Let’s Talk Good Finance Milton Keynes: Key resources

Thank you to everyone who attended the Let’s Talk Good Finance event in Milton Keynes on 17 October, which was facilitated by Community Action: MK in partnership with NAVCA and Big Society Capital. We were really pleased to bring the session to Milton Keynes and  hope you found it useful!

A big thank you to our hosts, Girlguiding Milton Keynes, and to our speakers:

You can access all of the presentations from the day here

If you are actively looking for finance, you may want to attend Good Finance Live in Birmingham on 29 October where there will be 17 social investors under one roof! It’s also a free event.

We also thought it would be useful to include links to the resources that were mentioned during the event.

We’ve learnt lots at these events and the most valuable lessons have been from those who’ve already taken on social investment. Read the 7 lessons of social investment.  

The Good Finance website has lots of useful information including a diagnostic tool and case studies of organisations who have already used social investment. It also has an investor directory and some great templates to help you with your business planning as well as resources to help you measure your impact. On legal structures, you can find links to info about what each structure means and what that means for raising investment in Things to consider (under point 5).

The Reach Fund is a grant programme to help charities and social enterprises raise investment.

If you feel that your board would benefit from some support to find out more about social investment GET INFORMED has free resources and mentors who can help – we didn’t mention this but you may have picked up a leaflet on it. There is a free webinar on 5 November about taking and managing risk.

And finally, if you’d like to hear other charities and social enterprises talk about their social investment journey, do have a listen to previous podcasts.

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Let’s Talk Good Finance Milton Keynes: free event about social investment for local groups

Please follow this link to see the event’s programme.

Guest speakers:

Jo Wedderspoon, CAF Venturesome (unsecured loans)
Jaishree Mistry, Homeless Link (blended finance – part grant, part loan)

Hear from a Peer:
David Lett, Co-founder & Operations Director, ToolShed

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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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Speaking Up for Charity Fundraising

Speaking Up for Charity Fundraising is a new campaign from the Institute of Fundraising (IoF). The campaign is encouraging fundraisers to highlight charity fundraising to their local candidates before the 2017 General Election. You can read more about it here: https://goo.gl/r98lak

There is a Speaking Up for Charity Fundraising toolkit, which is free to download,  and contains advice and guidance on how to get in touch with your local candidates: https://goo.gl/cyhWJH

There is also an article about why this campaign hopes to make a difference, you can read it here: https://fundraising.co.uk/2017/05/16/say-politics-local-thats-need-fundraisers-speak-election/#.WRxK4JLyuUk

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Meet the Funder: Children in Need

We will begin with a 20 minute presentation, followed by reflection on the experience of being funded by Children in Need, by a recipient of one of their grants. This will be followed by a general Q&A session

There will be pre-booked 1:1 sessions between 12.00 and 1.30 if you would like specific advice about an application you have in mind to make.

Please note when booking: You will need to book your ticket for the workshop and 1:1 session separately, choosing your prefered time.

Please click here to book your free place

Please be aware that there will only be one session per group as places are limited


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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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Consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice

In this consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice, The Fundraising Regulator is interested in knowing what you think about:

  • Charity trustees
  • The fundraising ask
  • Solicitation (disclosure) statements
  • Raising concerns about fundraising practice (Whistleblowing)
  • People in vulnerable circumstances
  • Charity collection bags
  • Third parties
  • General questions on the Code

The issues and questions can be found in their consultation document You can also respond using their online system 

Closing date for responses is  Friday 28th April.

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