24th June: Fullers Slade MK50 Party

Come along to Spider Park in Fullers Slade on Saturday 24th June to take part in the local MK50 Party! 

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If you are interested in getting involved, please click here to contact the event’s organisers.

Community Action: MK and our friends at MK Community Energy Alliance are delighted to be part of the event – find out stall on the day!

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Plan:MK – Consultation Report

Plan MK consultation 2017

Community Action: MK hosted a workshop on 9th May 2017, between 4pm-6pm at Works for Us.

 

A number of key discussion points arose from the day. These have been summarised below:

  • Attendees expressed a concern that housing targets would be difficult to achieve in the future given evidence of previous years. Developments have slowed down in some areas.
  • Insufficient detail worked up in the Plan regarding the number of houses for single people (young and old)
  • There needs to be a clear definition of what ‘affordable housing’ means. It is questionable if developers are meeting the 30% target.
  • Houses are becoming difficult to buy as investors buy houses to let.
  • There does not appear to be a balance between the number of proposed houses being built and job creation.
  • The centre of Milton Keynes suffers from a lack of community space/community centre.
  • MK Futures 2050 talks about a University, this would create a lot of pressure on housing as students would need accommodation.
  • Public transport concerns need to be addressed.
  • Staffing and resourcing concerns over schools, hospitals, etc need to be addressed as the city grows.

To read the full report, please visit:

https://communityactionmk.org/communities/planmk/

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Join Community Action: MK in Celebrating Volunteers Week

Volunteers are important to all of us and at Community Action: MK, every aspect of our work is supported by volunteers.

Volunteer Week is from 1st to 7th June. Throughout the week everyone will be sharing stories of volunteers and celebrating their selfless spirit. At Community Action: MK, we want you to join us in doing the same. We will host two events in the week.

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Join us for our final Our MK event, celebrating the end of the MK:Smart project, that will be taking place on Thursday 1st June: 5 pm – 7.30 pm at The Chrysalis Theatre in Willen Park.

You can see more information on the blog here and the Eventbrite booking is: www.ourmkfinale.eventbrite.co.uk. We’re working with a few local organisations and projects to help them launch crowdfunding campaigns via Our MK, these will be announced on the day.

 

If you are a volunteer or a Volunteer Manager/Coordinator, join us at our second Volunteers Week networking event to celebrate volunteering in Milton Keynes. We would be delighted if you came along to share a cuppa and a piece of cake.

On Tuesday 6th June 2017 event will be from 5.30 pm – 7 pm at Campbell Park Pavilion, 1300 Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 4AD.

To register your attendance go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteers-week-networking-event-tickets-34421200738

We look forward to seeing you!

Share your volunteering stories and experiences with us as an organisation, a volunteer or as an observer. Simply use #VolunteerMK on Twitter or write to us on Facebook on Community Action: MK

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The MK Melting Pot is organising a Cultural and Sports Fun Day (for the MK Jubilee celebration) on 17th June.

Milton Keynes is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city with people from different background and values. MK Melting Pot plans to host a Cultural and Sports Fun Day event to celebrate MK at 50. This event will bring all the people from diverse cultures together in a fun and creative way. Sport is a great and effective way of bringing people together from different age-groups, gender, ethnicity, and this will mobilise and engage people in coming together in a competitive manner. The Olympics is the best example of how sports can bring different cultures together.

The event will be delivered in a 2 pronged approach, Sports as well as Cultural Celebration activities, which will include: diverse display and tasting of food, cultural artefacts, story-telling, music, poem, fashion show and many more. 

Venue: Conniburrow Pavilion, 37-39 Conniburrow Blvd, Conniburrow,
             Milton Keynes MK14 7DX 

Time: 11:00am-6pm 

Contact Name: Elijah Bada   & Jade Jaiyeola 

Office: +44 1908 585 537 Mobile: +44 757 676 3577 Email: mkmeltingpot@hotmail.com

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First Community Fridge coming to Milton Keynes

New pilot project starting in Wolverton

The Old Bath House Community Centre, Wolverton has successfully secured pilot funding for Milton Keynes’ first ever ‘Community Fridge’, which will be trialled with the support of environmental charity Hubbub UK in a growing effort to tackle food waste.

MK Community Fridge will be two fridges and one freezer to be located in the foyer of The Old Bath House Community Centre, Stratford Road, Wolverton and available to access from their launch on Saturday 1 July. The fridge will enable residents and businesses to share surplus food and for anyone to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise be wasted.

“Wolverton is well known for its active, caring and generous community, and we have every confidence that the local community will get behind this project and support this hugely valuable community resource”. Chris Bridgman, Chair of Trustees, The Old Bath House and Community Centre.

Get involved – give your support! 

The Old Bath House Community Centre are calling all food businesses in Wolverton and Milton Keynes to donate surplus food and find out more about how they can be involved in the project by contacting Helen Innes – MKCommunityFridge@gmail.com / 07813 780 125 / www.facebook/MKCommunityFridge.

Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away £470 worth of food every year and at the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK (4.1 million tonnes or 61%) is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.

The fridge will accept any kind of fruit, vegetables, bread, sandwiches and alike all within their use by date. ‘Home cooked’ food will not be accepted, only food prepared and cooked in a Registered Food Businesses.

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Otherwise known as ‘Solidarity’ or ‘Honesty’ Fridges, Community Fridges have been successfully introduced in Spain, GErmany and other parts of the UK.

In 2016 Hubbub helped South Derbyshire Community Voluntary Service (CVS) set up the Swadlincote Community Fridge, supported by Sainsbury’s plc and Bosch. During the initial six month trial period it re-distributed 2,290kg worth of food, that would have otherwise been wasted. Food was collected by over 800 individuals who visit the fridge, as well given to 12 community groups.

Community Fridges are now springing up all over the country, as a way of cutting food waste, building stronger bonds within the community and redistributing perishable food to those who need it most.

How to get in touch?

The project is in its early stages but if you would like to donate, volunteer or know more about MK Community Fridge please contact Project Co-ordinator, Helen Innes, MKCommunityFridge@gmail.com / 07813 780 125.

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1st June: Celebration of Citizen Innovation & Launch of Crowdfunding

Kick of the Volunteers’ Week with a celebration of citizen-innovation projects in Milton Keynes!

We are delighted to invite all community members in Milton Keynes (and around) to a free celebratory event, which will take place on the first day of the national Volunteers’ Week!

When? Thursday 1st of June: 5.30-7pm

Where? The Chrysalis Theatre, Camphill Communities, Japonica Lane, MK15 9JY.

What? The event will be dedicated to celebrating the amazing work of local volunteers and groups in Milton Keynes who have run their citizen-innovation projects as part of the Our MK website, which is powered by the MK:Smart project. Those volunteers and their projects have been making a real difference to various communities across Milton Keynes!

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Franzi Florack, Owner of the first Our project supported by Our MK – ‘Food Passport’ – just one of the amazing Our MK Volunteers!

Click here to watch a short video our the Our MK initiative.

We are also delighted to announce that at the event we will be launching a new exciting feature on the Our MK website – CROWDFUNDING! You will not only be able to find out more about this new opportunity for local communities to get involved with and raise funds and reach out for support through. You will also have a chance to pledge your support to a few Milton Keynes based projects that will be launching their own crowdfunding campaigns on the day! More information about this will follow soon, so please tune in and follow this blog and the #OurMK hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

Please join us at the event to:

  • Speak to previous citizen innovation projects and find out how their initiatives have improved their communities in Milton Keynes
  • Learn more about the new crowdfunding tool on Our MK and how you take advantage of it!
    Explore how to fund your next great idea through Our MK to improve your community
    Network with lots of interesting local people full of passion for making Milton Keynes a smart and sustainable place to live!

Please join us to celebrate the passion for citizen innovation in Milton Keynes and the amazing work of local volunteers!

The Chrysalis Theatre is an amazing local venue and we are delighted to celebrate the project there! Yummy and locally – sourced refreshments will be provided!

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Follow: #OurMK and #volunteersweek

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