Job Vacancy

Debt & Budgeting Skills Caseworker with Citizens Advice Milton Keynes

Salary: £20,265 per annum

Terms: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 26 October 2015

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is seeking to appoint a full time Caseworker to support their Money Advice and Financial Capability Unit.

You will assist clients in resolving and managing complex money advice enquires, as well as working with ‘hard to reach groups’ at community locations across Milton Keynes.

Candidates will have direct experience of providing both money advice and financial literacy to individuals either as a paid worker or volunteer. Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage a demanding caseload is essential.

In addition to the above duties, the successful candidate will be responsible for delivering one generalist advice session, at a local outreach, on a fortnightly basis.

Applicants will need to demonstrate

 Minimum of 1- 2 years of money advice work.

 A flexible approach

 Good case recording and client management skills.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring security check.

For more information and an application pack please contact:

Lisa Tibble on 01908 545167 or e-mail lisa.tibble@mkcab.org.uk

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is an equal opportunities employer.

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Communicating about Climate Change – a Transition MK event

Transition MK are pleased to invite you to a talk on ‘Communicating about Climate Change‘ by author and leading specialist on climate change communication, George Marshall. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

In his recent book George Marshall explores the reasons why we ignore climate change. He also is the co-founder and a leading member of COIN (Climate Change Outreach and Information Network). Come and hear George’s talk and ask him your questions.

Friday 20th November, 7.30 – 9pm
St Pauls School, Phoenix Drive, Leadenhall, MK6 5EN
Tickets are £5 on the door, or £4 with a pre-booked eventbrite ticket (in both instances please pay on the door as we cannot accept online payment).

For more information contact Transition MK.

To book your online ticket please click here.
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Western Expansion Area Public Exhibition well attended by local people

Last week we hosted a public exhibition about the Western Expansion Area (WEA), MK’s biggest new development which will be home to around 18,000 people once complete.

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This event was kindly hosted at the MK11 Kiln Farm Club. Members of the public were invited to drop by to find out about plans for the site and meet the organisations involved in delivering this new area. We had information stands from developers, a range of MK Council departments, a local parish council and residents group, and the Parks Trust. Around 280 people attended the exhibition, heard about plans and got chance to ask the stallholders questions.

Plans for the site are ongoing so we will do our best to keep residents up to date.

  • Sign up to Growth Gossip – our newsletter providing updates on MK’s growth, links to consultations and community news
  • Visit the Growing MK website
  • Join Josan, our Community Mobiliser on Facebook
  • Email Hannah, our Growth Officer with your questions and comments
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Urban Community Land Trust Grant Programme

Across the country, communities are starting to take control of their own housing futures by forming Community Land Trusts. The CLT movement in England and Wales is growing apace, with more and more local organisations forming to provide permanently affordable housing in their communities. 

The pace of this growth has been slower in our cities and the journey has often been more challenging. Urban CLTs often have to negotiate complex political environments and fight off fierce competition for land. CLTs are new players in the market and are often at a power deficit compared to their rival developers. In some areas, urban communities which have been left without investment will also need to challenge an established power balance to build a stronger future for their area. 
If CLTs are to become an accepted way to deliver affordable housing in England and Wales, it is vital that they are seen to work everywhere – cities included. 
 
The aim of the Urban CLT Project is to see Community Land Trusts thrive in a range of urban environments.
We are now open for the second round of the Urban CLT Project and we would love to hear from you.
We are offering 9 successful demonstration urban CLTs grants of up to £10,000 each to help develop their project. In addition, successful applicants will be invited to take part in a programme of events and training, online peer networking and resource-banking to build up the know-how for success.
Funding will be available to address costs such as legal fees, support with political negotiations and finding a development partner, community engagement and business planning.
 
Applications to this year’s grants programme is now open. The fund closes on 2nd November 2015.
Last year we supported 11 CLTs with funding of £110,000 in total. That included Brighton & Hove CLT, Bristol CLT, East London CLT, Granby4Streets CLT, Homebaked CLT, Middlesbrough CLT, Naked House CLT, Oxfordshire CLT, Thrift CLT for Soham CLT, West Kensington and Gibbs Green CLT, and West Rhyl CLT.
To find out about the successful 2014/2015 applicants, click here.
 
Before considering whether you wish to apply, we recommend that you read the pages on What we fund and Who we fund to check your eligibility, and read our detailed application guidance.
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Job Vacancies

Individual Fundraising Manager with Scripture Union

Salary: £30,000 — £35,000 p.a. (Dependent on capability and experience, plus 9% pension and other benefits)

Terms: 2-year, fixed-term contract

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 2 November 2015

Interviews: 11 November 2015

Scripture Union is a national Christian mission-movement whose aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God. With the help of thousands of dedicated volunteers, they lead a variety of projects, including work in schools, residential activity holidays, published resources and community initiatives.

Scripture Union England & Wales (SU) is looking for a dynamic and experienced fundraiser to join its enthusiastic fundraising team in Milton Keynes. Their mission is to enable children, young people and families to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ.

They are seeking a committed Christian who is passionate about their mission, who understands the values and motivations of Christian donors and is able to communicate SU’s vision and projects in compelling and inspiring ways.

  • Working in partnership with key staff across the SU Movement, the successful candidate will be responsible for strengthening relationships and for generating increased income from different segments of their database.
  • You will play an important role in implementing key objectives of the fundraising strategy, focusing on:
    • generating increased awareness about SU’s ministry in the Christian marketplace
    • launching new donor acquisition activities
    • managing relationships between SU and its supporters
    • increasing the number of regular supporters and re-engaging lapsed donors or customers with SU’s ministry.
  • Also, you will be expected to invest time and effort in generating financial support from individuals and churches for their International Ministry, undertaking this through the development of specifc appeals relating to the work of SU International Mission partners.
  • Educated to degree level or its equivalent, in Fundraising or Marketing, you will have at least three years experience in fundraising, preferably in a Christian charity setting

This role will require an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service and has an occupational requirement to be filled by a committed Christian, active in church life. Equality Act 2010, Part 1, Schedule 9 applies.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to the aims and beliefs of Scripture Union.

To apply for this role Click here where you will be directed to Charity Jobs website


Church and Community Fundraising Manager with Scripture Union

Salary: c£30,000 — £35,000 p.a. (Dependent on capability and experience, plus 9% pension and other benefits)

Terms: 2-year, fixed-term contract

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 2 November 2015

Interviews: 12 November 2015

Scripture Union is a national Christian mission-movement whose aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God. With the help of thousands of dedicated volunteers, we lead a variety of projects, including work in schools, residential activity holidays, published resources and community initiatives.

Scripture Union England & Wales (SU) is looking for an energetic and experienced fundraiser to actively expand SU’s relationship with local churches and church groups, for maximising both sales and gift incomes, and engaging them more fully into the life of the SU Movement.

Their Mission is to enable children, young people and families to become life-long followers of Jesus. That’s why they are seeking a committed Christian who is passionate about seeing Christians engage with the Bible, one who loves the church and can communicate SU’s vision and projects to church and denominational leaders in compelling and inspiring ways.

  • Working within a stewardship of Time, Money and Prayer model, and in partnership with key staff across the SU Movement, the successful candidate will be able to build effective relationships with local churches through fundraising campaigns, appeals, supporter cultivation activities, and much more.
  • What’s more, the Church and Community Fundraising Manager will be responsible for developing a range of International Ministry-themed appeals to support the wider mission work of the SU Movement.
  • Educated to degree level or its equivalent, in Fundraising or Marketing, you will have at least three years experience in fundraising, preferably in a Christian charity setting.

This is an exciting time to join Scripture Union as they embark on a new stage of their ministry. This role will be critical in helping them to reach their ambitious, yet achievable, ministry goals.

This role will require an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service and has an occupational requirement to be filled by a committed Christian, active in church life. Equality Act 2010, Part 1, Schedule 9 applies.

All applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to the aims and beliefs of Scripture Union.

To apply for this job Click here where you will be directed to Charity Jobs website


Supporter Contact Team Member with World Vision

Salary: £18,443 p.a. pro rata

Terms: 2 Full Time and 1 Part Time Fixed Term opportunities ending on 30th September  2016

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 5pm 15 October 2015

Interviews: 19 or 21 October 2015

Help change children’s lives for the better

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity. Every day they bring hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places as a sign of God’s unconditional love. At World Vision, their aim is simple – to keep every child free from fear. They are also proud to be voted one of the Top 100 ‘Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2015’.

They are looking to recruit two full-time and one part-time members of staff. Team-spirited with a friendly, proactive approach to your work, you’ll be an active member of the team and ready to provide information and assistance to their supporters on a regular basis. You will also ensure that they have the confidence, encouragement and ongoing engagement to continue supporting their good work.

As a Christian, this role offers you the opportunity to integrate your Christian faith within World Vision UK and be sensitive to its various expressions across cultures and denominations.

So, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you passionate about the work that World Vision does?
  • Do you value their supporters and care about their experience with them?
  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Do you enjoy giving excellent customer service?
  • Are you keen to develop your fundraising skills and your experience in the international development sector?
  • Do you love being part of a big team?

If you have answered’ yes’ to the above questions, then World Vision want to hear from you!

To apply for this role Click here where you will be directed to Charity Jobs website


Area Fundraising Manager with RNIB

Salary: £22,217

Terms: Permanent

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 19 October 2015

Interviews: 30 October 2015

RNIB’s Community Fundraising team is going through an exciting period of growth and development, setting new fundraising targets and goals going forward. If you are an experienced fundraiser, this is an excellent opportunity to join them, develop your career, and truly make a positive difference to the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

As an Area Fundraising Manager you will be proactive in the contribution to the development of Volunteer Fundraising and be able to achieve and sustain a budgeted income by creating a vibrant and effective networks of volunteers.

With experience of fundraising at a community level and “making the ask” for support you’ll be able to recruit a team of Volunteer Fundraisers to achieve your goals.

You’ll be a strong team leader, able to speak to a wide variety of people to ensure results are delivered and targets met. Able to use your initiative and be able to identify opportunities within your area, you’ll be able to maximise success and deliver results. You will also be experienced in motivating people to get involved and quickly building a rapport and establishing professional relationships with others, such as supporting companies and individuals.

A full driving license and willingness to drive is required for this role.

To apply for this role Click here where you will be directed to Charity Jobs website

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Refugees Welcome Campaign comes to Milton Keynes

Citizens, groups and decision makers urged to take immediate action

A new campaigning group has been formed in Milton Keynes in response to the refugee crisis that has been at the centre of media attention in recent weeks.

The Refugees Welcome campaign is led by a group of citizens from across Milton Keynes, who want to take urgent practical action to ensure that the city, its local authorities, groups and citizens, offer accommodation to at least what really is a fair share of refugees.

Carmel Schmid, the group’s Chair, said:

‘We knew we had to act urgently; we formed a team of resourceful people; took advice from counterparts elsewhere and proceeded to build capacity. We found there was a lot of agreement about what was required: – the agenda was set.”

The Group, supported by Citizens MK, the local chapter of Citizens UK, strongly believes that Milton Keynes must take immediate action to offer refuge to suffering Syrians, as well as to refugees from other parts of the world, in the midst of an overwhelming humanitarian crisis.

The Government has allocated a proportion of the country’s international aid budget, which is to be used to help local authorities cover the costs of housing refugees. Milton Keynes Council is yet to unfold its plans to realize this opportunity and define its offer of helping a ‘fair share’ of refugees.

Carmel added:

“We need to impress upon those in power the possibilities that are in reach, and we need to create possibilities that appear out of reach. MK Council have the power to accept refugees, but it is up to the community to impress upon them the extent of local support to provide refuge in our city”.

Some 23 councils across the UK have committed to taking on their fair share of refugees over the past year, including  – most recently – Barnet Council. Citizens UK have been supporting these initiatives by working in partnership with Avaaz as part of the organisation’s UK-wide campaign. To find out more about the Citizens Refugees campaign, click here.

The campaign’s role is twofold – to put pressure on the Council and to find accommodation. We will involve all those who can assist in the objective, work to resolve blockages and promote to influential members of the business community the benefits of resettling refugees.

To meet the accommodation requirements, the group’s goals are to:

–       Identify private landlords willing to accommodate

–       Identify letting agents with capacity

–       Sign up prospective foster carers

–       Consider conversions of disused public buildings

The group is in the process of collating a Refugees Welcome Directory of local groups, services and commercial providers that have come forward to offer their help as part of this city-wide refugee resettlement action. The group is seeking offers of:

●      Self-contained accommodation (with rent payable)

●      Labour to build or develop existing community buildings

●      English lessons, befriending and other forms of care

Refugees Welcome in MK campaigning group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm in CMK. If you can offer any assistance to the campaign, please contact the group at: refugees@citizensmk.org.uk.

Follow updates about the Refugees Welcome campaign on social media:

Twitter: @CitizensMK/ #mkrefugees

Facebook: search for CitizensMK

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www.citizensuk.org

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