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.


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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New Job: Netherfield Drug and Alcohol Outreach and Engagement Worker

Work with local stakeholders to help tackle some key issues in Netherfield

Compass and Netherfield Local Conversation Steering Group have partnered to create a role to address the specific needs of the Netherfield community in Milton Keynes.

They are seeking one full time or two part time drug and alcohol engagement workers to work intensively within the estate of Netherfield. Through the People’s Health Trust Local Conversation project, supported by Community Action: MK, the post has been developed by the residents themselves as a solution to local drug and alcohol related issues in order to bring about positive outcomes for service users and their families, as well as the wider community.

The role will be extremely varied and will involve direct work with drug and alcohol users in Netherfield, supporting them to access specialist services within Compass as well as encouraging their involvement in the wider community through volunteering opportunities. It will also involve educating Netherfield residents and professionals working in the area to embed a greater understanding of effects related to drug and alcohol issues and support available. The successful candidate will work in partnership
with the resident-led steering group to develop and implement a local action plan.

You will need to be an approachable, flexible and committed individual who enjoys developing creative solutions, as well as being an exceptional communicator with the ability to work positively and collaboratively.

A good understanding of the Netherfield area is desirable.

You will share our commitment to safeguarding children, young people and
vulnerable adults.

As part of the safer recruitment process, an enhanced DBS check will be undertaken before appointment can be confirmed.

For more information visit: www.compass-uk.org/recruitment
Closes 18th November / Interviews 28th November
Compass is committed to equal opportunities.


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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.


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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MK Share Fair – 16 October

Milton Keynes Share Fair event will take place on 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.


Everyone has something to share; skills, time, ideas, stories and stuff.

If you have anything to share and would like to get involved in the event please get in touch by e-mailing csefton@edenproject.com.

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How can parishes and their residents benefit from community energy?


How can my parish and local residents benefit from community-owned energy?

Community Action: MK is inviting members of Parish Councils and Residents Associations in Milton Keynes to a special event being organised during the national Community Energy Fortnight taking place between 3rd-18th September.

The event will take place at the Imovation Centre at Transport Systems Catapult (170 Midsummer Boulevard) between 5-7pm on Tuesday 13th September.


The Imovation Centre at Transport Systems Catapult

This short and practical session will provide useful information about the role that your parish and your neighbourhood could play in promoting community ownership of energy. We will be using case studies of successful MK-based projects, such as Wolverton Community Energy, to illustrate how this model can act as a vehicle for community cohesion, at the same time as raising income for community investment in your area. In particular, we will be exploring:

  • Planning for sustainability and resilience – how you can include community energy outcomes in your Neighbourhood Plan, Parish/Business Plan or other strategic documents
  • Ways of improving efficiency of local buildings
  • Community ownership model – challenges and benefits
  • CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy – new project in Milton Keynes


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Wolverton Community Energy

There will be an opportunity to network with representatives of other parish councils from and residents groups across MK Borough and to find out about the exciting new MK Community Energy Alliance, and how to get involved as part of it.

We are also pleased to confirm that The National Energy Foundation and the Plan:MK team at Milton Keynes Council will be speaking at the event, alongside Wolverton Community Energy and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project.

If you would like to represent your parish or a local residents’ group at the event, please RSVP to anna@communityactionmk.org.

The event is being organised in collaboration between CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy (one of Community Action: MK’s projects) and Wolverton Community Energy.

Thank you to Transport Systems Catapult for providing the venue. 


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You can see this and other events listed on the official Community Energy Fortnight 2016 website and follow updates on Twitter through #CEF16:

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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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