Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Future Wolverton Project Officer, Assistant and Student Support Worker

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Would you like to work for an innovative community project in Wolverton?

Future Wolverton is a membership based Community Benefit Society with a mission to establish Wolverton as a thriving and sustainable town within the city of Milton Keynes. We do this by enabling an active and involved community to protect and celebrate the unique heritage of the Town, whilst developing new business, housing and community facilities to ensure future prosperity.

Thanks to a major grant from the Reaching Communities Fund at the BIG Lottery, Future Wolverton is recruiting three new staff to support the operation and development of the Old School Project in Old Wolverton.

1.Project Officer   

£25,250 FTE per annum, pro rata for hours worked; 22.5 hours per week. £15,150 per annum salary. Hours negotiable.

2.Project Assistant

£18, 000 FTE per annum, pro rata for hours worked; 27.5 hours per week. £13,200 per annum salary. Hours negotiable.

  1. Student Support Worker 

£20,237 per annum, pro rata for hours worked; Term Time only, 195 days per year, 6 hours per day .  £13,559  per annum salary

The Old School Project is based at a Grade 2 listed building in Old Wolverton, located next door to Slated Row School.  Slated Row School are a strategic partner in the project, which will provide invaluable work experience and life skills to students with special needs. The students will support the provision of community facilities for the local community and the operation of a 3 bedroomed Guest House for use by work and leisure visitors to Wolverton and wider Milton Keynes.

For an informal discussion about the posts please contact Marie Osborne on 07967 059423 or e-mail

To download further information about the posts and an application form please visit

Deadline for applications: Sunday 9th December 2018

Interviews to be held: Friday 14th December and Monday 17th December 2018

For further details about the project and Future Wolverton please go to

For details about Slated Row School please go to

Future Wolverton is committed to the safeguarding of young people. All three posts will be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Future Wolverton, in partnership with Slated Row School, will be following safer recruitment processes.

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Community Action: MK AGM 2018

It’s not too late to RSVP to our AGM – it’s this Wednesday at 5pm!

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LiveLife Event

This event is to introduce the Live Life Team and to inform VCSE organisations how the service will work and answer your questions on the service.

A community referral service that can improve everyday living for people over the age of 18 in Milton Keynes.

The service offers social, emotional and practical help to adults who might be feeling lonely, anxious or just in need of somewhere to go for a chat and feel part of the community. If you haven’t completed the survey please use  this link:

Social Business Alliance is carrying out this survey on behalf of LiveLife Milton Keynes (facilitated by Age UK MK). If you have any questions please email

Please click below to book:


Pedalling Culture Passport Launch

In a few weeks time the project will launch a brand new Cultural Routes Passport!

This family focused Cultural Passport is an exciting new programme which will encourage families both living in and visiting Milton Keynes to take on the Cultural Routes challenge and go and discover our cultural gems.

By using this fun method of engagement, we hope to collectively encourage people to discover what Milton Keynes has to offer and to explore new places.

The Passport will run from Dec 1st until Jan 6th and completed passports can enter a prize draw.

If you would like to help spread the word using social media , please do get in touch with she will invite you to the official launch on Nov 22nd so you can find out more or alternatively she can arrange to meet up with you.

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Westbury Arts Centre offers exciting opportunity for new trustees

Are you looking for an opportunity to work with a dynamic team to develop a major cultural asset?  

Westbury Arts Centre is a creative hub in western Milton Keynes, based in a Grade II listed 17th century farmhouse and barn.  The centre currently has 19 studios for artists/ creative practitioners, delivers a programme of exhibitions, workshops and public events across a range of disciplines and including both internal and external artists.  There are also spaces available for hire for meetings and events to community and artist groups.

The mission of the charity is:

To be a creative community that engages people of all ages and abilities in active discovery and exploration of the arts, heritage and the local environment.

Westbury Arts Centre (WAC) is about to embark on an exciting period of growth enabling it to move forwards and become the vibrant, multifaceted arts centre that Milton Keynes deserves, serving both community needs and becoming a centre of excellence for creative development.  

Over the next five years WAC aims to significantly develop its operations and site to better provide for the population of Milton Keynes.  With a focus on arts, design and heritage projects and themes, WAC aims to become a centre for artist development, arts teaching and artist-led socially engaged practice.  This will involve fundraising and delivery of a capital development project to provide enhanced facilities including refurbishment of the listed building, conversion of the barn and a new-build to provide gallery and training facilities. We will also make the centre fully accessible for all parts of the community (disabled access, café, safe access to the grounds) and to enable a high quality programme of artist development events including master classes, mentoring and support, exhibition spaces and accommodation for visiting artists.  

A major programme of structural repairs has been drawn up to bring the main house up to an acceptable standard and enable us to improve the facilities.  The aim is to retain the basis of an artist community but expand it to include a much wider range of creative practitioners and to preserve the special atmosphere of Westbury but underpin it with structural repairs, new facilities and better use of the grounds – so it can become an exciting destination and a resource for the community. Our vision has already been endorsed by a recent Social Value Study and is embodied in our Business Plan.

We are looking for up to three  new Trustees to join the Board and bring enthusiasm, energy and experience of fundraising and of development within the creative industries to help us achieve our goals and to make a major contribution to the future development and growth of WAC.  The qualities and experience we are looking for include::

  • Previous experience of trustee role
  • Organisational experience
  • Leadership skills
  • Capital development funding
  • Income generation
  • Governance
  • Programme development/artistic direction

If you have any of these qualities/experience and would like to be become a key player in the development of a strong arts and heritage culture in Milton Keynes and to have the opportunity to grow an existing organisation into a nationally known arts centre get in touch with us..

For more information about Westbury Arts Centre  go to where there is a copy of our annual report and of the recent Social Value Study and/or email Caroline Malone, Chair of the Board at  If you are interested please send a CV and statement of interest to – we would be happy to meet for further discussion.

Funding Alert

New funding initiative by Nationwide Building Society to help tackle the Housing Crisis in Central England.

Information, guidelines and how to apply can be found at:

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to support charities that help vulnerable people with their housing needs.

To discuss an application, please call Heart of England Community Foundation (HoECF) who are managing the grants programme on 024 7688 3297. HoECF will be holding two phone-in Funding Surgeries where potential applicants can speak with a grants officer about their funding needs.

The two phone-in dates will be held on:

  • Wednesday 14 November from 10am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday 28 November from 10am to 12 noon

To book a slot please e-mail:

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New Charity Minister announced following Tracey Crouch’s resignation

Mims Davies, Conservative MP for Eastleigh, has been announced as the new minister for sport and civil society, following Tracey Crouch’s resignation last week.
Davies has demonstrated a commitment to the charity sector, being a trustee of a small military charity and having run the London Marathon in aid of the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity. However, concerns have been expressed by the sector over the full portfolio that she has inherited from Crouch, including social enterprise, youth, sport, loneliness, horse racing, gambling and lotteries.
Our chief executive, Jane Ide, expressed concerns that “a new minister might not be committed to the Civil Society Strategy”, if they end up with as broad a portfolio as Tracey Crouch. Sir John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said that it was “disappointing that the Prime Minister did not take this opportunity to reinstate a stand-alone Minister for Civil Society.”
This news comes after the Autumn budget, announced on Monday 29 October, failed to acknowledge the Civil Society Strategy, which was unveiled only this summer.
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Pedalling Culture Winter Social 2018

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Real Life Everyday Ways to Save the Planet

Friday 9th November 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Come along and meet like-minded people,

watch inspiring videos, share your ideas and engage with others

about the importance of our planet and we can do to help 

Venue: MK Snap, 20 Bourton Low, Walnut Tree. MK7 7DE 






We are recruiting Trustees for one of the UK’s leading music organisations

Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd is a registered charity founded by Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine with a vision to engage the widest range of people in all its diversity.  It currently realises this vision from its base at The Stables Theatre which presents over 400 concerts and 200 education events each year, and through the biennial IF: Milton Keynes International Festival that engages people with music and sound in unexpected ways in unusual places.  The organisation is currently working on a capital project to enhance its facilities in Milton Keynes and is actively engaged in development work to expand the organisation’s role nationally and internationally. The Stables is one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.

The organisation has 2 active subsidiary charity companies, The Stables Theatre Ltd which manages the day to day operations of The Stables Theatre, and The Stables Events Ltd  which looks after the International Festival and other major events.

Board meetings are held quarterly in Milton Keynes. As a Board member Trustees agree to attend and contribute to the meetings held in Milton Keynes, including quarterly Board Meetings, the AGM, any Committee and Task Group meetings they become involved in.  The role requires Trustees to review information in advance of meetings to ensure informed discussion, and also to promote the organisation’s key messages and values, acting as an Ambassador for our work.

These are non-executive roles and unpaid.

We are keen to ensure diversity on the boards and in particular to broaden the ethnic diversity of the current team.  We will welcome applications from all sections of the community and are particularly keen to hear from people with one or more of the following skills / experience / networks:

  • A genuine passion for music and the wider arts sector and a commitment to widening access and engagement
  • Immersed in the music scene / culture and particularly engaged with / contemporaries of 18-30 year olds
  • Experience of HR/ people management / support
  • Experience of significant capital projects / commercial property negotiations
  • Business entrepreneurs preferably with experience in digital media development
  • Experience of commercial trading activities such as bars, catering and events
  • Exposure to / experience of working with media networks – e.g. radio, television, press in order to help the organisation increase its visibility national and internationally
  • Composers, musicians, music educators, artists to contribute to the artistic and education policy planning and provide advocacy for the work of the organisation amongst peers
  • Fundraising / philanthropic networks to support the Trustees and Executive Team in securing resources to carry out the organisation’s charitable objectives and vision

For further information, download our pack from  or contact Lucy Bedford or telephone 01908 280814.  Applications should be received no later than 12th November 2018.

#iwill Week 2018

This year #iwill Week 2018 is 12-16 November and celebrates the contributions of young people involved in social action across the UK. If young people are involved in social action in your organisation, this is the week to amplify their voices allowing them to talk about the impact they have on their communities. Get involved with talking about youth social action on Twitter using #iwillWeek and find out more about how you can engage with the campaign.

Consultation on Planning and Design Guidance for new University MK:U

The design of the new CMK University will go out to competition. There’s a consultation open to determine the planning and design guidance.

In order to inform the work of the design teams through the competition, , informed by work currently underway by Cranfield University to understand the type, floorspace and number of different land uses and spaces needed for teaching, research, accommodation, support functions, and ancillary development as part of MK:U.  The competition documentation will also set out information about the overall vision of the institution and how it will function, which will impact on how the site should be developed. Importantly, the competition documentation will also explain the planning policy framework the development will need to respond to, the opportunities of the site and any parameters created by its context. 

The consultation will run until Friday 9 November and comments should be sent by email to The document can be found on the MK Futures Website  and can be found here on the Community Action: MK website

The Autumn budget – NAVCA’s analysis

Whilst this week’s announcement of the Autumn budget delivered very little detail around future support and funding for VCSE organisations, to statutory sector commissioning or to the recent pledges made in the Civil Society Strategy and Loneliness Strategy, it did outline some fairly significant measures relating to health and social care services.
Mental health services were addressed directly and are to receive an increase in funding, with an investment of up to £250m by 2023/24. This investment is intended to cover the cost of a suite of mental health crisis services including dedicated mental health support in every major A&E department, a 24/7 crises helpline and increased community services.
Ahead of the forthcoming Adult Social Care Green Paper, Government has pledged an additional £240m in adult social care funding in 2018/19 and a further £240m in 2019/20, intended to ease winter pressures on the NHS. There will be an additional £55m in the remainder of this financial year for the Disabilities Facilities Grant and £410m will be made available for both adults’ and children’s social care.
Despite acknowledging problems with its roll-out and administration, the negative impact upon Universal Credit (UC) claimants was ignored, with the Chancellor announcing the Universal Credit is “here to stay”. The Chancellor did announce measures to assist the roll out of Universal Credit, including £1billion funding for the Department for Work & Pensions to help ease the transition, in-work allowances and support for claimants repaying debts, reducing the total deduction amount from 40% to 30%.

Read NCVO’s review of what the Autumn Budget Statement will mean for Charities:

Please note our weekly Volunteering Drop In time has changed to 1-3pm every Tuesday:

Our Volunteer Drop In day is changing. From Tuesday 24th October we will be running every Tuesday. Drop in anytime from 10am (2)

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You are invited to join us for our Annual General Meeting which will be held on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at The Chrysalis Theatre, Japonica Lane, Milton Keynes, MK15 9JY.

There will be a special focus on how we tackle Social Isolation in Milton Keynes, with guest speakers:

Dr. Ann Limb CBE DL – Chair of The Scout Association and Roger Kitchen – Community Action: MK

Refreshments will be provided and we hope that this will be a fantastic opportunity for you to network across the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes with our “Let’s Make Connections Cafe” giving people the opportunity to network in a relaxed and informal way.

We hope you will join us.

Times 5:00pm -7:30pm (Formal Business 5:15pm)

Please RSVP here.


Action4Youth invite you to the Action4Youth Conference 2018

Thursday 1 November 2018
10.00 am – 4.00pm
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Venue: The Holiday Inn, New Road, Weston Turville, Aylesbury, HP22 5QT
The welfare of young people and the challenges they face are at the heart of our conference this year as we address the challenges of crime and radicalisation, mental health and wellbeing through the teenage years and the education system.
Who should attend: Anyone involved with community organisations looking to improve their organisational development and leadership – While there is a focus towards young people, the conference is relevant to all community organisations.
We, who work for and with young people, need to ensure that we are effective and efficient in all we do so we have sessions to help us hone both our thinking and practice.
The conference is FREE to attend.
Click here for more information and programme details and to register for your free place A4Y Conference 2018
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Make Change Happen is a new free online course from Oxfam and Open University, now open for registrations:

Connect with other changemakers around the world to explore how power dynamics, collaboration, opportunity and action can tackle poverty and injustice. #FLMakeChange


The Social Business Alliance are looking for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations who can offer support and social, emotional and practical help to MK residents, especially for lonely or anxious people.
Here is the link for the Survey:
Any questions, please contact Sue at


Need a helping hand? Cisco Partner Account Managers are planning a day in Milton Keynes next month.

We are all between 25 & 50 years old, fit, able, IT literate, we can clean/clear/train/educate, do whatever you think would be of value. Please do let us know if we can be of support to your organisation on this day by calling 07789 270788.


Calling small charity leaders

The Weston Charity Awards is inviting small charity leaders to take part in its annual online survey. Last year’s survey showed three quarters of small and medium sized charities were spending little or no time on long term planning and strategy and needed support planning for the future.

Is this something your charity can relate to?
The survey might help you consider whether your charity could benefit from the kind of strategic support offered through the Awards. As a small incentive, a donor has provided a 32GB Apple iPad to be won by one charity picked at random from those who take part.

Take the Small Charity Leadership Survey


Under-resourced: Why are charities wide of the mark on core funding?

This week is Charity Finance Week and, as part of this, Charity Finance is celebrating the value of finance and other core functions within charities. As well as holding a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords to highlight the value of finance professionals and other core staff in charities, Charity Finance has issued the findings of a survey it performed to find out more about charities’ core functions. In this long-read from Gareth Jones, he explores the value that finance brings based on the survey results and the downside of not investing in core functions. Read the article to find out how well-resourced charities are when it comes to core functions, and to see comments from a number of charities on this subject.
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Deadline: 31st October
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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Fresh Start Programme Facilitators


Fresh Start Programme Facilitators

We welcome applications from both males and females for this role.

MK ACT is an established charity providing a holistic domestic abuse support service within Milton Keynes, managed by MK Womens Aid

We are seeking individuals who are committed to preventing domestic violence and abuse to join our Fresh Start team. Fresh Start provides group work and one to one interventions for people using abusive behaviour within their intimate relationships, which run alongside a safety and support service for partners.

We are currently recruiting both male and female sessional staff to deliver the group work and 1-2-1 programme in Milton Keynes, which aims to help individuals end their violent and abusive behaviour. Evening work will generally be required with candidates working a minimum of 3/4 hours per week, with a flexible / negotiable work pattern. Rates of pay will be in accordance with experience.

Our ideal candidate will need to have an understanding of domestic violence and how it affects men, women and children and previous experience of some type of behavioural change work. They may well have experience of providing one to one support, group work or counselling and advice to service users in some capacity and be willing to learn new techniques and develop their skills within this field. Training will be provided and candidates will be required to attend specific training days as requested. We are prepared to consider candidates with a wide range of experience to attract the right, committed individuals.

MK-ACT is an equal opportunities employer committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date for applications: 31st October 2018 Interviews: November 2018

Please send a C.V. and a short outline (max 500 words) of why you are interested in this role to

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Thank you to everyone who made last Friday’s GATHER networking event such a success! Here’s a little review and what comes next

Is your board or committee working well but could do with a little refresh of your practices? Come along to our Introduction to Governance next Wednesday and get top tips on easy ways to do this. Book now!

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Could your group do with a hand? Staff at intu are looking to volunteer. Contact Lucie Rose directly on 01908 557017 or


Milton Keynes Community Car Raffle is back for its 30th year this year!

Last year sellers sold an amazing 21,940 tickets raising an incredible £21,940, with groups retaining at least 50% of the funds raised from ticket sales.

If you haven’t already signed up, but would like to take part this year and raise funds for your group, please register your interest here.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation’s   Report is now available. This year they have reported on, Disadvantage & Poverty, Education, Diversity & the Economy. Download your copy from their website now – get in touch with them for more copies for your Parish Council or Group 

Spread the word about World Mental Health Day on 10th October and download resources from MK Council’s website.

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The updated version of the essential facts and figures about the UK charity sector at your fingertips, including statistics on volunteering, donations, size of the sector and more. Take a look at the 10 key figures below and download the full article for more:

10 key facts

  • There are 880,000 paid employees in the charity sector
  • There are 168,000 registered charities in the UK, nearly 90% of which have an annual income below £500K
  • The total income of all charities combined is about £48 billion. This is higher than the Higher Education sector, and about £10 billion less than Tesco.
  • The voluntary sector contributes approximately £15.3bn to UK GVA – more than the arts or agriculture.
  • The value of formal volunteering in the UK is around £22.6bn
  • Individuals account for almost half of the sector’s total income
  • The median for the 100 highest paid positions is £185K per annum
  • Charities have over 10 regulators
  • Charities fund almost half of all medical research in the UK
  • 35% of the total voluntary sector workforce work in the social care subsector.

Download the report here.


Have you always wanted to dance along The Railway Walk?! Join the fantastic dance company Motus this autumn and do just that! #pedallingculture

Board Trustees Call Out

MÓTUS is a charity based in Milton Keynes who are dedicated to providing high quality dance experiences for all. MÓTUS have been operating since 2013 and are supported by the Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council and the MK Community Foundation. The charity also has strong relationships with key organisations across Milton Keynes including the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes Education Partnership and the Arts and Heritage Alliance alongside many more. To date MÓTUS have produced four annual festivals commissioning artists from across the UK and internationally to work with and provide opportunities for the communities of Milton Keynes and beyond. MÓTUS have also received commissions across the UK to produce work for performance and are the creators of Jump Start and Adjustments supporting youth dance opportunities across the sector and new works in preparation for touring.

MÓTUS are seeking new board members.

More information: Charity No: 1173277

Company Secretary

Purpose of the role

  • To ensure the administrative affairs of the organisation are conducted within legal requirements
  • To ensure that Trustee Board meetings are properly administratively serviced. This includes taking and communicating minutes to include recording actions, decisions, policies and communications and reporting these to the board of trustees.
  • Ensure the Board fulfils its administrative responsibilities.
  • Deal with Trustee Board correspondence and keep adequate records of this for reporting.
  • Keep a check on the progress of work as agreed by the Trustee Board.
  • Ensure the Trustee Board meets its legal obligations, including reporting.
  • Meeting charity and company law and insurance requirements .
  • Make arrangements for Trustee Board meetings.
  • Receive agenda items and prepare the agenda with the Chair and team of Directors.
  • Ensure the circulation of agendas, previous minutes, and papers, prior to meetings.
  • Ensure that any Trustee Board members who have been given tasks know what it is they have been asked to do.
  • Check that action has been taken following decisions at previous meetings.
  • Ensure members are informed of the AGM and any Extraordinary or Special Meetings.
  • Ensure the Annual Report is written and produced and sent to relevant bodies.
  • Ensure the proper administration of Trustee Board meetings
  • Ensure the Chair signs the minutes of the previous meeting once approved by the Trustee Board

It is essential that the Company Secretary:

  • has a knowledge of administrative procedures
  • has the ability to write clearly
  • has the ability to progress chase in a coaching rather than an autocratic manner
  • has the ability to provide clear advice on procedural and relevant legislative matters.

To Apply: Please email with ‘Company Secretary’ in the subject heading.

Other Roles

Board members with specialisms in law, business, communication and advocacy are required. If being part of a charitable board is something you might like to experience and you think you can offer some time and help a young charity to grow then please do get in touch by e-mailing: with ‘Board Role’ in its title.

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Great things happen when we Gather…


Last Friday fifty people from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes gathered at Margaret Powell House for a packed day of inspiring talks, discussions and networking.

The day was opened by Community Action: MK Chief Executive Clare Walton who introduced Cllr Moriah Priestley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community Partnerships who spoke about the need to listen to the sector and work together to solve challenges in the city.

Representing groups from health and social care, community organisations, residents associations, parishes, community finance, arts organisations, developers and funders, the day was a great opportunity for networking and making new connections. One participant commented;

“…the mix of topics brought a wide cross section of the sector together which meant that I met people I otherwise wouldn’t have.”

People attended sessions on how to use data and research to plan services and programmes, leadership, sponsorship, transport and mobility, collaboration and health and wellbeing.

At lunch, Carol Jacklin-Jarvis ran an interactive activity which asked people to send a postcard from the voluntary sector with a message about what life is like here right now. One group chose this lovely scene and wrote:

This is a beautiful one but how difficult it is to get one’s head above the clouds – the daily grind – to achieve the sense of having fresh air and space in order to vision and view the wider world and relax/breath/reflect.  We have to move up out of the lower slopes of the challenging mountain! The only way is up!

A big thanks must go to our wonderful speakers who gave their time and expertise for free, MK Council who supported the event and MK Community Foundation who assisted with the event.

What’s next?

Please make sure you are signed up to receive our mailings here. We will use your contact details to send you a State of the Sector Survey in the new year which will gather information on the rich diversity of the sector in MK and give us evidence to lobby for better support for you.

Make sure to respond to MK Council’s current Housing Strategy here.

If you would like to be part of a working group taking forward some of the discussion in the session on the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and what it means for MK please let us know.

Look out for our next networking event in December!

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