Great War MK Commemorations

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From Great War MK:

How about seeing a bit of theatre in a full-size replica 1st World War tank? Or watching a commemorative dance with hand-made banners? Or perhaps participating as an Old Time Music Hall audience – letting the performers know what you think of their acts! New music from young musicians, new film shows of the Great War era, extraordinary installations and exhibitions – all these are part of the Great War MK project about to explode on the Milton Keynes community!

Great War MK is a collaborative project led by the Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK). It explores the impact of the First World War on the communities of Milton Keynes – an area now covering six towns, 41 villages and 1/4 million people – through research, commemorative events, participatory learning activity and community workshops. During 2015 Great War MK will be presenting events and opportunities for people to explore and commemorate the lives and the stories of the Great War.

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JSNA 2014/15 Consultation for Health & Wellbeing Charities

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment is now available for consultation – please note that the deadline for responses is the 4th March. Apologies for the short notice, unfortunately the Council has had some technical problems which has prevented this being sent out sooner.

We hope you can find the time to look through the topics (that are relevant to your group/organisation) and the summary and respond using the questionnaire which can be accessed via a link on the page. The Council would appreciate any feedback on the summary regarding both its content and length. You can download the summary directly by clicking here.

The link to the Strategic Needs Assessment page, including the questionnaire, is as follows (please note that it does take several seconds to load): http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/draft-2014-15-jsna/strategic-needs-assessment-2014-15

You will be prompted to enter a Username and Password, both of which are JSNA2014/15.

The system doesn’t like it if you copy and paste, so best to type in the details twice. Once logged in, you can move easily around the system. The topics are accessed by clicking on Draft JSNA 2014/15.

Please do let our Partnership Office, Marion, know if you have any questions!

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Social Value Act Review

There is a new blog on the NAVCA website about the findings in the Social Value Act review, which NAVCA, an umbrella organisation for charities like Community Action: MK, contributed to earlier this year. NAVCA welcomes most of the findings but questions if the recommendations will send a strong enough message to the public bodies choosing to ignore it. In her blog Rachel Rhodes says that it is important that the Cabinet Office “sends out a stronger message, that all public bodies are expected to incorporate social value into their commissioning processes. If it does not, social value will still not have got off the ground in some areas by the time of the next recommended review in two years’ time.”  Click here to read more.

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