Join Community Action: MK in Celebrating Volunteers Week

Volunteers are important to all of us and at Community Action: MK, every aspect of our work is supported by volunteers.

Volunteer Week is from 1st to 7th June. Throughout the week everyone will be sharing stories of volunteers and celebrating their selfless spirit. At Community Action: MK, we want you to join us in doing the same. We will host two events in the week.

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Join us for our final Our MK event, celebrating the end of the MK:Smart project, that will be taking place on Thursday 1st June: 5 pm – 7.30 pm at The Chrysalis Theatre in Willen Park.

You can see more information on the blog here and the Eventbrite booking is: www.ourmkfinale.eventbrite.co.uk. We’re working with a few local organisations and projects to help them launch crowdfunding campaigns via Our MK, these will be announced on the day.

 

If you are a volunteer or a Volunteer Manager/Coordinator, join us at our second Volunteers Week networking event to celebrate volunteering in Milton Keynes. We would be delighted if you came along to share a cuppa and a piece of cake.

On Tuesday 6th June 2017 event will be from 5.30 pm – 7 pm at Campbell Park Pavilion, 1300 Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 4AD.

To register your attendance go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteers-week-networking-event-tickets-34421200738

We look forward to seeing you!

Share your volunteering stories and experiences with us as an organisation, a volunteer or as an observer. Simply use #VolunteerMK on Twitter or write to us on Facebook on Community Action: MK

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Sainsbury’s/Argos were busy at: Urb Farm

Ben Haines and Melissa Cadbury rallied 40 colleagues to take part in an activity at the Urb Farm Wolverton. They created a planting area which will enable the Farm’s disabled students and visitors to take part. The access for wheelchairs and walking aids which has been achieved is amazing!!

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The raised beds were constructed at different heights and planted by the volunteers. They placed wood chippings on the ground and shifted a lot of earth.

Sainsbury’s Argos in action and some of the students from the Urb Farm.

The Urb Farm were grateful to all the volunteers for their commitment and hard work and also to those who donated time or materials to make the day a success. These contributors were:

  • Serco
  • Ringway
  • Frosts
  • Network Rail
  • Community Foundation

If you are interested in volunteering with Community Action: MK please do not hesitate to contact us on ev@communityactionmk.org

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Are you able to sew by hand?

Festive Road have a big bird that is in need of covering!!!

They are calling out to people with hand sewing and craft skills who would like to get involved.

The volunteers will need to be available from the week beginning 19th June. The bird needs to be completed and ready for action on 25th June.

If you are interested in volunteering with them at their Kiln Farm site please contact Jessica Rost on 01908 921018 who will be very pleased to hear from you.

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Volunteers Week 1 – 7th June 2017

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Join Community Action: MK to celebrate volunteers week and support charities and community groups to improve their environment to further support their clients, learners and staff. Over the last year we have introduced more than 500 corporate volunteers to 12 different charities to help make a difference.


Gardening on the grandest scale

  • The charity would like large boulders to be placed along the boundary of a lake bed to stop the pike from damaging the boundary and making the boundary unsafe. Date to be confirmed.

    There are 20 places available for this opportunity.

Register your interest in this opportunity here


Toys and play equipment in need of refurbishment!

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The Play Services Team at this charity deliver a wide range of play related services which can be broadly broken down into three areas: Direct delivery of play, Support for deliverers of play and Partnership working – you name it, they do it! they support Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs, Holiday Play Schemes and schools looking to improve their lunchtime provision with activities, resources or staff development.
  • Do you have the skills to be able to help revamping their hire equipment. The equipment is in desperate need of cleaning, repairing and painting. Children learn through play so it is important that the equipment looks attractive and inviting to them. The activity is not for the faint hearted as there is lots to be done! This activity can take place on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th or Wednesday 7th June.

    There are 15 places available for this opportunity.

Register your interest in this opportunity here


Waterway Charity is in need of help 

  • We need volunteers to support this charity with a variety of activities. From May onwards they will be working at 3 of their present sites. The activities will include clearing overgrown towpaths, building a dam to enable them to re-water the site later in the year, clearing reeds from an overgrown bed and in the summer painting lock gates. If you are interested and know the date that you are available we will then be able to work with the charity and let you know the exact project you would be working on. They need volunteers on the following date: Thursday 1st June. 
    There are 20 places available for each of the opportunities.

Register your interest in this opportunity here


Creative Charity needs a spring clean

  • We need volunteers to support this charity with a big clear out. They are in breach of becoming hoarders since they were successful in securing a new storage unit which encouraged them to keep everything. Now the time has come for a declutter and tidy up.  They need volunteers on the following date: Thursday 1st June. 
    There are 20 places available for each of the opportunities.

Register your interest in this opportunity here

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Employee Volunteering really does make a difference…………

Mk Snap is celebrating 25 years of supporting adults with learning difficulties this year.

They were host to 70 + volunteers from Argos over a period of 6 days. The volunteers helped to improve the outside learning area for the learners and in preparation for the celebration.

We would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to ensure we had the materials, tools and resources needed to make this a successful activity:

  • Network Rail
  • Ringway
  • National Trust Stowe

Day one: Saw some heavy work being carried out rehoming two large compost bunkers.

Day two: Muscles were the order of the day to create a base for an existing shed and then to pick the shed up and move it to it’s new home.

Day three: Clearing, tidying and mending was the order of the day when the polytunnel was tidied to accommodate disabled users. Planters were painted and mended, flower beds were cleared of weeds and some decorative stones placed.

Day four: Not for the faint hearted the team cracked on with the repositioning of large railway sleepers to make a raised bed and filled it with earth in preparation for planting.

Day five: Cutting back of branches and shrubs and generally tidying of a large planted area which included the use of strimmers, shears and hedge trimmers.

Day six: Alongside the normal tidying of beds, clearing planting areas the team were asked to move the ‘book of faces’ that is hoped to be used at the celebration.

Sue, head gardener said

“It’s the Argos effect – thank you – inspirational – transformed!”

If you are interested in volunteering with Community Action: MK please do not hesitate to contact us on ev@communityactionmk.org

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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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Volunteers wanted: Worktree Career WorkOuts

Volunteer in January and February by giving 1 hour of your time…

Worktree is a small employability education charity which introduces the secondary school students in Milton Keynes to hundreds of adult guests, each with their own experience of work, in a circle of 6-minute conversations.

Career WorkOut sessions are similar to the ‘Weaving Trust‘ events run by Citizens:mk, but focus on career awareness and aspirations as well as communicating with unfamiliar people.

Click here for dates and to book in.

It doesn’t matter what job you do or have done. Career WorkOut values chief executives, apprentices, stay-at-home parents and retired people equally. All have their own experience of work and have relevant answers to student questions about work.

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To find out more, contact the Worktree team at info@worktree.org or call 07966 204109.

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