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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DATE CHANGE: FREE Zumba activities in Lakes Estate – Wednesdays 5.45PM

This free activity is offered to residents of Lakes Estate and Newton Leys as part of our Local People project.

The classes will be taking place every Wednesday 5.45-6.45PM at Lakes Estate Community Centre.

To find out more, contact Stewart on stewart@communityactionmk.org.

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{SAVE THE DATE}: MK Community Energy Conference 2017 – 25 February 2017

Milton Keynes energy and sustainability: the past, present and future!

Reserve your FREE space today through The Chrysalis Theatre box office – click here.

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The full programme will follow soon.
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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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Keep Active MK: lots of sport activities available

Keep Active MK – a new useful resource on physical activities available in Milton Keynes

Click here to find out more about Keep Active MK and the relevant initiatives that are currently running. Keep Active MK has been supported with funding from the MK Community Foundation.

For more information contact our Sport Development Manager on 07818 513744 or email chris.bryden@miltonkeynesleisure.co.uk.

After School Junior Programme

At term-time programme of activities, which restarts on Monday 9th January 2017 at Bletchley Leisure Centre. Includes Football with MKDonsSETSmash Up! Badminton, Basketball and DogeballStreet Golf and Indoor Tennis with MK Tennis.

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Junior Trampolining

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Netball

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If you have any questions, please contact Chris Bryden on 07818 513744 or email chris.bryden@miltonkeynesleisure.co.uk.

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Storage space desperately needed – can you help?

A Call to Action from Help Our Homeless MK

Help Our Homeless MK  community group are now in desperate need of storage space (either in, or close to Central Milton Keynes) to house donations they collect to run their services for homeless and badly-housed people in Milton Keynes.

So far the group has been working out of two garages, but have recently had to hand them back to the owners and are now down to just one garage and working from the homes of the many volunteers that support the group!

Ideally they need approximately 600 sq ft to allow space for volunteers to help sort items and, if possible, a space to allow homeless people to drop in for tea and a chat.

Do you have a unit or office available that they could use as a base at no cost?

Help Our Homeless has been running since 2014 and is run entirely by volunteers. The group provides much-needed donations of clothing, shoes, bedding etc to homeless people in Milton Keynes. Volunteers go out three times a week with the soup run and provide help and support to over 30 homeless people every evening.

If you have some space that you could make available, or know of anyone that can help, please contact Anna at Community Action: MK at anna@communityactionmk.org or on 01908 661623 or contact Marion at marion@communityactionmk.org.

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Follow Help Our Homeless MK on Twitter here or request to join their Facebook group here, where you can sign up to support the group as a volunteer and get updates about the work of Help Our Homeless MK and other homelessness and housing-related issues across the city.

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19th Jan 17: The Divide Film Showing

The Divide Film Showing

+ Q&A with Director Katherine Round

 

Community Action: MK are pleased to present a film that explores a major issue faced by society today; the growing divide between rich & poor. This film focuses on this subject in USA and UK, by following the stories of individuals in both countries. Join us for this insightful evening where we will be showing this film, plus other short films related to this topic in the UK. We are also lucky enough to be joined by Director Katherine Round who will be available for Q&A after the show.

Thursday 19th January 2017

6.30pm (to start at 7pm)

Stantonbury Theatre, MK14 6BN

This event is being hosted by many local organisations including Community Action: MK, Transition MK, MK Peace & Justice Network, The People’s Assembly, MK Community Bank, MK Green Party and MK Momentum. Information will be available about local services in Milton Keynes, so will also offer a great chance for networking and sharing.

Buy your tickets now from Stantonbury Box Office, with special reduced price for students, children and concessions. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the night.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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