Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Qualified and Unqualified Childcare Practitioners for the Pre-school Learning Alliance

Career opportunities with the Pre-school Learning Alliance

The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and
voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. An
educational charity, the Alliance represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

– 20 days annual leave plus 8 Bank Holidays, pro rata for part time employees
– Employer and employee contribution pension scheme
– Regular access to internal and external learning and development opportunities
– The Alliance operates a Team Recognition Scheme to recognise the outstanding work of the staff across the Charity
– Can save up to 40% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02

The opportunities
Qualified Flexible Childcare Practitioner
Location: Milton Keynes
Department: Development Services
Salary Details: £8.13 per hour
We are looking to recruit a qualified flexible childcare practitioner to work in our crèche and stay and play sessions.  The job purpose is to provide inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending the settings and to help maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment.

Closing date: 24th January 2019
Interview date: 30th January 2019

To apply for this role or to find out about working for the Alliance and other roles currently available, please go to:

The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and equal opportunities in employment. All successful applicants will be required
to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Flexible Childcare Practitioner
Location: Milton Keynes
Department: Development Services
Salary Details: £7.90 – £8.13 per hour
We are looking to recruit a qualified flexible childcare practitioner who will provide inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending our crèche and stay and play sessions.  He / she will help maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment.

Closing date: 24th January 2019
Interview date: 30th January 2019

To apply for this role or to find out about working for the Alliance and other roles currently available, please go to:

The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and equal opportunities in employment. All successful applicants will be required
to undertake an enhanced DBS check.


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Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Festive Networking Event
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Festive Networking event at the Grant Thornton Co-Working Space last Thursday. It was fantastic to chat to so many friends from the Voluntary sector over a mince pie (or three!) and learn more about the wonderful work being done across MK. The evening was made even lovelier by listening to the Conniburrow Community Choir and seeing so many people bring donations for Foodbank, Help our Homeless, Girl Pack and MK Storehouse.


State of the Sector Research

In the New Year, we will be undertaking a piece of work to understand more about the voluntary and community sector Milton Keynes.  We will be sending out some survey questions which will help to create a really good picture of what groups there are operating in Milton Keynes.  There are some standard questions about the size of your organisation, the number of volunteers, employees, trustees, some indication of your turnover, your legal structure, what challenges you face and what opportunities you see out there.  Watch this space for more details!

Storytelling and Robots


We have been involved in a project called ‘Everybody makes Innovation Policy’ funded by NESTA.  Our project was about how we can use storytelling as a tool to develop a language which helps people with disabilities, people who write policy and people who design technology (in particular for driverless cars) all talk to, and understand each other.  We have had trials of the driverless pods and had storytelling sessions and created a wonderful story and messages for the policymakers and technologists which reminds them that design must be inclusive to all.  

This week NESTA held a showcase event for the end of the project, and our wonderful group of volunteers, Catherine, Marianna, Linda, and Jeff all traveled down to London with Philippa our Storyteller to present their story.  They had wonderful feedback from the participants and we are delighted that they have been able to have such an impact. Thank you all very much!


Pedalling Culture Cultural Routes Passport:

Throughout December and until January 6th – why not explore and discover Milton Keynes’ art & heritage with the #PedallingCulture ‘Cultural Routes’ Passport. Simply download and register your Cultural Routes Passport at to get started. There are some fantastic prizes to be won and all you need to do is collect four stamps in your passport from a selection of 17 participating cultural venues and libraries. Why not get your first stamp this weekend at Milton Keynes Museum‘s Victorian #Christmaswhich runs in December. MK Museum is recapturing the sparkle, fun, warmth and wonder of a true Victorian family Christmas. From mulled wine and hot squash on arrival to a traditional Christmas market and the wonders of Santa in the cozy glow of his toy workshop.
CMK Library – Robotazia.
Central Milton Keynes Library can’t wait to welcome some little robotic friends this weekend. The robots will be taking over the Event Space at CMK from the 15th of December! Amy and her robot friends will be with them – along with a cafe, shop and a big screen –thanks to Robotazia. Robotazia is a unique collection of sci-fi robots and props – creativity from all disciplines under the theme of ‘robots’. #EverythingRobots#getready
MK Gallery announces exciting new programme for 2019.


Exhibition programme for 2019:

The Lie of the Land (16 March – 26 May), a group exhibition exploring landscapes of leisure. Includes work by Canaletto, Elizabeth Frink, Gainsborough, Lowry, Henry Moore, Bridget Riley, Yinka Shonibare MBE, and more.

Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance (13 June – 22 September). Paintings and drawings spanning her entire career. Focusing on political and feminist themes, this will be the first major retrospective of Rego’s work in England for over 10 years.

George Stubbs: ‘all done from Nature’ (11 October – 26 January 2020). The UK’s best-known painter of horses. This exhibition includes over 80 paintings including a rare Loan of the National Gallery’s masterpiece ‘Whistlejacket’. 🐴

Volunteer Opportunity Of The Week
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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Healthwatch Enter and View Programme Co-ordinator

An exciting new opportunity to join Healthwatch Milton Keynes

Enter and View Programme Coordinator

Hours: 18.75 hours per week

Salary: £11,200 pro rata (£22,400 FTE)

12- month temporary contract

Healthwatch Milton Keynes is an independent public and patient champion promoting choice and influencing the provision of high quality health and social care services for all, across Milton Keynes.

Our mission is to be an independent organisation, providing an effective local voice for people in Milton Keynes, influencing and shaping health and social care services to meet their needs.

An exciting new opportunity has opened for an Enter and View Programme Coordinator.

The Enter and View Programme Coordinator will be responsible for delivering a planned programme of Enter and View activities across Care Homes, Hospital and GP services, supporting and managing Enter and View Authorised Representatives to deliver activities and liaising with key professional stakeholders with regards to visits. The post-holder will be responsible for producing high-quality reports and recommendations based on the evidence collected during visits, seeking responses from relevant providers and publishing reports within set timeframes. The post-holder will work with the Healthwatch Milton Keynes Executive Team to develop Enter and View activities for 2019 and maintain appropriate levels of volunteers to deliver the programme.

We are looking for someone passionate about patient engagement, with the skills and experience of working with volunteers and professional stakeholders to deliver challenging projects that shape the future of health and care provision.

To apply, please submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter no more than one side of A4 demonstrating your suitability for the post to:

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 5th December 2018.

If you would like to have a discussion with a member of the team prior to application, please do get in touch.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a formal interview on Tuesday 11th December, or Friday 14th December 2018 at the Healthwatch Milton Keynes Offices.

What is Enter and View?

Our Enter and View programme gets to the heart of people’s experience of local health and social care services, assessing them from the patient perspective. Using our statutory right to discharge Enter and View visits, we help providers across a range of health and social care services identify changes that could improve patients’ experiences of those services.

There are two pieces of legislation which place a duty on health and social care providers to allow a representative of Healthwatch to carry out Enter and View;

The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007

The Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) Regulations 2013.

Enter and View allows Healthwatch to go into health and social care premises to hear and see how people experience the service, to collect the views of people using the service at the point of delivery, to collect the views of the carers and relatives of people using the service and to observe the nature and quality of services.

We collate evidence-based feedback, based on what people have told us on the day and report our findings and recommendations to providers, regulators, Local Authority, NHS commissioners and quality assurers, the public, Healthwatch England and any other relevant partners. Healthwatch Milton Keynes operates an annual schedule of Enter and View activities and in addition undertakes responsive Enter and View activities where a need is identified, requests are made by providers/commissioners, or there is compelling insight from patients of the service to undertake a visit.

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Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Lots of networking opportunities coming up! RSVP here to our Festive Networking on 6th December.

Please join us for a Festive Networking Event at the Grant Thornton Co-Working Space, Victoria House, 199 Avebury BoulevardMiltoPedalling Culture Winter Social 2018

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Upcoming Training at Milton Keynes Play Association

12hr Paediatric First Aid

*Last 3 courses of this term*
3rd & 4th December 9.30am-4.30pm / 5th 6th 12th December 9.30pm – 1.45pm / 5th 6th 12th 13th  December 6.15pm-930pm £85 members / £95 non.
New Year Dates – Sat 5th & 12th January 9.30am-4.30pm / 8th 9th 15th Jan 9.30am-1.45pm / 8th 9th 15th 16th Jan 6.15pm-9.30pm £85 / £95

Still Places available in November for:-
Introduction to Playwork Training

Fri 23rd Nov 9.30am-12.30pm £36 members / £40 non

Emergency First Aid at Work (HSE)
Mon 27th Nov 9.30am-4.30pm £85
Manual Handling

Weds 28th Nov 9.30am-12.30pm £36 members / £40 non

January Dates:-
Teaching Food in Primary Schools

Thurs 10th Jan 9.30am-4.30pm £60 member / £65 non

Basic Safeguarding Children

Fri 11th Jan 9.30am-12.30pm £40 members / £50 non

L2 Health & Safety – accredited by Highfield

Mon 14th Jan 9.30am-4.30pm £65 members / £75 non

To book on these or any of our courses please call 01908-263033 or email

Update on the Safe Hut

In previous years the Safe Hut has targeted 18–24-year-old revellers and members of the public seeking support in the night time economy, specifically visiting Xscape and 12th Street. Due to the redevelopment of 12th Street and the closure of the Wonderworld nightclub at Xscape, it was decided that the Safe Hut would not go ahead in 2017, however  this year My Milton Keynes BID are reintroducing Safe Hut to help support the Evening Economy in these areas and to offer support in tackling ASB, injuries and provide first response support for visitors to these leisure areas.

 An enhanced police presence at the event is also planned with additional BID Officers and staff from TVP. The addition of a fold out awning supplied by Acute Ambulance allows for more space dedicated to social support area with phone charging, heating and a safe chill out space to recover from the festivities on offer. This area also seeks to direct the vulnerable, so they are able to contact friends; make provision for a safe journey home; get support, advice or information as they require.

Key Action Points

  • The Safe Hut will be found outside Xscape Milton Keynes and will run from 11:00pm until 03:00am on the following dates;
  • December the 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st.
  • Safe Hut is part of the MyMiltonKeynes commitment to the evening economy and its visitors
  • Safe Hut ensures a safe and fun night out in Milton Keynes
  • It alleviates pressure on emergency services which can be stretched at this time of year
  • The service is about giving support and saving lives
  • Safe Hut drastically reduces alcohol related hospital admissions
  • It creates a safe space, providing much needed rest and recuperation for visitors.
  • Safe Hut is a project delivered in partnership with Thames Valley Police, Acute Ambulance Services, Milton Keynes Council and managed by MyMiltonKeynes BID. 
  • It has been running since 2009 with great success and the BID is pleased to bring it back once again to Xscape.
  • Safe Hut is an excellent opportunity for volunteers to engage with the public, medical staff and the police to help ensure an enjoyable Christmas party season is enjoyed by all.
  • Nearly 2000 users of the service have been engaged with over the last three years of Safe Hut.
  • Nearly 1000 people have been given medical care and attention from trained medical staff during this time.
  • Ambulance staff on hand each night are highly trained in different medical emergencies.
  • Staff are FREC (First Response Emergency Care) level 3 and above and able to provide medical care to users of the service.

MK Creative and Cultural Strategy 2018-2027 has now been launched

The document can be found on the MK Council website:


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Civil Society Futures – final report

This week we saw the launch of the Civil Society Futures report – the result of a two year inquiry into the future of the VCSE sector and how the sector must adapt to economic and social changes, over the next decade and beyond.
The report calls on individuals, charities and organisations in civil society to commit to a new ‘PACT’:
• POWER: shifting power and sharing more decision-making and control, being a model of inclusive participation for the rest of society.
• ACCOUNTABILITY: being primarily accountable to the people they serve – instead of putting funders and government first – and being accountable to future generations.
• CONNECTION: broadening and deepening connections with people and communities, bridging damaging social divides, and investing in a new ‘social infrastructure’.
• TRUST: devoting more time and resources to build trust in all civil society activity, earning trust by speaking up to politicians and corporations, trusting communities to make the decisions that affect them.
NAVCA CEO Jane Ide said the following in response to the report:
“NAVCA has been engaged in the Civil Society Futures inquiry since its launch two years ago, and we enabled many of our members to be involved directly, feeding in their views and those of the organisations they support and represent.
“The outcome of this wide ranging, in depth, inquiry is a report that is both constructive and challenging. In many ways, as with any good inquiry, it tells us things that in truth we already know but that sometimes are not clearly articulated or described with authority.
“There is much within the report for all of us to consider, not least the potential for change in our own personal practice and behaviour, and of course there are some very specific references to NAVCA and our fellow national infrastructure bodies, with some direct challenges for us to think about.
“But I would say – I hope without complacency – that much of what the report describes is a journey that NAVCA, in its own right as an organisation and with its network of members, is already on.
“The concepts of sharing power with the communities we are here to serve, of being accountable to our beneficiaries, of building deep, meaningful connections and of investing in trusting relationships in order to deliver real change – these are all concepts that I believe are absolutely in the DNA of the local, place based social action movement.
“I look forward very much to exploring the ideas underpinning the report with our members, identifying the very real barriers to making the PACT real, and continuing the journey that we’ve already started towards playing our essential, collaborative role in a healthy, vibrant, powerful civil society of the future.”
The report is available to read and download here. 

Funding Alert

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund.

The Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.

Earlier this year £97,950 was distributed to 20 different organisations and the PCC and Chief Constable expect to allocate around £100,000 in this grant round.

Applications are now invited from local voluntary and community groups who can contribute towards two of the PCC’s strategic priorities in his Police and Crime Plan, which are:

  • Vulnerability
  • Prevention and Early Intervention

Some examples of projects that may be considered include those that aim to tackle:

  • Elder abuse,
  • Hidden harm such as stalking, honour based abuse and forced marriage,
  • Peer on peer abuse
  • Road safety.

All applications will be required to submit clear evidence of how their project or activity will contribute towards achieving the key aim indicated.

The closing date for this round of applications is Monday 17th December at 9am and applications will be considered jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said:  “I am pleased to be launching another round of the Police Property Act Fund.  Every year, I am delighted to see the good work that is being carried out by the voluntary and community sector and the difference they make.

“Working in partnership with both statutory and voluntary organisations is crucial when addressing issues such as re-offending and serious organised crime.  I am confident that there are voluntary organisations working within the community that can make a valuable contribution in tackling these issues at a local level and I look forward to seeing the applications”.

Chief Constable, Francis Habgood said: “I am committed to working together to make our communities safer. This source of funding is an excellent way to offer support to community and voluntary groups working with us across Thames Valley.

Reducing offending by focusing on prevention and early intervention is a key priority in this bidding round as well as contributing to those organisations who work with the most vulnerable, so we are particularly keen to receive bids that will support this work.”

More information and the application form can be found at:


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Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM on Wednesday evening – it was great to see so many people networking with each other! If you enjoyed that or are looking for a way to connect with colleagues in the Voluntary Sector, do come along to our Festive Networking event on Thursday 6th December at the Grant Thornton Co-working space in CMK. Conniburrow Community Choir will be performing for us and a jolly time is guaranteed for all. RSVP here:

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Are you interested in how Milton Keynes develops?

Would you like to contribute to how the city is transformed for the future?

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) is organising workshops on 27th November that will look at the future of Milton Keynes Station Square and its immediate surroundings.

Transforming Station Square into a ‘City Gateway’ is identified as a priority project in the Council’s Plan 2016-20 and is fundamental to the aim to make Milton Keynes a destination city with a great cultural offer and places that attract investment.

As part of delivering this ambition, MKDP, which owns Station Square, is seeking to explore options for the area to inform future improvements and opportunities and would value your input.

The workshops will build on the feedback from the public survey we undertook in the summer by gathering further responses and thoughts from a range of local people from businesses, community groups and other organisations.
They will be interactive sessions where we will look at a range of themes including landscape, movement, land use, social infrastructure and design principles.

The two hour facilitated workshops will be at:

MK College Silbury Campus
Bouverie House
200 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 1LT

We expect the workshops to be popular so, please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend and whether you would prefer to come to the morning workshop (from 10am to 12noon) or the afternoon workshop (from 2pm to 4pm).

 Alternatively please RSVP by emailing

In your response please provide your name and the stakeholder organisation you will be representing on the day.

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All secondary school and post 16 students are allowed to enter. They must attend all three events (the two Saturdays and the Thursday evening) to be in with a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher and further opportunities to present to councillors. Eventbrite details are here:

The Equality Council UK are proud to be announcing the third and final Disability Leadership Programme of 2018

The Disability Leadership Programme is a FREE four week programme aimed to tackle the under representation of disabled people on decision making bodies.

This project has been made possible by a grant from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The course will cover skills such as Public Speaking and confidence building as well as ways to deal with confrontation, conflict and stress. Click here for more information and to book a place.

Don’t forget, NCVO have opened up their member-only resources just for – go quick and get lots of Trustee and Governance related support! Today only!


Find out how to make #smartcities more inclusive and avoid inadvertent exclusion. Come along to the launch of the @SCiM_MK toolkit


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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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