We would like to wish all our friends in the Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Milton Keynes as well as our members and partners a very Merry Christmas!
Thank you for all your support and collaboration this year. We very much look forward to working with you and supporting you in the New Year 2017, and continuing to promote the amazing work of our communities, voluntary organisations and volunteers!
Community Action: MK held their Business Celebration awards, hosted by Metro Bank, in November. This was to celebrate the volunteer contribution made by businesses through their Employee Volunteering Programme.
David Hopkins (Deputy Mayor) attended the celebration awards and had this to say in a letter to us:
Some inspiring stories and a real testament to the success of all our community building activities that we can acknowledge the role businesses play through encouraging employees to take part in voluntary work adding to the real sense of place that is our Milton Keynes.
A credit to Milton Keynes – well done to you all.
Visit our Employee Volunteering page here to find out more and to get involved.
We wanted to share with you this lovely impact story of how we managed to link local business with the local community through our Employee Volunteering Programme.
Towergate told us that they were hosting a reverse Advent. For this they asked staff for donations of nonperishable items, which would be distributed to local community groups.
Instead of this, Community Action: MK linked them with Daisy Chain Children’s Centre in Bletchley, who facilitated the hampers to be delivered to local families.
Ann, an employee at Towergate, told us:
“Staff appreciated that Community Action: MK linked them with Daisy Chain Children’s Centre. We started a reverse advent, but I had an image that it would be filled with 24 donated tins of food. Once we were given the make up of a real family that we could support it gave us something to focus on.”
Generous donations given by Towergate Staff. Photo credit: Community Action: MK
We at Community Action: MK think that the picture tells the story of how staff got involved in giving with a sense of purpose.
If you would like to find out more about our Employee Volunteering Programme and about future corporate volunteering opportunities please click here.
Last Thursday 17th November representatives from the business, public and voluntary sector came together to recognise the impact of Community Action: MK’s Employee Volunteering programme. This event, hosted by Metro Bank was to thank the businesses that have taken part in the programme this year and celebrate the help that has been given to voluntary and community groups across Milton Keynes.
So far Community Action: MK have placed 288 employee volunteers from 8 businesses which equates to 1,747 hours of volunteering; with a further 34 volunteers that are due to complete projects in November. Volunteers have worked to support the sustainability of 19 groups including St. Mungo’s, Foodbank, Pepper Hill and Stanton Schools, National Trust Stowe and the Urb Farm. The volunteers came from Argos, Dentons UKMEA LLP, Hewitsons LLP, Hillier Hopkins LLP, Lista, National House Building Council, Tech Mahindra and The Woburn Hotel.
Tim Marren, CEO, Community Action: MK said:
‘Today is our opportunity to celebrate the work of all the businesses who have partnered with us this year. Our aim is to help voluntary and community organisations across Milton Keynes gain access to additional advice and practical support that they cannot access themselves. There is increasing political and public focus on localism and people being empowered to make a personal difference in their communities. Volunteering is one way in which businesses can start to build real relationships and help to transform the communities they live and work in.’
Community Action: MK asked the businesses to pledge their time to help put up Christmas decorations in two of St. Mungo’s hostels. This give a festive feel to the communal areas for the young homeless people. The activity will take place on 8th December and up to 24 volunteers are needed to make this a success.
If you or your organisation are interested in taking part contact Community Action: MK at 01908 661623 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Action: MK are recruiting for a number of full and part time positions in our Community Development Team. See more information below about the positions available.
Community Development Team Member (various roles available)
Full or Part time opportunities available
£22,387 per annum (pro rata)
Fixed term until June 2017, with possibility of extension dependant on funding.
Here at Community Action: MK we support the amazing work happening in and around Milton Keynes’ communities. We support local people to take action in their community whether part of a charity, a community group or an individual looking to make a difference. We are looking for passionate individuals to join our Community Development Team. As a team we deliver various Community Development contracts across Milton Keynes and we are looking for people that can join a flexible team that supports a variety of projects.
We had a great start to volunteers week with our Employee Volunteering Programme. Local businesses signed up their staff members to volunteer with local charities and community groups throughout the week.
On the 2nd June they joined coordinators and regular volunteers to help Bucks Canal Society clear more of the canal bed at their Cosgrove site. More activities are planned to be taking place.
Tusher from Tech Mahindra said:
“Firstly, many thanks to Community Action: MK for making available the volunteering opportunities as part of Volunteer Week.
My team were part of the volunteers that assisted the Bucks Canal Society at Cosgrove on 2nd of June. Despite the bleak weather, we had a wonderful day. The activities were well planned out and we split up into groups to work at different parts of the canal. The day gave us an opportunity to interact with volunteers from other organisations and we made new friends. It was certainly a day that led to greater team bonding between my employees as they worked together on tasks that they are not accustomed to, working inside the office environs. Having spoken to my team, the activities left them with a sense of achievement & satisfaction. They were extremely glad to have taken part and are keen to participate in more now. This has certainly helped me take the first step and propagate a culture of volunteering in my organisation. Once again, many thanks to Community Action: MK for this.”
Athina who is a coordinator for Bucks canal told us
“The hard work and enthusiasm of this team has made a valuable contribution towards our aim of flooding more of the canal bed.”
Community Action: MK would like to thank Tech Mahindra, The Woburn Hotel and Hewitsons for taking part in our Employee Volunteering Programme.