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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Community Fridge – new project coming to Milton Keynes

Get funded to run an innovative project aiming at reducing food waste & helping people in need

What is the concept about?

Community fridges are a temporary home to unwanted food, be it surplus from retailers, eateries or households. The idea is that those who have no use for an item of food can see it go to someone who does. Money is saved and less food is consigned to the bin. Of course come with rules and food safety regulations fit for their host community.

Successful projects already under way in the UK…

The concept is simple but the implications are huge. Hubbub charity  trialled a community fridge in 2016 as a part of Sainsbury’s Waste Less Save More in Swadlincote. Within 4 months 1.3 tonnes of food was exchanged in this small Derbyshire town, reaching 277 individuals and 11 community organisations.

 

The fridge and accompanying freezer in Swadlincote began life under lock and key, being highly regulated by the Community Voluntary Service managing the local food bank. After fears of misuse and vandalism were allayed a second fridge, open to anyone and everyone, was launched. Food has moved through it at a rate and heartwarming stories have been collected in the fridge’s guest book.

“Even though I’m working, had large bills to pay, so helped me feed myself this month.”

“It’s a good idea, it’s nice to know people care”

Comments from the Swadlincote Community Fridge guest book….

“Although it’s early days, we can see the fridge taking root in the community and forging relations between the local businesses, organisations and householders sharing food. Reports from other founding fridges indicate that users across Europe are happy with the system and are getting to know and trust others in their neighbourhood thanks to the fridge. “

Looking to start a first Community Fridge in Milton Keynes….

HubHub are now interested in trialling the Community Fridge project in Milton Keynes and are looking for local groups and organisations, who would like to get involved.

If you are interested, please contact Anna at Community Action: MK on anna@communityactionmk.org or you can get in touch with Tessa at: tessa@hubbub.org.uk or call +44 o 20 3701 7542.

Community Action: MK will be able to support you with finding volunteers and giving you funding advice along the project.

To find out more about this new initiative, click here.

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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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