Local Consultation: Early Help Strategy 2019-22 for Milton Keynes

Early Help Strategy 2019- 2022

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board and the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Children’s Partnership have been working on an Early Help Strategy for Milton Keynes.  

MK Together (which brings together the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Boards, Community Safety and the Health and Wellbeing Boards) are circulating the consultation document which has been prepared by a cross sector Task and Finish Group. 

 Priorities include: 

  • To target resources effectively to support children and their families as early as possible when problems arise
  • To monitor and measure the impact of the Early Help offer through assessment processes and performance management
  • To build on the strengths and capacity of families and communities to meet children’s needs through universal services where possible
  • To prevent the need for referral and thereby reduce the number of children requiring specialist and statutory support
  • To support children to thrive by intervening to improve key protective factors that help build resilience
  • To support the Early Help model to thrive through shared understanding and responsibility across partners

Please follow this link to access the consultation document.

Please submit your comments on the consultation document by Monday 8 July to MKTogether@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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European Capital of Culture – what do you think?

Share your views about Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Council are in the process of bidding for MK to be the European Capital of Culture for 2023. This is an exciting opportunity for the city and you can be part of it!

We have been engaging with residents across Milton Keynes to find out their views about the city. Let us know what you enjoy most about Milton Keynes.

Click here to complete a short questionnaire to let us know what you think by answering 4 questions:

  • Where would you take a visitor to Milton Keynes, to show them what is great or unexpected about the city?
  • Which European countries do you and your family feel most connected to and how?
  • What would you tell the judges is special about Milton Keynes that could make us a great host city for European Capital of Culture?
  • What would it mean to you and people you know if MK became European Capital of Culture?

To find out more about the project, visit Milton Keynes Council’s website here.

 

 

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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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Netherfield P.H.T. Graffiti Art Event

Young volunteers from across Netherfield joined forces over the weekend of 18th & 19th March to take place in a Graffiti Art event at the local shops. The event was arranged by the People’s Health Trust Local Conversation project, to raise awareness that Netherfield has been allocated some funding through the Health Lottery, and needs to engage with residents to identify priorities at a local level. There is especially a need for young people to have their voices heard.

The young volunteer artists were supported across the weekend by local organisations including Community Action: MK, Freestyle Textile & Kitchenware, Woughton Community Council, PHT, UFA and a local Graffiti artist (Squidge) from PlayStreet.

On the Saturday there was a design workshop where young people worked together to create potential designs, as well as some other fun activities for all. Young people learnt about wider volunteering opportunities and were boosted by the arrival of pizzas (thanks to Cheska from UFA who provide NCS (National Citizen Service) in Milton Keynes.

On the Sunday the team met at the shops where they had been given permission by Irene to paint their design on to her shop security shutter. Thanks Irene! Under Squidge’s expert guidance the volunteers were quick to pick up the various skills and techniques needed, and really impressed passers by with their handiwork. Local shoppers who stopped to admire the artwork helped us to fill in questionnaires, which gave Netherfield people a chance to talk about what they like/dislike about living in Netherfield and identify something that they would like to improve.

Irene was thrilled with the finished piece, and everyone agreed that the event had been a great success. However, despite collecting lots of ideas from local residents, the PHT are really anxious to hear from  more Netherfield folk. In particular, we would like Young People to have an opportunity to see their ideas become reality. If you are a young person who wants to get involved to make a difference in Netherfield then contact Stewart Ikin at stewart@communityactionmk.org to find out more information.

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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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Social Capital of Milton Keynes – survey

Help the research – think about your community and neighbourhood:

We have been delighted to be contacted by Lakeisha Peacock, a student at Cardiff University, who comes from Milton Keynes and is currently undertaking research on the differences in the presence of Social Capital across different socio-economic areas in Milton Keynes.

Social Capital means the benefits and resources residents can gain from the networks they create in their communities. This can include informal ones such as speaking to their neighbours, all the way through to joining local clubs and groups.

Please take 2-3 minutes to complete this short survey. By completing the survey, you will be helping to answer to three key research questions:

1. Is there are difference in the presence of Social Capital between different socio-economic areas?
2. Is there a difference in the use of informal networks between different socio-economic areas?
3. Are those living in low socio-economic areas more likely to experience lower levels of community trust than those in higher socio-economic areas?
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If you have any questions, please contact Lakeisha directly on: PeacockLR@cardiff.ac.uk.
Thank you for your input!

 

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