Red Cross Seeks Women’s Groups in MK

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The Milton Keynes branch of the British Red Cross would love to hear from local women’s groups that their clients could attend. They currently have an allotment group which their clients visit every Thursday and are looking for similar activities.

The British Red Cross helps refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants become familiar with their local area and access essential services. They provide a free, impartial and confidential service including practical help, advice, information and emotional support.

Please contact Zeinab Mummin, Service Co-ordinator for Refugee Support and International Family Tracing via Zmummin@redcross.org.uk if you are able to help.

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30 June: Information Session & Drop in for new project

Come to Acorn House this Friday to find out more about the new Managing My Money project

 

Date: Friday 30 June 2017

Venue: Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3HP

Time: 2-3pm: Information Session with tea & cake. 3-6pm: Drop in (please ask for Anna and Julie)


 

This is an information session for anyone interested in the new Community Connector volunteering role as part of the Managing My Money project. This is a new initiative, with the community-engagement element of the project led by Community Action: MK in collaboration with The Open University, and funded by Money Advice Service.

This session is your opportunity to come and meet the team at Community Action: MK, find out more about the project and meet other volunteers interested in becoming a Community Connector.

See more information about this volunteering opportunity on the poster below and on the project page – here.

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If you cannot come along on Friday, please register your interest in volunteering as part of the project here. If you would like to speak to our team about the project, please call our office on 01908 661 623 and ask for Julie or Anna.

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Diabetes UK – MK Local Group

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Diabetes UK group aims to provide help and support for people living with diabetes in the local area.
This group will raise awareness of diabetes locally, campaign for better diabetes care and raise funds to support the work of Diabetes UK.

Next Group Meeting : Thursday 15th June 2017 at 7 pm

Guest Speaker: Elaine Herety, Oral Health Improver from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) to give information on Oral Health.

Meeting Venue :
Centrecom Meeting Place
Central Milton Keynes
MK9 3BJ

Free Parking available

For more information about the group and meeting, please contact:
Corinne Wykes  Corinne.Wykes0@gmail.com  tel 07964161792
Or Jim Jolly tel  01908 661039
Or Visit http://miltonkeynes.diabetesukgroup.org/

Come and join them. You’re not alone.  Together they’ll help make sure everyone with diabetes can get all the information, care and support they need.

Please forward this email to your contacts who may be interested.

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The MK Melting Pot is organising a Cultural and Sports Fun Day (for the MK Jubilee celebration) on 17th June.

Milton Keynes is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city with people from different background and values. MK Melting Pot plans to host a Cultural and Sports Fun Day event to celebrate MK at 50. This event will bring all the people from diverse cultures together in a fun and creative way. Sport is a great and effective way of bringing people together from different age-groups, gender, ethnicity, and this will mobilise and engage people in coming together in a competitive manner. The Olympics is the best example of how sports can bring different cultures together.

The event will be delivered in a 2 pronged approach, Sports as well as Cultural Celebration activities, which will include: diverse display and tasting of food, cultural artefacts, story-telling, music, poem, fashion show and many more. 

Venue: Conniburrow Pavilion, 37-39 Conniburrow Blvd, Conniburrow,
             Milton Keynes MK14 7DX 

Time: 11:00am-6pm 

Contact Name: Elijah Bada   & Jade Jaiyeola 

Office: +44 1908 585 537 Mobile: +44 757 676 3577 Email: mkmeltingpot@hotmail.com

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First Community Fridge coming to Milton Keynes

New pilot project starting in Wolverton

The Old Bath House Community Centre, Wolverton has successfully secured pilot funding for Milton Keynes’ first ever ‘Community Fridge’, which will be trialled with the support of environmental charity Hubbub UK in a growing effort to tackle food waste.

MK Community Fridge will be two fridges and one freezer to be located in the foyer of The Old Bath House Community Centre, Stratford Road, Wolverton and available to access from their launch on Saturday 1 July. The fridge will enable residents and businesses to share surplus food and for anyone to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise be wasted.

“Wolverton is well known for its active, caring and generous community, and we have every confidence that the local community will get behind this project and support this hugely valuable community resource”. Chris Bridgman, Chair of Trustees, The Old Bath House and Community Centre.

Get involved – give your support! 

The Old Bath House Community Centre are calling all food businesses in Wolverton and Milton Keynes to donate surplus food and find out more about how they can be involved in the project by contacting Helen Innes – MKCommunityFridge@gmail.com / 07813 780 125 / www.facebook/MKCommunityFridge.

Food waste is a big issue in the UK. The average household throws away £470 worth of food every year and at the same time 4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty. Most food waste in the UK (4.1 million tonnes or 61%) is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.

The fridge will accept any kind of fruit, vegetables, bread, sandwiches and alike all within their use by date. ‘Home cooked’ food will not be accepted, only food prepared and cooked in a Registered Food Businesses.

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Otherwise known as ‘Solidarity’ or ‘Honesty’ Fridges, Community Fridges have been successfully introduced in Spain, GErmany and other parts of the UK.

In 2016 Hubbub helped South Derbyshire Community Voluntary Service (CVS) set up the Swadlincote Community Fridge, supported by Sainsbury’s plc and Bosch. During the initial six month trial period it re-distributed 2,290kg worth of food, that would have otherwise been wasted. Food was collected by over 800 individuals who visit the fridge, as well given to 12 community groups.

Community Fridges are now springing up all over the country, as a way of cutting food waste, building stronger bonds within the community and redistributing perishable food to those who need it most.

How to get in touch?

The project is in its early stages but if you would like to donate, volunteer or know more about MK Community Fridge please contact Project Co-ordinator, Helen Innes, MKCommunityFridge@gmail.com / 07813 780 125.

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