24 May: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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24 May 2019

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Anxiety: Tips & Tools for Working with Young People & YiS 2019 AGM

Friday June 28th, 2019 ⌚ 3.00-4.30PM
RESERVE YOUR PLACE ONLINE
Join us to learn practical tips and tools from YiS counsellors to best support young people who are experiencing anxiety.

Learn from a panel discussion inviting expert YiS counsellors to share their unique ideas and perspectives on how professionals can best support young people with anxiety and what works well for them in the therapy room. Full details on panel members will be released soon.

The panel discussion will be followed by the YiS Youth Counselling Service 2019 AGM, including a review of 2018/19, a look back at the success of our new packages and services and a look at the months ahead. Panel members to be announced soon There will also be a chance to get some nibbles and network afterwards, alongside a chance to meet our YiS counsellors in person. A full copy of the formal notice for the AGM is available online.

University of Oxford announces new Institute for Charity

New College, Oxford

The Oxford Institute of Charity (OIC) represents a collaboration between the College and Charity Futures, the Third Sector think tank, and is the culmination of almost three years of discussion and planning. It is anticipated that the Institute will open its doors in the summer of 2022 in a purpose-built home on a newly developed part of the college site. Read more

Using crowdfunding to transform communities for good

How many times have you walked past a vacant building in your local area and thought what it could be used for? Crowdfunding can help people invest in ideas that matter to them. From purchasing solar panels to sports clubs, Nesta’s new report explores real-life examples of how untapped resources such as community shares and bonds can be used to fund projects owned and run by the communities they serve. Read more

‘Pinkware’ the biggest threat to small charities

Software isn’t the biggest cyber security threat to charities, but rather, people or ‘pinkware’, security firm NexusProtect has warned at a recent event in Liverpool addressing charities and non-profits on cyber-security run by accountancy firm BMW.

NexusProject Managing Director Nick Holden said: “Many small charities, in particular, lack the resources or skill set to have people specially trained in this area and that makes them vulnerable. That is where we have seen the bigger risk of cybercrime.” Read more

Small Charity Week: 17th-22nd June

Read more about Small Charity week and how to get involved: https://smallcharityweek.com/
Below is the programme of events that Small Charity Week will be hosting.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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Campbell Wharf Marina Opens

The new 111 berth marina opened this week at Crest Nicholson’s Campbell Wharf development. The marina provides a destination for boaters and canal users in Milton Keynes, with direct access to the Grand Union Canal and additional services to be provided nearby as part of the wider Campbell Wharf development.  Read more

Sighted people needed for BucksVision Ballroom Dancing Classes

CA:MK’s latest show with Secklow Sounds: reducing loneliness and social isolation

The last episode, focusing on local community projects and how they can reduce loneliness and social isolation, is now available to listen.
Listen here

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Volunteers’ Week 2019 – Updated programme

We will be running volunteering drop-ins and pop-up activities in various locations in Milton Keynes – please come along to one of them to meet our team and to find out how you could be contributing to the amazing Voluntary and Community sector in MK!

We have also teamed up with a number of local groups and organisations to publish blogs sharing their volunteering stories and roles. Special focus will be given to organisations such as Wolverton Community OrchardVolunteering MattersBuckingham Canal SocietyMK Safety Centre (known as Hazard Alley), MK Sailability, Blue Cross and others!

We will also be telling you about our own volunteer-led projects and the support Community Action: MK gets from our volunteers!

4th June: Special Edition of CA: MK Weekly Volunteering Drop-in During Volunteer’s Week

Join us at this special edition of our weekly volunteering drop-in to mark and celebrate the national #volunteersweek. You will be able to speak to our advisors and find out about the many volunteering roles across Milton Keynes listed on our volunteering platform, Simply Connect.

We will be joined by our friends at Volunteering Matters and MK Sailability, and you’ll be able to chat to them about he amazing volunteering opportunities they currently offer. We look forward to seeing you on the 4th June!
Register your interest on Facebook

Volunteering opportunity of the week

Sanctuary Hosting – Sanctuary Hosting matches homeless asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people in the community with spare rooms and open hearts, to stay rent free for an agreed period of time.

Volunteer Host

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A ‘host’ is someone who generously accommodates a refugee, migrant or asylum seeker – a ‘guest’ – in their own home. This is usually in a spare room. It is up to the host to decide how long they are willing to accommodate someone. This could be for just a few days or considerably longer. The initial agreement is always for a week or two; then you can decide to extend if you wish. People host in all sorts of different ways and we aim to be as flexible as possible. Find out more

Volunteer Guest Support Worker

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Volunteer guest support workers provide practical support to guests in the hosting scheme, acting as the main contact. The guest support worker attends meetings relating to their hosting placement with the guest. During the placement, the guest support worker makes weekly check-in contact e.g. by phone or text message and meets with the guest in person at least once a month. The support worker’s role is to help the guest access services as needed, and report any issues that might arise during the hosting placement to the Service Manager. Find out more

Volunteer Host Support Worker

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Host support workers provide vital support to the people who welcome guests into their homes. They are the main contact point for hosts and are essential in maintaining good links and communication between a host and Sanctuary Hosting.  Find out more

SWAN Community Bank: Administration Officers (2 posts) – Milton Keynes

Two able part-time administrative officers are required by Swan Community Bank from 1 September 2019 to run our new back office.  The post-holders will work 20 hours per week from 9 am to 2 pm every working day to allow us to provide a full service to our members every working day whilst offering flexible working arrangements to the successful candidates. Find the full advert here

Further information and a full job specification can be obtained from deputy@swancreditunion.org.uk . Applications, in the form of a cover letter outlining how you meet our requirements and a CV, should be received by Monday 1 July 2019. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 17 July.

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Applications wanted for Google.org Impact Challenge

Applications are closing soon for the Google.Org Impact Challenge on Safety– a €10m fund to support organisations across Europe that are working on challenges related to hate, extremism and child safety, both online and offline.
Read more

Thames Valley Community Chest

Max Value: £5000
Deadline: 27 September 2019

The Community Chest makes small grants to fund community projects. Bids must be for projects that come under one of the following themes:

  • Building Neighbourhoods – health, education, training, crime prevention,environmental issues and supporting access to leisure activities
  • Celebrating Heritage and Culture – Community arts, community festivals, and heritage projects which contribute towards place shaping
  • Working for Community Change – worklessness, volunteering projects, community enterprises , promoting diversity integration, increasing participation and skills, financial inclusion and anti poverty projects

Milton Keynes Arts Centre Open Garden Party

Saturday 01 June, 11am–3pm
Free, everyone welcome 

Please join Milton Keynes Arts Centre and resident artist and gardener, Katie Ellen Fields for a day of family fun in celebration of our new Open Garden. 

We’ll have a variety of free garden themed activities on offer including becoming Garden Explorers, Seed Bomb Making and a Sensory Play Corner, suitable for all ages and abilities. We’ll also be offering a light lunch of garden inspired refreshments, including a selection of freshly squeezed fruit drinks, botanical flavoured water and vegetarian pizza.

Free, everyone welcome.
Find out more

Parade of Colours – Art at the Lake Festival

Get Involved with ‘Parade of Colours’. We are setting off for the best Multi-Cultural Parade as part of this year’s Art at the Lake Festival on Saturday 29th June 2019. If you wish to take part or require more info contact simon@routecanalarts.org.uk

MK Festival of Nature: 29 June – 7 July

A wonderful programme of exciting events and activities for all ages is being lined up. Check back soon on the website to download the programme.
Read more

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Sanctuary Hosting

Sanctuary Hosting – Sanctuary Hosting matches homeless asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people in the community with spare rooms and open hearts, to stay rent free for an agreed period of time.

Volunteer Host

black house welcome decor

A ‘host’ is someone who generously accommodates a refugee, migrant or asylum seeker – a ‘guest’ – in their own home. This is usually in a spare room. It is up to the host to decide how long they are willing to accommodate someone. This could be for just a few days or considerably longer. The initial agreement is always for a week or two; then you can decide to extend if you wish. People host in all sorts of different ways and we aim to be as flexible as possible. Find out more

Volunteer Guest Support Worker

two men talking while sitting on bench

Volunteer guest support workers provide practical support to guests in the hosting scheme, acting as the main contact. The guest support worker attends meetings relating to their hosting placement with the guest. During the placement, the guest support worker makes weekly check-in contact e.g. by phone or text message and meets with the guest in person at least once a month. The support worker’s role is to help the guest access services as needed, and report any issues that might arise during the hosting placement to the Service Manager. Find out more

Volunteer Host Support Worker

woman wearing gray jacket

Host support workers provide vital support to the people who welcome guests into their homes. They are the main contact point for hosts and are essential in maintaining good links and communication between a host and Sanctuary Hosting.  Find out more

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Volunteers’ Week 2019

WHAT IS VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK?

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event run by NCVO, The National Council for Voluntary Organisations. It is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too.

It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

HOW ARE WE CELEBRATING IN MILTON KEYNES?

There are lots of events happening in Milton Keynes too….please send us yours to be included in the programme, which you can see below.

We will be running volunteering drop-ins and pop-up activities in various locations in Milton Keynes – please come along to one of them to meet our team and to find out how you could be contributing to the amazing Voluntary and Community sector in MK!

We have also teamed up with a number of local groups and organisations to publish blogs sharing their volunteering stories and roles. Special focus will be given to organisations such as Wolverton Community Orchard, Volunteering Matters, Buckingham Canal Society, MK Safety Centre (known as Hazard Alley), MK Sailability, Blue Cross and others!

We will also be telling you about our own volunteer-led projects and the support Community Action: MK gets from our volunteers!

6TH JUNE: GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY – all welcome!

Get involved in this one off volunteering project for Buckingham Canal Society. You will have a chance to be part of a team helping to restore part of a canal bridge or you may be helping to improve part of the tow-path at Cosgrove. This gets very muddy in winter and is almost impossible to walk along so the work is to help disabled people enjoy the canal more and also be of great assistance to other walker and boaters.

* If you would like to find out more about the volunteering day at Lock Lane with Buckingham Canal Society and to sign-up to take part, please e-mail info@buckinghamcanalsociety.org.uk or ring 01908 661217, or turn up on Thursday 6th June at 10.00 in Lock Lane, MK19 7JR.

HOW TO FIND A VOLUNTEER ROLE IN MILTON KEYNES?

There are hundreds of volunteering roles available at the many amazing groups and organisations in Milton Keynes.

You can search for roles online through Simply Connect, the volunteering platform for Milton Keynes – follow this link to find a volunteering role that suits your interests, location and availability now!

You can also visit our weekly volunteering drop-in at Acorn House, MK9 3HP to speak to one of our volunteering advisors!

If you are a local not-for-profit group or an organisation and need volunteers to help you with your projects, you can use Simply Connect to advertise your opportunities – follow this link to find out more and to set-up your free organisational account.

HOW TO STAY UP-TO-DATE & HEAR NEWS FROM VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK?

Tune in to our blog (sign-up to receive our newsletter here) and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date, and to read some inspirational stories and case studies about volunteering in Milton Keynes!

To find out more about what is happening as part of the Volunteer’s Week nationally, visit: https://volunteersweek.org.

INVOLVING VOLUNTEERS – FREE ONLINE COURSE

Volunteer Scotland and the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at The Open University Business School have developed a short course on volunteering. The course is about the essential things you need to consider to ensure a positive experience for individuals engaging in volunteering.

Please follow this link to find out more and to enroll.



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17 May: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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17 May 2019

The NAVCA Board meets with CA:MK

NAVCA is the only national membership body for local voluntary sector support and development organisations in England. The NAVCA Board met in Milton Keynes on 9th May 2019. The following is by John Tizard, Chair of NAVCA.

“We had a very interesting and informative conversation with Clare Walton (Chief Officer of Community Action Milton Keynes) and Martin Trinder (Chief Officer of Bedfordshire CVS), covering some important issues which NAVCA will seek to address within our new strategy. These included:

  • the importance of ensuring resources are included in new major housing developments to invest in local social infrastructure; and how we (both nationally and locally) can best make the case for this with government and local authorities
  • how local infrastructure bodies can best be effective when building relations with and seeking to influence the emerging raft of sub-regional bodies and groups such as STPs, ICSs, PCC’s, LEPs; the wider sub-regional agendas relating to public services and strategic planning; what role there is for collaboration between local infrastructure bodies; and how can NAVCA play a role?
  • funding models for local infrastructure bodies
  • discussion around the new NAVCA strategy

Our thanks to Martin and Clare”.

Chair’s report and visits to members: “When I was elected last year, I made a promise and firm commitment to visit members to hear about your challenges and plans, and to understand better what you as members would like to contribute to the NAVCA movement, and what actions you would like to see/hear about from the Board and team.

In particular, I repeatedly heard from the members that you like the national voice NAVCA provides and the briefings they receive. Some specific issues have come up regularly in these discussions·      

  • a request for NAVCA to produce or commission the production of a financially and economically based case for local VCS infrastructure which can be used locally to make the case to local authorities and others·      
  • a request for NAVCA to produce advice on alternative funding and revenue options for local VCS infrastructure·      
  • a desire to build horizontal solidarity and mutual support between members·      
  • members would welcome more direct involvement with the staff team and trustees

These can be addressed through our new strategy”.

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A bidder’s guide to working with government

The Office for Civil Society, with support from the Cabinet Office has written a guide for voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help them work with central and local government.
See the full guide here

EU Settlement Scheme: community leader toolkit

The Home Office has published a toolkit to help local authorities and community groups to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Read more here

Small Charity Week: 17th-22nd June

Read more about Small Charity week and how to get involved: https://smallcharityweek.com/
Below is the programme of events that Small Charity Week will be hosting.

‘Involving Volunteers’ – Free OpenLearn course

This course is designed for individuals who support volunteers, whether they do so in a group, in an organisation or in an informal community-based setting.  It reflects the spirit of volunteer management and community engagement. 
Browse the course now

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

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Mental Health Awareness Week 13th – 19th May

Mental Health Awareness Week took place 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year was Body Image – How we think and feel about our bodies
Download a number of resources including posters for schools, workplaces and communities, social media graphics and mental health booklets from the Mental Health Foundation.

Sighted people needed for BucksVision Ballroom Dancing Classes

Quality Care Commission needs your views

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to find out your views on how they can work with you and how you work with your local communities. Fill out this questionnaire to shape new guidance. You can also email the questionnaire or post it to return it back to us. Download a copy now or take the questionnaire online. The survey closes 31 May 2019.

Help CQC work better with local groups
Link: https://dev.webdataforms.cqc.org.uk/Checkbox/Regional-VCSE.aspx

HOUR Manchester: A new approach from Manchester Community Fund

NAVCA member, Macc, is launching a new approach to bring together people across Manchester with an interest in mutual support, Timebanking and community economies.

Timebanking is a way of linking local people and organisations who can share their time and skills in a way where everyone is valued equally.

Within a Timebanking model, no one is rich and no one is poor as we all have 24 hours each day and an hour is equally as valuable to everyone. Macc wants to build upon the skills, gifts and talents that exist across Manchester by identifying, valuing and connecting what already exists and what is strong in our communities. They will be holding an event later this month to explore initial ideas, and to give people more information about how they can participate.
Find out more details here

Social Infrastructure: How shared spaces make communities work

people playing chessboard game outdoor

GMCVO-led project Ambition for Ageing’s new report argues that to reduce social isolation, we need a diversity of social infrastructure to ensure chance social encounters with a diversity of people.
Read more

CA:MK’s latest show with Secklow Sounds: reducing loneliness and social isolation

The last episode, focusing on local community projects and how they can reduce loneliness and social isolation, is now available to listen.
Listen here

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Volunteers’ Week 2019

It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations will take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

There are lots of events happening in Milton Keynes too….please send us yours to be included in the programme, which you can see below and find out more on our website: https://communityactionmk.org/volunteersweek/

6TH JUNE: GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY – all welcome!

Get involved in this one off volunteering project for Buckingham Canal Society. You will have a chance to be part of a team helping to restore part of a canal bridge or you may be helping to improve part of the tow-path at Cosgrove. This gets very muddy in winter and is almost impossible to walk along so the work is to help disabled people enjoy the canal more and also be of great assistance to other walker and boaters.

* If you would like to find out more about the volunteering day at Lock Lane with Buckingham Canal Society and to sign-up to take part, please e-mail info@buckinghamcanalsociety.org.uk or ring 01908 661217, or turn up on Thursday 6th June at 10.00 in Lock Lane, MK19 7JR.

Volunteering opportunity of the week

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Driver’s Mate – Milton Keynes Play Association

Driving : Delivering orders to local nurseries and hire equipment to customers. Collection of donated items from local companies.
Find out more

Administrative Coordinator at YiS (Youth Counselling Service)

SALARY: £10,781 per annum subject to a satisfactory 2-month review. Rising to £13,476 per annum based on full time salary of £19,945 per annum
HOURS: Initially 20 hours per week rising, after a satisfactory 2-month review, to 25 hours per week, mainly flexible, but including Mondays 3.45-7pm
CONTRACT: 12 months initially (contract extension dependant on funding)
JOB PURPOSE
To provide administrative support to the charity which includes liaison with clients, their parents/guardians and supporting agencies, maintaining client records and financial duties. In addition, working with volunteers to help support administrative work and projects.
Find out more

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National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Max. Value: £ 5,000,000
Deadline: 28 May 2019

Grants are available for projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK

BBC Children in Need – Main Grants Programme

Max. Value: £ 120,000
Deadline: 28 May 2019

Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme

Max. Value: £ 30,000
Deadline: 27 May 2019

Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Power to Change – Community Business Fund

Max. Value: £ 300,000
Deadline: 22 May 2019

Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term.

The ‘Places to Ride’ programme – funding available!

Awards are being made to fund small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling.
More information here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/placestoride?c=EN

Broughton Events:

The Big Lunch – Save the Date
JUNE 2 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea brining people together with food. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the community to have lunch with their neighbours. Bring a dish to share or a picnic for the family and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment at Broughton Fields School playing field. More info coming soon: https://bbccmk.org/event/the-big-lunch-save-the-date/

Community litter-picks in Broughton
Broughton Community have some Litter Picks coming up:

  • July 7th 2-3pm
  • September 1st 2-3pm
  • November 3rd 2-3pm
  • Families welcome, children must be accompanied by adults.
  • Equipment will be provided but please wear appropriate footwear and clothes. For meeting point go to https://bbccmk.org/

MK Festival of Nature: 29 June – 7 July

A wonderful programme of exciting events and activities for all ages is being lined up. Check back soon on the website to download the programme.
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National Trust – free events:

1.      College interpretive dance performance on 22nd May 5pm.
More information is available here.

2.      Mindful running course for 10 weeks starting on 21st May. More information is available here.

To find out about all local National Trust events and courses, click here.

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

Tuesday 21 May
11:30-14:30

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

To receive our weekly newsletter and other updates and news about the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes, please follow this link.

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Melting Pot: Bridging the Gap event on 13th July

The MK Melting Pot is organising a community event ‘Bridging the gap’ to showcase different supplementary schools, community groups and youths are doing extraordinary work in Milton Keynes.

Venue: CMK Open Market: MK9 3NT
Date: 13th July 2019
Time: 11am- 5pm

To find out more about the event, e-mail mkmeltingpot@hotmail.com

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10 May: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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10 May 2019

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Small Charity Week: Big Advice Day

We want to make sure that all small charities in the UK knew that the deadline to book Big Advice Day 2019 is Friday, 17th May. Although the main event takes place in London, advice via phone or skype is available.

Big Advice Day is designed to offer small charities the chance to increase skills, confidence and knowledge in the topics you need help with the most. Read on to find out how to book onto Big Advice Day in London, remotely, or at partner events across the UK, and how to maximise the Day with top-up support and live streamed sessions.

Book your slot at Big Advice Day – 18 June 2019

NCVO: Eight reasons to love the theory of change

Theory of change (ToC) is a planning tool that helps organisations evaluate their impact. It takes the form of a visual diagram or narrative that shows how you expect outcomes to occur over the short, medium and longer term as a result of your work.
Read more

Are you on our community group database?

If you are a new community group or an organisation in Milton Keynes and would like to join our database of local groups, please call us on 01908 661 623 or e-mail support@communityactionmk.org. This will give you a chance to stay up to date about funding, events and opportunities for partnership-working within the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes!

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NCVO: How can voluntary organisations influence and shape health service transformation?

Charities and social enterprises can support the planning and delivery of publicly funded health services in lots of ways – from gathering user insight, to codesigning services, to actual service delivery. And those are all aspects that were endorsed and encouraged by the 2017 national review of the voluntary sector’s role in healthcare delivery. But beyond this, what are the opportunities for charities to influence and shape service strategy and transformation at a high level?
Read more

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

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Quality Care Commission needs your views

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to find out your views on how they can work with you and how you work with your local communities. Fill out this questionnaire to shape new guidance. You can also email the questionnaire or post it to return it back to us. Download a copy now or take the questionnaire online. The survey closes 31 May 2019.

Help CQC work better with local groups
Link: https://dev.webdataforms.cqc.org.uk/Checkbox/Regional-VCSE.aspx

Listening to our older people to help communities tackle fraud

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More than 50 per cent of over 65s have been targeted by fraudsters. At Neighbourhood Watch we’re gathering insight into communities, helping us design a scheme for tackling this issue.

From the insight gathered, via workshops and interviews with Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and older people, we’ve developed a variety of tools for engagement to enable a community powered response to tackling fraud.
Read more

Charity Awards 2019 shortlist is unveiled

A fast-growing network of Community Fridges, an education project that teaches young women about extremism and online grooming, and a campaign to ensure the environment doesn’t suffer as a result of Brexit, are among 28 inspiring projects shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2019.
Read more

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Volunteers’ Week 2019

The national Volunteers’ Week 2019 is fast approaching: 1-7 June. Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

We have teamed up with local groups and organisations to celebrate the amazing volunteering activity we have in Milton Keynes. We will be running volunteering drop-ins and pop-up activities across MK and sharing spotlight-stories of various organisations in Milton Keynes offering volunteering opportunities and case studies of some of the exiting volunteers. Please follow our blog and social media (#volunteerMK) to find out more.

To find out more about the Volunteer’s Week and access a whole range of resources to help you get involved visit: https://volunteersweek.org

And don’t forget about Simply Connect, the online volunteering platform for Milton Keynes where you can search through hundreds of existing volunteering opportunities right away – visit: https://communityactionmk.org/volunteer/.

Volunteering opportunity of the week

Volunteer Mentor – Prison, Probation and Community. Prison Advice and Care Trust

As a Volunteer Mentor you will have the opportunity to volunteer with people in the criminal justice system, either in the prison or out in the community.
Find out more

Health Watch Milton Keynes are looking for new trustees

Do you have a broad interest in health and social care issues, and feel that you have the skills to support Health Watch Milton Keynes as a Trustee? They have a number of spaces on their Board of Trustees and need your help to bring greater strength to the voice of people in Milton Keynes.

If you would like to join us please email info@healthwatchmiltonkeynes.co.uk or call on 01908 698800.
For more information, please go to: https://www.healthwatchmiltonkeynes.co.uk/news/2019-03-28/healthwatch-milton-keynes-inviting-our-members-apply-join-its-board-trustees

New Town Heritage Explorers

Project Manager Role (Freelance) 

Milton Keynes Council (MKC) and its partner Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (MKCDC) have secured National Lottery Heritage Fund investment thanks to National Lottery players, for a pioneering New Town Heritage Explorers project in Milton Keynes.  MKC is seeking an enthusiastic freelance Project Manager with experience of delivering heritage projects and managing a complex and varied workload to drive this project. 
Click here for more information. (PDF, 374KB)

Various roles as MK Snap

MK Snap, a leading local charity based in Milton Keynes providing education, life and work skills programmes for adults with learning differences, currently have the following vacancies:

Sessional Tutor: To lead in the planning, provision, development and delivery of activity sessions and work training skills sessions for learners across the curriculum as and when required on a sessional basis.
£12.24 per hour to include planning and essential training (£23,868pa FTE pro rata ) – fixed zero hours contract

Sessional Learning Support Assistant: To assist in the planning, provision, development and delivery of activity sessions and work training skills sessions for learners across the curriculum as and when required on a sessional basis.
£9.18 per hour to include planning and essential training (£17,901pa FTE pro rata ) Fixed zero hours contract 

For more information about the roles and to apply, please visit MK Snap website: mksnap.org/current-vacancies/.If you are interested in the positions you can also call and speak to a member of the team on 01908 690 330.

Various roles at MK Gallery

MK Gallery is recruiting for a number of roles which make a significant contribution to the realisation of MK Gallery’s vision to become a world class arts centre and tourist destination.

Learning Coordinator 
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019
Marketing and Public Relations (PR) Manager
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019
Administrator and Development Coordinator
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019  

Find out more about these positions here and make applications to Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director, at kchadwick@mkgallery.org.

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Standard Life Foundation offering £2m in grants until 3 June

Charities that work on financial health and wellbeing projects can apply for grants the foundation expects to be between £50,000 and £150,000.
For more information and to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is 1pm on 3 June.

Digital Health Funding

NHS digital are offering £1m funding for digital social care projects. The Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP) aims to support local authorities using digital technology to design and implement social care.

Please see the link below for more information:
https://www.digitalhealth.net/2019/02/nhs-digital-funding-social-care-projects/

New Funding from The England Illegal Money Lending Team

New funding available from The England Illegal Money Lending Team to be used to benefit local communities. If you are interested in applying, then just send a short summary of your great idea and the budget you will require. Closing date is 30th June 2018. Project must be delivered by 31st March 2020.
www.stoploansharks.co.uk
Application Form
FAQs

Permablitz at Westbury Arts Centre

Our community garden at Westbury is being built by us, for us, and our growing volunteer group is creating a social retreat for us to reconnect with our local community as well as with art, nature and the food that we grow there.
Saturday 18th May
11am – 2pm

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No matter what your experience or ability, everyone is welcome to join our gardening day permablitzes where we share skills, team-work, enthusiasm and food. We all “muck in” and work together to maintain our permaculture-led community garden in the morning. Then from 1pm we sit down for some social time as we share the food we all brought to contribute to the Bring & Share lunch and discuss our plans for the project.

Lunch takes as long as it takes – usually until the conversation finishes and someone says we should probably go home.
Look forward to seeing you in the garden!
If you would like to get involved, please see https://plantingup.co.uk/about/ for further details.

Great Get Together Iftaar

Sunday 19 May 7.30 pm
This multi faith enlightenment programme aims to build a stronger and cohesive community in Milton Keynes. If you would like to join this free event please bring salads, vegetarian dishes or desserts for the ‘bring and share’.
Register on Eventbrite

Charlotte Vincent

Monday 20th May at The Venue. 2pm to 4.30pm.  Free event.

Founded in 1994 and led by Artistic Director Charlotte Vincent, Vincent Dance Theatre (VDT) produce powerful and engaging dance theatre work accompanied by extensive programmes of social engagement and professional development work. Charlotte will share her experience of creating relevant work for today’s audiences, her work with sometimes disengaged communities, and her collaborative approach alongside the use of technology within her process and performance.  This promises to be a relevant and thoughtful session inviting debate and discussion. 

She is considered ‘one of the UK’s leading female choreographer/directors’ and ‘one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today’ (The Observer). https://www.thevenuemk.com/

National Trust – free events:

1.      College interpretive dance performance on 22nd May 5pm.
More information is available here.

2.      Mindful running course for 10 weeks starting on 21st May. More information is available here.

To find out about all local National Trust events and courses, click here.

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

Tuesday 21 May
11:30-14:30

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.

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If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

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3 May: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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3 May 2019

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New practical guide on how to recruit trustees for your charity

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The charity Getting on Board has just launched free guidance for the charity sector: How to Recruit Trustees for your Charity – a Practical Guide.

Getting on Board’s research shows that there are great benefits to being a trustee:

  • 96% say they’ve learnt new skills,
  • 22% got a promotion as a direct result, and
  • 84% said it made them happier!

Visit our recruitment platform, Simply Connect, to find out about the existing trustee vacancies in Milton Keynes at the moment, including with organisations such as Health Watch Milton Keynes, MK Play Association, Harry’s Rainbow and Educational Wealth Fund.

You might also be interested to visit our website to learn more about our recent Good Governance Project: https://communityactionmk.org/good-governance.

Are you on our community group database?

If you are a new community group or an organisation in Milton Keynes and would like to join our database of local groups, please call us on 01908 661 623 or e-mail support@communityactionmk.org.

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Stay up to date using your favourite social media channel and help us spread the word about the amazing voluntary and community action in Milton Keynes! #lovemk #volunteermk

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OU digital access for prisons and secure hospitals “shone out” in The Guardian University Awards 2019

A project which provides digital access to study materials for students in secure environments, such as prisons and secure hospitals, has won the widening access and outreach category in the Guardian University Awards.

The award, which was presented to the OU team at the Guardian University Awards ceremony in London yesterday (10 April) was for the OU Secure Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), specifically for students in secure environments who have restricted internet access. Read more

FINAL REMINDER: Milton Keynes Community of Practice

Friday 10th May: 09.30am – 12.00pm
MK College, Chaffron Way, MK6 5LP
Sign up here

Do you work with children and young people to support mental health and well-being? Are you joining up with:

  • Peer-based, collaborative learning
  • Sharing good practice and ideas
  • Creating new knowledge and understanding to advance your professional practice
  • Addressing common concerns and set of problems?

We are forming a Community of Practice (CoP) for people working (at least initially) in the Milton Keynes Voluntary and Community Sector. This will be a co-produced group, so who is part of it and what will take place as part of it will be decided by its members. Although face-to-face meetings are very important, most CoPs include online participation.

We are acting as facilitators because our research ‘Where are the safety Nets?’ (see the report here) indicated that such support would be helpful; people we have asked tell us that the proposal is sound and needed.

To find out more about a Community of Practice, read this short paper here.For some interesting and inspirational stories, click here.

Sale of Campbell Wharf Marina

Last week Campbell Wharf celebrated a successful launch of the sales and marketing centre which is now open to the public. This was an opportunity for local stakeholders to discuss the development with Crest Nicholson and take a closure look at the upcoming new homes.

We are now happy to announce the next milestone at Campbell Wharf, the sale of Campbell Wharf Marina to the Parks Trust. Please find attached the latest press release and accompanying image showing the recently completed marina. See the Press Release

Children in Need announces £10m child mental health grants programme

BBC Children in Need has today announced the first recipients of a new, three-year, £10m grants programme to improve children’s mental health. The programme, called A Million & Me, provides early action support for children between eight and 13 who are struggling with wellbeing before mental health problems are established. Read more

Community Action: MK live show at Secklow Sounds

Tune in to Secklow Sounds community radio on the first Wednesday each month at 1pm to hear from Community Action: MK about what is happening in the voluntary and community sector of Milton Keynes.
Access previous episodes here.

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Volunteers’ Week 2019: Get your group involved

The national Volunteer’s Week 2019 is fast approaching: 1-7 June. Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

Here at Community Action: MK we have started to plan our activities to make sure we celebrate the amazing volunteers and volunteering opportunities in Milton Keynes! We will be giving a special focus to volunteering during the week through our blogs, social media channels, and at our events.

We are calling all local groups and organisations – get in touch with us if you:

  1. Have any specific volunteering roles that you would like to promote as a ‘Volunteering Opportunity of the Day’ during Volunteer’s Week and/or
  2. Would like to share with us and publicise any inspirational case studies of your wonderful volunteers who are giving their time to support your services.

To express your interest and submit your volunteering roles/ case studies, please email support@communityactionmk.org by 17th May 2019!

To find out more about the Volunteer’s Week and access a whole range of resources to help you get involved visit: https://volunteersweek.org

Volunteering opportunity of the week

Cook / Cafe Assistant: Age UK Milton Keynes

Age UK is looking for a volunteer to cook simple dinners for their cafe, based in The Food Centre, Central Milton Keynes. These will be sold in our cafe to customers. This role is for Wednesday and Thursdays.
Find out more.

Sessional Tutor at MK Snap

MK Snap, a leading local charity based in Milton Keynes providing education, life and work skills programmes for adults with learning differences, currently have the following vacancies:

Sessional Tutor: To lead in the planning, provision, development and delivery of activity sessions and work training skills sessions for learners across the curriculum as and when required on a sessional basis.
£12.24 per hour to include planning and essential training (£23,868pa FTE pro rata ) – fixed zero hours contract

For more information about the roles and to apply, please visit MK Snap website: mksnap.org/current-vacancies/.If you are interested in the positions you can also call and speak to a member of the team on 01908 690 330.

Various roles at MK Gallery

MK Gallery is recruiting for a number of roles which make a significant contribution to the realisation of MK Gallery’s vision to become a world class arts centre and tourist destination.

Learning Coordinator 
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019
Marketing and Public Relations (PR) Manager
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019
Administrator and Development Coordinator
Closing date: 10am Monday 20 May 2019  
Visitor Experience Assistant
Closing date: 10am Thursday 9 May 2019 Thursday 9 May 2019

Find out more about these positions here and make applications to Kate Chadwick, Deputy Director, at kchadwick@mkgallery.org.

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Power to Change – Community Business Fund

Max. Value: £ 300,000
Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term. Read more.

Bupa UK Foundation – Mental Health Funding Programme 2019

Max. Value: £ 20,000
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for practical projects that tackle critical challenges in health and social care, make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing and address the Foundation’s theme for that year. Read more


National Trust – free events

1.      College interpretive dance performance on 22nd May 5pm.
Info is available here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/7ad84fed-e03c-4a5a-bab7-82cc56496a36/pages/details

2.      Mindful running course for 10 weeks starting on 21st May: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/19ce04a0-17a8-4d9b-b8b8-f384bd3a9ba9/pages/details

Events at Wolverton Community Orchard

MÓTUS 2019 JOURNEYS festival

JOURNEYS is a diverse, twelve week festival across Milton Keynes which engages with and explores the theme of JOURNEYS. Relating to artists, individuals, young people, communities, campaigns and political narratives, it has been designed to engage the people of Milton Keynes and beyond with dance: to see how the concept can relate to each individual and their personal story/identity and how sharing our journeys can positively impact others. The wonderfully varied twelve week programme is designed to offer something for everyone and is MÓTUS’ most extensive festival programme to date. 

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The full line up for the festival is now LIVE on our web-site and tickets can be purchased for all events/shows and workshops: https://www.motusdance.co.uk/journeys

Milton Keynes Surveying Workshop

Tuesday 21 May
11:30-14:30

AccessAble’s surveying workshop is taking place in partnership with Milton Keynes Council in May. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in collecting disabled access information from local venues or anyone who would like the opportunity to get out and about for a few hours. A free lunch and a £10 gift voucher are included as a thank you for attending.

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteer for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org.

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