Identifying Volunteer Car Services in Milton Keynes

Does your Organisation have a Voluntary Car Service?  

Does it work with volunteer drivers?

Then we would like to hear from you!

We would like to establish a link with all Voluntary Car Services operating in Milton Keynes to develop a regular network or forum, with the aim to:
  • Link similar organisations /services together.
  • Develop awareness of what each service covers.
  • Share best practice, issues, knowledge and experiences.
  • Promote all the services to the wider public and increase community awareness.
  • Promote volunteer drivers opportunities.
  • Provide a forum to contribute to the redesigning of MK Council Community Transport service.

We would like to know:
  • What clients does your service work with?
  • How many drivers do you currently have?
  • What areas/estates/towns do you serve?
  • Do you charge a membership fee? if so how is it paid?
  • Do you charge a fee for travelling? Is this payable to the driver?
  • What training do you provide your drivers?

If you are interested in sharing information about your service or joining the network or forum could you please contact: Tracy Whitmore at or phone 01908 661623.
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Create summer activity – Young carers travel through time in animation project

Over the Summer, Create gave young carers in Milton Keynes the opportunity to explore the world of animation and try out a range of animation techniques, spanning from the Victorian era, all the way up to the present day. With the help of Create’s professional artist, they got to grips with stop-motion techniques, digital editing and experimented with thaumatropes and flip-books.

The young carers then collaborated to create short animated films inspired by a renovated redway (a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians) in Milton Keynes.

Young carers often say they feel lonely or socially isolated from their peers because of their responsibilities at home. During the Summer, when school is out, many young carers have even fewer opportunities to interact with people their age and become more insular and closed-off. This project allowed them to forget their responsibilities, make new friends, and most importantly, to have some fun!

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Job Vacancies

Administrator with Victim Support (Bracknell)

Salary: Pro-rata £21,530 (FTE)

Terms: Fixed term contract for 12 months (subject to review and possible extension)

Location: Bracknell, Berkshire

Closing Date: 5pm 16 October 2015

Interviews: 28 October 2015

Do you want to be part of developing an exciting new project within the Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS)?

Accredited and renowned for high quality RJ interventions, TVRJS is seeking an exceptional administrator to support the work of services  for victims in the Thames Valley, working in partnership with Victim Support.

This role is part-time (0.5 full time equivalent, paid on NJC pay scale point 24) and funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley.

The Role: will provide an administrative link between the Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service and Victim

Support, and will be based in Victim Support’s Bracknell Office alongside one of their RJ Development Managers.

It will involve a variety of tasks including helping to identify potential cases for Restorative Justice, liaising with Victim Support

and the Witness Care Unit and contact with Victims in line with the Victims’ Code.

More details, a full Job Description and an application pack can be obtained via the Thames Valley Partnership website or contact Bron Jones on 01844 202001 or

Thames Valley Partnership is an equal opportunities employer; the aim of their policy is to ensure no job applicant,

employee or worker is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or

national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age or disability. They do not

disbar applicants with criminal convictions and are mindful of the requirements of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974.

Programme Officer with Toybox

Salary: £28,000-£30,000

Terms: Temporary post covering Maternity leave

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 8am 19 October 2015

Interviews: 23 October 2015

Toybox are looking for a Programme Officer to oversee their projects in Kenya and India as maternity cover. This is an exciting opportunity to work in their small but dynamic team. They are working on a strategy that will see income growing, diversifying their geographical footprint and pushing to impact more children. They have a strong commitment to innovation, and a passion to end injustice to children who are connected with the street.

Do you have experience of managing child-focused development projects and a strong understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Cycle Management?  Are you looking to be challenged and stretched? Are you excited at the prospect of innovating and building partnerships and projects that improve the lives of families and children living in poverty and facing injustice?  Do you want to join a fun team where you will have the satisfaction of seeing your work making a real difference?  If “yes” then Toybox would love to hear from you.

Please visit the Toybox website for further details of their work.

To apply and see a job description and more information Click here

Communications Officer (PR/Digital/Marketing) with 
The MedicAlert Foundation

Salary: £20,000 – £25,000 pa

Terms: Permanent, 35 hours per week

Location: Milton Keynes

Closing Date: 29 October 2015

To assist on the development and delivery of external communications and digital strategies including social media, public relations, creative integrated campaigns, education outreach, marketing materials and real-life case studies.  Help to raise the profile of MedicAlert amongst key segments: such as MedicAlert customers, potential customers, health care professionals, emergency personnel.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Ensure the integration of communications throughout UK and Ireland including digital media and influencing activity.
  • Manage some aspects of the website, including visual and functional elements, day-to-day updates on the CMS and  devise and implement longer-term development plans
  • Work with the team to plan, design, deliver and evaluate external communications campaigns as required
  • Be a ‘brand champion’ ensuring key messaging, materials and visuals are in-line with MedicAlert’s core brand values and identity
  • Work with the team to plan and support the development of the MedicAlert national awareness campaigns – both consumer and education
  • Research and produce engaging and relevant news content, stories and case studies using journalistic and web writing expertise to maximise the impact of communications
  • Manage and maintain core social media channels, working with the external social media agency to ensure news and events are communicated effectively and regularly, and engage with stakeholders online
  • Represent MedicAlert at relevant public events, including manning stands and conducting presentations
  • Supervise the creation of communications materials for education, B2B and B2C

Personal Specification

Skills & Experience:

  • Experience of developing PR, marketing or social media campaigns using a range of approaches
  • PC proficient (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication
  • Excellent communications skills, including writing/editing/proofreading materials for different audiences and different channels
  • Experience of working with the media pitching ideas and writing feature content
  • Experience of website and/or database management is desirable 

About the charity:

MedicAlert medical ID jewellery and membership services deliver life-saving benefits to an ever-growing customer base; with over 50 years’ experience protecting people in an emergency.

If you would like to apply for this position, please click here where you will be directed to Charity Jobs Website.

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RNIB – Supporting people with sight loss

RNIB – Supporting people with sight loss

We would like to welcome you to the local Milton Keynes Group.

Come and tell us the challenges you have found in the local area on Monday 26th October 2015 between 2pm and 4 pm.

Guest Speaker

Mr Steve Naylor, CEO, Bucks Vision

Who will be speaking about new projects at Bucks Vision

Centre for Integrated Living Meeting Room

Christ the Cornerstone Church

330 Saxon Gate West

Central Milton Keynes


Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided so please contact us if you are able to attend by telephone or email to:

Padma:  01908 377058 or 07429 154 931


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Join Advantage Africa’s ‘Sitting Down Decathlon quiz night

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Advantage Africa’s ‘Sitting Down Decathlon’ is a quiz night with a difference that promises to be a lot of fun for all the family. The ten events include tin foil models, peas, towers, jokes, paper aeroplanes and cream crackers!

The event will start at 7.30pm on Saturday 10th October in Simpson Village Hall, Hanmer Road, Milton Keynes.

Tickets are £10 per person and include a pizza and salad supper and soft drinks (you can bring your own alcohol). There will also be a raffle and all the evening’s proceeds go towards building a better future for some of East Africa’s most vulnerable people.

Booking, for teams of up to six people, is essential (they will arrange teams on the night for those who don’t come in a full team). To reserve your place(s) please email Andrew as soon as possible, and by midday Friday 9th October at the latest. You can also order and pay for your tickets directly at

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Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise’s role in improving health and wellbeing – consultation


In November 2014, the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE), and NHS England initiated a review of the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes.  Its purpose is to make recommendations about how this contribution can be sustained and extended through investment and partnership.

They are now encouraging discussions about how best to do this and are asking people to complete their consultations.

Discussion paper on the challenges and solutions to better investment in and partnership with the VCSE sector – asks for views from the voluntary sector and from those working in health and social care on the current state of investment, partnership working, and how closer collaboration could be fostered.

Discussion paper on the Voluntary Sector Investment Programme – asks for views on the role and effectiveness of the government’s current ‘Voluntary Sector Investment Programme’ suite of grants.

They also want to gather examples of promising practice and evidence so please send these to the VCSE Review Programme Manager, Angie Macknight.

There are also a number of free events – face-to-face and online which you can attend to learn more, ask questions and share your views.  See the VCSE Review website for more details.

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