Santa Needed!

The Moorlands Centre in Beanhill are looking for Santa! 

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Would you like to get involved in volunteering this Christmas? Maybe you could be Santa?

If you are available 16th December during the daytime to visit the children at the Moorlands Nursery and Children’s Centre then please contact Tina at the centre on 01908 679819 or email Moorlands.ChildrensCentre@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

 

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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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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Argos Staff get their Hands Dirty for Charity

60 Argos Store Managers help support various causes across Milton Keynes

Community Action: MK work with Argos to deliver their employee volunteering programme, where staff volunteer some of their work time on helping local causes. On Monday 23rd May, 60 Argos Store Managers went out to various places across the city. They supported Willen Hospice, Stanton School, The British Red Cross, MK Snap, Coffee Tots Pre-School, The Urb Farm and York House in Stony Stratford. On this occasion the projects were also lucky enough to receive a cheque from the teams towards their work. Check out some of the images and quotes from the day…

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Stanton School

“It’s amazing that the volunteers have achieved so much in just 4 hours. We are always delighted to have volunteers at Stanton School” ­ Helen Nicholson, Headteacher Stanton School

“I’ve really enjoyed volunteering today. It’s an easy project to do and I can see how this can relate back to my area back home” Emma, Argos Volunteer

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Willen Hospice

“WOW! Not only have we had the fantastic assistance of 10 volunteers today that have helped us in the Furniture store and warehouse…BUT they have also given us a total of £200 donation for the hospice!” Bob Prince, Distribution & Store Manager at Willen Hospice

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MK Snap

“It’s a great idea to take part in volunteering like this. We can take these ideas back to our areas and encourage others”Debbi, Argos Volunteer
“I wouldn’t think of arranging an activity like this. We have 10,000 volunteering hours to use; this is a way to use them productively” Yu Ming, Argos Volunteer
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“This opportunity is bringing on a fuzzy feeling. It’s always good to have fuzzy feelings!” Argos Volunteer
“It’s great to be out doing something that is not for profit but making a real difference” Argos Volunteer
“This is the first time meeting the team, feel as though we are really bonding” Argos Volunteer
“We were struck by the energy and enthusiasm the group had, and their interest in the project. They enjoyed getting stuck into the tasks, but also asked a lot about how volunteers work and some of the ways tending the plot helps our clients. We were also not expecting such a kind donation, this will really motivate our volunteers and help clients plan to grow what they would like to see grow.” Kerri, British Red Cross

If you would like to find out more about how your staff could get involved in our employee volunteering programme, or if your charity could use teams of volunteers, contact us on ev@communityactionmk.org.

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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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Free course in volunteering

Would you like to gain a City & Guilds Level 1 certificate in Volunteering? Boost your CV, feel more confident, or get some experience at children’s centres… whatever your motive join us for this course FREE.

We are pleased to share that together with Moorlands Centre we will be delivering an 8 week course in Volunteering. The course will cover a variety of skills needed to take on volunteering and perhaps also employment.

The dates are as follows:

  • Tue 8th March – 9.30-11.30am
  • Tue 15th March – 9.30-11.30am
  • Tue 22nd March – 9.30-11.30am
  • Tue 12th April – 9.30-11.30am
  • Tue 18th April – 9.30-11.30am
  • Tue 25th April – 9.30-11.30am
  • Tue 3rd May – 9.30-11.30am
  • Tue 10th May – 9.30-11.30am

If you are interested you can sign up to come along to the taster session today:

Taster Session: Tuesday 1st March – 9.30-11.30am – Moorlands Centre, Beanhill

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, just email rebecca@communityactionmk.org

 

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