Call for applications to join a virtual learning club for The Voluntary Sector

Call for applications to join a virtual learning club for courses on Introducing Leadership in the Voluntary Sector and Collaborative Leadership in Voluntary Organisations

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) based at The Open University is looking for participants interested in undertaking the Centre’s courses on Introducing Leadership in the Voluntary Sector and Collaborative Leadership in Voluntary Organisations.

Following a successful local learning club piloted in Milton Keynes, the Centre is looking for participants to join a virtual learning club i.e. a learning club with virtual facilitation through webinars and social media. To create a good learning environment those participating will commit to doing the courses within indicative timelines, to allow for the maximisation of the benefits of facilitation. Places on the course will be limited and will be allocated on first come first served basis. These online courses can be accessed here.

Applicants will be expected to study for independently for about 4 hours per week for 5 weeks to complete the course on Introducing Leadership in the Voluntary Sector (20 hours over a 5 week period) and/or 4 hours per week for 8 weeks to complete the course on Collaborative Leadership in Voluntary Organisations (32 hours over 8 weeks).

In addition, participants are invited to, and expected to attend 1 (if undertaking only the 5 week course), 2 (if doing the 8 week course) or 3 (if undertaking both courses) virtual 1hr 15m long supportive learning club sessions during the duration of the course. These sessions will give participants the opportunity to share their learning during the intervening period and benefit from peer learning. In the period between the virtual sessions, participants will use social media to share their learning and engage in peer support activities.

If you would like to join the virtual learning club, please upload complete the application form and a starter questionnaire (here).

Completed application forms and questionnaires should be submitted by email to Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo ( at their earliest convenience. Details of the launch of the virtual learning club will be communicated with successful applicants in due course.

If you have any further query, feel free to contact Fidele by email.

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: various roles at Citizens Advice Milton Keynes

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes are currently recruiting for several full time positions. Please click on the links below to find out more about the roles and to apply through the Charity Job website.

Deadline: 26th April.

Telephone Referral Officer:

Senior Money Adviser:

Outreach Caseworker:


Head of Service:

To find out more about the work of Citizens Advice Milton Keynes, please visit their website:

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The Stables: a crucial MK Council meeting on 4th April

On behalf of Arts and Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK),

Please show your support for the future of The Stables by attending a crucial MK Council planning meeting at 7pm on Thursday 4th April

As you will know, live music venues across the country have been threatened by the arrival of new housing development in their vicinity. The Stables face this very issue with the proposed housing development plans on their western boundary in Wavendon. This important venue could be threatened if the right planning agreements are not put in place. AHA-MK members were very supportive when this first came to light; indeed local objection resulted in the Planning Department’s email box seizing up and The Stables is keen for you to show your support again by letting Milton Keynes Council know we need them to resolve this in a positive way.

Having understood that more time was required to resolve outstanding concerns, at the Development Control Committee meeting on 7th March councillors voted to defer the decision until June to provide more time to allow further discussions to take place. However the Council informed everyone on 20th March that the decision has been brought forward at the request of the developers to this Thursday 4th April, providing insufficient time to resolve all the concerns – and in particular to further explore the idea of a deed of easement.

The Stables have sought expert legal advice and have provided a summary of the current position, which you can read in full here.

The Planning meeting on Thursday 4th April is a public meeting held at 7pm at the Civic Offices. Please come if you can and so demonstrate the importance of The Stables to MK and to our cultural landscape. Letters to MK Council and its Councillors in support of our world class music venue, The Stables, would also be very valuable but must be received by 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd April setting out any concerns or comments arising from the report (available on the Milton Keynes Website Planning Portal or by visiting the Civic Offices, Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ).

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15 July: ‘Sharing Food, Sharing Voices’ community event

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes

Trubys Garden Tea Room have teamed up with One Voice and the Church of Christ the Cornerstone to celebrate Milton Keynes 50th Birthday with food, poetry, storytelling and music from the local community.

The event will take place on Saturday, 15 July at the Guildhall, 300 Saxon Gate, MK9 2ES, between 3 – 9 pm.

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All food will be halal and multi faith prayer facilities will be available.

Proceeds from food sales will go to local community causes.

Proceeds from food sales to local community causes.

Click here to e-mail the organisers if you have any questions.

Visit Trubys Garden Tea Room on Facebook – click here.

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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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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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