24 November: Transition MK film-night

Energy-related meetup for all the community

Short films, discussions (sharing ideas!) and refreshments – all around the the theme of Energy DIY. There will also be an update on the new CAPE (Community Action Platform for Energy Project) coming to Milton Keynes soon.

Join Transition MK at their next film showing on Thursday 26th November at 7pm at Centrecom.

Register on Eventbrite – click here.




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The October Bytes Festival at The National Museum of Computing

img_1579During Half Term the MK:Smart (Our MK) team from CA:MK and the OU, went along to The National Museum of Computing for a day delivering activities for the Museums guests. We had a great day meeting lots of people and seeing what the museum has to offer (including trying out the Oculus Rift (Virtual Reality) pictured right).


The Our MK team offered families 2 activities:

1. Trying out our Energy Map which is being created as part of the CAPE Project. We asked people to guess the heat loss of some iconic MK buildings and their solar potential and then check out the answers on the map. The map will be coming soon to the public via the CAPE website.

2. An App Design competition, which challenged young people to come up with an app that could solve a city problem. Some of the fantastic entries can be seen below, and we’ll be announcing our winner in the coming week!

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The next Bytes Festival will be held in the Christmas Holidays – find out more on the Museums Website – www.tnmoc.org/bytes.




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4 November: Energy Advice Drop-In at Moorlands Centre in Beanhill

Friday 4th November – 10am-12pm: Moorlands Children’s and Community Centre. 

We have teamed up with The National Energy Foundation to promote their new Keeping Kids Cosy programme and our CAPE project at the weekly coffee morning at Moorlands Centre in Beanhill. If you live in the Woughton area, come along on the 4th November to get useful tips and advice related to your energy use, and to find out more about the concept of community-owned energy, such as the Milton Keynes-based, Wolverton Community Energy.



Just some the CAPE project tools will make data available to citizens in Milton Keynes, which will help determine what solar potential there is for certain areas in the city (and more!). See below the solar potential map for CMK (satellite view).


Wolverton Community Energy has been running for over a year, with solar installations completed at various sites across Milton Keynes, including in Kiln Farm and Camphill Communities. Find out more about how the project works (and how you can get involved) here.wceFor more information, contact Anna at: anna@communityactionmk.org.

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Survey: how to represent heat loss in a map?

Can you complete this short survey?

Our friends at The Open University who work with us on the MK:Smart and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy projects are investigating how to represent heat loss in a map. Please complete this short survey to help them understand which colours schemes better represent the level of heat loss of buildings in an on-line map. The heat loss of a house is related with the energy you would need to use to keep it warm and comfortable. Findings from the survey will be used for research purposes.

Data collected by the survey will be anonymous and it takes around 10-15 minutes to complete. You can exit the survey at any point.

This survey has been approved by the Open University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to contact Jose Cavero (jose.cavero@open.ac.uk).



The Heat Loss map of Central Milton Keynes (thermal imagery)

Thank you!

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Fuel Poverty:’Keeping Kids Cosy’

A new project helping to fight fuel poverty in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

The National Energy Foundation has launched a new project, designed to help families with young children who are struggling with fuel poverty.

The scheme will run until the 31 August 2017 and will include advice and guidance on reducing energy bills, and heating a household affordably and efficiently. It will also provide advice and help with switching energy tariff or supplier, and it will offer small grants for energy efficiency measures such as draught-proofing, thermostatic radiator valves or LED lightbulbs (and more).



Visit the National Energy Foundation website to find out more or contact the Affordable Warmth Helpline on 0800 107 0044 or at awn@nef.org.uk.


If you are interested in energy issues and in renewable and community energy projects in particular, visit our page about the CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project here.

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How can parishes and their residents benefit from community energy?


How can my parish and local residents benefit from community-owned energy?

Community Action: MK is inviting members of Parish Councils and Residents Associations in Milton Keynes to a special event being organised during the national Community Energy Fortnight taking place between 3rd-18th September.

The event will take place at the Imovation Centre at Transport Systems Catapult (170 Midsummer Boulevard) between 5-7pm on Tuesday 13th September.


The Imovation Centre at Transport Systems Catapult

This short and practical session will provide useful information about the role that your parish and your neighbourhood could play in promoting community ownership of energy. We will be using case studies of successful MK-based projects, such as Wolverton Community Energy, to illustrate how this model can act as a vehicle for community cohesion, at the same time as raising income for community investment in your area. In particular, we will be exploring:

  • Planning for sustainability and resilience – how you can include community energy outcomes in your Neighbourhood Plan, Parish/Business Plan or other strategic documents
  • Ways of improving efficiency of local buildings
  • Community ownership model – challenges and benefits
  • CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy – new project in Milton Keynes


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Wolverton Community Energy

There will be an opportunity to network with representatives of other parish councils from and residents groups across MK Borough and to find out about the exciting new MK Community Energy Alliance, and how to get involved as part of it.

We are also pleased to confirm that The National Energy Foundation and the Plan:MK team at Milton Keynes Council will be speaking at the event, alongside Wolverton Community Energy and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project.

If you would like to represent your parish or a local residents’ group at the event, please RSVP to anna@communityactionmk.org.

The event is being organised in collaboration between CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy (one of Community Action: MK’s projects) and Wolverton Community Energy.

Thank you to Transport Systems Catapult for providing the venue. 


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You can see this and other events listed on the official Community Energy Fortnight 2016 website and follow updates on Twitter through #CEF16:

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FREE Workshop: What is a Raspberry Pi & how to use it?

Heard about a Raspberry Pi and wondered what it is and how to use it?

Are your kids learning about coding at school and you are being left behind?

Come along to this practical workshop on 17th August for the opportunity to learn about how to put together a Raspberry Pi computer through an interactive exercise.

  • Find out about how this small and inexpensive device could revolutionise your life and knowledge of computers.
  • Meet other people who are interested in technology and ways of making it available to ordinary citizens, while contributing to increasing levels of computing literacy.
  • Contribute to MK:Smart, a large city-wide project that is aiming to enable citizens in Milton Keynes to influence the city’s developments and make it a smarter and a more sustainable place to live.

Anyone interested is welcome to come along: no prior knowledge of computers and technology is required. The workshop will be run in a relaxed and practical way.

The event will be held at UCMK campus at 502 Avebury Boulevard, MK9 3HS on Wednesday 17th August: 3-5pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Register your place on Eventbrite: rpiworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Anna at anna@communityactionmk.org.

The workshop is run as part of the Computing Literacy project funded by the crowdsourcing website Our MK, which is powered by MK:Smart.

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