21 February: Join the next workshop for Community Energy Champions

Join the third workshop as part of the Energage Project

Come along to our third co-design workshop series being organised as part of the Energage project.

Topic: Using Energy-related data and information to inform community energy solutions

Date: Tuesday 21st February: 5-7pm

Location: Community Action: MK office – 351 Midsummer Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP. Directions here.

Booking: via Eventbrite Eventbrite Energage 3


The Energage project aims to bring together local people interested in becoming Community Energy Champions.

The workshop is open to anyone who would like to gain knowledge, skills and resources needed to assist members of their communities with energy related issues. No prior knowledge is needed. This and the following workshops will be based on a co-design model, which means that we are keen for you to share your experiences and tell us about your needs as well as help us develop useful resources as part of the project.

The workshop will include, in this order:

  • Networking
  • Session with The Open University on the new MK Data Hub and MKInsight
  • Energy-related data and information, and how it can be used to inform community energy solutions
  • Introduction to the Community Energy Platform for Energy (CAPE) website and exploring the solar potential and heatloss maps for your areas
  • Feedback and evaluation

Yummy refreshments will be provided!

If you have any questions about this workshop or about the Energage project, please contact Anna at: or call 01908 661 623.

Please also join the Energage Facebook Group to engage in further discussion & share ideas:

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!


We look forward to seeing you there.




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MK50 Conference celebrates MK’s sustainability credentials!

MK Community Energy Conference – free event on 25 February 2017



The conference has been organised by the newly formed MK Community Energy Alliance, and sponsored by MK:Smart, and the CAPE Project and is taking place at Camphill Milton Keynes. Camphill is one of the first organisations in Milton Keynes to benefit from solar PV installed by Wolverton Community Energy.  The conference is free to attend (with a £5 charge for lunch) but please register online

For more information please contact:

Marie Osborne, Wolverton Community Energy or Anna Klis-Davies, Community Action MK:

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SB Youth Services

SB Youth Services UK is a Milton Keynes based company operating since November of 2016.

They aim to provide support, intervention and mentoring to young people who need it. The primary aims are to reduce offending and reoffending, to engage or re-engage young people and provide support to young people.

They do this through delivery of creative tailor-made interventions and services.

Please find attached further information about their services. Please find the time to read through the information because they may be in a position to support your organisation.

Their Company Director and Lead Facilitator, Scot Balasz, has recently passed a Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness, and an NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance.

SB Youth Services UK are also currently offering a “Loyalty Scheme”; should a client book our services for a 5 hour block of programmes or longer, each additional hour of programmes or services will be at a reduced cost. Should SB Youth Services then complete 20 hours or more, the cost will be reduced again.

Feel free to get in contact with them by contacting Scot Balasz using

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STP Public Engagement Events

BLMK STP are hosting two public engagement events in Milton Keynes to share latest developments and gather feedback from the public.

They invite members of the public to attend these events on:

  1. 14:30 – 17:00, Monday 6th March
  2. 18:30 – 21:00, Monday 6th March

At Milton Keynes Christian Centre, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

For more information, please visit or

Alternatively, more information can be found through the resources available here and here.

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Safety Centre Clevertouch Launch

Safety Centre and Clevertouch have joined forces to bring you a unique interactive safety experience.

The event will be held just before the Easter school break. On Wednesday 29 March 2017, from 3pm-6pm. 

There will be access to Hazard Alley and a screen for ‘Safe Places to Cross’.

The event is FREE, but kindly book online here.

*Refreshments will be provided.

  • Health and Safety Officers from schools and youth clubs
  • Schools interested in holding school trips at the centre
  • Road Safety and Community Safety officers from councils
  • School ICT coordinators
  • School Citizenship / PSHE coordinators
  • Primary and special school heads, deputies or assistant heads, KS2 leaders, teachers


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Top Tips for Community Groups Dealing with Volunteers and Employees

Community Action: MK and Dentons are hosting a series of four talks throughout 2017 aimed at providing “Top Tips” to community groups, social enterprises, charities and other not-for-profit organisations in Milton Keynes. The talks will provide an introduction to legal issues typically faced by not-for-profit organisation can make suggestions about how such issues may be overcome.

The first talk will provide “Top Tips” for dealing with volunteers and employees. Emma Naughton of Dentons will give an introduction to the employment issues that may arise where a community group or organisation employs individuals or recruits volunteers to assist with the organisation’s work. In particular, Emma will discuss the topics set out below.

  1. Recruiting employees/volunteers and dealing with employment contracts.
  2. Dealing with disagreements between employees/volunteers (harassment, bullying, etc.).
  3. Handling grievance and disciplinary matters.
  4. Making fair dismissals and dealing with redundancies.

This talk is for you if you work for or are involved in the running of a community group, charity or other not-for-profit organisation that hires employees or volunteers or is considering doing so in the future. You will also find this talk useful if your organisation is suffering from lack of funding or similar issues and may need to reduce its number of employees.

Refreshments and breakfast rolls will be provided.

Dentons, through Community Action:MK, provides a free Legal Advice Clinic for local not-for-profit organisations requiring one-off legal advice on a specific issue. If you are currently in need of legal advice, please contact Jeanette Hyde of Community Action:MK to see if the Legal Advice Clinic may be able to assist.

To register your please, please visit Eventbrite.


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Transition MK, MK Gallery and ICMK are screening the Inspiration “Tomorrow”

Thanks to an event organised by Transition MK, MK Gallery and ICMK, after a long wait, “Tomorrow” has arrived in the UK.

It is an inspirational independent documentary film.

The screening will take place at

MK Gallery Events Space, 
3 Theatre Walk, 
MK9 3PX.

On 3rd March 2017 from 7.30PM. 

It is the recipient of the César (French Oscar) for best Documentary of 2016.

Described as:

‘Extremely rare for a documentary’
‘… it triggered hundreds of citizen initiatives. Collective gardens, food cooperatives, zero waste groceries, eco village, local currency, repair cafe’

You can find more information here.

The promotional poster is below:icmkcitizenadfeb2017v6outlines-1


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MK Academy – Business Breakfast Networking Event – 15th March 2017

MK Academy are pleased to invite you to their next Business Breakfast networking event on Wednesday 15th March 2017.  The theme of this event will be a discussion of how Milton Keynes is able to take its place in leading cutting edge technology and innovation in this its 50th Year!

They will have two guest speakers as well as students from the Academy talking about creative projects they are involved in.  The guest speakers are:

Steve Chown, Entrepreneur Development Manager

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free accelerator programme helping Entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. In partnership with NatWest, it now has 12 accelerator hubs around the UK with a 13th opening in London in the summer. It delivers an inspiring working environment along with coaching, mentoring and ongoing bespoke training sessions.

Dr Harin Sellahewa, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Buckingham

Harin teaches Fundamentals of Computing, Image Processing, Mobile Applications Development, Software Engineering and Software Project Management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  He is Programme Director for the BSc in Computing and Software Entrepreneurship, and Senior Link Tutor and Research Officer for SSST Collaboration.

Harin’s research interests are: face recognition in constrained devices; context-aware adaptive biometric systems; biometric template security and user privacy; automated analysis of biomedical images and biological assays; content-based image / video indexing; and ICT in education.

It will be both an informative and inspiring morning.  The event is FREE but please RSVP to for catering purposes and please let them know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

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This Saturday: 25 February – MK Community Energy Conference 2017

Free event exploring the past, present and future for sustainability and energy in Milton Keynes.

Please join us this Saturday at The Chrysalis Theatre – Camphill Milton Keynes, Japonica Lane, MK15 9JY.

Register here.

View the full programme here.


The event is organised by MK Community Energy Alliance. Click here to find out more.

The event is part of the MK50 programme of events and activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes. Click here to find out more.


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