Can councils and residents work together to achieve lasting change in communities?

New Start is partnering with Local Trust to explore how residents and local authorities can collaborate to achieve lasting change in communities. In a climate of widespread reductions to funding for public services, what are the benefits and challenges of collaboration?
Whether you are a member of a local authority, part of a charity or voluntary group, or a resident interested in creating positive change in your local area, please support the research by answering their short survey, which will take less than five minutes to complete.
To complete the survey please click on the link here.

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Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

On behalf of GALAXY:

Supporting warm-hearted people and projects

We are looking to help small, local community projects and community-minded people through our GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.

From November 2nd 2015 for 17 weeks, we are seeking to award a total of 85 £300 donations to help volunteer groups and people just like you.

In the weeks running up to the fund, if you or your organisation could benefit from a FREE jar of GALAXY Hot Chocolate then please send a message to

We only have a limited amount of stock which will be sent out on a first come, first served basis before October 31 2015. So drop us a note today with a quick line about you, along with your delivery address and contact number.

But that’s not all!

To celebrate the fifth Birthday of the GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund we are throwing fi ve GALAXY Hot Chocolate Tea Parties!

Do you know a charity that deserves a party with GALAXY Hot Chocolate, GALAXY Chocolate and GALAXY Cake then send us a message to Be sure to include a quick line about the chosen charity, along with your contact details.

For more information:

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Job Vacancies

Justice Director with Resourcing Group

Salary: £75000 – £85000 per annum

Terms: Permanent

Location: National Travel required

Closing Date: 11 November 2015

Resourcing Group Futures is currently recruiting for a Justice Director to work for a national NFP Organisation to drive the delivery of two major prime contracts (NOMS CFO co-funded by the ESF) and to facilitate growth into new sectors within Youth Justice and Offender Learning and Skills.

Through these contracts the organisation, together with their subcontractor partners, will support over 17,000 offenders and will deliver high quality individually tailored support inside 17 prisons/ YOIs across 6 CRC (Probation Trust) areas.

They will be delivering through both custody and community based support and will be focused on transforming the lives of ex-offenders and promoting social inclusion. They aim to work with ex-offender’s throughout their journey in order to support them to overcome barriers and develop the skills and resources needed to lead positive and productive lives.

Resourcing Groups client is an organisation with an exceptional track record and expertise in planning, setting-up and implementing complex service contracts particularly to challenging timescales. You will be supporting the Chief Executive and Board in all matters relating to Ministry of Justice (MOJ) business and providing input, briefings, background and liaison as and when required. You will be working with an outstanding team of dedicated professionals and will have the full support of the SMT and Board.

The successful candidate will need to have a minimum of 3 years experience leading and delivering Justice / MOJ / ESF contracts in the UK and have a proven track record of winning and managing the delivery of complex contracts and business model development.

You will need to be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of finance and managing financial success within complex contracts, experience of delivering major Justice/ MOJ budgets and have a clear understanding of the strategic and delivery issues around Justice (NOMS and OLASS).

You will be responsible for both the operational and strategic management of the Directorate and will need to be able to demonstrate strong leadership capabilities alongside an in-depth understanding of the political and tendering arenas.

In return they offer an excellent salary and package of benefits as well as an exciting opportunity to further your career and responsibility.

Should you wish to apply or have any queries please contact Ria Smith on 0161 413 5771 or by email at

Key Relationships Manager (Fundraising) with World Vision

Salary: Circa £36,269 depending on experience

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 01 November 2015

Interview Date: The week commencing 9th November 2015

Every day World Vision brings real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places as a sign of God’s unconditional love. At World Vision, their aim is simple – to keep every child free from fear.  They are also proud to be voted one of the Top 100 ‘Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2015’.

They’re able to do this because thousands of people in the UK are prepared to sponsor, donate, pray, campaign and share the stories of the children they support. They’re blessed to have so many loyal supporters but they want more people in the UK to experience what it feels like to really make a difference.

Their ambitious Key Relationships Team (Fundraising) is now looking to recruit a committed and dynamic Key Relationships Manager (Fundraising) to lead a growing team and drive some strategic partnerships.  Success in this role hinges on two key aspects:

(1) a proven ability to establish, develop and strategically manage key relationships to meet high income targets in either a fundraising or business / sales role and

 (2) demonstrable experience in being able to equip and inspire others to meet income targets. They have an exciting opportunity to engage and cultivate some wealthy prospects and donors and believe that they can make a real transformative difference to the lives of both the children they serve and the donors they work with.

 The successful applicant is likely to:

  • Have exceptional relationship-building and communication skills
  • Have a successful track record in sales or fundraising with line management experience
  • Be keen to apply their Christian faith to the pursuit of philanthropic partnerships

As a Christian, this role offers you the opportunity to integrate your faith within WVUK and be sensitive to its various expressions across cultures and denominations

If you believe you have the skill set to fulfil this great position, please apply via Charity Job website in order to complete their short online application form and upload your CV.

Your covering letter should include answers to the following 4 job specific questions:

1: What do you see as the key challenges potentially facing a major donor programme in the coming 12 – 24 months, and how do you think they should they be overcome?

 2: Please describe a specific instance when you successfully influenced an individual or group of individuals to achieve a specific target in the sales or fundraising arena.

 3: What would the performance metrics be for a team of fundraisers to ensure they achieve a collective goal?

 4: What do you consider to be the key challenges in managing a team of major donor fundraisers?

 5: What personal characteristics (core competencies) do you have that would make you suitable for this role?

It is essential that these five questions are answered in your covering letter, for them to be able to consider your application.

They are an Equal Opportunities Employer and this role requires the post holder to have a Christian faith as an occupational requirement.

As a child focused organisation, World Vision UK is committed to the safeguarding of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditional upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible.

Please note that if response for this role is higher than anticipated, they reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

No agencies please

To apply for this role Click here where you will be directed to Charity Job website

Functional Skills Tutor (Maths) – Training Provider with MK Christian Foundation

Salary: £18,000 – £21,000 p.a pro rata (depending on qualifications and experience)

Terms: Permanent, part-time (15 hours a week)

Location: Wolverton, Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 13 November 2015

A Milton Keynes based Training Provider is seeking a Functional Skills Tutor to deliver teaching in Maths up to and including level 2 to their 16-19 year old trainees on the EFA funded Study Programme. Based in their centre in Wolverton you will generally work with small group of about 4 to 5 trainees but where appropriate on a one to one basis.

All their trainees work in one of their social enterprises (catering, horticulture, childcare, graphic design, hospitality or cycle repair) where they gain vocational skills and qualifications, but also have the opportunity to develop embedded functional skills through the work of the enterprise. All those without a maths or English GCSE (A-C) receive formal teaching with the aim of enabling them to achieve at least one level above their achievement on entry.

This is a permanent post for 15 hours a week. To be considered for this post they would expect you to have experience in the delivery of Functional Skills training to groups of learners aged 16 to 19 and NEET. You should possess a relevant teaching qualification with PTLLS as a minimum along with a level 3 qualification in literacy or numeracy.

For this post you will need an enhanced DBS check.

Main Duties

  • Teach trainees in Functional Skills (Maths) to qualifications standard
  • Design Functional Skills sessions in conjunction with their Training Manager to awarding body requirements
  • Keep trainee progress reports up to date, tracking progress against sessions delivered
  • Liaise with enterprise staff to ensure class-room based learning is embedded through the work of the enterprise

Key requirements

  • Previous experience in delivering Functional Skills to young people
  • Holder of a teaching qualification
  • Experience working with young people, particularly NEET young people
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to design schemes of work and session plans to awarding body qualification requirements
  • Good IT skills
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering English and ICT training

If you would like to apply for this position, please click here where you will  be directed to Charity Jobs website, you will be asked to attach your CV and covering letter, it will be sent automatically to MK Christian Foundation.

No agencies please.

National PR Manager with Brain Tumour Research

Salary: Up to £40K

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 08 November 2015

Brain Tumour Research is a fast-growing national charity, striving to fund a network of seven -dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.

Since their launch in 2009, they have seen unprecedented income growth and now need experienced, energetic, professional and hard working individuals to join their busy team and take the charity to the next level.

The Role’s Responsibilities:

• Developing and managing their national PR programme
• Delivering media coverage objectives
• Working across the team and with regional Centres of Excellence to develop stories
• Building effective relationships with the media and partner organisations
• Launching their annual campaigns including Wear A Hat Day
• Writing press releases

 This is a  full-time position based at their Head Office. Proficiency in excel, word and powerpoint is essential.

To apply for this role Click here where you will be directed to Charity Job website

Community Fundraising Manager – Central with Brain Tumour Research

Salary: £23k to £27k (depending on experience)

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 08 November 2015

Brain Tumour Research is a fast growing national charity, passionate about finding a cure for brain tumours through the establishment of dedicated brain tumour research centres around the UK.

They need an experienced, energetic, inspiring,  professional and hard-working  individual  to join their busy team and help them fund their dedicated research centres. Reporting to the Head of Community Fundraising

You will be responsible for:

• Delivering your income targets

• Recruiting, managing and developing a network of volunteer fundraisers, including individuals and organisations

• Working   with  the  PR and Marketing team to maximise media coverage

• Promoting  their national  campaigns  such as their flagship ‘Wear A Hat Day’

This is a full  time position  based in Milton Keynes. Proficiency in excel, word and powerpoint  is essential.

To apply for this job click here where you will be directed to Charity Job website

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Dementia and Creativity: Activities Training

Bright Shadow is a not-for-profit social enterprise which uses performing and creative arts to engage people living with dementia and their carers in fun and meaningful activities.
They are running an open training event on 17th and 18th November in Milton Keynes called Out of the Box training, equipping individuals and organisations who support people living with dementia to be more creative with their activity provision to increase engagement and social interaction.
Full details are below but you can also view more information about the course by clicking here and more information specific to the Milton Keynes event here.
If you would like any further information or would like to discuss anything please contact Bright Shadow on 0300 102 8855.
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Women and Broadband is back!

WENTA are very pleased to announce that a NEW Women and Broadband Challenge fund supported by Central Bedfordshire,  Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes Councils, has been made available to help women start or grow their businesses by improving their digital skills and getting their business online.

The new programme will cover many of the bite-size training course they did before, plus a few extra. Women who were part of the last scheme are welcome to join them again and continue to increase their digital knowledge. There will be some great networking opportunities which everyone valued last time.

Sonia Sharman of Beauty Talk, said of last year’s programme, “Although I have been in business for many years, I joined to help get a better grip on social media. I now understand more about search engine optimisation, hash tags, blogging and why social media is crucial for my business. Following a meeting with my advisor, I went home and wrote a blog on permanent make-up. I posted it across all my social media accounts and linked back to my website. I got 6,000 views and received enquiries about my courses, a great result!”

Wenta will once again offer FREE help and support to increase your knowledge and confidence in the internet through:

  • 1:1 mentoring and business advice
  • 1:1 business support via our online business advice portal, My Incubator Ventures
  • Networking opportunities to encourage peer-to-peer support and women and technology focused exhibitions
  • Bite-size training courses to help you grow:
  • Social Media
  • Website Development
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Selling & Branding
  • Business in the Cloud
  • Online Marketing

The scheme is open to Women who live in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes.

 Please click on the link below to visit Wenta’s website where you will find more information about the new Women and Broadband Scheme and the dates of the courses and workshops available.

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‘Community Conversations: Exploring Ways To Engage Communities’ – Networking Event

Kickstart your day with an exciting exploration into how to best engage the communities in which you work.

Join our facilitated discussion groups to explore different ‘themes’ within engagement including:

  • Using technology to engage residents
  • Exploring the barriers to engagement and potential solutions
  • Making connections in communities

Share your experiences and knowledge with other attendees and pick up tips to help you engage with your community. Or simply enjoy some fabulous networking with colleagues from the voluntary/community and public sectors. You are guaranteed to leave with new ideas and contacts!

Book online via the Community Action: MK Eventbrite page or contact Hannah on 01908 661623

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Whistleblowing in charities

The Charity Commission has published ‘Whistleblowing: guidance for charity employees‘.

Charity employees can report concerns about certain categories of serious wrongdoing at their charity to the Charity Commission (for England and Wales). They have created a dedicated email address for this.

While the Public Interest Disclosure Act gives employees some protection, volunteers and trustees aren’t covered. The latter should report concerns to the Commission via serious incident reporting.

See ‘Whistleblowing: guidance for charity employees‘ for more information.

Via Voluntary News

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