meals in welcoming spaces. After successfully establishing FoodCycle lunches in Wolverton, they are launching on the 8 June in Fishermead MK6 2SP Thursdays at 7.00pm, and they’re in need of volunteers!

Taster Session

On the 25th May FoodCycle will be hosting a practise run in Fishermead, where people can join them to help cook, host or just come and join us for the meal. They ask that everyone who intends on coming registers for an account.

To register for an account please visit

In order to sign up to a slot, you just need to:

• Click on ‘Start FoodCycling’ at the top of your volunteer account

• Select East Anglia on the map

• Click on ‘volunteer with FoodCycle Milton Keynes Fishermead’

• Find the right date/role and click ‘sign up’.

You will then receive an automatic email confirmation with all the information you need ahead of the session.

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Volunteers’ Week 1 – 7 June

Volunteers’ Week , is fast approaching, a chance to celebrate the enormous positive impact of volunteers and to thank them for their year-round dedication.

How we’re celebrating:

Volunteer Recruitment Event Weds 24 May, 11-1.30pm, Centre: MK

Stalls for groups are fully booked, but if you’d like to find a volunteer role, come along on the Wednesday 24th to chat to organisations such as Willen Hospice, Age UK and MK Libraries. No need to book!

Volunteer Thank You Picnic at MK Rose, Campbell Park  Weds 7 June, 11am-1pm

Do you volunteer in Milton Keynes or work with volunteers? Join us for lemonade and cake, whilst we display messages of thanks to MK volunteers at the Volunteers’ Week Pillar. Book your place by 1 June, or submit a message of thanks to a volunteer: Click here. 

You can also hear about Volunteers’ Week plans from across MK, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ComActMK

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Volunteer Marshalls Needed for Charity Bike Ride

The Tour De Vale is taking place across Buckinghamshire on Sunday 11 June, and they’re looking for Volunteer Marshalls to help out on the day. The fundraising event is organised by WheelPower, who provide opportunities for disabled people to get into sport and lead active lives.

Volunteers will be asked to commit 2-3 hours of their time, in a Bucks location. High Vis and a packed lunch will be provided, and you’ll be cheering on riders cycling 25km, 75km or 110km.

If you’d like to find out more, please email

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Could you be a Technology volunteer for BucksVision?

Digital Technology Volunteer

Technology can make life easier if you have hearing or sight problems, but knowing where to start is not always easy, this is where BucksVision need your help.

BucksVision offer 1-2-1 and group support to blind and partially sighted people to demonstrate how products, such as tablets and smartphones can help. 

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Willen Hospice are in search of a new trustee

Are you looking for an opportunity to support an MK-based charity? Willen Hospice, a charity which provides specialist end of life care to adult patients and support for their families, are looking to add a new member to their Board. Becoming a trustee can be a great way to enhance your CV, build networks, and make a difference in your community.

Read Willen Hospice’s guest blog for more on their rewarding voluntary role:

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Supporting Cancer Research Events in MK

Milton Keynes Race For Life and Pretty Muddy are taking place this Summer at Willen Lake on 10th and 11th June!

Race for Life events attract large audiences and are vital for Cancer Research UK to continue funding their scientists’ research. Could you volunteer your time to help ensure these uplifting gatherings run smoothly?

“We need more people to help run our events. Come on your own, join in with a friend, or bring your whole family. Everyone is welcome, and we guarantee you’ll end the day smiling
Imagine a sports ground with no cheering. It’s the same at a Race for Life without volunteers. We’re looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to bring the magic to over 400 events. Can you help us?
Please use this link to search for your local event.

We look forward to seeing you on an event site soon!”

The Roles Available:

Start Volunteer

Our start volunteers are instrumental in helping the participants get to the start line. Your role involves helping with the start process including ensuring participants are lining up correctly, moving through to the start at the correct time, and cheering them on as they go through the start gantry. You may also help with set up on the day depending on when you would like to arrive.

Finish Volunteer

Our finish volunteers are the first people our participants see as they cross that finish line. You will greet them with a medal and pat them on the back for a job well done. You can also help with setting up this area including getting the goodies ready to hand out, and packing everything away at the end.

Please note the above roles may be mixed meaning you could start on the start then go over to the finish and help with setting up both areas.

Course Marshal

Our course marshal role includes cheering on and encouraging the participants along the course, handing out refreshments, checking in with the team if issues arise and supporting the event whilst on the course

Obstacle Marshals

Our obstacle marshal role includes cheering on and encouraging participants and most importantly – getting them muddy! You’ll also be on hand to let us know if there are any issues at obstacles so our obstacle manager can come and sort it quickly.

Sign up here!

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Guest Blog: Volunteering Matters, Volunteer Drivers needed to help their communities

MK Driver’s Service have been awarded funding from Milton Keynes Council to develop and grow the transport service which benefits the local community.  

Milton Keynes are now recruiting for Volunteer Driver’s to join our Local Volunteering Driver’s Service who want to give something back by offering their time to help people who are in need of transport.

We aim to provide a safe and reliable transport service for passengers who may struggle using buses and taxis.  All our drivers are local, friendly, and provide a door to door Community Transport Service, so people can get out and about again, and access medical appointments and/or social activities. The purpose is to help people in maintaining their health, independence and reducing isolation.

The team of drivers are all caring and understanding of the passengers needs and assist passengers if and when required, travelling locally and/or as far as Oxford, Aylesbury, Cambridge, Northampton, Olney, and Bedford.   

All our drivers are DBS checked and receive appropriate training for this volunteering role.  

We would welcome any new interested drivers who would like to offer their time to make a difference to their local community.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in volunteering driving please share this information with them.

If you require flyers/posters to display on your notice boards, please let a member of the staff know and we will send them in the post and/or if you would like to discuss this volunteering role further please contact Heather Oddy Mobile: 07823413241 or Heena Trivedi on 07535086111. There is also an office number 01908 876074.

You can also read more here.

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Volunteer with Milton Keynes International Festival 2023!

Volunteer with IF 2023, a celebration of live music, large-scale outdoor events, circus shows, comedy, cabaret, installations and free family activities – all taking place in unusual places and spaces across Central Milton Keynes between 21-30 July. There’s a whole host of ways to get involved, read on for all the details.

Increase your work experience, get on-the-job training, ‘give back’ to the community, meet new friends and see behind the scenes of a world-class festival!

Creating unique and memorable experiences, the Festival is designed to encourage people to see a different side to Milton Keynes, presenting a world-class, multi-arts programme which includes new commissions, site-specific and participatory projects, large-scale/outdoor and family events, concerts, theatre, dance, music and visual arts installations. The Festival takes place in surprising and unusual locations across Milton Keynes, including parks, public squares, commercial and retail spaces.

The main hub is set in Campbell Park, where a beautifully constructed Spiegeltent is the beating heart of the Festival; made from wood and lavishly decorated with stained glass, velvet drapes and mirrors .

We are looking for a range of volunteers who can support across the Festival. Roles include:
Ticket Sales support
Technical/ Back Stage
Team Leaders
Customer feedback
Bar Assistants
Creative Makers

Please fill in the google form, linked below, to let the Festival team know your interest and availability.

Further details of the programme, tasks and shift times will be communicated towards the end of May.

Click here, to register your interest.

Photo credit: ©ShaunArmstrong

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Volunteering with BucksVision

BucksVision are searching for a volunteer to take on the role of Wolverton Social Club, Group Leader:

BucksVision supports people with sight loss across Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, and they’re in need of a Volunteer to help run their Wolverton social group, who meet fortnightly, Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm.

The role will involve working with an existing team of volunteers, organising the annual schedule of entertainment & activities, helping to set up the social group venue, organising volunteer meetings and generally leading the group.

Full training and support will be provided, no experience needed.

If you think this role could be right for you, please email:

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The Big Help Out

The Big Help Out is taking place on the 8th May, a day of national volunteering, where you’ll be given the chance to lend a hand, and make change happen!

Marking the King’s Coronation, The Big Help Out will be an opportunity to try volunteering and make a difference in your community. 

Want to get involved?

If you’re a group or organisation, you can register your volunteering opportunities. You can find a Comms toolkit here.

Or are you keen to volunteer? No matter how much time you have to spare, there’s a whole host of diverse ways to lend a hand.

For all the details: The Big Help Out | Home

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Our March 2023 Networking Event

Community Action MK Networking Event

– for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector

It was great to get together!

Thank you to Steve and his Team at the Water Eaton Chuch Centre, who were great hosts (we recommend using the space as a venue! ) and special thanks to the lovely volunteers from the Centre, who helped out with refreshments:

If you have any questions or want to grab hold of any contacts, or follow up on anything you heard at the event, please contact us at

See some of the photos from the event – with huge thanks to all the stallholders!

If you have any questions or want to grab hold of any contacts, or follow up on anything you heard at the event, please contact us at

Thank you!

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Volunteer with RSPB North Buckinghamshire!

Today’s guest blog comes from RSPB North Buck’s Local Group, who are currently recruiting for a number of roles. Read on for all the details.

*RSPB North Bucks Local Group Leader

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the RSPB’s work to save nature in your local community.

The North Bucks Local Group is a very active group and has lots to offer. From guided wildlife walks to engaging indoor meetings to nature-based activities in partnership with other local organisations- there’s always something to get involved with.

It’s a chance to try new things and use your skills to make a valuable contribution to the work of the RSPB North Bucks Local Group. You don’t need to be a bird expert, but you will need good organisational skills and be a people person who knows how to lead and listen.

To find out more please follow the link-

*RSPB North Bucks Local Group Website Editor

North Bucks Local Group is the voice of the RSPB in the local community, helping to support our work to save nature. We are looking for someone to help edit the group’s website and keep it up to date with news of our upcoming events and blogs on our activities.

The website is based on the WordPress platform. This volunteer role can be done from home although it is good if volunteers can meet up with the rest of the group and take part in our activities.

If you have web editing skills and would like to help nature in your local community, then please get in touch.

*RSPB North Bucks Local Group Walk Leader

RSPB North Bucks Local Group would like a volunteer to help guide wildlife walks.

We are looking for someone who has good local birding and wildlife knowledge and is passionate about sharing this with others. Walks will be for everyone from beginners to seasoned birders.

The role involves being welcoming and inclusive to existing Local Group members and the wider community, leading walks as part of the group’s programme of events and ensuring that people have a fun, informative and safe experience.

The group will provide advice and support for the role as will an RSPB member of staff.

If you would like to help more people get involved with nature, please get in touch.

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Volunteering with the Ukraine Appeal

Are you looking for a flexible volunteering opportunity, where you can help those affected by conflict?

About the Ukraine Appeal

The Ukraine Appeal is an MK-based Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Founded in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they work to provide relief and assistance for the victims of the conflict by:

  • Providing emergency relief, including medical assistance, provision of clean water, shelter and food, and other necessary supplies.
  • Supporting displaced people, host communities, and refugees in neighbouring countries and in the UK.
  • Supporting and delivering projects to help those affected by war rebuild their lives.
  • Helping restore infrastructure in areas damaged as a result of the conflict.

The Ukraine Appeal are currently recruiting for the following roles:

Volunteer Copywriter

Hours: Flexible, approximately 3 hours per week

Location: Remote

Role Description

You’ll be researching and creating clear and engaging copy for a range of communication channels.

  • To create engaging online content for a range of audiences
  • Research and write blogs on topics related to the Ukraine Appeal
  • Connect with local and national organisations and groups to establish opportunities for engaging co-produced digital content

Person Specification

  • Writing experience, either through voluntary or paid work
  • An understanding of the charitable sector
  • An excellent standard of written English
  • Good proof-reading skills

What you will gain from the role  

  • Experience in digital marketing
  • Gaining skills in writing for the web
  • Articles for your writing portfolio

Volunteer Fundraising Officer

Hours: Flexible

Location: Hybrid/Remote, occasional attendance of Milton Keynes’ events.

Role Description

You’ll be helping to raise funds for the Ukraine Appeal, through events and pursuing new partnerships.

  • Researching and approaching new corporate partners and other donors
  • Help create fundraising materials
  • Contribute to the planning and deliver of fundraising events
  • Attend networking events
  • Develop funding proposals

Person Specification

  • Keen to build networks
  • A passionate advocate for refugees and displaced people
  • Excellent communication skills

What you will gain from the role  

  • Experience of working in the charitable sector
  • New networks and relationships
  • Honed fundraising skills

Volunteer Social Media Officer

Hours: Flexible, 3-6 hours per week

Location: Remote

Role Description

You’ll be managing content for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

  • Producing content for the Ukraine Appeal’s social media feeds
  • Creating engaging images and/or video to accompany social media posts
  • Writing clear and compelling copy
  • Promoting Ukraine Appeal events
  • Monitoring Ukraine Appeal’s feeds, comments and inboxes

Person Specification

  • Creative, with a good eye for for detail and design
  • Excellent communicator
  • Excellent standard of written English

What you will gain from the role  

  • Knowledge of digital tools such as Canva and
  • Experience of Social Media Management
  • Managing digital marketing campaigns

Volunteer Interpreters and Translators

Role Description

We are currently seeking volunteers with a good standard of verbal and written Ukrainian and English to help support Ukrainian refugees living in Milton Keynes. 

The role will involve:

  • Translating written materials remotely
  • Attending sessions at Summerfield School, MK13 8PG

Get-to-know-you meetings for all roles will be held in the week commencing  20thand 27th Feb. Online.

 If you’d like to find out more, please contact

If your skills are not an exact match for the specifications, we’d still love to hear from you.

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CA:MK Networking Event

Join us at our first networking event in 2023! The event is for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector groups and organisations in Milton Keynes!

Date: Friday 3rd March 2023: 10am-12pm – drop-in during this time (booking essential!)

Venue: Water Eaton Church Centre, Drayton Road, Bletchley, MK2 3RR


The them for this networking is: “New World – New Health. How can we manage our health and wellbeing in our new world in a different way?”

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Volunteering with BucksVision

Today’s guest blog is from BucksVision, who are currently recruiting for a number of volunteer roles across Milton Keynes. Read on for all the details:

We are your local society dedicated to supporting visually impaired people across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

If you would like to make a difference, this is an opportunity for you to join our fantastic team of volunteers, and to be a vital part of BucksVision’s commitment to sight loss prevention and support.

Becoming a volunteer can be very rewarding and there are many ways that you can help support us. By volunteering with us you can get involved in our wide range of services such as Fundraising, Home Services, and our Social & Activity groups.

We make every effort to ensure that you receive the appropriate support and training, so that you can realise your full potential as a volunteer helping people with visual impairment.

The Roles

Partridge Social Club

Peartree Centre, MK6 3EB

Volunteer Drivers and Social Club helpers needed. Meet fortnightly on a Thursday, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Wolverton Social Club

Herons Court, MK12 6DQ

Volunteer Drivers and Social Club helpers needed. Meet fortnightly on a Tuesday, 2pm – 4pm.

Technology Group

SARC Offices, MK9 2AH

Volunteer Technology Support Advisers, we’re looking for volunteers who have experience with smartphones and other devices who can help visually impaired people become digitally included.

Meeting the last Friday of every month, 10.30am – 12.30am.

Walking Group (Long Walks)

Various locations across MK

Volunteer Drivers and Guides, we’re in need of volunteers to collect and guide our members. Volunteers will need to be physically able and comfortable walking for 2 hours.

Meeting one Saturday a month across the MK area.

Walking Group (Short Walks)

As above but walking for 1 hour.

Meeting 2nd Sunday of the month at 10.30am across the MK area.

For how to apply for any of these roles, click here.

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We are recruiting!

We have a new vacancy!

Role: Community Development and Outreach Worker (Cancer support for Minority Ethnic and Faith Communities)
Salary: £27,041
Hours of Work: 37 hours per week 
Term of contract: 3 Years

Are you passionate about the work of the not-for-profit sector and looking for a new challenge? Do you want a role that gives the opportunity to work with and support voluntary groups and communities to do great things?  Do you have great communications skills and interpersonal skills?  If so, our latest vacancy might be for you…

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Guest Blog: NSPCC EAST

Help to protect children in Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes with NSPCC school’s programme

Thanks to Laura Franklin, Schools Coordinator (Buckinghamshire & MK), for today’s guest blog:

Speak out. Stay safe (SOSS) is a safeguarding programme for children aged 5 to 11 years old and is available to all primary schools across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

It helps children, in an age-appropriate way, to understand:

·       abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse

·       that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe

·       where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service

Through virtual assemblies and face-to-face workshops, children can learn about the different types of abuse in a child-friendly way, so they can get help if or when they need it. NSPCC staff and volunteers help them identify a trusted adult they can talk to if they’re ever worried about themselves or a friend.

With the help of Childline’s mascot Buddy, SOSS covers topics like bullying, neglect and sexual abuse – without using any scary words or adult language.

Last year, the NSPCC delivered SOSS online programmes to 51,356 children in 216 schools in the East of England and now we are looking for volunteers to train for our face-to-face assemblies.

Over the past year our counsellors at Childline delivered over 15,500 counselling sessions where children had spoken about abuse. 15% of those sessions were with children disclosing abuse for the first time. With the help of our SOSS programme many children may speak out sooner.

Hear more about the journey of a SOSS volunteer here – ‘Children are a source of inspiration, joy, and sometimes sadness’ – Buckinghamshire NSPCC volunteer | InYourArea Community

If you are someone with experience of delivering programmes in an educational or safeguarding setting, who is motivated by targets, with strong planning and organisational abilities, good communication and excellent people skills – we would love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in becoming a Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer please apply here NSPCC Volunteering | Job description or  email

For other information please visit –

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe Programme – Community Action: MK (

Photography by Tom Hull. The children and adults pictured are models.

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Find a Warm Welcome this Winter

Search our interactive map to view some of the MK warm places, spaces to visit – free of charge – for a warm welcome this Winter. 

You’ll also find places offering communal meals, peer support groups for Carers, and ways to improve your mental and physical wellbeing during what is an extremely difficult time for many.

If you’d like to add your service or warm space, please email

MKFM have also compiled a list of resources and places to turn to if you’re feeling low, read the article here.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Independent Monitoring Boards

Today’s guest blog comes from the Independent Monitoring Boards, who are in the midst of recruiting new board members at HMP Grendon and HMP Springhill. Read on for more about this voluntary role:

Who are IMB?

 “Independent Monitoring Boards are made up of over a thousand unpaid volunteers operating in every prison in England and Wales, and every immigration detention facility across the UK.

IMB members are the eyes and ears of the public, appointed by ministers to perform a vital task: independent monitoring of prisons and immigration detention. They report on whether the individuals held there are being treated fairly and humanely and whether prisoners are being given the support they need to turn their lives around. This can make a huge difference to the lives of those held within these facilities.”

“Are you looking for a volunteer role with a difference? Do you care about the fair and humane treatment of prisoners and the state of our prisons?

Whatever your background, if you’re enthusiastic, open minded, good with people and have sound judgement, then you could be exactly what we’re looking for.

Inside every prison, there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) made up of members of the public from all walks of life doing an extraordinary job – and we’re currently recruiting.

What’s the role?

You’ll work as part of a team of IMB volunteers, who are the eyes and ears of the public, appointed by ministers to perform a vital task: independently monitor prisons. It’s an opportunity to help make sure that prisoners are being treated humanely and given the opportunity to change their lives, for their benefit and ours.

What would I do?

You’ll monitor day-to-day life in a prison. You could be talking to prisoners, checking that they’re being given access to healthcare and training, or observing how well

those at risk of self-harm are treated. You’ll also play an important role in dealing with problems faced by prisoners, ranging from lost property to serious bullying allegations.

Could I be a board member?

We welcome applications from over 18s from every walk of life and all backgrounds.

You’ll normally need to live within roughly 45 minutes of the prison, except for those in more remote locations.

What qualifications do I need?

You do not need any formal qualifications – you’ll receive training for the role.

What is the time commitment?

You’ll usually need to commit to at least two visits a month.

Would I be paid?

This is an unpaid, voluntary role, but we pay your travel expenses and in certain circumstances, some loss of earnings and childcare or carer costs.

If you’d like to apply, click here.


Technology Hub MK

New Technology Hub for people with visual impairments launching in MK!

Are you looking for support with your technology queries? Do you wish to do your shopping online but would like help with navigating the website? Would you like some help using your smart phone and/or other technological devices. 
Perhaps  you have never used any  technological device but would like to learn to use them. Whatever stage  you are in using technology, there is a new service that might be able to help you.

What is it?

R N I B and Bucks Vision  are launching Technology Hub in Milton Keynes.  Whatever your query on technological devices, one of our volunteer  panel of experts  will be happy to help you.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Buckingham Canal Society

Buckingham Canal Society is a local charity working to restore the disused Buckingham Canal with volunteers. They run practical task work parties on Tuesdays, Thursdays and on the second Sunday of each month on four sites, along the canal one of which is a nature reserve.

Joining these work parties is a great way to get fit and give something back to the community.

“Our volunteers come from all walks of life, some are boaters, others are interested in the heritage and history of the canal whilst others it is the wildlife aspect. There is always of variety of tasks and most people find one they enjoy doing and people can swap
around and try different tasks. No experience as we supply all tools and equipment.
Joining one of our work parties helps to improve your physical fitness and general wellbeing whilst taking part in conservation activities that are fun and help to improve the environment.

On our site at Cosgrove volunteers learn or get the chance to drive excavators and dumper trucks,and try their hand at bricklaying and other such tasks.”

BCS also work with companies taking part in volunteering or team building days.

For more information visit our website or email

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College in the Community Day – Tuesday 21st February

Are you looking for volunteer power to help boost any of your upcoming projects? Then keep reading, as today’s guest blog comes from MK College, with more about their College in the Community Day:

MK College are planning a day of action across Milton Keynes where as many of their students and staff as possible support the community and are looking for groups to work with on this. It could be a skills-based activity or something anyone could do, for a couple of hours or the whole day, at one of our campuses or in your project setting – if you have something they could get involved in, they want to hear from you!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss project ideas, please contact Rebecca Myrie, Community Engagement Manager (

The picture is of Painting & Decorating students working on Woughton Community Centre in January 2020.

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Guest Blog by Poorvi Srivastava: Spotlight on Homelessness Resources

Poorvi has been volunteering her time with us since September 2022, and she has created this guest blog to highlight resources tackling homelessness. Many thanks to Poorvi for her much-appreciated contributions to the work of Community Action: MK!

With the winter and colder days fast approaching and the overall concerns around the Cost of Living crisis, it’s always a time when we think more about the needs of the most vulnerable people in our communities, including those that are homeless.

The cause for homelessness is commonly misunderstood as laziness. Contrary to belief, there are many socioeconomic factors that play a role in homelessness. Lack of affordable housing, rising unemployment, mental or physical health problems are just a few of the many reasons causing homelessness. People who leave prison, care or the armed forces may not have a support system and may be unable to provide for themselves. 

It can be a huge struggle to get out of homeless as people search for employment. They have no home address to fill in, no phone number to give and sometimes may not have adequate qualifications. All of these problems can be difficult to deal with, especially without a warm, safe environment to go to every night. People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence. 

However there are many outlets all over Milton Keynes that anybody can be a part of to help the community and people that are struggling, particularly with the coldest months of the year looming. 

Winter Nights Shelter MK is a year- round charity that provides services, hot meals and food supplies that can be taken away. They also have clothing, sleeping supplies and toiletries available. If you are interested in volunteering more information can be found on the website here. 

Depaul’s is another great charity that improves access to education, training and employment opportunities for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. More information can be found here

Keeping Kids Off The Streets (KKOTS) is a non-profit organisation, every Friday they cook over 700 meals for the homeless and struggling families, they also host community events, more information can be found here

MK food bank is a great way to indirectly have a huge impact on people’s lives so any donations or volunteers would be amazing for the community!

Homelessnes has so many different forms – it’s not just those that are forced to live on the streets, but also individuals and families that are living in temporary accommodation such motels or B&Bs and those that are sofa-surfing, or the Refugees that had to flee from places affected by war or other political/ economical upheavals. According to Shelter, the national housing and homelessness charity, there are currently over 115,000 children who are homeless in the UK and the cost of living crisis is posing a great risk of even more individuals and families becoming homeless in the coming months. There are a number of national and local organisations that campaign for and provide advice, support and volunteering opportunities to support individuals and families that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Shelter, mentioned above, is one of them. In Milton Keynes, MK Homelessness Partnership is coordinating the work and related to supporting the local homelessness community and you can find out more about their work here. You can also access useful signposting information on our website here.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Al’s Pals

Al’s Pals are a local cancer support charity, who are recruiting volunteers. Read on for more about this impactful charity, and how you can support their work:

The Story Behind Al’s Pals

“ Al’s Pals is named after Alan Dumbell, who received cancer treatment at Milton Keynes University Hospital. Alan noticed that throughout his treatment, although he was surrounded by his loving family, he still felt very lonely and lost at times, and he often discussed having a ‘buddy’ to support and help him where he felt things were missing. It was his legacy to have a cancer buddy scheme like this and with the passion of his daughter, Al’s Pals was born.”

Volunteer Role Description

Becoming an Al’s Pals volunteer entails supporting those affected by cancer, this can change over time, but activities can include:

  • Accompanying a person to their hospital appointments
  • Providing a friendly person to chat to 
  • Signposting to services
  • Follow up phone calls
  • Manning the Al’s Pals stand in the Cancer Centre, MK Hospital

DBS checks and an induction will be arranged by Al’s Pals.

More information about the role can be found here, as well as how to apply.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Harry’s Rainbow

Harry’s Rainbow, a charity which supports bereaved children and their families in Milton Keynes, and surrounding areas, are looking for volunteers to help at their Christmas celebration on Saturday 26th November 12-5pm.

“This is an event for our families to have some fun and be supported through what can be a hard time of the year.”

They have lots of festive fun planned, and would like volunteers to help with craft activities, which include making reindeer food and  creating Christmas tree decorations. Volunteers are also needed to assist with serving teas and coffees, helping Santa in his grotto, and welcoming families in the reception area.

If you feel you can support this special event, then please do get in touch with Rachel, Family Liaison Officer, by:

 email or call 01908 061676.

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Creating the Community Action: MK Five Year Plan 2023-28

You can see our previous Five Year (2018-22) here.

Co-production and listening to feedback

Over the past year or so we have been collating feedback to inform our next Five Year Plan (2023-28) in order to reflect the voices and needs of the Milton Keynes’ Voluntary and Community Groups and Organisations.

The focus has been on how Community Action: MK can best support MK groups to:

  • Access funding and other opportunities for growth and collaboration
  • Develop and maintain a thriving volunteer community
  • Help position the VCSE in Milton Keynes as a strategic partner within the local decision and policy making in the City

With this in mind, we asked two questions for consideration:

  1. What should our priorities in the above areas be? Are there any gaps we have missed?
  2. How can CA: MK share the impact of Milton Keynes’ Voluntary and Community Groups and Organisations?

What has the feedback been?

You can see the answers gathered through the Google Jamboard, a virtual flip chart, where you can add ‘sticky notes’ using the menu found on the left hand side of the page.

We engaged with a range of groups that attended our AGM in October 2022 and gathered their feedback. See the jamboard with all the feedback collated here.

Many thanks for taking the time to complete the board, your insights will be invaluable in ensuring we can continue to strengthen groups, communities and the VCSE sector in Milton Keynes.

If you would like to discuss any of the topics in more detail, please email to arrange a support session with a member of the team or book an online session on:

Next Steps:

We are in the process of bringing all the feedback together and finalising our next Five Year Plan, which will be shared through our website and the newsletter shortly – watch the space!

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Knife Angel Volunteer Marshals

The National Monument against Violence & Aggression (Knife Angel) is being hosted in Milton Keynes this December and January at MK Dons Stadium. Thames Valley police are seeking volunteer marshals to provide information and answer questions from the large footfall the monument is likely to attract. You can read more about the creation of the Knife Angel here. 

Can you give a few hours of your time to stand with the Angel and promote the anti-violence message? It could act as a team-building day for a workforce, or for a charity to share its own anti-violence message. A one-hour online training session and briefing pack will be provided to those who volunteer.

Marshalls Dates and Times:

Times are available between 10am-2pm or 2pm-6pm daily, between 3rd December to 7th January.

All volunteers must be 18 years or over, unless accompanied by an appropriate adult registered and authorised to volunteer for this initiative.

Venue Location:

Gate 1, Stadium MK, Denbigh, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST.

For travel information, visit:

The recruitment deadline is this Friday 18th November.

For further information, please email : or

Image Credit: British Ironwork Centre

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Trustees’ Week 7-11 November

We’re in the midst of Trustees’ Week, an opportunity to highlight the vital role trustees play in  charities. This year’s theme is ‘making a difference in changing times’, a reflection of the uncertain and difficult landscape faced by the sector and society as a whole. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and impact of trustees;their voluntary commitment ensures charities and groups can continue to support communities in Milton Keynes and beyond.

You can read more about the Community Action: MK trustees here. Their dedication, knowledge of Milton Keynes communities and wealth of experience provides invaluable support for the work of Community Action: MK, we’d like to thank them for their year-round efforts, including appearances as Easter bunnies (!), representing Community Action: MK on national news, supporting events, and the behind-the-scenes diligence that ensures we can strengthen the Milton Keynes community and VCSE sector. 

Thinking of becoming a trustee?

If our trustees have inspired you, and you’re interested in finding a trustee role, you can join our community on the volunteering platform DoIt. life, where you can browse opportunities by searching for ‘trustee’. You can also book a support session with our Volunteering Coordinator, who will help you connect to a role, email if you’d like to find out more.

Becoming a trustee has many benefits, it can provide connections, it’s also a valuable CPD opportunity. Read more about the positive impact of becoming a trustee here. 

Are you looking for a trustee?

If you have vacant trustee roles and would like our support getting to word out, we can promote the opportunity across our social media channels, on our website and in the weekly newsletter which reaches 1300 inboxes. Email with the role description and contact details.

Getting on Board supports the diversification of boards, providing guidance and empowering individuals from all sectors of society in becoming a trustee. They also provide guidance for organisations in their commitment to recruiting a representative board.

Their Festival of Trusteeship offers a programme of online events this Trustees’ Week, with info and panel sessions demystifying trusteeship.

Are you already a trustee, looking for resources to help you in your role?

Trustees’ Week has compiled a comprehensive compendium of resources, including links to the Charity Commission’s 5-minute reads for potential and existing trustees.

The National Council for Voluntary Action (NCVO) offers a concise run-down of the legal duties of trustees, with the Resource Centre providing a checklist of the responsibilities of management committees.  You can also find further guidance in our Information Sheets. 

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Trustees’ Week: Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre are seeking a Trustee with Legal Experience

As part of Trustees’ Week, we’re highlighting trustee roles in Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (MKCDC) is a Registered Educational Charity with a Trading Arm, and is a company limited by guarantee.

MKCDC are based at the beautiful Scheduled Ancient Monument medieval site of Bradwell Abbey, with several medieval buildings in situ, and 13 acres of woodland and landscaping. Their site and business are a hidden gem within the modern city of Milton Keynes.

They have recently completed a conservation project, and as a result, are ready to action the parts of their Business Plan that will see the site developing into an operational heritage attraction. 

They are now looking for a new Trustee with legal experience, to start immediately once interviews and checks have taken place. The role is voluntary, but expenses are offered:

Trustee with Legal Experience

Reports to: The Board

Purpose of the role:

In partnership with the Director to advise on and ensure the legal compliance of the organisation

Advise on appropriate legal matters where necessary

Main duties:

Advise as necessary/appropriate on legal matters affecting the organisation

Communicate with relevant staff and other committee members so as to maintain a clear picture of the legal compliance of the organisation as and when necessary

With the Director, advise on appropriate organisation policy and procedure

Key qualities:

A knowledge of legal requirements for charities and trading bodies

Ability to communicate and advise on legal practice relating to charities and trading bodies

Any legal background considered, although property, and/or staff and/or contract experience is desirable.

Please contact the Director, Noël James, via email if you are interested:, attaching CV and cover letter, or alternatively post to Dr. Noël James. MKCDC, Bradwell Abbey, Alston Drive, Milton Keynes,MK13 9AP.

Please call 07951 997334 if you would like to discuss before applying.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: The Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes

This week’s Volunteer Opportunity of the Week comes from The Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes:

“Originally set up to help the homeless during the coldest months of the year, The Winter Night Shelter MK now operates all year round, due to the demand and increase in need for our services. We provide welfare support, enabling our guests to access drug and alcohol support services, obtain housing advice, move on to longer-term accommodation and to find work. We also provide overnight accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping in Milton Keynes during the coldest months of the year (November–March).

We work in partnership with churches and community centres across the city who offer their facilities as an overnight venue and operate with teams of trained volunteers to provide beds and overnight supervision. This winter will be our 12th year of running our overnight accommodation.”

The Night Shelter will be hosted at the following venues on the following days:

Mon pm – Tue am: Loughton Baptist Church

Tue pm – Wed am: Newport Pagnell Baptist Church

Wed pm – Thu am: The Ridgeway Centre (Wolverton) & Shenley Christian Fellowship – alternative fortnights

Thu pm – Fri am: Stony Stratford Community Church & The Ridgeway Centre (Wolverton) – alternative fortnights

Fri pm – Sat am: St George’s Church (Wolverton) & MK Christian Foundation (Wolverton)

Sat pm – Sun am: Christ the Vine Community Church (Coffee Hall) & Church of the Holy Cross (Two Mile Ash)

Sun pm – Mon am: St Mary’s Church (Woburn) & Whaddon Way Church (Bletchley)

Opening the doors of The Winter Night Shelter to those who need a warm welcome would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers.

If you’d like to join the volunteer team, or would like to read further details of the varying roles, including welcoming guests, forming part of the Nightwatch, or preparing refreshments, click here:

Volunteer | Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes (

Images: The Winter Night Shelter

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: British Heart Foundation Shops and Stores 

This week’s guest blog comes from the British Heart Foundation Shops in Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard, who are looking for new volunteers to join the team:

British Heart Foundation Shops & Stores

In the UK, 1 in 4 of us die from heart and circulatory diseases – conditions like heart disease, stroke  and vascular dementia. The British Heart Foundation funds research to find ways to prevent, treat  and perhaps one day cure these conditions. This research is as urgent and vital as ever, but it is only  possible thanks to public donations and the time given by volunteers. Our shops are the face of  British Heart Foundation in the community, helping to raise funds and spread awareness of our  work.

The Role

Shop Volunteer 

Our shop volunteers are the first point of contact for customers when they enter our shops. You will provide invaluable help through the running of the shop, keeping it stocked and attractively displayed.  

You can get involved as much or as little as you like by sorting out stock; putting your own stamp on the shop  displays or getting trained to serve customers at the till. 

Being part of a huge retail team to raise funds is very motivating, you provide the best service possible for the local community and raise as much money as possible for the organisation. You even  get a 25% discount on donated goods. 

Say hello to the team 

Funding for researchers begins at your local charity shop. Now, more than ever, we are in urgent need of  public support to enable us to continue our life saving research and help the 7.4 million people in the UK living  with heart and circulatory diseases. This wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic volunteers. 

Our team is welcoming and friendly, and we love meeting people from all walks of life. Typical tasks include: 

• Serving customers & providing good all-round customer service 

• Promoting our campaigns to customers  

• Promoting instore sales 

• Working on window and shop displays 

• Keeping the shop tidy, clean and well organised 

• Interacting with the general public 

You get a lot from volunteering too: 

• A chance to work in a friendly team, to make new friends and meet a diverse group of people

• The opportunity to make an invaluable contribution to British Heart Foundation goal of beating heartbreak forever 

• The time to develop your confidence and interpersonal skills 

• The ability to gain valuable work experience to add onto your CV and to learn new skills

• Flexibility to fit with your lifestyle 

• The chance to gain valuable retail experience 

Here’s a little bit more about us:

The BHF is here to Beat Heartbreak Forever. We are working towards a world free from the fear of heart and  circulatory diseases. 

By 2030, we want to see advances across the spectrum of heart and circulatory diseases; we want to prevent  these conditions from developing and we want those with existing conditions to have better, longer lives.

To find out more…

Leighton Buzzard Store:

Contact name Claire or Kim

01525 214786


Bletchley Store:

Contact Name Jude

01908 374090


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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: FoodCycle

This week’s guest blog comes from FoodCycle, a charity who tackle food waste and loneliness through community dining, providing opportunities for great food and conversation.

FoodCycle are looking to serve a weekly community meal at 12:30pm on Fridays at the Old Bath House in Wolverton

“We are currently recruiting for Project Leaders to organise and oversee the Food Surplus, Cooking and Hosting teams. Our Project Leaders supervise the team of volunteers for at least 1 session per month and benefit from training in Food Safety, Allergens and Safeguarding and we need to complete a DBS check. 

Alongside our Project Leaders, we will also need a team of volunteers to help with food collection, cooking and hosting. 

The Roles: 

Food Collection

Project Leader – required Thursday afternoons. We have weekly food collections arranged with various suppliers. As Surplus Food Coordinator you will organise a team of volunteers to pick up the food, ensure it is delivered to the venue, and weighed/recorded ready for the cooking team.

08:30 – 09:30 Friday

Volunteers – Do you hate food waste? So do we! Why not sign up to volunteer with us and become a food waste hero, collecting surplus fruit, veg, bread and other goodies from our many supporters across Milton Keynes? We have a few different collection routes and will contact you the day of your shift to confirm arrangements. You can start your route from home and head to our venue when your route is finished, or if we are lucky and your car is too full! Note: you will need a car for this collection route, and you will need to complete FoodCycle’s volunteer driver form.

Cooking Team 09:30 – 13:30

Project Leaders – You’ll be leading a team of volunteers to turn our haul of surplus food into a tasty community meal. You’ll work with your team to come up with a menu and prepare dinner for our guests. Think of yourself as head chef, FoodCycle style.

Volunteers – As part of the cooking team, you’ll be working with other volunteers to turn our haul of surplus food into a nutritious meal, which you will then get a chance to sit down and enjoy. Bring your best chopping skills and plenty of enthusiasm!

Hosting Team 11:30 – 14:30

Project Leaders – Our hosting volunteers are the friendly face of FoodCycle, As Hosting Project Leader, you will lead a team of volunteers in setting up the venue ready for the meal and welcoming our guests with a smile and a cup of tea! You will also organise/lead the serving of the meal and clearing away afterwards.

Volunteers – We need keen volunteers to help us set up the tables/get the hall ready for when our guests arrive, then to help us serve the meal and clear up afterwards! You will play a vital role in making our guests feel welcome and comfortable.

How to apply to be a Project Leader

We ask that this form is completed and submitted:  Food Cycle | Become a Project Leader we then make contact to discuss the role and start the Project Leader induction.

How to sign-up

Both Project Leaders and Volunteers will need to register for an account, here’s the link for this: 

Once an account is activated, volunteers can access our volunteer portal (or for Project Leaders a Leader Portal).

Image: FoodCycle

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Milton Keynes MS Society Group

Do you relish being organised? Are you reliable and efficient? The Milton Keynes MS Society are recruiting for a number of volunteer roles, where these qualities will shine. 

The Roles

Minutes Secretary– Great at the finer details? You’ll be taking minutes on monthly Zoom meetings, held on the second Wednesday of the month, 2.30-4pm.  

Bucket Collectors – Can you spare a couple of hours at the weekends to help raise funds? Collections have previously taken place in MK supermarkets or CMK.

Communications Volunteer – Do you love words? This role will involve writing newsletters and creating engaging content for social media.

Admin Volunteer – This role involves organising, facilitation, and general assistance. A great all-rounder would be ideal for this varied opportunity.

Volunteers do not need any knowledge of MS. Full training will be given.

If you’re interested in finding our more, or would like to apply please email Jo at

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Transition Town Milton Keynes

Today’s guest blog comes from Transition Town Milton Keynes, a group of local people concerned about the urgent need to address the climate and ecological crises. 

Who are Transition Town MK?

We are working together to improve the resilience of communities in Milton Keynes. We do this through practical actions that advocate for a low carbon lifestyle and social and economic justice. Our core group meets monthly to plan and manage activities. 

We a small yet successful group with big ideas, so we are looking for people to join our friendly team and to support or take on the following roles:- 

  • Event Organiser – coordinating the production of at least one TTMK event, following the outline decisions from TTMK’s monthly meeting. These events aim to educate, raise awareness, and help address climate change by encouraging and creating a more sustainable Milton Keynes. 
  • Newsletter Writer/Editor – on a rotating basis, create and curate the content for our monthly newsletter. 
  • Website Content Manager – helping to ensure TTMK’s website content is as relevant as possible to our key audiences, by identifying opportunities to improve the website and carrying out simple updating of the website using WordPress. 
  • Social Media Evangelist – creating engaging and interesting communications on TTMK’s social media channels. 
  • Project Organiser – turning our ideas for new projects into reality for at least one project, by working out a plan (with input from others), coordinating and organising activities, getting stuck in and making things happen. 
  • Fundraiser/Grant application writer – helping TTMK have a greater impact by finding fundraising opportunities or writing compelling applications for funding. 

All volunteers will be supported by a longer standing member of the TTMK Committee, with contact available by email, WhatsApp, Zoom or face to face if wanted. 

Please contact us at or attend our meeting on the first Wednesday of every month from 7pm, held at AIIMI Ltd, 100 Avebury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 1FH

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Community Action:MK AGM 2022 

Community Action:MK AGM 2022 

Moving Forward, Stronger Together

This year on 20th October, with lockdown restrictions lifted, we are back with our AGM (Annual General Meeting) in the community at Milton Keynes Christian Centre, Oldbrook, MK6 2TG from 9:30am to 12 midday. 

Our theme this year is ‘Moving Forward, Stronger Together’. There will be guest speakers, refreshments and a light breakfast.

We are delighted that Dr Rima Makarem, Chair of the Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System will be joining us as our keynote speaker. Rima will be sharing the exciting plans and vision for the health and social care system in our region, and how it aims to embed the VCSE sector in its work.

We are honoured to be joined by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Alexander Boswell who will give our welcome address and some insights about the importance of the VCSE.   Vice Lord-Lieutenant Alexander Boswell has played an integral role championing the local Voluntary Sector in Buckinghamshire.  

This year’s AGM is a time to look back on what Community Action:MK has achieved from April 2021 to March 2022 and to let you know about our plans for the future. It is also a time to say hello to people we already know and to make new connections. With new challenges ahead we will need to continue to work together to strengthen groups and communities in Milton Keynes.  

In January 2020 we celebrated 40 years of Community Action:MK at MK Discovery Centre and shared our Annual Review Report for our work from April 2018 to March 2019 . This was to be our last in person AGM due to Covid 19 lockdown restrictions. The following two annual reviews were completed virtually. In January 2021 we held our first online virtual AGM with the theme of ‘Togetherness’ and reflected on our work from April 2019 to March 2020. 

In October last year we held our second online AGM with the theme being ‘Many Small Things Make A Big Difference’ and shared our Annual Review Report of our work from April 2020 to March 2021. Our guest speaker was Peta Wilkinson from The Voluntary Sector Alliance and local groups talked about the action they had taken during the lockdown, with many small actions making a big difference. 

We are looking forward to seeing you on 20th October! 

To attend, please book your place via Eventbrite (linked here).

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week – Diabetes UK Milton Keynes

Who are Diabetes UK Milton Keynes?

Diabetes UK Milton Keynes aim to provide help and support to people living with or who are affected by diabetes in our area.

 Their  monthly peer support meetings provide a safe and friendly environment, and are usually held on the third Thursday of the month,  at Centrecom Meeting Place in the City Centre. Meetings start at 7pm and are usually finished by 9pm.

The Volunteer Opportunity 

Diabetes UK Milton Keynes are looking for a volunteer to help facilitate meetings by helping set out chairs and tables, plus making tea or coffee. and ideally help clear up after meeting.

This involves a volunteer commitment of approximately 3-3.5 hours per month.

If you’d like to find out more, please email:

@MKDiabetesUK Facebook Group.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Speaking English Classes by the New Life Church Milton Keynes

Help people improve their English language skills through conversation at the Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton. Every Wednesday morning.

The New Life Church Milton Keynes’ Speaking English Classes are looking for volunteers to help with these lively, interactive sessions.

A chance for those with English as a second language to gain confidence using role play scenarios in a welcoming, small group setting. The classes are free to attend, Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am:

The Ridgeway Centre

Featherstone Road

Milton Keynes

MK12 5TH

For more information and how to apply to be a volunteer: Speaking English classes | Events | Newlife Church MK (

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: MK Therapy Centre

Who are MK Therapy Centre?

Established in May 1993, MK Therapy Centre is based at 4 Hollin Lane, Stacey Bushes.

They offer a range of alternative therapies primarily for people who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. However Children and Adults with other debilitating conditions can also access the therapies on offer.

Their aim is to help relieve the symptoms and ease the pain that some people experience with Multiple Sclerosis as well as certain other medical ailments such as M.E. Autism, Fibro-Myalgia, Cerebral Palsy, stroke, diabetes and oral cancer. 

MK Therapy Centre Facebook Group.

What Volunteer Roles are Available?

MK Therapy Centre are looking for volunteers who are able to distribute posters to businesses and Residential or Care Homes throughout Milton Keynes.  

The posters will be advertising a new Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Clinic, a therapy particularly helpful for people suffering mental health issues after the Pandemic, as well as those with Long Covid.

MK Therapy Centre are holding an Open Day on Friday 30th September, 11am – 1.30pm. Pop in for a cuppa and find out more about what they do and the volunteer roles available.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey

MKCDC are in Search of Trustees

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (MKCDC) is a Registered Educational Charity with a Trading Arm, and is a company limited by guarantee.

MKCDC are based at the beautiful Scheduled Ancient Monument medieval site of Bradwell Abbey, with several medieval buildings in situ, and 13 acres of woodland and landscaping. Their site and business are a hidden gem within the modern city of Milton Keynes.

They have recently completed a conservation project, and as a result, are ready to action the parts of their Business Plan that will see the site developing into an operational heritage attraction. 

They are now looking for four new Trustees, to start immediately once interviews and checks have taken place.

Click here for the full role descriptions. All applications are welcome.

Positions are voluntary, but expenses are offered.

Please contact the Director, Noël James, via email if you are interested:, attaching CV and cover letter, or alternatively post to Dr. Noël James. MKCDC, Bradwell Abbey, Alston Drive, Milton Keynes,

MK13 9AP.

Please call 07951 997334 if you would like to discuss before applying.

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Outreach Support: Xtra Special Families

Outreach Support: Xtra Special Families

Members of staff from our team at Community Action: MK recently attended an event set up by Xtra Special Families.

Read more: Outreach Support: Xtra Special Families

Xtra Special Families are a local Community Group, powered entirely by a small group of volunteers. They offer holiday sessions, full of fun with games, outdoor activities and guest entertainment. Each session is open to any family with a disabled child or child with additional needs and their siblings, living in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

Find out more about their events here or click here to find out more about volunteering with Xtra Special Families!

Through our Group Support Team, Community Action: MK have supported Xtra Special Families from the start – providing help with the initial stages of creating a Community Group including help writing governing documents, ensuring correct policies were in place and providing information of appropriate venues for their events.

With this support, Xtra Special Families were able to set up and offer their vital services to (NUMBER OF USERS) from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

Now, through our Volunteer Coordinator and Growth and Development Staff, Community Action: MK continue to support Xtra Special Families as we attend events, promote their incredibly important work and help source new volunteers.

We are honoured to have had the opportunity to work with Xtra Special Families and highlight an example of the importance of working with local communities in Milton Keynes.

If you are interested in setting up a group in Milton Keynes or you would like some guidance on Governance, Volunteering or any other service for your group, please email

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: MK Scouts

About MK Scouts

Milton Keynes Scouts are formed of a collective of groups from across MK. They deliver a programme for children into young adulthood, that helps members to explore their creativity, contribute to their community and experience adventures!

The Volunteering Opportunities

With demand higher than ever for young people to join Squirrels, Cubs, Beavers, Scouts and Explorers- most groups across the city are running at full capacity and many young people are missing out on the chance to learn skills for life.

From parents helping at meetings, to a call out for Trustees – there’s a range of roles available to suit your needs, time and skills. Training is provided, as well as a warm welcome from the friendly network of volunteers.

MK Scouts welcome volunteers from all walks of life, as well as interest from employee volunteering initiatives.

For all the role descriptions, and how to apply, click here.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe Programme

Help keep local children safe by volunteering for the NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe Programme 

Speak out Stay safe is a safeguarding programme for children aged 5 to 11 years old and is available to all primary schools across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. 

It helps children, in an age-appropriate way, to understand: 

  • abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse
  • that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe
  • where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service

Through virtual assemblies and face to face workshops, children can learn about the different types of abuse in an age-appropriate way, so they can get help if or when they need it. NSPCC staff and volunteers help them identify a trusted adult they can talk to if they’re ever worried about themselves or a friend. 

With the help of Childline’s mascot Buddy, Speak out Stay safe covers topics like bullying, neglect and sexual abuse – without using any scary words or adult language.

Last year, the NSPCC delivered 1,600 Speak out Stay safe online programmes to schools across the UK and now we are looking for volunteers to train for our face-to-face assemblies. 

If you are someone with experience of delivering programmes in an educational or safeguarding setting, with strong planning and organisational abilities, good communication and excellent people skills – we would love to hear from you.

We are particularly looking for those with the following qualities and experience:

  • Passionate about helping young people and children.
  • Great communication skills.
  • Empathetic and perceptive.
  • Sensitive and supportive.
  • Able to think on your feet.
  • Works well within a team.
  • Aged over 16.

Speak out Stay safe is an effective way to support a school’s safeguarding duties and links directly to the curriculum as well as helping reinforce key messages about abuse and neglect as part of a school’s teaching about relationships.

It can also support the Ofsted requirements for personal development as part of the September 2022 framework. Additionally, it can be used to complement the statutory guidance for the RSE curriculum –

For further information about how your school can take part please contact 

Thanks to the NSPCC for writing this guest blog.

 Photography by Tom Hull. The children and adults pictured are models.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: MK Libraries

Looking for a playful and enriching volunteer opportunity? Milton Keynes Libraries are currently recruiting for the following roles:


– Code Club volunteers – helping with Code Club sessions

   (Mondays 3.30-5.30pm) 


– Lego Club volunteer – set up, engaging with children and tidying away

   (Thursdays 3.15-4.45pm)


– Lego club volunteer – set up, engaging with children and tidying away

   (Tuesdays 3.15-4.45pm)
For more information and how to apply: Volunteering with Milton Keynes libraries | Milton Keynes Council (

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Guest Blog: The Vision for Volunteering

Our guest blog is written by the Vision for Volunteering, an exploration of how volunteering must adapt and evolve in the future:

Volunteering needs to embrace experimentation, actively encourage collaboration, and ensure that it is more diverse and inclusive, in order that the impact volunteers make across the country can continue to grow, according to the recently-launched Vision for Volunteering.

The Vision also urges organisations to recognise the power of volunteers and communities, and to ensure that everyone is able to engage with their community and build the future they want to see. This requires power to be devolved to individuals and communities, it argues. The Vision is set out in full at

The Vision for Volunteering movement is led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters, the Association of Volunteer Managers and Sport England. It began the next stage of its conversation on what volunteering needs to look like and how this will make volunteers feel about their roles by 2032, when it launched at Volunteer Expo Live in Birmingham in May.

Ruth Leonard, chair of the Association of Volunteer Managers, told attendees at the launch event: “The Vision for Volunteering is, very deliberately, not a finalised action plan. Instead, this is the start of the next chapter in a conversation about what is needed to create that diverse, innovative, ambitious and person-centred future, by 2032. We’d love to hear your voice in that continuing dialogue – please go to the Vision for Volunteering website and sign up to hear more.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Xtra Special Families

Who are Xtra Special Families?

Xtra Special Families are a small community group, who are powered entirely by a small group of volunteers. They offer fun holiday sessions to families living with disability or additional needs in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. 

Xtra Special Families was formed in May 2014 to provide fun activities designed to develop and improve life skills for disabled children, whilst providing mutual support for their carers and families in Milton Keynes.
Since forming XSF has run 7 half day holiday sessions every year (except during the pandemic) aimed at the whole family, enabling children with special needs and their siblings to share positive experiences together.
Activities such as Reptile Roadshow, Music and Art Workshops, and Circus Skills are bought in, together with resources of the Play Association. In addition volunteers provided craft and play activities.
The small committee are nearly all parents themselves of children and young adults with disabilities and so bring a wealth of knowledge and awareness which helps XSF offer the best experience they can.

These Summer Holiday play sessions provide an engaging opportunity for families to experience a whole host of activities in a safe and inclusive environment.

The Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

On August 24th 1.30- 3.30pm, Supporting Xtra Special Families will be back at Broughton Fields Primary School with another fun-filled event. If you have just a few hours to spare to help facilitate the array of activities on offer, you’ll have the chance to meet the welcoming team at SXSF, as well as the wonderful families who attend the sessions.

If you’re able to support this invaluable work, get in touch via Facebook Messenger to find out more: Supporting Xtra Special Families | Facebook or email:

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: The Mead Centre

The Mead Centre is a project of Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church, a community building that is building community.

“The Mead centre is a welcoming space for individuals, clubs, families, businesses and other community groups to gather in. We are working hard to make the Mead Centre a place of community in which to meet, celebrate, learn, grow, share and make a difference, making it possible to transform lives and enrich society”

If you’d like to help realise this vision, the Mead Centre are looking for volunteers for a host of roles, including admin support, assisting with fundraising activities, and helping with activities. For all the opportunities, and how to apply, click here.

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The Wisdom Principle- Navigating BAME Generational Mental Wellbeing

The Wisdom Principle held their second event of the year on Saturday, 23rd July at Acorn House and what an event it was! The event looked at Generational BAME Mental Wellbeing and I had the pleasure of attending with two hats on. One as a volunteer on behalf of Community Action: MK and the other as an interested member of the BAME community with a strong interest in mental wellbeing.

Who are The Wisdom Principle and what do they do?

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Free Fun this Summer!

Free and Fun Things to do this Summer Holiday

With the Summer holidays starting for many this week, we’ve gathered some links for free or lower-cost activities across Milton Keynes over the next 6 weeks. We can’t verify all the offers or deals, so please do check with the individual organisations, restaurants or supermarkets before you head out on your adventures.

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Coping with the Cost of Living

The increases in the cost of living are ever prevalent, but there are both local and national organisations that can provide help and support.

Cost of Living Payments

If you are claiming a low-income benefit and think that you are entitled to a Cost of Living Payment, you
don’t need to do anything. You’ll get the payments automatically. The first instalment of the £650 Cost of Living Payments will be paid automatically to eligible people, between 14 – 31 July. The remaining £324 will be paid in autumn. To find out more visit Cost of Living Payment .

Help for Households: a summary of government support.

General Articles

Cost of living: Why are things so hard for so many people? – BBC News

Citizens Advice Monthly Briefing on Cost of Living Crisis

The energy crisis: impact on charities | Harrison Clark Rickerbys (

Guardian article – impact on single parents and their children 

ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations has compiled a range of links to reports, surveys and data sources to support civil society leaders to understand the impact of the Cost of Living crisis.

Keeping Warm

Good Law Project

Regularly publishing ‘Empowered’ articles on different themes related to the cost-of-living support available and consumer rights.

The first article examines energy bill support and discounts.

The second article explains how to claim the benefits you’re entitled to.

The third article helps with understanding the rules on energy disconnection and prepayment meters.

Do you have a combi boiler?

Changing your boiler settings, could potentially cut gas use by 6-8% without changing room temperature. Nesta have launched a prototype tool to help optimise their heating:

Octopus Energy – Free electric blankets for our most vulnerable

Find out more and register your interest here.

Transition town Milton Keynes

Local community group promoting local action for low-carbon living. Their website offers a range of ideas related to improving energy efficiency of households that could help with reducing costs.

SuperHomes scheme and newsletters: practical advice on keeping homes well-insulated and warm. 

Better Housing and Better Health

Offer impartial advice on reducing heating bills and keeping warm.

Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert

Champion of consumer rights, his website provides a wealth of information on coping strategies and ways to reduce household bills.

National Energy Foundation, Warm Home Discount

Those who need it most can get £140 (inclusive of VAT) off their electricity bill in the winter (September – March). NEF also issues Emergency Energy Cards.

Citizens Advice Bureau

A round up of advice, including Winter Fuel Payments, Cold Weather Payments and links to energy suppliers who offer grants to their customers. CAB also provides links to support if you’re struggling with living costs.


Advice on reducing domestic energy use, sign up to their newsletter for tips.

Money Advice, Budgeting and Funding

MK Money Lifeline

Offering free confidential money advice and resources to anyone in the Milton Keynes area. Their services are provided by a team of trained volunteers who give advice in accordance with the training provided by Community Money Advice.

Milton Keynes Council 

Extra financial help, including assistance with rent, council tax relief, and local welfare provision.

Household support fund | Milton Keynes Council (

Funding from the Council to help residents who are in financial difficulties and struggling to meet the cost of essential items including:

  • Food
  • Energy and water bills
  • Repair or purchase of essential household appliances
  • Servicing and repair of heating systems
  • School uniform or other essential clothing
  • Other essential living costs


A national charity who offers assistance to those struggling financially.

Data Poverty: The Good Things Foundation

Supporting people with data connectivity.

Housing and Homelessness

Housing solutions and homelessness advice | Milton Keynes Council (


A national charity that helps people struggling with bad housing or homelessness, or the costs of housing, through  advice, support and legal services. They have a comprehensive resource bank on their website and a free emergency helpline, open Monday to Friday, 8am – 8pm and 9am – 5pm on weekends and bank holidays: 0808 800 4444. 

Winter Night Shelter

WNS support rough sleepers; people in emergency/temporary housing; people in need of support with tenancies and those at risk of homelessness.

Food and Cooking on a Budget

MK Melting Pot

MK Melting Pot aims to help young people, vulnerable families and individuals overcome hunger and integrate, empowering people from diverse cultures with new skills to overcome hardship. Some of their services include: Food Donations, Online Cooking, Employability & Training, Money Management and a Children Club. Contact details: phone – 01908 585537 email –

MK Food Bank

The Food Bank Helpline: 0300 303 4933 or text HELP 07874 964505 open between 9:00am – 3:00pm, Monday – Friday. You can leave a message outside of these times.


Beginning on the 4 November at the Old Bath House in Wolverton, a chance to enjoy a free, vegetarian 3 course meal in welcoming environment. No vouchers or referrals needed.

Trussell Trust

A charity that connects people to food banks and also offers an advice line

DREAMSAI – Food charity and Shri Shirdi Saibaba Temple Milton Keynes

Cooking Good – Healthy, Community Cooking (

Healthy, low-cost meal suggestions and recipes.

Reducing Fuel Use

MK Connect

Innovative and responsive public transport.

MK Connect: Demand-responsive transport in Milton Keynes. – Via Transportation (

Improving your cycling skills

Training courses – Milton Keynes (

Period Poverty

Girl Pack MK  – Girl Pack is for anyone who is in need of sanitary towels and underwear just so they can go to school or work (not means tested). Available in schools, community/children’s and family centres and local council offices all over MK. A list of venues can be found on their Facebook page.


Charity shops are good places to find a bargain and a wide variety of stock. With the cost of living crisis leaving the people with less disposable income, second-hand shopping might be a good money-saving option. Just type in ‘charity shops near me’ into your search engine to find your local charity shops.

To see other vital services available in Milton Keynes, please visit our Signposting Channels page:

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Milton Keynes Libraries: Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

There are a range of ways to get involved with your local library, from shelving books to building Lego towers with young visitors. Currently Milton Keynes Libraries are searching for Code Club volunteers, and an IT Buddy based at Central Library.

What is Code Club?

Read more: Milton Keynes Libraries: Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Repair Café

Today’s volunteer opportunity comes from the Repair Café, a local community initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to throwing things out.The café is held at The Old Bath House Community Centre. 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton MK12 5RL, on the second Saturday of the month.

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Mental Health Alliance

Mental Health Alliance:

Community Action: MK facilitates the Milton Keynes Mental Health Alliance. The Alliance is made up of voluntary and community sector groups that play a part in improving the mental health of the people they work with. A huge variety of groups, large and small, are involved with the Alliance, covering a range of activities and services. Not all of the member groups work on mental health issues directly, but may instead support activities that improve health and wellbeing more generally.

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Volunteer for SMART in Milton Keynes!


Our vision is to transform our communities so that every person has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential, participate in and contribute to all aspects of life. We do this by providing safe spaces to work with vulnerable people, empowering them to make positive changes and take control of their lives.

We help adults and young people, families and individuals with complex needs. Our dedicated teams work alongside people affected by drug and alcohol use, and those who find themselves homeless.

Together we help people reach and maintain positive change for the long term.

SMART Allotment Volunteer:

Do you like being outdoors? do you enjoy gardening? If so this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Norman Russell House is a 13-bed service run by SMART CJS and funded by Milton Keynes Council, with referrals accepted directly from them. The project is a supported accommodation facility with 10 bedrooms and 3 move-on flats for people who have previously faced homelessness.

When in SMART’s care practical living skills are taught (like washing, laundry, cooking and budgeting) as well as assistance given with applications and forms for benefits, training, education and employment. Whilst at Norman Russell House, residents also have access to health and mental health care as well as drugs and alcohol support services from community partners to ensure that their recovery and progress is maintained.

We all know the positive benefits of working outdoors has been recognised as a major contributor that promotes positive  mental health and wellbeing.

Our exciting allotment project  at Bradwell  Abbey  aims to engage our residents  at  Norman Russell House with the opportunity to learn about plants and how to grow your own produce.

The idea is they spend 1.5 hours on our allotment space and then half an hour in the communal gardens to give something back to the community. This will be every Wednesday from 2pm.

Interested please email: 

SMART Activities Volunteer:

Main purpose of the role: To help residents with engaging in activities that will help improve their wellbeing and mental health. This will also support them in learning essential life skills for when they move into independent accommodation, social skills and re engaging with the local community

To support our activities coordinator with creating or carrying out activities either in the 

property at Norman Russell house or where the activity will be. This could include things such

as cooking, going to the gym, running, playing board games, quiz night, walking, day trips,

gardening and other activities. 

Interested please email: 

Find out more about SMART CJS here:

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Alzheimer’s Society are hiring!

Alzheimer’s Society MK is looking for a Dementia Support Worker

Salary: £12,217.80 – £12,961.80 actual per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Milton Keynes
Working Hours: 21 per week
Closing Date: 07 March 2022
Interview Date: To be confirmed (interviews will be conducted through Zoom or Teams)
Contact: Sam Marshall – / 07484097048

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We are hiring!

Are you looking for a new challenge and are passionate about the work of the not-for-profit sector? Do you want a role that supports a busy team as well as volunteers, voluntary groups and communities to do great things? If so, then we have multiple vacancies on offer for you. Read on to find out more …

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We’re hiring!

Senior Development Officer – Volunteering and Outreach

Salary: £29,577 per annum 

Hours of Work: 37hrs per week (usually Monday to Friday during business hours, though there is a requirement to work outside of regular business hours occasionally). 

Term of contract: Permanent 

Deadline for Applications: 19th January 2022, 4pm

Interview date: Thursday 27th January 2022

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Children’s Grief Awareness Week

Guest Blog – Harry’s Rainbow sharing more about Children’s Grief Awareness Week (18th -25th November)

We have been joined by Harry’s Rainbow a local charity that supports children and young adults bereaved of a parent or sibling. Here they share their work, insights into the upcoming Grief Awareness Week & how you can stay up to date with them – Thank you to Harry’s Rainbow for sharing with us.

We have just celebrated our 10th birthday and in this time we have supported over 480 children. Along with offering direct support through our Rainbow groups, we are keen to raise awareness of the experience that our families have. One way of doing this is through supporting campaigns like Children’s Grief Awareness Week.

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MK ACT are hiring!

Children and Young People’s Support Worker

37.5 hours per week, £25,252 per annum

Starting rate: £24,252 and after 6 months will rise to £24,752 following successful completion of probationary period.  After 12 months’ salary will be increased to £25,252

Work Pattern: Full-time, within office hours (some flexibility)

Based at MK-Act Office within their refuge provision.

MK ACT have an exciting opportunity to work with their organisation to support the Children and Young People (CYP), whose families have come into the Refuge.  As a CYP support worker, your job is to promote the well-being of children in the refuge, provide assessments, identify their needs and any risk posed to them. Support will be identified using a support plan and key working. You will contribute to group-work and therapeutic interventions. MK ACT are looking for an individual who is committed in supporting those affected by Domestic Violence and to join their strong, caring and hardworking team.

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Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership Research Highlights the Local Impact of Covid-19 on the Homeless Sector

A bit more from MKHP regarding the report and the work they have been doing.

As the homelessness sector continues to navigate through the challenges presented by the pandemic, the Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership (MKHP) publishes its inaugural research report. It puts a spotlight on the real impact of COVID-19 across the sector and on people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness across Milton Keynes.

For the first time, the voices of Milton Keynes’ organisations across the voluntary and statutory sector, together with business speak out, highlighting their concerns and trepidation for the future whilst at the same time harnessing an abundance of optimism on what could be achieved if lessons from the pandemic are learned and acted upon. Carried out in March and April 2021, a series of in-depth and compelling interviews across the network tested the mood of the sector. The research began to get under the skin of the historical battle in Milton Keynes around homelessness. As relevant now as at the beginning of lockdown, the research compares Milton Keynes to the national picture uncovering unique local issues but also sharing national concerns around welfare payments, eviction bans, and more people beginning to present as homeless.

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Guest Blog – Children Heard and Seen

Thank you to Children Head and Seen for joining us and sharing this blog. Children Heard and Seen are a charity based in Oxford who support children affected by parental imprisonment. They are a vital charity that offers much needed help, activities and community to families who are often ignored and forgotten. Please take a read and find out more about their work, impact and the experiences of the children. Children Heard and Seen work across MK so do reach out to find out more.

A bit about our ‘WHY’…

Estimates suggest 312,000 children are affected by parental imprisonment in the UK. There is no government funded support for these children and no mechanism to identify them. Children are separated from their parent, often in traumatic circumstances, and left to cope with no professional support. Older children are often left to care for younger children, unidentified and alone.

“Before accessing the support from Children Heard and Seen our family wasn’t supported by anything or anyone”

“I was really shocked. I thought before court or after court I’d get a phone call from someone. I don’t know. Maybe someone from social services, not to judge or interfere with our family life, but to be there to offer support. I was really shocked because there’s nothing. Absolutely nothing. You’re just left to deal with it.”

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Guest Blog – Depaul MK

This week we have been joined by Megan from Depaul UK, MK to share the work of the organisation which is working to prevent youth homelessness across MK. We love hearing about the work of the voluntary and community sector if you or your group would like to blog with us just email – Now to hear from Depaul UK, thank you for sharing with us.

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AVMKSAASS are hiring!

Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service (AVMKSAASS) provides support, information, advice and guidance to anyone in our area affected by sexual assault and abuse, including non-recent and childhood sexual abuse.

We are currently looking to recruit a Helpline Advisor and an Advocacy Coordinator to join our growing team.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week: 10th – 16th May 2021. The theme for this year is #ConnectWithNature. So we wanted to collate a list of all the great resources and tips that are coming out to raise awareness and support Mental Health, along with a few insights into what makes our own team smile at the moment! Keep your eyes peeled …

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Volunteers Week 2021

Join us this year for Volunteers Week on 1st – 7th June. We all know how vital volunteers are, particularly throughout this pandemic. This is the week that we nationally take time to pause and thank volunteers for all the hard work they have done, and continue to do! 

For Volunteers Week, this year’s theme is ‘A time to say thanks’. We want to take this time to share and show the work that volunteers have contributed – you could send us information about how you have volunteered, share an image of how a volunteer has helped you or  tell us what your volunteers have been doing

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Employment opportunities

Partnership Lead – BLMK Communities Together Programme

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Partnership Lead. This critical role will lead the
development of the Communities Together Programme for the Voluntary, Community and
Social Enterprise (VCSE) across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes (BLMK). Your role will
maximise the impact of the (VCSE) and ensure the sector is an equal partner which
positively contributes towards the delivery of the strategic priorities of BLMK.

So if you have experience in this field, are passionate about developing a culture that promotes equality,
equity and values diversity, if you work in a collaborative way and have experience of managing organisational change, we’d love to hear from you.

Click here for more information and to apply

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Winter Night Shelter MK is looking for volunteers – can you help?

Covid-19 has affected the voluntary and community sector in numerous ways, one impact on the Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes is that their services are going from being seasonal (winter) to all year round. This is to ensure the support is available for the increasing numbers of vulnerable people. Read on to hear from the WNSMK about their work, the impact of Covid-19, their volunteers and how you can get involved. Thank you Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes for sharing this with us and all the amazing work you do! To apply for a role this spring/summer please complete this application form: WNSMK volunteer application form (spring/summer 2021)

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Volunteers needed – Stepping Stones Project

Could you support children and young people with their mental health?

Stepping Stones is a brand-new project that was developed, and will be delivered, collaboratively with the Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group and Service Six addressing the need to support children and young people transitioning from long-term inpatient mental health units back into the wider community. Volunteering Matters are looking for volunteers to support this project that starts in April 2021.

The key purpose of the volunteering role

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Inclusive Communications Session from Sensory Advice Resource Centre

SARC are running a training and awareness session on inclusive communications for people with sight and hearing loss.

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This FREE training and awareness raising session will be focused on sharing practical tools that can allow your organisations to be more inclusive of those with sight and hearing loss. It is vital that we are all learning how to do better and be more inclusive so that everyone can access the amazing services that are on offer across MK. The session will touch on the lived experiences of SARC’s service users and the ways that organisations can adapt. 

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Sign Up Now – Our New Volunteering Platform

In 2021 we’ve been making some changes and hoping to improve our volunteering platform to suit the evolving needs that we have come across throughout the pandemic and adjust and adapt as we move into this New Year. 

With this in mind we have transitioned to and created a Community Action: MK, Doit.Org site. We feel that this platform will better suit the needs of groups and volunteers as we move forwards. We’d like to encourage organisations to create their profile page and begin uploading volunteering opportunities so that volunteers can see the variety of opportunities available in MK. More details below including, videos guiding you through the platform and ways to access support.

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Join the virtual ‘Town Hall’ to discuss setting up a BAME infrastructure group in MK

This event on 18th January is a space for those from a BAME background who would like to share their insights, experiences and be involved in or share their views on the creation of a dedicated space / group committed to supporting and raising awareness for issues facing BAME communities. If you are interested in attending the virtual town hall event you should register by emailing Please remember to include your name, the organisation you are part of, if applicable and preferred breakout sessions, listed below (Register by 14th January)

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Trustees wanted – The Denbigh Alliance

The Denbigh Alliance in Milton Keynes seeks two non-executives/directors with demonstrated experience in change management, corporate governance or human resources to join its board. Board meetings are held in Milton Keynes when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

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MK Homelessness Partnership – Support our research!

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Support the MK Homelessness Partnership in their research in shaping the future of volunteering in the homeless sector …

We want to hear the views of both organisations and their volunteers on whether providing mental health and wellbeing support for volunteers working with homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic (in a confidential and safe environment) can improve the volunteer experience for both the volunteers and the organisation. Volunteering in the homeless sector has undoubtedly changed since the start of the pandemic. Never more so has there been a need to harness the power of volunteers to help organisations support vulnerable people – without them it would not be possible. Covid-19 has put additional stress on all of us and whilst volunteers are focussed on the wellbeing of the people they support, in order to provide that support they must look after their own mental health and wellbeing.

Are you a volunteer? How important is it for organisations to support the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers during the pandemic?

Please share with us your thoughts by joining our online volunteer forum on Wednesday 13th January 11.30am – 1:00pm. You will be joined by other organisations to prompt discussions around the benefit/s (if any) in providing access to a confidential and impartial outlet to support volunteer mental health and wellbeing, and the impact it could have on their organisation and the recruitment of volunteers.Please reserve your place through EventBrite: 

Please sign up by end of the day Friday 8th January 2021.

Are you an organisation that works with volunteers? How important is it for organisations to support the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers during the pandemic?

Please share with us your thoughts by joining our online volunteer forum on Wednesday 20th January 11.30am – 1:00pm. You will be joined by other organisations to prompt discussions around the benefit/s (if any) in providing access to a confidential and impartial outlet to support volunteer mental health and wellbeing, and the impact it could have on their organisation and the recruitment of volunteers.Please reserve your place through EventBrite: 

Please sign up by end of the day Friday 15th January 2021.

Once confirmed we will send you a Zoom link to access the meeting. This link will be sent the day before the forum is being held. Only those who are on our attendance list or MKHP guests will be sent a link and admitted on to the call. If your Representative changes for this forum please let us know so we can transfer access.

If you have any questions, please contact me on or telephone 01908 38236

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MK-ACT are hiring!

Housing IDVA

Closing date: 8th January

We have an exciting opportunity to work for our organisation in partnership with Milton Keynes Council (MKC) providing a high quality service as a Housing IDVA to support those who experience Domestic Abuse (DA).

Providing targeted independent domestic violence advocacy and support for people who approach The Homelessness Prevention Team for help which is as a result of DA or where DA is a contributory factor. Part of your role will also to be to increase the capacity and skills of Housing staff at MKC to identify DA, understand associated risks, and improve their responses to disclosure. 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 multi-agency setting, which is fast paced. You will be joining our
caring, strong and hardworking team.

This post is a fixed term for 1 year, with the possibility of it being extended dependent on funding.

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 and is open to female applicants only
under Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality act 2010.

Salary scale (F MKC) : £ 25, 991
Hours:  37.5 hours per week (secondment considered)
Work Pattern: Office hours Monday – Friday

You will be based at MKC, Civic Offices within Milton Keynes, but you will have some meetings within MK-Act offices working in close contact with the MK-Act teams. As a Housing IDVA you will have an in-depth working knowledge of DA and experience of working with victims of DA in relation to their housing. Our ideal candidate will be specialising in working with clients for whom housing and risk of tenancy breakdown is a factor. You will be able to work on their own initiative but also seeking support from the team when required.

Closing date: Friday 8th January 2021, 5pm

For an application pack please contact:

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Volunteer recruitment and management in the age of COVID

FREE Zoom training
26th January 2021, 10am – 12pm

A well thought out volunteering programme has always been necessary for effective
volunteer recruitment and management. But it may be difficult to know where to start if
you are new to volunteer management or want to refresh your approach – and the current
coronavirus pandemic brings an additional set of challenges.

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November Networking – How did it go?

We virtually got together with some of the amazing organisations across MK at the end of November. The space was there to hear from groups, share some of the work and signposting documents we have been working on and just generally touch base to see how things are going and what we can do. 

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Supporting Young People’s Mental Health

YiS are offering a FREE mental health and wellbeing session for those supporting young people’s mental health.

About this Event

Community Action: MK are delighted to be able to facilitate this FREE offer from YiS Young People’s Mental Health, of a mental health and wellbeing session for those that are working to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

This session is aimed mainly at volunteers who support young people, but can include parents/ carers and young people themselves.

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SaferMK Partnership – Meet our VCSE Board Representatives

We are delighted to introduce you to the two VCSE representatives on the SaferMK Partnership Board – Maralyn Smith and Simon Green. Read on to find out a bit more about them, where they have come from and why they want to make a difference and contribute to the communities of Milton Keynes through the SaferMK Partnership.

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Community Led Initiatives – Become a mentor…

We’d like to say thank you to Community Led Initiatives for this guest blog sharing information about their volunteer mentor role, how you can apply and what the roles is about. We have seen a huge increase in volunteering throughout Covid-19 and this is an 1 example of a great way to get involved in a local group and support them in a more permanent way as