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.

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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.

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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.

GET INVOLVED

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:

anna@communityactionmk.org

01908 661 623/ 07710 967131

#EnergageMK

www.facebook.com/groups/EnergageMK/

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23 November: Living Streets Project – Information Drop In

A new project aiming to bring Milton Keynes’ streets alive

Come along to the Milton Keynes Civic Office this Wednesday to chat to members of the Sustainability Team at MK Council and find out more about the new Living Streets community project, and how your  street (neighbourhood) or a community group could get involved.

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The Living Streets project is a real life experiment where residents temporarily transform part of their street into a community space. This community space will have room for families to socialise and play, to grow food and flowers, create street furniture for relaxing and sharing meals and develop recreational activities such as keep fit, storytelling and fund raising activities. Road traffic will be restricted to make the street safer, improve air quality and encourage consideration of sustainable transport options and new ways for car sharing and grocery shopping in collaboration with neighbours.

Want to find out more about the project? Read the FAQs here.

If you are interested in the project, but can’t attend the Drop In, contact the Sustainability Team on carbon@milton-keynes.gov.uk .

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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.

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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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27 October: Launch of our new project & Halloween Family Day on Lakes Estate

We are delighted to let you know that we will be officially launching our new Connecting Communities – Local People project, funded and supported by Youth Sport Trust and People’s Health Trust.

We have been helping local residents and groups on Lakes Estate to put on the Halloween Family Fun Day event, which will take place on Thursday 27th October at Warren Children’s Centre. It is an event for all the family with lots of free and some paid activities (see below), and anyone living on Lakes Estate and Newton Leys is encouraged to come along. Join us to give your children the opportunity to have lots of fun and to meet your neighbours, and find out about the various community-led local initiatives that run in and around Lakes Estate and Newton Leys.

For more information about the Connecting Communities project and about the event, please contact Stewart Ikin on stewart@communityactionmk.org. You can also find out more about the event from the Warren Children’s Centre on: 01908 646860.

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Follow Connecting Communities – Local People project on Twitter: @LP_MiltonKeynes.

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FREE Football Event on Lakes Estate – this Saturday!

What? 

Football Event in Lakes Estate organised as part of the Connecting Communities Project, with help from the local residents and groups!

Football taster sessions with a chance to try ‘crab’ football and walking football as well as ‘normal’ football. Playing surface is 3rd generation astroturf, so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing. Bibs, Balls, and officials are all provided, but please bring water bottle if required.

When?

Saturday 15th October – football sessions running from 11am – 1pm. Registration open from 10.45am.

Where?

Sir Herbert Leon Academy Leisure Centre, Fern Grove, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 3HQ. Directions here.

How much?

FREE for anyone filling in a 5 minute questionnaire: Otherwise £5 entry fee.

More questions? 

Contact Stewart on: stewart@communityactionmk.org or call: 07908 1541 57.

If you are interested in the Connecting Communities project on Lakes Estate and Newton Leys, particularly if you live on either of the estates, Stewart would love to hear from you! There are lots of volunteering opportunities and you can claim rewards (volunteer credits) through the Physical Activity Volunteering project.

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New project on Lakes Estate & Newton Leys: join local Steering Group!

We have recently started working with Youth Sport Trust on a new project, funded by People’s Health Trust, that is dedicated to working towards health quality and promoting healthy physical activities. The project aims to engage with residents, young people in particular, who live on Lakes Estate and Newton Leys.

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If you live on Lakes Estate or in Newton Leys and would like to become part of the Local People Steering Group, please contact Stewart on: stewart@communityactionmk.org or phone him on 07908154157.

You can join the next meeting of the Steering Group which is on Tuesday 11th October at Sir Herbert Leon’s Academy at 6pm (Please come to Leisure Centre reception). Click here for directions.

Follow the project on Twitter: @LP_MiltonKeynes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MK Share Fair – 16 October

Sunday 16th October between 11am-3pm at Oldbrook Boulevard (MK6 2).

A Share Fair is like a market BUT everything is ABSOLUTELY FREE. A money free zone where everyone is welcome to share and swap, skills, stuff and stories.

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You can find updates about the event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mksharefair/ or contact:  csefton@edenproject.com for more information.

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