Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Spinal Injuries Association Collectors


Spinal Injuries Association will be taking over Milton Keynes Central train station to help raise awareness of spinal cord injury on 18th May 2018.

It is estimated around 1,000 people are diagnosed or injured each year totalling an estimated 40,000 within the UK with a spinal cord injury. Fancy doing something a bit different, then why not Join #TeamSIA as a bucket collector and give up some of your time to help let people know that SIA’s services already support 7,100 members living with a spinal cord injury.

As a charity, SIA relies on the kindness of volunteers and fundraisers to help keep their services going. These services include Peer Support (1 to 1 support for an individual, including their family), advocacy and nurse specialists.

Read more and apply here.


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Plan:MK – Local Plan Update


PLAN:MK Update from Milton Keynes Council:

We are writing to let you know that Milton Keynes Council’s Local Plan (Plan:MK) was submitted for examination to the Planning Inspectorate on Thursday 29 March in accordance with the requirements of Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

The submitted Local Plan, and other documents required to be submitted by Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, can be found on the Council’s Plan:MK Examination webpage at the following link:


The submitted documents are also available for inspection at the Council‘s Civic Offices at 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ during normal office hours 9am to 5.15pm.

What happens next?

The Planning Inspectorate has appointed an independent Inspector, Mr David Spencer, to conduct an examination into the plan. Details of the date, time and place where the examination hearing sessions will be held will be publicised shortly.

An independent Programme Officer, Mr Ian Kemp, has been appointed for the examination who will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the examination and liaise between the Inspector, Council and representors.

Further details and future updates relating to the examination will be published at the above link.

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Healthwatch Milton Keynes Strategy Launched


The new Healthwatch Strategy for Milton Keynes strategy sets out how they will fulfil the dual role of engaging with the local population, and ensuring that those who pay for services listen, respond to their needs and design services alongside them.

Healthwatch MK’s role is to amplify the voice of local people and use it to ensure that health and social care services are designed and delivered with their needs in mind.

The hope is that the strategy reflects a focus on improving local services and making sure they work for the people who use them.

They want as many people as possible to hear about our new three-year strategy and how they are working to improve local health and social care services for the people who use them.

Download the strategy here:

Strategy 2018-21 FINAL (1).

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Building Better Opportunities Job Club Support Worker

POST TITLE: Building Better Opportunities Job Club Support Worker

LOCATION: Age UK Milton Keynes Head Office

RESPONSIBLE TO: Building Better Opportunities Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Supporting clients who attend Job Clubs to use digital technology for:

Developing Job Search Skills; CV’s; Identifying training needs; and

Supporting them into work

POSITION STATUS: 6 months fixed term contract

MAIN PLACE OF WORK: Peartree Centre Milton Keynes

HOURS: 10 to be agreed with the BBO Manager

SALARY: £ 90.00 per week, travel expenses to job clubs reimbursed


The post holder will be responsible for supporting clients attending Age UK Milton Keynes job clubs. You will carry out initial assessments and devise a personal programme for each client.

The programme is targeted at supporting hard to reach residents in Milton Keynes into employment. It is an initiative that is working with long term unemployed and economically inactive beneficiaries to provide tailored support that enables them to move into sustained employment. The programme is currently scheduled to run until January 2019.


Complete assessments with clients identifying their training needs and make recommendations to the Project Officer and Manager

Complete a programme that will support clients to remove the barriers that exist to their employment

Complete all paperwork required by ESF/Lottery to ensure compliance with the guidelines of the BBO programme

To set up and support the Job Club at Peartree Bridge (Wednesday 1.30 -4.30pm), you may be required to support job clubs in other areas in Milton Keynes as and when the need arises

To maintain confidentiality of clients on the programme

Attend project meetings and input into the delivery of the programme

Support the BBO Project Officer when required.

To adhere to Age UK Milton Keynes policies and procedures.


The successful candidate should be able to evidence the following essential criteria:

IAG qualification

DBS required

Experience of working with clients in a sensitive manor

Use of IT, setting up equipment for the Job Club and supporting clients to use search engines

Proven experience in completing forms and understanding the requirements for evidence for the BBO programme (training will be given)


Your working hours are 10 hours per week.

4 hours will be based at Age UK Milton Keynes, Peartree Bridge on Wednesdays

Various locations in MK , Aylesbury and Cherwell

You will need to move to Job Clubs in a timely manner. Your travel expenses to Job Clubs will be reimbursed at the current Age UK Milton Keynes mileage rates.

Working hours may be extended if demand increases at Job Clubs up to 5 hours per week.

To apply for this position please email: Sue.Quinn@AgeUKMiltonkeynes.org.uk

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience.

Closing date: 20th April 2018

Interviews 9th May 2018

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