Walking Tours of the Western Expansion Area (WEA) – last places for afternoon tour booking up now!

We only have 6 places left on our Afternoon Walking Tour of the Western Expansion Areas on 9th September.  Guided by James Mooney from Gallaghers Estate, we will take a walk around Area 10 of the WEA, which is the part closest to Crownhill. The tour will last for approximately 1.5 hours and there will be a chance to find out about plans for the site and ask questions.

Booking is essential so please call Hannah on 01908 661623 or register on our eventbrite page.

If you are unable to attend this tour but would like to know about future tours of the WEA, please email Hannah@CommunityActionMK.org.

And dont forget, we are hosting a public exhibition all about the Western Expansion Area on 8th October where you can find out more about the plans for the site and meet some of the agencies involved in creating this new community.

WEA exhibition poster

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Poetic Food For Thought

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“Poetic food for thought” – John Marshall, Food Bank Project Manager, and Martin Small, a local author, had the idea of writing and publishing a collection of their original prose and poetry and donating all its proceeds to the Food Bank. I can thoroughly recommend this read, and its great the proceeds go to such a great cause.

To obtain your copy of the book please call 01908 322800

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Job Advert: Supporter Care Executive with Brain Tumour Research

Salary: £15k to £18k depending on experience

Terms: Full-time

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: Applications by Friday 28th August latest

  • Writing timely thank you letters to Brain Tumour Research supporters
  • Administering their unique Sponsor A Day scheme to recognise the contribution of their supporters
  • Registering their supporters and prospects on to lab tours at each of their four centres through the year
  • Running and challenge events administration registering and fulfilling requirements of participants

This is a full-time positions based at their head office, they will be moving to Milton Keynes in the Autumn of 2015.

Proficiency in excel, word and powerpoint is essential.

Please send your CV with a covering letter, demonstrating how you could add value to your chosen role and detailing your current salary to:

Sharon Stevens, PA to the Chief Executive, Brain Tumour Research

sharon@braintumourresearch.org

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Job Advert: Recovery Worker (Supported Housing) with Richmond Fellowship

Salary: £15,850 pa

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 24 August 2015

Interviews: 11 September 2015

As a Recovery Worker, you will support people with mental health problems in a supported accommodation setting. You’ll provide them with the emotional and practical assistance they need, enabling them to live independently in the community.

As Recovery Worker, your role will see you:

  • Managing your own caseload of service users
  • Addressing service users’ practical and emotional needs – from helping them to find employment and training opportunities, to enabling them to grow in social confidence
  • Enabling service users to live as independently as possible, helping them to develop domestic management and finance management skills, and supporting them to move back into the community where this is possible
  • Carrying out in-depth assessments of service users’ needs and risks – and developing individually-tailored support plans accordingly

This is a great opportunity to join a team that’s professional, committed and passionate about making a difference to those most in need of Richmond Fellowships help. You’ll need:

  • A track record in Mental Health or related field
  • Experience of supporting, empowering and engaging service users in a range of developmental, rehabilitative and community activities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage your own workload
  • Experience of using IT and the proven ability to maintain up-to-date records and systems
  • Good partnership working skills
  • Capacity to work flexible hours within an agreed framework (24hr/7day week shift rota)

Managing more than 120 services nationwide, Richmond Fellowship provides an immensely diverse range of services to people with mental health needs.

They offer great benefits, including 25 days’ holiday per year, contributory pension scheme, employee assistance programme and childcare vouchers.

To apply for this post Click here you will be directed to Charity Jobs website

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Western Expansion Area Public Exhibition – 8th October

WEA exhibition poster

We would like to invite you to join us for a Public Exhibition about the Western Expansion Area (WEA) on Thursday 8th October, from 3.30 – 7.30pm at MK11 Kiln Farm Club. Pop by to find out about plans for the area and chat to those involved in creating this new community.

Free to attend and no booking required. Contact Hannah, Community Action: MK Growth Officer for more information.

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Parking Standards Consultation

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Consultation has started on a new set of Parking Standards which will apply to all types of development across the Milton Keynes Council area.  The consultation period runs from 12th August to 7th October.

Following consultation, the new Parking Standards document will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document and will replace the current parking standards which date from 2005, and the update to the residential parking standards added in 2009. The new consultation draft Parking Standards revise and update the existing ones to take account of the latest Government guidance and also to respond to our experience of parking in new developments over the last 10 years.

For more information see: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/parking-standards

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Job Vacancies: 11/08/2015

Part-time Support Worker with Buckingham Canal Society

Salary: £9238 pa

Terms: 22.5 hours per week

Closing Date: Tuesday 1st September 2015

Interviews: Wednesday 9th September 2015

Location: Milton Keynes

Buckingham Canal Society are seeking a self-motivated, enthusiastic support worker to join their team, working to targeted outcomes developing positive working relationships with their volunteers and enable them to achieve their potential.

This person will help volunteers to develop personal transferable skills and individual plans to achieve this. The outcome of this will also enable a succession planning capability for the Society, whilst helping volunteers improve opportunities for themselves. In some cases, this will assist with return to employment and/or improved careers through conservation and restoration related activities as part of a voluntary team. Additionally the support worker role will include assisting the Society in project administration and planning support activities as well as record maintenance.

The role is seen by the Trustees to be a key enabler for the Society to support the development of a broad range of volunteer personnel who in turn will help the growth and objectives of the Society and drive the canal restoration forward. Working with the charity’s trustees and management team, you will also help drive community engagement and partnerships delivering an overall greater project capacity. This part-time role will possibly enable the successful applicant to simultaneously undertake personal development training; the Society plans to work closely with Aylesbury &/or Milton Keynes College and other relevant training providers to support the employee outside of the working hours to achieve this.

Some weekend working is essential to this role and hours will be annualised.

Further details, including a job description and application form are available at their website. www.buckinghamcanal.org.uk  Alternatively email chairman@buckinghamcanal.org.uk. Completed application forms together with a CV should be submitted to the same email address.


Meal Systems Consultancy with Toybox

Closing Date: 26 August 2015

For information regarding this post please Click here you will be directed to Charity Jobs website.


Senior Finance Manager with World Vision

Salary: £36,269 pa + good range of benefits

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 6 September 2015

Interviews: 18 September 2015 (1st round), 25 September 2015 (2nd round)

As Senior Finance Manager operating as part of the leadership team within their Finance & Risk (F&R) Group, you will be responsible for driving strategic direction and operational performance in respect of an assigned function which is likely to include: management accounting, finance business partnership, financial accounting and control or audit and taxation. This is also a spiritual and cultural role where you will use your Christian ethos to foster alignment with strategic objectives and well-being amongst the team.

With a strong understanding of business activities in general, you will implement these to demonstrate how F&R will support risk management and delivery of value. Developing and driving strategies, policies and procedures to influence improvements within the organisation will be key, and you will also have the chance to advise and direct certain stakeholders in relation to a particular assigned function. Working with the Centre of Financial Excellence, this will also give you the opportunity to promote effectiveness, efficiency and prioritisation of procedures and operations.

To be considered, you will need to be fully qualified (eg. ACA/CA, CIMA, ACCA would be ideal) with solid post qualification experience in a financial management role.  With excellent people/communication skills, you should have experience of managing and developing a team and have effective skills in influencing and gaining commitment and interest from non-finance professionals regarding financial matters.

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

In addition to the salary offered, you’ll enjoy benefits including pension, health cover, subsidised gym membership, generous holiday entitlement and free parking.

Do you have the necessary skills for this key role? If so, they’d like to hear from you.

Please note that if response for this role is higher than anticipated, they reserve the right to commence interviews and appoint before the published closing date.

World Vision UK is 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.

No agencies please

To apply for this post Click here you will be directed to Charity Jobs website


Corporate Fundraiser with Brain Tumour Research

Salary: £25,000 to £30,000

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 28 August 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 Main Responsibilities:

• Developing and implementing plans to maximise income from corporate partnerships
• Researching and developing effective lasting partnerships with corporates to meet funding targets
• Approaching prospective partners and presenting mutually beneficial partnership proposals
• Developing relationships and providing account management for their corporate partners

It is expected that the  Corporate Fundraiser will have at least three years’ corporate fundraising experience  This is a  full-time positions based at their Head Office which will be moving to Milton Keynes in the autumn. Proficiency in excel, word and powerpoint is essential.

Please send your CV with a covering letter, demonstrating how you could add value to your chosen role and detailing your current salary.

To apply for this post Click here you will be directed to Charity Jobs website


National PR Manager with Brain Tumour Research

Salary: £30,000 to £35,000

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 28 August 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 our 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 positions based at their Head Office which will be moving to Milton Keynes in the autumn. Proficiency in excel, word and powerpoint is essential.

To apply for this post Click here you will be directed to Charity Jobs website


Director of Fundraising with Brain Tumour Research

Salary: £45,000 to £55,000 depending on experience

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 28 August 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 Main Responsibilities:

• Leading the implementation of and spearheading the growth of income based on their fundraising strategy.
• Developing relationships with and securing financial support from key high-value prospects, including corporate partners
• Raising agreed net fundraising income each year
• Contributing to and supporting the implementation of their five-year strategy
• Inspiring, developing and growing their fundraising team
• Recruiting, developing and growing their volunteer base

It is expected that the Director of Fundraising  will have at least three years’ corporate fundraising experience and a proven track record in establishing major corporate partnerships. This is a  full-time position based at their Head Office which will be moving to Milton Keynes in the autumn. Proficiency in excel, word and powerpoint is essential.

Please send your CV with a covering letter, demonstrating how you could add value to your chosen role and detailing your current salary.

To apply for this post Click here you will be directed to Charity Jobs website


Volunteer Coordinator with Spinal Injuries Association

Salary: £25,830 per annum plus 28 days leave (excluding Bank Holidays) and access to group Life Assurance and pension scheme

Terms: 3 year contract, 35 hours per week

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 28 August 2015

Interviews: 7 September 2015

SIA are seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to help develop a Volunteer Support programme for the Spinal Injuries Association, acting as a central point of contact and co-ordinating the recruitment, induction, deployment and retention of volunteers across a range of activities.

The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is a leading national organisation supporting individuals who sustain damage to the spinal cord resulting in paralysis.

You will be responsible for providing information on volunteering within the Spinal Injuries Association and will establish policies, procedures and resources that help underpin support provided to those volunteering with the organisation.

A confident, innovative self-starter, you will have the ability to work using your own initiative with minimal supervision as well as working as part of a team. With experience of engaging and working effectively with volunteers, you will be proactive and well organised and have the ability to grasp and resolve complex issues as appropriate.  With strong administration skills, you will have proven experience of setting up, maintaining and managing effective administrative systems and processes, and will have some experience of working with databases for record keeping purposes.  This is a varied and exciting position and is a great opportunity to shape the role.

To apply for this post Click here you will be directed to Charity Jobs website


No agencies please.

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