Walking Tours of Western Expansion Area (WEA)


The Western Expansion Area (WEA) is one of MK’s newest and biggest developments! It runs along the V4 from Stony Stratford to Crownhill, and once complete will include 6500 new homes, 4 primary schools, 1 secondary school, community buildings, local centres and more!

We would like to invite residents and representatives voluntary and community groups for a walking tour of some of the WEA.  If you would like to join us please get in touch with our Growth Officer, Hannah at hannah@communityactionmk.org (01908 661623) so we can get an idea of how many people would be interested

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MK Melting Pot – MK Culture Day Parade

MK Melting Pot invites you to an event on 25th July celebrating all cultures.

Join them on Saturday 25th July, from 11am (starting at central MK market, with a 1 hour expo, then continue through to the cornerstone with an afternoon gathering at the market).

There will be hip hop dance, steel drums, bollywood, african drums, market stalls, zumba, food for sale and lots more!

Visit their Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/mkmeltingpot  or call 07576 763577

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MK Council Community Asset Transfer Programme – Open Meetings

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MK Council are holding some open sessions for key stakeholders and residents to discuss Community Asset Transfer for properties in Tranche 1 of the CAT programme.

Asset – Lakes Estate Community Centre

Date and Time – Aug 4th 2015 18:00 – 19:00

Meeting Venue – Lakes Estate Community Centre

Asset – Heelands Sports Ground (North)

Date and Time – Aug 5th 2015 18:45- 19:45

Meeting Venue – Heelands Meeting Place

Asset – Heelands Sports Ground (South)

Date and Time – Aug 5th 2015 18:45- 19:45

Meeting Venue – Heelands Meeting Place

Asset – Pentewan Gate Depot

Date and Time –  Aug 6th 2015 18:00 – 19:00

Meeting Venue – Campbell Park Parish Council Offices

Asset – Heronsbrook Meeting Place

Date and Time – Aug 10th 2015 18:00 – 19:00

Meeting Venue – Heronsbrook Meeting Place

For more information viist their website –  http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/communityassettransfer, or contact Neil Hanley

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Funding Alert: 6th July

Comic Relief – International Grants Programme

Grants are available to UK-registered organisations working in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for projects in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Grants are available for work under the following themes: better futures; healthier finances; safer lives; stronger communities; and fairer society.

Deadline: 22nd July


Youth Music Programme

Financial assistance is available to increase the number of children and young people across England that have the opportunity to take part in high quality musical activities.

Amount: £ 200,000

Deadline: 23rd July


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

The Foundation aims to make a real difference to those most in need. It supports projects within the UK and Ireland that focus on Young People and Education, and Young People and Health.

Amount: up to £ 30,000

Deadline: 28th July


Ambition Giving

One-off grants programme for the clubs, projects and young people working with Ambition members to deliver activities to young people (aged under 24 years) within their community in England and Northern Ireland.

Amount: £ 2,000

Deadline: 31st July


Freemasons’ Grand Charity

The charity makes grants to Masonic and non-Masonic charities in England and Wales. Grants are broadly aimed at charitable work in the following fields: Youth Opportunities; Vulnerable People; Medical Research; and Hospices.

Amount: £ 50,000

Deadline: 31st July


Radcliffe Trust

Funding is available for UK registered charities working in music, and heritage and crafts.

Deadline: 31st July


Skipton Building Society – Grassroots Giving

Financial awards are available for local community groups in the UK who are passionate about making life better for others and who need a bit of help in getting their projects off the ground.

Amount: £ 500

Deadline: 31st July


The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust

The JRRT funds progressive campaigns which are too political for most other funders. They do not run formal grants programmes but have a long-standing interest in backing activists defending civil liberties and striving for positive political change and democratic reform.Their priority is to support overtly political causes that confront corrosive powers in our democracy and seek changes that rebalance power for the well-being of society.

Amount: Small grants – £7,500 or less

Larger grants – over £7,500

Deadline: 27th August


The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust

The objectives of the Trust are to work for a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices. The Trust will prioritise groups or individuals that are ineligible for charitable funding because they are considered too political or radical to come within the Charity Commission’s guidelines. The Trust provides either specific project funding or start-up grants for a limited period to enable campaigns to get off the ground and attract alternative sources of finance.

Amount: £1,500 to £10,000.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts-based Learning Fund

Grants are available to encourage the development, use and sustainability of effective arts-based activities in education in order to have a positive effect on children’s lives and learning.

Amount: up to £ 400,000


Community Action MK: Funding Advice

Have we helped your group get funding in the past year? We regularly provide reviews and feedback on funding application and help with getting ‘fit for funding’ to charities and community groups in Milton Keynes. If your group has received funding partly as a result of our help, we’d love to hear from you so we can celebrate your success!

Please email us or call 01908 661623.

Social Enterprise Awards

UK-wide competition to recognise and reward the performance and achievement of social enterprises.The Social Enterprise Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the social enterprise sector. The awards are open to social enterprises and include specific awards that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for. Click here for more information

Deadline: 10th July

Funds for the sector

The Local Sustainability Fund,  delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will help front line organisations change how they work to become more sustainable.It will give grants of around £70,000, and help groups access to a wider range of skills and support, with all grant recipients establishing a strong volunteering relationship with a local business. First stage is to complete an eligibility checker by 26th July. Click here for more information.

Advice on bidding

Big Lottery Fund have started a series of blogs to give people advice on various aspects of bidding to them.

Training and events
Budgeting Skills For Effective Fundraising

9th July 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Funders require all applicants to provide clear details of budgetary implications of a project proposal. It is therefore important for you to understand the purpose of this requirement. Funders need to ensure that their investment of grant funding yields value for money, and also that the targeted beneficiaries obtain the agreed services and expected outcomes in the most cost efficient manner possible. This webinar course will help you learn the tools and techniques used to quickly produce project budgets and manage budgets for effective financial management of funders’ grant resources. Click here for more details

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‘Flavours of the World Festival’ with Acornfields Community Interactions


Acornfields Community Interactions invite you to ‘Flavours of the World Festival’ on Saturday 11th July, 2 – 7pm at Medbourne Sports Pavilion.

Flavours of the World’ ; an international celebration of cultures around the world showcasing the Global March, the global market, an international games tent, Cuisine from around the world, global dance, Performance story telling and poetry, cultural workshops and more.

Contact info.acornfields365@gmail.com for more information

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Funding for Big Ideas in MK

Have you got a great idea for an innovative project in MK?
Enter Our MK Citizen Ideas Competition for a chance to win funding to run your project!

Our MK* is bringing together communities, data and enterprise to transform Milton Keynes. We want your innovative ideas for transport, energy, water, health and environment in our city, and to support you to develop these ideas into citizen-led projects.

Our MK is powered by MK:Smart**, working to bring MK to the forefront of innovation, technology and data. Our MK now has funding available for your projects that could help MK achieve this. Could you use up to £5k to get your project off the ground?

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The deadline for the first round of this competition funding is 16th August, and support to develop your project will be given at a series of workshops before this date. For further information about how you can apply, visit www.ourmk.org/competition.

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*Our MK (ourmk.org) is a website, created as part of the MK:Smart programme, to gather citizens’ ideas and develop them into projects.  MK:Smart will be providing funding and support to turn some of these projects into citizen-led action.   Our MK is led by The Open University and has been created in partnership with Community Action: MK and GrayMatter.

**MK:Smart (mksmart.org) is an Open University-led consortium of local and national partners in a significant Big Data initiative that will see Milton Keynes benefit from a £16m Higher Education Funding Council for England Catalyst grant funded project. MK:Smart will develop innovative ways of supporting the significant forecast growth in Milton Keynes through curation of the data that drives the city’s key transport, water and energy infrastructure.  Our aim is to help Milton Keynes face the sustainability issues that are a result of our growth as a city.

For more information please contact Community Action: MK’s MK:Smart Contract Lead, rebecca@communityactionmk.org.

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Volunteering Round Up 3rd July

Volunteering in the news

“Volunteers are fantastic – but it’s wrong for Martyn Lewis to suggest they are always the cheaper choice. Awarding public sector contracts to volunteering groups is all well and good, but it needs to be properly thought through – and costed.”

Great article from Oonagh Aitken, Chief Executive of Volunteering Matters.

Government proposals for employees to receive three days of volunteering leave are to go ahead, the Minister for Civil Society confirmed in a recent speech.

Community Action: MK Volunteer Managers Forum – July 8th

Our next FREE Volunteer Managers Forum event is fully booked but we do have a waiting list if you would like to sign up and be the first to hear if a ticket becomes available. To keep up to date with our next forum, sign up to our Learning & Events newsletter here.

NEW Factsheets from Community Action: MK

Digital Volunteering: How to attract time poor, skilled and motivated volunteers by changing the way you create opportunities. Read some interesting case studies from The Woodland Trust, MK Smart and our Employee Volunteering programme here.

Best practice in recruiting and retaining volunteers, with some excellent local case studies.

Latest news from Community Action: MK’s Employee Volunteering programme:

Small team make a big impact at St Mungo’s.

Home Retail Group bridge the gap at Stowe Gardens.

Best practice: useful links & resources

Some really fantastic resources from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

A Charter for Strengthening Relations between paid staff and Volunteers (2011) – WCVA produced jointly with Wales TUC a Charter to strengthen relationships between paid and unpaid staff. This sets out principles for involving volunteers so as to promote a healthy and harmonious workplace.

Best practice guide on establishing joint working arrangements with third parties for involving volunteers:

Guidance from Barnardo’s as a tool for organisations who place volunteers in settings where Third Parties have responsibility for their day to day activity. It is a way of ensuring good practice in the management of volunteers, and is closely based on the Investing in Volunteers Standard.

Have you explored the LinkedIn Volunteer marketplace to recruit volunteers?

VolunteerMatch, part of LinkedIn’s LinkedIn4Good programme, is designed to help charities with two volunteering challenges:

– Finding volunteers with particular professional skills

– Finding volunteers who want to serve as a board member or trustee.

Charities can encourage their LinkedIn users to volunteer their skills and experience by completing the volunteer section of their LinkedIn profile.

Charities can post volunteer opportunities on LinkedIn for Nonprofits. There is a modest fee – 10% of the standard cost to post a job on LinkedIn – which LinkedIn explained was to ensure the facility was not misused. LinkedIn says it will reinvest this income in the service.

Charities can post at no charge if they post their advert via the two lead partners REACH Volunteering and Do-it.org. Adverts posted there will also access LinkedIn members.

Talk to us at Community Action: MK about listing your volunteer opportunities on Do-it.org.

Email volunteering@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

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