Energage – training Community Energy Champions

Creating a network of Community Energy Champions network in Milton Keynes

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Open University to deliver a pilot project in Milton Keynes that will focus on recruiting and training community members to become volunteer Energy Champions in their neighbourhoods and communities.

The project has been made possible thanks to the funding from the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their recent funding call on ‘Engaging the UK public with the big issues of environmental science’. The Energage project is one of 18 across the UK – click here to find out more about this funding initiative.


The initiative is the result of successful collaboration and partnership-working between Community Action: MK and the Open University through the MK:Smart and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy, projects. It is also linked to the work of other local organisations in Milton Keynes that promote the concept of community-owned and sustainable energy. These include Transition MK, Wolverton Community Energy (through Citizens:mk) and others involved in MK Community Energy Alliance and other organisations who already provide energy training such as The National Energy Foundation and Citizens Advice Milton Keynes.

There is already a number of local volunteers who champion sustainable energy and environmental awareness in Milton Keynes, and we want to learn from their experiences. Further, we want to attract new people – anyone with an interest in energy and sustainability, and ways of helping their own communities be more sustainable is welcomed to get involved in the project, and is asked to please get in contact with Community Action: MK.


Carbon Conversations event run by Transition MK in 2015. Photo credit: Transition MK

The Energage project will develop a network of Community Energy Champions (COMECs) in Milton Keynes. One important part of the COMECs’ role will be to translate energy-based research from the Open University to the general public in a way that will help them find solutions that work to reduce their own carbon footprint. In return Open University researchers will learn better ways to engage the public with their research. This exchange of knowledge will occur through a series of co-creation workshops, facilitated by Community Action: MK.

Another important part of their role will be to grow the network through recruitment of new volunteers. Initial workshops will be followed by a ‘week of action’ in which COMECs will engage with the public. They will share their experiences amongst the community engagement specialists and Open University researchers. This pilot scheme is intended to be the start of longer term engagement between Open University energy researchers and the public.

Energage hope to build upon activities of the existing CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project at the Open University and lots of other energy-related initiatives across the city. The CAPE project aims to help reduce the carbon footprint of Milton Keynes by engaging the public with relevant data; it will also be linking homeowners identified as a good fit for energy saving measures (e.g. solar panels, loft insulation) with companies that can provide products, or to grant providers, such as the MK Council.


We will be actively promoting the project in the next few weeks and updating you about its further plans. If you are interested in getting involved, please click here to register your interest or contact Anna at Community Action: MK on:


01908 661 623/ 07710 967131





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We are hiring!

Community Action: MK are recruiting for a number of full and part time positions in our Community Development Team. See more information below about the positions available.

Community Development Team Member (various roles available)

  • Full or Part time opportunities available
  • £22,387 per annum (pro rata)
  • Fixed term until June 2017, with possibility of extension dependant on funding.

Here at Community Action: MK we support the amazing work happening in and around Milton Keynes’ communities. We support local people to take action in their community whether part of a charity, a community group or an individual looking to make a difference. We are looking for passionate individuals to join our Community Development Team. As a team we deliver various Community Development contracts across Milton Keynes and we are looking for people that can join a flexible team that supports a variety of projects.

Download the Full Job Description & Personal Specification.

Download the Application Form.

Read our Equal Opportunities Statement.

Download our Equal Opportunities Form.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity please contact Julie on 01908 661623 or julie@communityactionmk.org.


Please complete our application form and return it via post or email to info@communityactionmk.org by 4th December 2016.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

A selection event and interviews will be held on 12th December 2016.


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Want to be a Conniburrow Community Champion?

Free training & paid work opportunity in Conniburrow

Do you live in Conniburrow? Do you love engaging with people in your neighbourhood? Are you passionate about your local community?  If so, this might be the opportunity for you! Contact Hannah at hannahfc@communityactionmk.org to find out more about how to apply.


This opportunity is offered in partnership with Big Local Conniburrow.

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Kingston Library needs volunteers

Come along for a community tea, coffee & cake at Kingston Library on the 15th or 17th March to find out more about great volunteering opportunities as part of the new Friends of Kingston Library Group.

Anyone interested in volunteering welcome. Yummy refreshments will be provided!

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Cinema tickets will be awarded to the most dedicated volunteers!

If you have any questions, e-mail Hannah at hannahf@communityactionmk.org.

Community Action: MK is supporting this initiative through the Communities Can project.


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Parents group set up to support Hummingbirds Children’s Centre

hummingbird-150067_640We have been supporting a group to develop, Parents of Hummingbirds, that will support and influence the running of Hummingbirds Children’s Centre in Broughton.

The main aim of the group is to raise funds for the Children’s Centre through events and activities and once more established, will be able to raise funds through funding applications to support the work of the Centre. The members of this group may also be able to help influence their local service, making the service the best it can be for the local community.

Community Action: MK have been supporting the group through the Communities Can project (part of MK Councils Community and Cultural Services Review). We have been helping the group develop their ideas, gain new skills and confidence and have been recording their thoughts along with others to feed into the Council’s review. We have also been able to link this group to other ongoing local support offered by Community Action: MK’s Expansion Area Community Mobiliser and Support & Development team.

We supported the group’s Christmas event for fundraising where they were able to raise £165.00 and since then have given advice on setting up/formalising a group, promoting their events, and about available relevant training. This has helped them develop their ideas for the upcoming table top sale being arranged later this month.

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Passionate about Young People?


Have you ever thought about helping out with the local youth service?


The Milton Keynes Youth Service provide support for young people primarily aged 13-19 in Milton Keynes ensuring they have the information, space and guidance to lead safe and healthy lives. 2000px-Ambidextrie.svg

They are looking for volunteers to get involved in a variety of different ways. This could be your chance to share your skills with young people in your community.

Below are some opportunities currently available, click on the link to find out more:

Basketball Coach for Rural MK

Basketball Coach in Eaglestone

Cook/Chef in Coffee Hall

Healthy Cooking Session Leader

Cultural Cooking Session Leader

Woodworking/Carpentry Skills Share

Music Leader

Angling Club Skills Share

Photography/Filmography Skills Share

Youth Club Volunteer


Want to know how to get involved? 

There are 2 ways you could sign up to find out more about volunteering:

  1. Visit do-it.org or the link above and register your interest there.
  2. Visit our regular drop in, every Thursday, 10-12am, Acorn House Reception, Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3HP.
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Team of volunteers help spruce up Hedgerows Children’s Centre

On 5th February a team of six volunteers helped out at Hedgerows Children’s Centre in Netherfield, as part of the Communities Can project. Communities Can is part of a wider MK Council review of Community and Cultural Services. We at Community Action: MK are supporting communities to take ownership of their local services and get involved through volunteering within them.

Tina, the Hedgerows Coordinator, felt that the centre was in need of a lick of paint and some ‘TLC’, but was unable to commit time or priority to this. Creating a volunteering opportunity for a group of people that were willing to commit some time to help out meant that this became one example of how communities can get involved in a small, one off but very useful way and there are many opportunities available where people can get involved in a wide variety of ways. We got people from another local group, the People’s Health Trust steering group, together with willing volunteers from other areas involved in fulfilling the opportunity, and so has also been a great way of connecting people together.

Tina from Hedgerows said “I just wanted to thank [the group] for the decorating, it looks great.”

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Paul, from Netherfield, painting at Hedgerows.

Before and After

If you want to find out how you can get involved in volunteering at MK Libraries, Children’s Centres or Youth Services, see all the local current opporunities at www.do-it.org/organisations/community-action-mk or email rebecca@communityactionmk.org to tell her where you’d like to be involved.

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