12 August: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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12 August 2019

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Community and voluntary events in Central Beds, Bedfordshire, Luton & MK

The Counselling Foundation is holding Free Counselling Training Open Days in Bedford and Luton on Saturday 17 August. Booking essential. Click here.

The next Small Charities Forum, hosted by Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, is on 19 September,10am-1.30pm, in Toddington, with the theme of Financial Management. Click here.

Think Autism: Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Borough Council and Luton Borough Council are running a partnership engagement workshop to discuss the Bedfordshire Think Autism Partnership Board. They would like to invite carers, Autism organisations, complex needs groups and others who may be interested, to participate. The event is Friday 27 September, 10am-12pm at The Rufus Centre in Flitwick. RSVP required to commissioningsupport@luton.gov.uk by 13 September.  Details here

19th September: TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST: TRUSTEE CONFERENCE

Looking at why transparency and trust are critical to a charity’s success, this half-day conference will give you expert input and practical ideas to strengthen your organisation.

You will learn how to boost trust levels through governance, board diversity and accountability, as well as participate in one of our expert-led interactive breakout sessions. If you are a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group or a board member of a social enterprise, this conference will provide you with clear, take-away actions to apply to your organisation.
Find out more

We support communities and groups

Community Action: MK provides advice and support on setting up, managing and developing your charity, voluntary or community group in Milton Keynes. We can work with you on a 1:1 basis, or can get you linked in with local training and events. We give advice on getting fit for funding, forward planning and good governance.

Your first step should be to have a look at the information sheets we provide here.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for or think you might require more in depth support please email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

Have your say!
Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Milton Keynes East (MKE) has been allocated for a residential-led strategic urban extension in Plan:MK. The allocation within Plan:MK is for around 5,000 homes and 105 hectares of employment land along with a range of social, transport and green infrastructure provision.

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm.

The preferred method for submitting comments is via a Consultation Response Form which can be downloaded below or a hard copy is available in all public libraries within the Borough and at Civic. Please return your completed form to us via: development.plans@milton-keynes.gov.uk

See all related documents and download Consultation Response Form here

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List
MK Council Statement of Community Involvement

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CNWL Community Health Strategy Q&A

Central and North West London (CNWL) launched their Community Health Services Strategy on Thursday 18 July 2019.

The strategy includes 14 key commitments which the Trust will continue to develop together with staff, patients, carers and partners over the next five years. You can find out more on their website and can attend their Q&A to share your views.

Register for the Q&A event on 14 August from 09:00-11:00

Goods for charities from In Kind Direct

Goods for charities from In Kind Direct

In Kind Direct, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, is set up to provide UK charitable organisations with new usable consumer goods. Goods range from toiletries, clothes, toys, cleaning products and a range of other items that can be used to:

  • Give to people you support free of charge
  • Run your projects and activities
  • Clean and maintain your facilities

The charity takes donations of goods from companies such as Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Asda, Kimberly Clark (to name a few). Goods are all new and usable but donated for a variety of reasons including having small defects in the branding or packaging, over production or being end of line goods.

Registration is free. You pay a small charge for their service, which contributes towards the cost of running a warehouse, staff, packaging and includes delivery. If you have any questions, please contact the Charities Team on 0300 30 20 200 or info@inkinddirect.org

#BLMKfutureNHS

#BLMKfutureNHS is a ‘campaign to understand what is important to local people about the future of health and care services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK). The campaign will provide ‘BLMK residents with an opportunity to share their views at a series of events and via an online survey about existing services and what is important to them for the future’.
Find out more

Nominate your city for the 10th Access City Award 2020! On 29 November 2019, the European Commission will reward the 10th winners of the Access City Award (first, second and third place prizes and up to four special mentions). Once again, cities will be rewarded for their outstanding work in making their cities more accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly people. Applications must be made by completing and submitting the online application form by 11 September 2019 

Apply for the Access City Award

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: MK Gallery Assistant

Gallery Assistant Volunteers are a vital part of the team working to ensure the continuing success of MK Gallery, ensuring we deliver the best quality of visitor experience to all. Gallery Assistant Volunteers work pro-actively to ensure the safety and security of the art works at all times. 

Find out more: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/b881f42d-18f2-4e68-ad68-4a5f6f064659/1

Volunteers wanted for Intu Green Gym

Part-time Digital Skills Officer (Citizens Advice)

Citizens Advice is looking for someone for their new role as a Digital Skills Officer, helping those that need it to access a variety of online services both locally and nationally.

A background in advice giving is desirable but not essential. Full training will be provided.  ‘Job share’ arrangements may be considered. Find out more

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People’s Postcode Trust 

The Peoples Postcode Trust is the grant-giving independent charitable trust of Peoples Postcode Lottery. They distribute funds to small organisations, community groups and registered charities.
Deadline: 14 August
Find out more

Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the ‘Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare’ community grants scheme. Grants of up to £2,500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations ‘that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.’
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

GSK IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.
Deadline: 23 September
Find out more

Comic Relief Launches £1.2m Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Fund

Women’s organisations providing frontline services in the UK that meet the needs of women and girls facing multiple disadvantage can apply now for grants of up to £250,000 out of this £1.2 million fund.

Comic Relief continues their partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK’s devolved administrations to support organisations across the UK tackling violence against women and girls. The fund has been made available through a grant from the Tampon Tax Fund.
Find out more

Empowering young people to improve communities

Applications for grants of up to £35,000 are open until 12pm (noon) on Friday 20 September. Co-op Foundation expect to make about eight grants in total and funding comes from a new £3 million extension to Co-Op’s #iwill Fund. You can find out if your organisation is eligible by checking out their funding page,

Mid Shires Orchard Group – Afternoon at the Orchard

Saturday 17 August 2019
2.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: Woughton Orchards, off Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3BD

Activities: This month, our focus will be on the Plum Hedge and its lovely Merryweather Damson trees. We’ll be removing brambles and weeds from around the trees, doing summer pruning and perhaps even harvesting some fruit. Bring work gloves and tools such as loppers, scythes, pruning saws and shears. 
Price: FREE! Donations welcomed towards refreshments 
Contact: Claire at MSOGChairman@yahoo.com to find out more and confirm attendance

Emily’s Star Dinosaur Hunt

Saturday 17 August 2019
10:30 – 14:30

Our roarsome dinosaur hunt is back!! Book your tickets now to join in the adventure! Search the secret garden for the hidden dinosaur letters, play games to earn clues & watch out for Pete the dino roaming around! Tickets are priced at £5 per child plus booking fee, adults are FREE!

Planting Up permablitz

Saturday 24 August 2019

Join Planting Up in the garden for their next permablitz at Westbury Arts Centre on Saturday 24 August from 10.30am. They’ll be working up an appetite for their “bring & share” lunch from 1 – 2pm. Summer garden care is mostly about leisurely watering, trimming and weeding but they’ll also be seeing what they can pick and eat from the garden too! 🙂

Upcoming Workshops @ Westbury Arts Centre

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust 2019
12:00-16:00
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

MK Hospital 40th birthday celebration event

7 September 2019

Weaving Trust event on environmental issues

14th September 2019

Join MK Green Alliance members for lots of natters about Milton Keynes and environmental issues. The following link explains the origin and usual format of a weaving trust event.
http://www.citizensmk.org.uk/campaigns/former-campaigns/weaving-trust/
Find out more here.
Sign up today. We’d love to meet you.
Click here to register on eventbrite 

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2 August: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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2 August 2019

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19th September: TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST: TRUSTEE CONFERENCE

Looking at why transparency and trust are critical to a charity’s success, this half-day conference will give you expert input and practical ideas to strengthen your organisation.

You will learn how to boost trust levels through governance, board diversity and accountability, as well as participate in one of our expert-led interactive breakout sessions. If you are a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group or a board member of a social enterprise, this conference will provide you with clear, take-away actions to apply to your organisation.
Find out more

Time Well Spent: A national survey on the volunteering experience

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Time Well Spent is a major new report into the volunteering experience published by NCVO in January 2019. It is the result of a national survey carried out through YouGov’s panel (10,000+ respondents). The survey focuses on volunteering through groups, clubs and organisations and includes data on recent volunteers, but also lapsed volunteers and non-volunteers.

Read the report

We support communities and groups

Community Action: MK provides advice and support on setting up, managing and developing your charity, voluntary or community group in Milton Keynes. We can work with you on a 1:1 basis, or can get you linked in with local training and events. We give advice on getting fit for funding, forward planning and good governance.

Your first step should be to have a look at the information sheets we provide here.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for or think you might require more in depth support please email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List
MK Council Statement of Community Involvement

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Hopkins Architects wins MK:U International Design Competition

Hopkins Architects, the designers behind Harvard University’s new Smith Campus Center, as well as the London 2012 Velodrome and the award-winning WWF Living Planet Centre eco-building have been chosen to create a 21st century university quarter for Milton Keynes.

MK:U is a partnership between Milton Keynes Council and Cranfield University, supported by business sponsors, and will focus on digital economy skills and new technologies including AI, robotics and cyber security. The university quarter would take shape on a 10-hectare site on Avebury Boulevard (the last major undeveloped site in the city centre). 

The MK:U design competition attracted submissions from 257 firms from across the globe. The jury received local public feedback on five shortlisted designs and were unanimous in their decision to appoint Hopkins Architects. 

Short video from Hopkins Architects

Groups and activities for people with visual impairments

Ballroom Dancing Group: Meets twice a month on the second Wednesday and the last Thursday of every month between 11 a m and 12 noon at the Trinity Centre, fishermead Boulevard, MK6 2LA  Various dance routines taught by an experienced teacher.
Sighted helpers welcome.  Cost £5 per session. Transport can be arranged at a small extra cost. Contact Padma on 01908 377058 or e-mail:pscheriyan@gmail.com

Tai Chi Group: To improve balance, breathing and posture, Tai chi classes  are held twice a month on Fridays between 1.30 p m and 2.45 p m in the Community room within John Lewis Store in the Centre MK shopping building.  Cost is £4 per session. Transport can be arranged at a small extra cost. Contact Padma on 01908 377058 or e-mail: pscheriyan@gmail.com

Technology Group MK: To introduce the uninitiated to the digital world and  to improve the skills of the users of digital devices Technology Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month between 2 and 4 p m at Margaret Powell House, 401-447 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3BN for further information contact Padma on 01908 377058 or e-mail: pscheriyan@gmail.com

Community Action:MK monthly radio show

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Tune in to Secklow Sounds on Wednesday 7th August at 1pm – we will be talking all things green spaces in Milton Keynes and visiting some local community green spaces projects and initiatives in the city.

Social Causes see increase in funding from mass charity events

Only 10% of multimillionaires in Britain donate to charity

Social causes saw a 35% increase in donations from mass participation events in 2018, according to The Massive Top 25, which ranks the most successful mass fundraising events of the year. The study revealed that Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning as the biggest events, raising £37.1m and £27m respectively.

The increase shows that social causes such as homelessness and international development are starting to cut through with a new generation of donors. The Sleep in the Park event by Social Bite raised £3.6m this year, an increase on last year’s total.
Read more

NAVCA Health and Social Care Update: Sector calls on government to stop cuts to vital services

Earlier this month, NAVCA joined 19 other voluntary sector organisations in supporting a letter written by National Voices which calls on the government to stop the cuts that sap the life out of society.

Care workers and elderly residents at a music therapy group session  in Oxfordshire

The letter, which was published in The Guardian on Monday 8 July, asks the government to prioritise and strengthen local councils’ and the VCSE’s ability to build the conditions that help people thrive. Joining organisations including the Centre for Mental health, ACEVO and VODG, NAVCA has signed the letter and is calling for action to be taken now. You can read the letter in The Guardian.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Supporting Xtra Special Families

Xtra Special Families are looking to recruit a wealth of volunteers to help them deliver more sessions to their children and families. Can you spare a few hours of your time? The more the merrier!

Volunteers are extremely well-valued here – they wouldn’t run without them! If you can spare a few hours of your time to help out during some sessions during the school holidays, then you would be letting yourself in for some of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have with these wonderful children and their families!
Find out more

Volunteers wanted for Intu Green Gym

Information, Advice and Guidance Adviser (Part-time) with Works For Us

We are looking for an outstanding individual to provide one-to-one advice sessions to our clients to support them in obtaining employment, education, training or volunteering.

We are a small but vibrant team made up of staff, tutors and volunteers who all share the same goal:
to empower our clients to be the best they can be.

This position requires excellent communication skills and experience of working with people from a variety of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Find out more

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MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund

MK Council has created a new fund called the MK 2050 Community Capacity Fund with MK Community Foundation to support the important work made by voluntary and community groups in MK.
Find out more

John Coates Charitable Trust

Typical grants are between £5,000 and £10,000 but in exceptional circumstances awards may be higher. Only one grant will be awarded to any organisation within a 12-month period but Trustees may choose to renew their support in subsequent years. Successful applicants will be asked to report back on the impact of the grant.
Find out more

Regional Capacity Building Programme

We offer funding under this programme for activities and projects which are local or regional in coverage and which promote the understanding, management and conservation of the historic environment.
Find out more

Mum to Mum Family Fun Day

Tue, August 6, 2019
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A chance to get together in the holidays and celebrate the community that is Mum to Mum. Everyone Invited!

20 stands confirmed – Games – Story Time – Buggy Fitness – Toddler Time – Party Time with Corina’s cool kids and lots more.
Bring a picnic or enjoy Giuseppe’s Pizzeria or Howe and Co Fish and Chips on the lawn, chill in the beautiful grounds, network and support some of the businesses that make up the Mum to Mum directory.
Please RSVP by booking your adults tickets here – Your ticket also enters you into a draw to win a Frosts Hamper or 1 of 10 Mum to Mum VIP Cards!

Upcoming Workshops @ Westbury Arts Centre

Wildlife Trust Nature Detective and Craft Activity

Thursday 8 August 10.30 – 11.30
Centrecom Meeting Place 602 North Row, Milton Keynes, MK9 3BJ
Register here

Join Kate from The Wildlife Trust and Sue, CMK Council Community Mobiliser, to learn some top tips on how to be a nature detective, along with a wildlife craft activity. Also find out how you can get involved in gardening work in the green space next to Centrecom, N1th and N12th Street and The South Row area. .

Hope Fest

10 August 2019

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust, 12-4
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

MK Hospital 40th birthday celebration event

7 September 2019

Weaving Trust event on environmental issues

14th September 2019

Join MK Green Alliance members for lots of natters about Milton Keynes and environmental issues. The following link explains the origin and usual format of a weaving trust event.
http://www.citizensmk.org.uk/campaigns/former-campaigns/weaving-trust/
Find out more here.
Sign up today. We’d love to meet you.
Click here to register on eventbrite 

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26 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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26 July 2019

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Vital Signs Focus Group
Wednesday 31st July @ 3pm

This year Community Action: MK is organising a focus group to support the community consultation programme as part of the Vital Signs 2019 project, which is run by MK Community Foundation. Anyone living, working or volunteering in Milton Keynes is welcome to come along.

The focus group will take place on Wednesday 31st July at 3pm at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3HP and will run for up to 1.5hours. Please register by completing this form online – once registered, we will contact you to confirm the details.

19th September: TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST: TRUSTEE CONFERENCE

Looking at why transparency and trust are critical to a charity’s success, this half-day conference will give you expert input and practical ideas to strengthen your organisation.

You will learn how to boost trust levels through governance, board diversity and accountability, as well as participate in one of our expert-led interactive breakout sessions. If you are a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group or a board member of a social enterprise, this conference will provide you with clear, take-away actions to apply to your organisation.
Find out more

Cyber Protection Awareness Workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups. The Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions in October 2019 for Community Action: MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their immediate communities of the current cyber threats that the general public may experience.
Find out more

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Station Square Public Consultation: Have your say

Station Square MK

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) would like to gather views on the potential redevelopment of Milton Keynes’s Station Square to create a gateway to the city that responds to future growth. A link to their survey, consultation materials and a virtual tour of the Station Square Exhibition created for the MK Futures 2050 event can be found on the MKDP website.
The closing date for feedback is Sunday 4th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

MK Council Useful links and documents

Calendar of Forthcoming Meetings (DOCX, 64KB)
Reporting Issues to the Council Contact List (PDF, 63KB)

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SWEP activated

MK Council  team is out providing water, sun cream and hats to rough sleepers during this period of warm weather.  Support is also available at Unity Park Station, Elder Gate until midday today.

If you spot anyone who may be in need of help, please encourage them to visit Unity Park Station, call 07985 188072 or email info@roughsleeperpartnership.co.uk.

Cyber security FAQ: why charities can’t afford to ignore the risk from malware

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The world of cyber crime can seem murky and mysterious – cyber criminals are, after all, a faceless threat and charities are focused on the here and now, running their day to day operations and making a difference. But weapons such as malware are indiscriminate, and anyone can be stung. That is why in this article we try to shed some light on the world of malware, with help from cyber security experts Avast. Read more

Getting the Basics Right – Tackling Fly Tipping

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A 12 month campaign to tackle fly tipping will soon be launched as part of the MK Council Plan 2016-2022 Getting the Basics Right (“focusing on getting the basic services right, including waste collection, reducing littering and fly-tipping, improving landscaping and properly maintaining our highways by fixing more potholes and resurfacing more roads, pavements and redways”). Section 4.2 states “our getting the basics right commitment” we will: Reduce fly tipping by 50% on the most affected estates by April 2020. However, due to the way in which we collect data around fly tipped rubbish, the target will be to reduce fly-tipping by 50% on the top 50 fly tipping hot spots in MK.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre: Booking Now Open for Autumn Term of Creative Learning Courses

10 weeks from September 2019
Booking now open
Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s Autumn Creative Courses are now open for booking. Join our growing community of Creative Learners with our 10-week courses, allowing students of all abilities to work with experienced tutors to develop their skills in a range of disciplines. 

Fierce Mind Health: Mental Health and Wellbeing Education and Training

“I am a Time to Change champion for Mental Health and accredited Mental Health First Aider. I have extensive experience in delivering high quality training, education, and coaching sessions in Mental Health, Wellbeing and Sexual Health to private, voluntary and professional organisations”. Fierce Mind offer a range of programmes in order to suit the individual needs of your organisation. Fierce Mind Health can also offer bespoke packages, please feel free get in touch to discuss.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Bricklayer for Buckingham Canal Society

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Individuals with bricklaying skills are needed to help re-build a spill weir on the disused Buckingham Canal. Volunteers will also be expected to support the rest of the group. Volunteers need to wear a hard hat which is supplied. Experienced bricklayer required. Find out more

Volunteers wanted for Intu Green Gym

Outreach Case Worker (Full Time) Citizens Advice

We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable and confident person to join our Casework Team. The ideal candidate will provide face to face advice and support to local people, including those living in the community who could be considered ‘vulnerable adults’. The Outreach Caseworker will assist clients with complex welfare, debt and housing enquiries, covering issues across each subject.  This requires a good foundation knowledge of each advice area, so competence in these subjects is essential. 
Find out more

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United Way UK Small Charity Grants Now Available for Community Organisations

United Way UK are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2019 ‘Give Local’ grants! Applications are now open and charities are encouraged to apply.

These grants are aimed to support small charities delivering services in their local communities. United Way UK is particularly interested in supporting organisations whose work addresses our priority areas of health, education and income and those that support disadvantaged people. More information and applications can be found here: http://www.unitedway.org.uk/grants

A B Charitable Trust

Max. Value: £ 20,000
Deadline: 28 Jul 2019

Grants are available for small to medium-sized charities registered and working in the UK that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals in the UK.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF)

Max. Value: Discretionary
Deadline: 28 Jul 2019

Funding for public bodies, non-government organisations, community groups, charities, individuals and private companies, to support the planting and establishment of large and small trees in urban and peri-urban areas of England.

AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme – Project Development Grants

Max. Value: £ 100,000
Deadline: 29 Jul 2019

Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England to help fund development costs of projects that will create alternative uses for redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres

Archives Revealed – Scoping Grants

Max. Value: £ 3,000
Deadline: 29 Jul 2019

Grants are available to public sector bodies, registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK to help analyse collections, supporting development of future plans for cataloguing priorities and projects.

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) – South East Midlands

Max. Value: Discretionary
Deadline: 30 Jul 2019

A combination of funding from the European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund and elements of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development will be allocated at local level to drive smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Co-op Foundation – Space to Connect

Max. Value: £ 50,000
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Grants are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect and co-operate.

Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Grants are available to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: isolated children and young people; prisoners and ex-offenders; disadvantaged women; disability; arts outreach; and community cohesion among minority groups.

Emergency School Improvement Fund (Non-Capital)

A grant to support schools facing unexpected or imminent failure. Applications can be made for short-term support while a longer-term sustainable solution is developed, for example through the support of a new academy sponsor.
Applications can also be made for longer-term whole school support where no other sustainable solution can be found to address the school failure.

Applications can be submitted at any time.To make an application, email emergency.fund@education.gov.uk for an application form.

Lush Presents: MK Green Fest

Campbell Park
Saturday, 3 August 2019 from 12:00 to 21:00

Lush Presents: MK Green Fest

A community festival bringing together those who want to share, learn and explore all that is sustainable, plastic free and eco friendly.
Register here

Charity Fun Day

Capron, top field Beanhill
Sat, August 3, 2019 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Charity Fun Day to raise money for Help our Homeless MK and MK Play Rangers. Live music from local artists, raffles, tombola, cake sale, balloon making, face painting, water fight, arts&crafts, stalls and many more!!

Garden Gathering with Live Music @ MK SNAP

MK Snap
Fri, 2 August 2019 18:30 – 21:30
Register here

Wildlife Trust Nature Detective and Craft Activity

Thursday 8 August 10.30 – 11.30
Centrecom Meeting Place 602 North Row, Milton Keynes, MK9 3BJ
Register here

Join Kate from The Wildlife Trust and Sue, CMK Council Community Mobiliser, to learn some top tips on how to be a nature detective, along with a wildlife craft activity. Also find out how you can get involved in gardening work in the green space next to Centrecom, N1th and N12th Street and The South Row area. .

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust, 12-4
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

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We support communities and groups

Community Action: MK provides advice and support on setting up, managing and developing your charity, voluntary or community group in Milton Keynes. We can work with you on a 1:1 basis, or can get you linked in with local training and events. We give advice on getting fit for funding, forward planning and good governance.

Your first step should be to have a look at the information sheets we provide here.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for or think you might require more in depth support please email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

To sign up to receive our weekly newsletters and mailings please fill in this short form.

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19 July: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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19 July 2019

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Vital Signs Focus Group
Wednesday 31st July @ 3pm

This year Community Action: MK is organising a focus group to support the community consultation programme as part of the Vital Signs 2019 project, which is run by MK Community Foundation. Anyone living, working or volunteering in Milton Keynes is welcome to come along.

The focus group will take place on Wednesday 31st July at 3pm at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Blvd, MK9 3HP and will run for up to 1.5hours. Please register by completing this form online – once registered, we will contact you to confirm the details.

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July 25th Leadership Development Meeting

ella Foundation

ella forums invite you to attend as their guest, the launch of our new Milton Keynes Leadership Development Group on July 25th, 2019, kindly hosted by and at the offices of the MK Community Foundation.

This new ella forums MK Group is a peer mentoring and experiential learning group specifically designed to inspire and develop the leaders of Social Enterprises and Charities to grow their organisation. We will come together for monthly meetings to hear the latest thinking from guest speakers, share best practice and participate in a problem/opportunity resolution clinic.

When: Thursday 25th July 2019 9.30am-2.00pm
Where: Margaret Powell House 401/407 Midsummer Boulevard Central Milton Keynes MK9 3BN
What next: To reserve your place please click here to register.

Email phil@ella-forums.org for further details or visit our website ella-foundation.org

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BLMK NHS Long Term Plan

Thank you for helping hundreds have their say on the NHS Long Term Plan in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

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More money should be spent on providing better access to health and community services, with flexible support available around the clock – according to hundreds of people who took part in a region-wide survey. The findings, published in a report by the county’s independent health and care champion Healthwatch Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, reveal nearly 1000 people believe more needs to be done to improve access to GP appointments for people who work full time.

Read more about what people would do to change services in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

Station Square Public Consultation: Have your say

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Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) would like to gather views on the potential redevelopment of Milton Keynes’s Station Square to create a gateway to the city that responds to future growth. A link to their survey, consultation materials and a virtual tour of the Station Square Exhibition created for the MK Futures 2050 event can be found on the MKDP website.
The closing date for feedback is Sunday 4th August 2019.

Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

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24 HOUR LITTER PICK – McDonald’s Milton Keynes July 24th

After months of planning, McDonald’s in Milton Keynes have announced more information on our biggest Love Where You Live event yet, with our annual 24-hour litter picking event taking place on Wednesday 24 July! Now, we are calling for as many volunteers as possible to turn out during the 24-hour period to make the event their biggest and most productive litter pick yet, and we’d like you to register here if you would like to get involved!

BBC Three Counties People Awards

The BBC is inviting nominations for its Three Counties People Awards to celebrate the exceptional people of Beds, Herts and Bucks. The awards are held to recognise those outstanding people who always go the extra mile, who care about their community or who consistently give up their time to help others. Examples of categories are Young Achiever, Carer, Volunteer, 999 and Diversity & Equality. The ceremony takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable, on 25 September. For more details on the awards and how to nominate, please visit the awards section of the BBC website.

Let’s Talk Loneliness Campaign

Let's Talk Loneliness

Loneliness is an issue that can affect us all at some point in our lives. In January 2018, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Foundation, the UK Government announced a programme of work to tackle loneliness. The following October, the Government launched its Loneliness Strategy , which committed to tackling the stigma of loneliness and promoting the importance of social connections. And from this, the #LetsTalkLoneliness campaign was born, to encourage everyone to start the conversation and say it’s OK to feel lonely and it’s okay to talk about it.

This website brings together organisations, resources and inspirational stories that are united in a shared aim, to get more people talking about loneliness. Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Board members for The Stables Events Ltd.

We are looking for Board members to join the Trustees of The Stables Events Ltd – the charity responsible for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and other major cultural events.

The Festival was founded in 2010 and has gone on to become a much-loved and celebrated biennial event in the UK’s cultural calendar. Transforming Milton Keynes with a world-class, multi-arts programme of extraordinary events in unusual places and public spaces, the Festival has a growing reputation for commissioning new work and presenting UK premieres.

As we approach the 2020 Festival we are looking for Trustees with particular experience in developing, directing and supporting major Festivals and events.
More information: https://stables.org/about-us/job-vacancies

Calling all volunteers!

Heritage MK are working together and with Milton Keynes Council to help the residents and visitors of Milton Keynes connect with the history of the UK’s most successful New Town.

Although Milton Keynes new town heritage itself is only half a century old, there is a rich history of people living in the area of the city. From the Victorians to the Romans and even the Stone-Age, promoting this rich history is the work that the member organisations of Heritage MK specialise in.

In 2019, we have three exciting projects in conjunction with the Council asking for volunteers. These are:

  • New Town Heritage Explorers – Exploring our unique buildings, places and spaces through events and activity creating a national case study for Milton Keynes as a leading new town reinventing itself and planning for its next fifty years.
  • MK Skate – Social history research, city centre trail, and a major exhibition about the important role Milton Keynes has played in UK skateboarding culture. The project will also showcase and preserve the amazing archive three generations have collected for the city.
  • A Festival of Creative Urban Living – www.afcul.org. An amazing set of installations on Midsummer Boulevard East at the heart of the City Centre, celebrating ‘The Built, the Unbuilt and the Unbuildable’. The Festival Programme will take place from 27 September to 13 October and will ask people to show the world what is great about ‘MK’ and what they would like to see for its future, starting with the reshaping of the city centre.

Each project will require a number of volunteers from researchers, transcribers, events coordinator, exhibition stewards, visitor hosts to photographers, filmmakers, cycle tour guides and much, much more. For more information, or to sign up your interest, go to the Heritage MK volunteers website at:
https://heritagemk.volunteermakers.org

MK Community Foundation:
Philanthropy Manager – Full Time

MK Community Foundation are looking for an exceptional Philanthropy Manager with experience in developing high-impact relationships with donors and grant beneficiaries.

Can you contribute to the success of the MK Community Foundation through cultivating new and stewarding existing supporters? Find out more

Spinal Injuries Association:
Support Care and Data Coordinator and Trusts and Partnerships Assistant

The Spinal Injuries Association is the leading national charity supporting individuals who sustain damage to the spinal cord, often resulting in paralysis. 

Supporter Care and Data Coordinator (Maternity Cover)
With a can-do attitude, a caring approach and attention to detail, you will support the Individual Giving & Membership Manager in delivering a first class engagement experience to our members and supporters, putting your strong CRM management expertise to good use whilst delivering excellent supporter care.
Find out more

Trusts and Partnerships Assistant (Part-time)
Charitable trusts are very important to SIA and account for around £400,000 of our annual income. They provide much-needed financial support, without which we wouldn’t be able to deliver our vital services for spinal cord injured people. We’re seeking a Trusts and Partnerships Assistant who will support SIA’s trust fundraising activity.Trusts and Partnerships Assistant (Part-time)
Find out more

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MK Community Foundation Community Grants

Up to £5,000
Deadline 2 August 2019
MK Community Foundation award a range of grants to charities and community groups that help to make a positive impact in Milton Keynes and benefit local people. 

Home Office – Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund

Max. Value: £ 30,000
Grants are available to voluntary and community sector groups for community projects in England and Wales which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme 2018-2022

Max. Value: £ 15,000
Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.

NHS Blood and Transplant – BAME Community Investment Scheme

Max. Value: £ 10,000
Grants to local community and faith/belief-based organisations for projects in England and Wales that positively engage local communities in organ donation, address myths and barriers, and increase support for organ donation among black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities.

Horizon 2020 – Excellent Science – European Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)

Max. Value: Discretionary
Support is available for facilities, resources and services that are used by research communities to conduct research and foster innovation. In particular, grants support activities that foster the innovation potential of research infrastructures, for example, by reinforcing partnerships with industry, transfer of knowledge and other dissemination activities, use of research infrastructures by industrial researchers, and involvement of industrial associations in consortia or in advisory bodies.

Free Let’s Fish! – Milton Keynes Learn to Fish Sessions

Wed, 24 July 2019 10:00 – 16:30
Held by the Canal and River Trust

Get off the tablet and on to the towpath! Whether you have fished before or have always wanted to try, come and learn to fish from our team of professional, fully qualified angling coaches. (All the bait and equipment is provided, so all you need to do is book in and turn up on the day.) Find out more and register here

Cinema at the Sky Room: This Week

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MK Gallery is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to bring audiences in Milton Keynes the very best independent film programme, from art house films to classic movies. 
Find out more and book here

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust, 12-4
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

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

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24 June 2019

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5th July: Community Action: MK Summer Networking event

Please follow this link to find out more and to book your place.

MK Futures 2050 – Summer Exhibition

4th-7th July at Middleton Hall

Please follow the link to find out more.

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Early Help Strategy Consultation

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board and the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Children’s Partnership have been working on an Early Help Strategy 2019-22 for Milton Keynes, and are inviting local groups to submit their comments.

Deadline for submitting feedback and comments: Monday 8th July.

Please follow this link to access the consultation document and to submit your response.

1st July: Children and young people’s mental health needs assessment

Community & Voluntary Sector Consultation

When? Monday 1 July, 9.30am – 12.30pm,   at
Where? Davis Suite, Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH

This event relates to the mental health needs assessment for children and young people that is underway in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes The focus is on prevention and early intervention approaches to mental health and wellbeing, as well as access to specialist services.

Deadline to RSVP: Wednesday 26th June. Please follow this link to find out more and to book your place.

3rd July: Safeguarding Awereness Event

When? Wednesday 3rd July Where? 43 Bromham Rd, Bedford MK40 2AA

An introduction to safeguarding which aims to raise awareness of the issues for voluntary and community groups working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

Please follow this link to find out more and to book your place.

Lavendon Neighbourhood Plan

In June 2019, Lavendon Parish Council submitted the final version of its Neighbourhood Plan to Milton Keynes Council. The Plan is now being published in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Plans (General) Regulations 2012. This is the final stage to make comments on the Plan.

Please follow this link to see the submitted Plan and its supporting documents.

Any comments on the Plan at this stage (including those from members of the public and other organisations) will be passed to an independent person (the Examiner) to consider when he or she is examining the Plan.  The Examiner will consider whether the Plan:

–              Meets a number of basic conditions

–             Satisfies the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans, and

–              Identifies an appropriate area for the referendum

Comments should be sent to: neighbourhoodplanning@milton-keynes.gov.uk  by 5pm on Monday 5th August 2019.

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MK Calling – Open call to exhibit at MK Gallery

Artists working across all art forms are invited to take over MK Gallery! Applications welcome from all, especially from artists connected to Milton Keynes in particular.

Please follow this link to find out more and to submit your application.

Festival of Creative Urban Living 2019

26 September – 13 October 2019

Midsummer Boulevard in CMK will be hosting the first ever ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’; bringing together artists, architects, designers, urban planners, thinkers, creatives and many others to deliver a free programme of exhibitions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more.

Please follow this link to find out more and submit a proposal for your group to be involved in the programme!

Free Christmas Hampers from John Lewis & Partners

Ex Christmas Hampers available to give away (no alcohol, items have passed their sell by date by 1-2 months, but sealed and unopened. )

When? Monday July 8th : 11-11.30am

Where: Distribution MP2 Fen Street Magna Park MK17 8EW (drive in,  through the barrier on right and drive to end of car park)

If Interested: please follow this link to send an e-mail.

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, 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: Trustee for MK Play Association

Time commitment: flexible/ tba

This is an exciting opportunity to join the board of trustees at this children-centred charity providing a number of vital services in Milton Keynes. If you have skills and knowledge of business finance, fundraising or marketing, MKPA would love to hear from you!

Please follow this link to our Simply Connect volunteer recruitment platform to find out more and to apply. If you would like to get a better understanding of what it takes to volunteer as a trustee in general, please follow this link to the NCVO article.

MK Play Association also have a range of other volunteering roles available – please follow this link to their website to find out more.

Girlguiding – Student Volunteering Roles

Flexible volunteering for students at school, college or university!

GirlGuiding are the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, offering great volunteering opportunities for students and giving you the opportunity to gain lots of new skills while having the adventure of a lifetime.

Please follow this link to find out more and to apply. You can also visit our Simply Connect volunteer recruitment platform to find other volunteering roles with the local Girlguiding groups in MK! Please follow this link to explore (simply put ‘ Girlguiding’ into the keyword search field)

The Parks Trust: Outdoor Learning Ranger (Delivering Environmental Education)

If you are passionate about the environment and have a love for teaching, The Parks Trust are looking for an Outdoor Learning Ranger to deliver Environmental Education to a variety of age groups in MK.

Closing date: Friday 30th July. Please follow this link to find out more and to apply, and to see other roles currently available at The Parks Trust.

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Heart Of Bucks: general grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000 Application Deadline: 28 August 2019

Heart of Bucks are the Community Foundation for Buckinghamshire, supporting charities and community groups in whose work benefits local people. It awards grants to a broad range of causes and welcome applications from both new and established groups.

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

Programme of Summer Events at MK Arts Centre

Lots of free events & workshops for all the family – please follow this link to find out more.

Big Lunch at Conniburrow Orchard

29th June

Wolverton-On-The-Sea

29th June

Join this fun event being organised by Wolverton Community Orchard. Please follow this link to find out more.

Parade of Colours – Art at the Lake Festival

29th June

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

29th June -7th July

Please follow this link for a full programme.

Charity Walk for Peace 2019

30th June 2019

This year this flagship event will be held in Milton Keynes, in association with MK DONS Football Club and the MK DONS SET Charity, on 30th June 2019. It is free to participate.
Find out more and register

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Local Consultation: Early Help Strategy 2019-22 for Milton Keynes

Early Help Strategy 2019- 2022

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board and the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Children’s Partnership have been working on an Early Help Strategy for Milton Keynes.  

MK Together (which brings together the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Boards, Community Safety and the Health and Wellbeing Boards) are circulating the consultation document which has been prepared by a cross sector Task and Finish Group. 

 Priorities include: 

  • To target resources effectively to support children and their families as early as possible when problems arise
  • To monitor and measure the impact of the Early Help offer through assessment processes and performance management
  • To build on the strengths and capacity of families and communities to meet children’s needs through universal services where possible
  • To prevent the need for referral and thereby reduce the number of children requiring specialist and statutory support
  • To support children to thrive by intervening to improve key protective factors that help build resilience
  • To support the Early Help model to thrive through shared understanding and responsibility across partners

Please follow this link to access the consultation document.

Please submit your comments on the consultation document by Monday 8 July to MKTogether@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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