Open University Business School is launching a new Centre of Excellence for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL).

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is launching a new Centre of Excellence for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL). The philanthropically funded centre, made possible through a generous gift from an OU Alumnus, will provide voluntary sector organisations with access to free leadership development modules and research-led insight to help strengthen the core of the sector at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and challenge.

Read the full article below.

FINAL CVSL flyer

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One week to go until the Western Expansion Area Exhibition!

Its just one week to go until our public exhibition about the Western Expansion Area, MK’s largest new development.  Once complete the WEA will be home to around 18,000 people!

Pop along to our free exhibition at the MK11 Kiln Farm Club to find out about plans for the area and have your questions answered by those involved in developing this new community. Hope to see you there!

Copy of WEA exhibition poster

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Seed Swaps in MK

MK Parks Trust are holding their second annual Seed Swap on Sunday 4th October at The MK Rose in Campbell Park from 12- 2pm. Bletchley Seed Swap will be there, so bring your home- gathered seeds along for swapping! Or be prepared to give a small donation for any seeds you want.

Bletchley Gardening Club are running their 8th Annual Seed Swap on Saturday 13th February 2016, 10am -2pm at Freeman Memorial Methodist Church Hall, Buckingham Rd, Bletchley, MK3 5HH.

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Provoke! Invitation to Participate in Open Discussion on Inequality

Provoke!
Invitation to Participate in Open Discussion on Inequality 
Chaired by Dr. Ann Limb
Thursday 15 October 2015 / 7-9pm / Free
Provoke! is a gathering of people from across different sectors and communities in Milton Keynes intended to be open to everyone from all backgrounds.
At the first gathering we bring together people with insight and understanding of inequality, we want to hear from those working at strategic level, at the coalface, and those with experience of working or living with inequality in their daily lives. The discussion will focus on health, cultural, social and economic inequality, what that looks like in Milton Keynes and what we doing to address the gap. This will be a great opportunity to meet a whole range of people.
This is part of MK Gallery’s Friday Night Film programme Division showing this autumn and is prompted by the release of The Divide, screening on Friday 23rd October. Find out more HERE.
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Job Vacancies

Corporate Fundraiser with Brain Tumour Research

Salary: £25,000 to £30,000

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing date: 25 October 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 hardworking 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 click here to apply via Charity Job website where you will be asked to send your CV with a covering letter, demonstrating how you could add value to your chosen role and detailing your current salary.


Director of Fundraising with Brain Tumour Research

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

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing date: 25 October 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 hardworking 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 our 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 our five-year strategy
• Inspiring, developing and growing our fundraising team
• Recruiting, developing and growing our 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 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 click here to apply via Charity Job website where you will be asked to send your CV with a covering letter, demonstrating how you could add value to your chosen role and detailing your current salary.


Senior Support Worker with Creative Support

Salary: Up to £17,456pa based on experience

Terms: Either full or part-time

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing date: 15 October 2015

Job Description

Creative Support is a national, fast growing not-for-profit organisation providing support to individuals with a wide range of care needs. Their services provide responsive and person centred care which is specific to the needs of the individual. In order to achieve this, they need a workforce that is hardworking and committed to ensuring the best possible quality of life and independence for those they provide this care for.

Creative Support is developing Supported Living services in Milton Keynes. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in establishing and developing a brand new service.  They are looking to recruit a full time creative, self-motivating and resourceful individual with a willingness to go the extra mile to provide individually tailored and compassionate support to people with a learning disability in a supported living environment.

You will have a keen insight into the challenges and opportunities that their service users face on a daily basis and have the ability to manage support effectively in all aspects of leading a fulfilling life and positive wellbeing, alongside ensuring personal care is delivered in a dignified and positive manner.

You will be an effective leader, leading by example and embedding the values of opportunity, choice and wellbeing within the services and people you manage, experience of managing supported living services is essential or 2 years experience working in a supported living environment in a support role.

Your responsibilities will also include:

Co-ordinating and supervising the staff team
Ensuring staff implement person centred planning, communication approaches, positive risk management and positive behaviour support guidelines
Enabling service users to live active lives, develop skills, encourage social inclusion and progress towards greater independence
Maintaining excellent working relationships with service users, families and involved professionals.
Working shifts on a 24 hour rota including sleep ins.
Ensuring the services you manage exceed Care Quality Commission expectations

This position offers the opportunity to work in an environment that challenges and encourages personal and professional development. Creative Support has obtained Investors in People Silver status and you will receive ongoing training regarding the client group you work with, managerial qualifications and up-to-date training regarding changes to the law governing social care.

 To apply for this role please click here where you will be directed to the Charity Jobs website.

Please note the client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.


Support Worker with Creative Support

Salary: Up to £15,990pa based on experience

Terms: Full time or part time

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing date: 15 October 2015

Creative Support is a national, fast growing not-for-profit organisation providing support to individuals with a wide range of care needs. Their services provide responsive and person centred care which is specific to the needs of the individual. In order to achieve this, they need a workforce that is hardworking and committed to ensuring the best possible quality of life and independence for those they provide this care for.

Creative Support is developing new Supported Living service in Milton Keynes. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing personal care, practical and emotional to people with a learning disability
  • Identifying and accessing opportunities for social inclusion with service users
  • Collaborating with service users, families, and involved professionals to provide a consistent and coordinated service that meets the needs of service users
  • Assisting the line manager with the day-to-day running of the service

Experience of working with people with a learning disability is desirable, as is a relevant professional qualification. The position is open to graduates, experienced practitioners, and people looking to start their career in social care. You must be warm and able to work in a person-centred way with people with a learning disability. A clean, valid driving licence and access to a vehicle is desirable.

You will be expected to work flexibly on a rota to meet the needs of the service, including evenings, weekends, and bank holidays.

This position offers the opportunity to work in an environment that challenges and encourages personal and professional development. Creative Support has obtained Investors in People Silver status and you will receive ongoing training regarding the service user group you work with and training regarding changes to the law governing social care.

To apply for this role please click here where you will be directed to the Charity Jobs website.
Please note the client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.


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