30 September: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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Fareshare South Midlands Warehouse is now open!

In partnership with the alternative education charity SOFEA, a brand new Fareshare has come to Milton Keynes! Community Action:MK went along to the opening of the warehouse and the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Fareshare distribute and supply their surplus food to over 11,000 charities across the UK. They have brought themselves to Milton Keynes, working with ASDA, to try and tackle the poverty, homelessness and lack of food available to vulnerable people in order to provide a basic human need to those who might not otherwise receive it. Fareshare are also using their surplus food to connect people and create a social impact upon those they supply to, by bringing people together through food.

‘Surplus with a purpose’.

Community Action:MK were invited to attend the launch of the brand new Fareshare SOFEA Warehouse, where SOFEA and Fareshare’s partners, volunteers and organisations they supply to were out in force to celebrate the new Warehouse. SMART!, MK College and Milton Keynes Christian Foundation, to name a few of the organisations in attendance that Fareshare supply to.

The CEO of Fareshare and the CEO of SOFEA made speeches about how their organisations work and how they work together to achieve ‘surplus with a purpose’. There is a wealth of work behind the scenes and they owe a large thank you to their workers and volunteers, without whom they’re operation would not work or run smoothly or function at all in order to deliver to the frontline charities and community groups.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of Fareshare, addressing the crowd at the opening launch.

The Mayor was in attendance of the event, invited to help cut the ribbon. He made an empowering speech about how Fareshare and their partnership with SOFEA and ASDA would benefit not only the homelessness numbers rising in Milton Keynes, but the poverty that both vulnerable people and children face. He is excited to see the benefit to the impoverished areas and vulnerable people within Milton Keynes that Fareshare and SOFEA will work with, as well as the individual and social impact it will have on local communities as a whole.

Fareshare are on the lookout for more volunteers for their new South Midlands Warehouse. If you are are interested in volunteering with Fareshare, click here for more information, or contact Community Action: MK at support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

For more information about Fareshare and how they work, click here. Or follow the link here to learn more about SOFEA.

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Community Action: MK joined in the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning!

Inundated with cake, Community Action:MK sat down and enjoyed a chat over their bakes and buys, accompanied with a cuppa, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

On Friday the 27th September, Community Action:MK took an hour from their day to sit down, have a coffee and a slice of the many, many cakes provided by the staff and donated to Macmillan Cancer Support on the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Chocolate cake, lemon cake, fruit cake and raspberry cake and homemade tiffin, the Community Action: MK team surpassed cake-expectations and baked, brought and provided the office with plenty of goodies to feast on alongside their cuppas.

Between our small team of workers and the generosity of our neighbours Duncan Lewis, we raised £58.11 towards Macmillan Cancer Support!

A big thank you to our team at Community Action for getting involved in such a worthwhile cause and for putting your hands in your pockets and giving what you can!

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Thyroid MK – Information Event.

Thyroid MK are holding their next information event on Saturday 12th October 2019 at the Pavilion, Open University, Milton Keynes. Coffee and registration at 10.30 followed by the guest speaker at 11.00. For map and directions look here or telephone Wilma 01908 563289

Our guest speakers are from the British Thyroid Foundation Head Office (BTF) in Harrogate.

Cheryl Mc Mullan – Chief Executive Officer (Operations)

Julia Priestly – Chief Executive Officer (Development)

Both of whom will be giving you an update on the present and future objectives that are involved in the continued progression of BTF.

For more information visit http://www.thyroidmk.co.uk/

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Autumn Networking Event: Living well in communities – 8 October

Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm, Optional Walk to Conniburrow commencing at 3:00pm
Venue: The Meeting Place (near The Point, CMK)
REGISTER HERE

Community Action:MK are hosting our Autumn Networking in line with the Festival of Creative Urban Living, happening on Midsummer Boulevard.

Join us to explore ‘Living Well in Communities’ in the new urban dwellings of Milton Keynes and come together with colleagues and friends from the voluntary and community sector to explore the hidden gems within these communities.

There will be a walk (optional) into Conniburrow to view the hidden gems of this estate and to explore the community engagement activities taking place there, with guidance from our colleagues working with Big Local Conniburrow.

Agenda (draft):

2:00 pm – Arrival: Registration and Refreshments
2:15 pm – Welcome from Clare Walton, CEO of Community Action:MK
2:20 pm – Networking
3:00 pm – Walk to Conniburrow (optional) / Stay and explore the Festival of Creative Urban Living
3:30 pm – Exploring Conniburrow: The Community Orchard, The Little Library, Friendship Park, The Pond and The Community Hub .
4:15pm – Walk back to CMK

The walk to Conniburrow is optional, but please reserve a ticket as part of the registration process) On the walk, we will be exploring the creative designs within an urban area and visiting the hidden gems of Conniburrow, such as The Community Orchard, Friendship Park and The Hub.

If you prefer, you are more than welcome to stay after our networking section and explore the events and exhibitions of the Festival of Creative Urban Living. From Utopia Station, film screenings and Bike School to the Boulevard Broadcast, talks and Beds United, there is so much to do see and explore at the Festival, that maybe just one afternoon won’t be enough!

You can find a programme of events here.

We do hope you will join in to explore what we will be an intriguing insight into ‘Living Well in Communities’ within the Festival and to journey with us into our very own Conniburrow to see how their hidden gems have contributed to the creativity of one of MK’s very own urban estates.

We very much look forward to seeing you on the day!

Thank you,
Community Action:MK Team

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System-wide Conversation: “Let’s talk about changing outcomes for people who are the highest users of services and how we support these vulnerable individuals within our community to flourish”

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICS invites you to: System-wide Conversation: “Let’s talk about changing outcomes for people who are the highest users of services and how we support these vulnerable individuals within our community to flourish”

When: Wednesday 9 October, 2019 5.45 pm – 9.00 pm
Where: Rufus Centre, Lockyer Suite, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH

To register for the event please click here.

BLMK ICS is delighted to invite you to a special workshop focussed on changing the outcomes of the health systems highest users. On the evening we will be joined by two keynote speakers who will join us to talk about ‘High Intensity User (HIU) Schemes, Approaches, Mindsets & Behaviours’.

– Rhian Monteith, Clinical Lead for RightCare High Intensity User Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement & Clinical Lead, Rotating Paramedic Programme, Health Education England and

– Dawn Chamberlain, Programme Director Clinical Improvement, NHS England and NHS Improvement

In addition, the evening will also include an opportunity for attendees to participate in break out groups to focus on jointly identifying a better understanding of the true impact across our whole system – in particular the wider determinants of health – for HIU schemes/approaches. 

Spaces are available to staff of the 15 Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes partners and associated voluntary organisations.

To register for the event please click here.

Food and refreshments will be provided at the event and a full agenda will follow. 
Follow us at:  @BLMKPartnership www.blmkpartnership.co.uk

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Health and Wellbeing Board Drop – In

Tim Davies joined us for the ‘Meet Peta’ Drop In and was keen to impart his knowledge and his wisdom about his role on the Health and Wellbeing Board, whilst enjoying some tea and treats in the process!

Tim Davies, the Deputy VCS representative on the Health and Wellbeing Board for Milton Keynes, stepped in for Peta at the drop in Community Action:MK hosted at Acorn House on Wednesday 25th September.

We got some visits from a couple of local groups, interested to learn about what the Health and Wellbeing Board do within the voluntary and community sector, whilst promoting themselves to Tim to make him aware of what is out there at a grassroots level.

Some groups are still growing, developing and learning about the sector they are involved in, such as DAFS (Drugs Alcohol Family Support), a family support group run by other parents/partners of addicted loved ones, offering a weekly support meeting in a welcoming/safe/confidential and non-judgemental environment. They met Tim and were impressed with the strategic priorities of the HWB to affect change at grass roots level for the voluntary and community sector and the new and developing groups working with and operating within the health and social care system.

What is the Health and Wellbeing Board?

Health and Wellbeing Boards are a key element of the new health and social care system. The boards bring together commissioners of services across the NHS, public health, social care and children’s services, and build on the current strong local partnerships and joint working across health and social care within Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes Council has provided strategic leadership in developing a Health and Wellbeing Board for Milton Keynes.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives health and wellbeing boards specific functions which include the preparation of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs), these are duties of local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

The overarching strategic priorities of the Milton Keynes Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018 – 2028 (PDF, 2.4MB) are:

Staying Well

  • a strong focus on prevention

Closing the Gap

  • reducing inequalities in life chances

One MK

  • an integrated, innovative approach to health and wellbeing

This is achieved through Starting Well, Living Well and Ageing Well.

For more information about how the Health and Wellbeing board in Milton Keynes is being run and what it is about, click here.

If you would like to learn more about how you can start, support or develop a group within the voluntary and community sector, please contact us at support@communityactionmk.org or call us on 01908 661623.

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