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

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Sessional Tutor & Sessional Learning Support Assistant at MK Snap

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

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:

If you are interested in the positions you can also call and speak to a member of the team on 01908 690 330.

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The Stables: a crucial MK Council meeting on 4th April

On behalf of Arts and Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK),

Please show your support for the future of The Stables by attending a crucial MK Council planning meeting at 7pm on Thursday 4th April

As you will know, live music venues across the country have been threatened by the arrival of new housing development in their vicinity. The Stables face this very issue with the proposed housing development plans on their western boundary in Wavendon. This important venue could be threatened if the right planning agreements are not put in place. AHA-MK members were very supportive when this first came to light; indeed local objection resulted in the Planning Department’s email box seizing up and The Stables is keen for you to show your support again by letting Milton Keynes Council know we need them to resolve this in a positive way.

Having understood that more time was required to resolve outstanding concerns, at the Development Control Committee meeting on 7th March councillors voted to defer the decision until June to provide more time to allow further discussions to take place. However the Council informed everyone on 20th March that the decision has been brought forward at the request of the developers to this Thursday 4th April, providing insufficient time to resolve all the concerns – and in particular to further explore the idea of a deed of easement.

The Stables have sought expert legal advice and have provided a summary of the current position, which you can read in full here.

The Planning meeting on Thursday 4th April is a public meeting held at 7pm at the Civic Offices. Please come if you can and so demonstrate the importance of The Stables to MK and to our cultural landscape. Letters to MK Council and its Councillors in support of our world class music venue, The Stables, would also be very valuable but must be received by 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd April setting out any concerns or comments arising from the report (available on the Milton Keynes Website Planning Portal or by visiting the Civic Offices, Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ).

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One Stop Shop for Homeless People in MK

You may be aware that the Ground Floor of the Buszy – the Old Bus Station – has been let to The Winter Night Shelter for use as a One Stop Shop for the Homeless in Milton Keynes.

Donna from Ridgeway Community Trust is currently co-ordinating the use of the Buszy and is looking for care providers that work with the homeless, vulnerable and those with mental health challenges.  They are offering the opportunity to utilise the Old Bus Station throughout the week. They are looking for people who want to provide their services in the facility and work with other facility users, signposting to other service providers where necessary. The facility will be provided free of charge to anyone working with the homeless or vulnerable.

The Homelessness Partnership in Milton Keynes is trying to achieve the following;

  •  A ‘One Stop Shop’ that connects cohesive services, charities and groups working in partnership.
  • Create a community centre that provides resources that prevent and support homelessness, supports the vulnerable and those with mental health problems.

At the moment there are some works that are being completed, but they are hoping this will all be completed by 1st December 2017, in time for the colder weather.

If you would like more information or you would like to get in touch regarding the use of the Buszy, please contact Donna:

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Join in with Carbon Conversations

Sign up for your place at Carbon Conversations

Carbon Conversations will help you to explore key aspects of a personal carbon footprint and help you to identify actions you can take to reduce yours.

The new Carbon Conversations group is starting in Milton Keynes this September – book now by contacting Hilarie on or call 07773352495.

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To find out more about this and other low-carbon living initiatives in Milton Keynes, come along to the monthly meet-up of the Transition MK Group – Wednesday 6th September at ‘The Place to Eat’ cafe, 2nd floor in John Lewis, Central Milton Keynes.

The group meets at 6pm and meetings normally finish by 7pm – everyone interested is welcome to join in!


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Red Cross Seeks Women’s Groups in MK


The Milton Keynes branch of the British Red Cross would love to hear from local women’s groups that their clients could attend. They currently have an allotment group which their clients visit every Thursday and are looking for similar activities.

The British Red Cross helps refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants become familiar with their local area and access essential services. They provide a free, impartial and confidential service including practical help, advice, information and emotional support.

Please contact Zeinab Mummin, Service Co-ordinator for Refugee Support and International Family Tracing via if you are able to help.

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Netherfield is hosting a DIY Health Check Day!

Local Conversations is a steering group for Netherfield and they are hosting a 

DIY Health Check Day on Friday! 

If you are free between 11- 3pm come and have a look! 

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Local Conversations is a local community group who the Community Engagement team are assisting. They are working hard as a team with the Netherfield residents to enhance the local community and estate.

We are always looking for more volunteers so if you are interested in helping us with our work, then please contact


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