Community Life: Bucks Festival – Artisan Craft, Food and Drink in MK

Following the  success of the first festival earlier this summer, Bucks Festival are back on 23rd September with an Artisan Craft, Food and Drink Festival for the whole family.

This free event will take place at Westbury Arts Centre in Shenley Wood. The festival gives you the chance to listen to talented local performers whilst trying some of the best locally produced craft beer and artisan cuisine. There will be face painting, a bouncy castle, as well as beautiful handmade crafts to admire or acquire.

This series of not-for-profit small business events has been organised to give a platform to emerging local businesses, providing them with a chance to promote their products.

The festival brings together makers and bakers, chefs and growers from in and around Milton Keynes alongside a programme of speakers covering health and well-being, localism and sustainability.

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If you have an idea for a project that could increase the sustainability of your own neighbourhood, community or a group, please visit the Our MK website, a dedicated crowdfunding campaign for Milton Keynes supported by Community Action: MK.








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Volunteer Credits Project A Success

The Volunteer Credits Project has now come to an end and we would like to say thank you to those that made it such a success:

The Parks Trust, Local People Project (Lakes Estate), Community Car Service MK, Table Tennis England, Cancer Research UK, Milton Keynes Council, Milton Keynes University Hospital, Barnardo’s, Heelands Rangers, MK Community Cardiac Group, Newport Pagnell Brownies, Stantonbury Arts and Leisure, MK Snap, Works for Us and Adaptive Snowsports MK.

Thank you to Hertsmere Leisure, 1Life and Freedom Leisure in Milton Keynes who provided the credits for volunteers.

We would also like to thank MK Dons SET, who gave us free tickets for the prize draw.

Thanks also goes to MK Community Foundation, Milton Keynes Council’s Public Health, MK Physical Activity Alliance and to the Open University for the allocation of time, funding and support to the project.

Thanks to everyone’s hard work and dedication to the project we received great feedback and look forward to working on similar projects in the future.


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Join in with Carbon Conversations

Sign up for your place at Carbon Conversations

Carbon Conversations will help you to explore key aspects of a personal carbon footprint and help you to identify actions you can take to reduce yours.

The new Carbon Conversations group is starting in Milton Keynes this September – book now by contacting Hilarie on or call 07773352495.

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To find out more about this and other low-carbon living initiatives in Milton Keynes, come along to the monthly meet-up of the Transition MK Group – Wednesday 6th September at ‘The Place to Eat’ cafe, 2nd floor in John Lewis, Central Milton Keynes.

The group meets at 6pm and meetings normally finish by 7pm – everyone interested is welcome to join in!


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Get Reception Experience at the Spinal Injuries Association


Are you looking to get experience in a busy reception? This volunteer role at the Spinal Injuries Association could be for you.

The SIA will invest in your training and in return are keen to recruit long- term volunteers for this role.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Answering calls received to the main switchboard and transferring on to the relevant department. Taking messages as appropriate.
  • Being the first point of contact for our office, greeting visitors and dealing with deliveries.   
  • Preparing the meeting rooms e.g. assisting with providing refreshments / room layouts etc. 
  • Assisting with general housekeeping duties.
  • Simple admin tasks, post opening, dealing with outgoing letters and parcels, monitoring stationery and ordering as appropriate, assisting other departments during busy times.
Aim of role Support and assist the SIA reception and general office
Role Title Reception and Administration Volunteer
Start date ASAP
Time commitment We are flexible and can work around school hours but do ask anyone who applies is able to commit to the time on a frequent basis.
Location Milton Keynes, Oldbrook SIA House
  • To be able to work as part of the team
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Outward-going with a cheerful manner
  • Be proactive and engaging
  • Reliable and committed
  • Flexible
  • Someone who is interested in making a difference
  • Trustworthy
  • Being happy and confident in using a phone (training is provided)
What they can offer you
  • Help develop new skills and enhance current
  • To gain work experience and add to CV
  • To meet new people
  • To give back to the community
  • To build confidence
  • Travel expenses with receipts will be covered
  • Opportunities
  • Training
  • Ongoing support

If you are interested please visit the SIA website for more information and contact Volunteer Coordinator Jen Sims or call 01908 604191.

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Netherfield is hosting a DIY Health Check Day!

Local Conversations is a steering group for Netherfield and they are hosting a 

DIY Health Check Day on Friday! 

If you are free between 11- 3pm come and have a look! 

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Local Conversations is a local community group who the Community Engagement team are assisting. They are working hard as a team with the Netherfield residents to enhance the local community and estate.

We are always looking for more volunteers so if you are interested in helping us with our work, then please contact


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The Urb Farm needs your support

Can you help The Wolverton’s Urb Fam meet their crowdfunding goal?

The Urb Farm in Wolverton have been running their crowdfunding campaign via the Our MK website, which is powered by the MK:Smart project, to launch an innovative project: Learning Tree Tipi and Super Storage. Once successful, the project will will build a traditional tipi in their woodland, providing space for stories, shelter from the weather and giving children coming to “the Learning Tree” the experience of living close to nature. Find out more about what they are planning as part of the project here.

Please help them meet their goal and pledge your support. No matter how small your donation can be, it will make a difference!



You can start your own crowdfunding campaign on Our MK too – click here to find out more.

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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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