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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Support Community Action: MK’s Community Car Service with help from Easyfundraising

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Community Action:MK’s Community Car Service?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/communityactionmkcommunitycarservice/ and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Community Action:MK Community Car Service will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

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Community Action: MK’s Community Car Service is one of Co-Ops Local Charities this year

Community Action:MK’s Community Car Service is registered as one of the Co-op’s Local charities for this year as part of the Local Community Fund! https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/5536

People need to have registered for a membership card which only costs £1.00 and they will get 5% from their purchases back to use in any Co-op store and 1% is then donated to local causes. https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local-community-fund.

If the person already has a membership card they just need to activate their online account. The person logs in and creates an online account with their membership number (which is on their card). They can then go into the local causes section, click on “within 15 miles” and our service comes up! Click on it and anything that is co-op branded is donated to the Car service!

Since 1st April we have raised £1,590.89 so far! so if you have a card or know of anyone with one ask them to register and choose us! Thank you for supporting Community Action: MK and the Community Car Service.

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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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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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Community Car Service receives funding for another year!

The Community Car Service has just received further funding from MK Council to continue running and expanding it’s service for another year!

We are so please with what we have achieved in this last year and are keen to develop the service even further, we are therefore looking for additional passengers and Volunteer drivers to join us and reach further afield in Milton Keynes. If you or anyone you know are interested in joining us please give us a call on 01908 670309 or email us at ccs@communityactionmk.org.

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Volunteer Drivers Needed!

Community Car Scheme: Volunteer Drivers Wanted in the North and South West of Milton Keynes!

Do you have some free time?

Are you a car owner and enjoy driving?

Would you like to help people in your local area by becoming a volunteer car driver?

We are looking for people willing to give their time to transport local residents to a range of medical appointments and social care activities. These are generally in Milton Keynes and local area, but can occasionally be to Aylesbury, and Oxford. You do not have to travel to areas you are not familiar with and the voluntary role is totally flexible, with you choosing which journeys to do, when and how often.

We are looking for new drivers in the North of Milton Keynes especially in the Old Stratford, Greenleys, Hodge Lea, Bancroft Park, Great Linford Area and South West areas West Bletchley, Emerson Valley, Furzton, Shenley Wood, Shenley Lodge, Westcroft, etc.

You will need your own car, and a mileage allowance is paid. You will be asked to provide information for the Disclosure & Barring Scheme and a full driving licence check. For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Tracy Whitmore or Laura Jeffery on 01908 670309 or email: ccsmk@communityactionmk.org.

Community Action: MK is being supported by Milton Keynes Council and South Northants Volunteer Bureau and MK Community Foundation to run a Community Car Service project in Milton Keynes.

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