Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Ward Support at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are seeking volunteers to give ward support – encouraging patients with eating, helping with meal service, accident and emergency, making refreshments, chatting to patients waiting for test results, administration in various departments, photocopying, filing, enveloping, reception duties meeting and greeting, providing directions, answering telephone. Befrienders – to chat, play games, read and interact with patients.

Read more and apply on the Community Action: MK Volunteering Website.

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Event: CRM Solutions for Voluntary Groups – Skillsharing Session


Are you part of a group that wants to explore more about using technology to manage records of your membership?

Are you using a CRM tool that works for you that you could help explain and demonstrate to others?

Join us for a skillshare session on Wednesday 31st January 2018 and find out about:

  • Mailchimp
  • VC Connect

and others!

Please let us know if you can contribute demonstrating the technology that you use by emailing alissa@communityactionmk.org

Book your free spot now.


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Funding Alert: Could your group pitch for funding at MK Soup on 26th January?


Based on the Detroit Soup model, MK Soup is a meeting place for people who would like to make the world a better place- whether through food, community action, sustainability or another idea.

MK Soup is organised by the MK Food Revolution and the MK Christian Foundation.

On the night of MK Soup you buy a £5 ticket for a bowl of soup and in return, you get to listen to four people pitch their community ideas. At the end of the night, the crowd votes for its favourite idea and the winner takes the profit of the night. Two months later, the group then hears back about what has been achieved with the money.

If you are a project manager, submit your project and they will let you know a week before the event on January 26th whether you have been selected to speak on the evening. You get 10 minutes for your pitch and can hand out flyers on the night, too.

It’s a very friendly event and even if you aren’t successful at winning the funding, a great way to network and recruit new supporters and volunteers!




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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Make Lunch MK


Would you like to join the Team at Make Lunch MK?

If you’re willing to chop veggies, wash-up, do craft, play games, chat to families, serve tea or coffee or anything else then you might be able to join Make Lunch MK.

They may ask you to provide evidence of or agree to undergo a DBS check before joining the team due to the vulnerable nature of the families they sometimes work with.

Read more on the Community Action: MK Volunteering Website.

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Funding alert: Help for people who are homeless

Help The Homeless’s main funding remit is the regular allocation of Small Grants (generally up to £5000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum).

All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance.

Deadline:  15th December

Contact: The Secretary, Help The Homeless, 6th Floor, 248 Tottenham Court Road,   London W1T 7QZ.



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Insights from NCVO: Getting Involved; How People Make A Difference

NCVO have launched their publication Getting Involved: How people make a difference, part of their Almanac series of publications that aim to improve understanding of civil society and inform current debates.

Drawing on data from a wide range of sources and full of the latest statistics, this new publication looks at who gets involved, how and where people get involved, and whether participation has changed over time. This report should be useful for many voluntary groups seeking to understand the current landscape.

In summary there is no overall decline in involvement, but trends differ slightly according to activity. While levels of volunteering and charitable giving have remained relatively stable, many types of organisations have seen a fall in their memberships, including trade unions and religious organisations. One area that has grown significantly over the past years is ethical consumerism which is based more on individual actions and perhaps more embedded in people’s everyday lives or driven by lifestyle choices.

Read more.


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