Volunteers needed for the local R.N.I.B group

Calling for volunteers for the MK group of Royal National Institute for the Blind

R.N.I.B. MK is a local group of the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

The services offered by R.N.I.B. and their activities touch the life of every person with challenging eyesight. Whatever the cause of sight problem, R.N.I.B. can help. Yet, many do not know it.  Thus they miss out on the services they can benefit from.

The local group was set up in 2014 to publicise the services offered by the organisation and to campaign for the welfare of the visually impaired in the city. We usually meet on the third Monday of the month every three months, i.e., January, April, July and October.

The group is looking for volunteers with empathy for the visually impaired and who are willing to spare an hour or two per month. Volunteers are needed for:

1.    Secretarial help;

2.    Help with preparing and serving refreshments;

3.    Setting up meeting room with furniture, literature, etc.;

4.    Help with occasional fundraising activities;

5.    To serve on the management committee.

For further information, please contact:

Padma Cheriyan, Volunteer Campaign Co-ordinator for R.N.I.B. in Milton Keynes:

E: pscheriyan@gmail.com

T:01908 377058

M:07429 154 931

To find out more about the work of RNIB, visit their website:

www.rnib.org.uk

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Engage MK explores Fundraising

Engage MK is a project run by Community Action: MK and funded via the Safer MK partnership. The aim of the project is to connect and support frontline community workers and local Action Groups to build their skills and confidence in community work.

We recently ran a workshop for community groups on Fundraising, which was run by fundraising professional Sam Davies. This session explored different fundraising techniques including online fundraising, lotteries and events; how we can tell more effective stories to encourage support; and how to retain and thank supporters.

Our attendees represented 14 different organisations including residents associations, neighbourhood watch schemes, a housing group, a local faith organisation and community groups. Feedback from the session was great, and there were lots of useful tips to help groups to think about their fundraising techniques.

Our next event, ‘Community Conversations: Exploring ways to engage communities‘ is on 1st December. This informal networking event will give attendees the chance to share their engagement techniques, learn from others, and network with colleagues from the voluntary and public sectors. Click on the link to book your space!

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Climate Change Gathering in Milton Keynes

Local Groups and Individuals urged to pledge commitment to low carbon living

Local community groups and individual citizens will be gathering in Campbell Park in central Milton Keynes on Saturday 28th November between 1-2pm. The aim of the gathering is to show support for the national and international campaigning efforts aiming to put climate change much higher on the political agenda, specifically before the next key UN Conference on Climate Change due to take place in Paris between 30th November and 11th December (‘COP21’).

The event, funded by MK Community Foundation, is organised by Transition MK, a leading local environmental group who, with the support from Citizens MK, are encouraging other organisations and community groups in Milton Keynes, and individuals to take part. Both organisations recognise  the  value and importance of making our politicians aware of the widespread concern over the climate change issue.

George Marshall Talk on 20 NovThe event is one of two events organised by the group in November, following the hugely successful and well attended talk from the renowned climate change author and communication specialist, George Marshall, which took place on Friday 20th November.

 

Everyone attending the rally will be urged to sign a pledge card, making a commitment to reduce their individual carbon footprint, putting pressure on the MPs in Milton Keynes to take the action to David Cameron, and demanding policies which promote investment in renewable energy – a reversal of recent decisions to abolish support for wind, solar and biomass energy. The completed pledge cards will then be handed over  the local office of our  MPs on the morning of Monday 30th, urging them to take further action.

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The plan for the rally is to meet at The MK Rose at 1pm and walk to the Beacon of Hope, where pledges (which will be provided) will be collected and everyone will have a chance to meet with other groups. There will be a few short speeches by local dignitaries. The event is scheduled to finish by 2.00pm.

To download the pledge card as a PDF click hereLet’s make it 1000 by the weekend!

If you would like to provide further support for the event to Transition MK make a bigger impact, e.g by sharing posters and pledge cards, or taking another specific action, please contact the organisers on: transitionmkinfo@gmail.com.

You can follow updates about the event on social media:

Twitter: @TransitionMK or search: #climatechangeMK
Facebook: Transition MK

In case of queries, please contact:  transitionmkinfo@gmail.com.

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Fundraising Workshop for Community Safety Groups – last few spaces going quickly!

Monday 23rd November – 10am – 12.30pm at Acorn House, MK9 3HP

We are delighted to invite you to a workshop, which looks at why it is vital to fundraise to support your groups and projects.

The workshop will be facilitated by Sam Davies, a fundraising professional, who has a comprehensive experience of working in successful fundraising teams at a number of charities including the Gorilla Organization, Shelter, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Ceoliac UK.

The workshop will cover:

Introduction (overview of the charity sector & voluntary income)
Telling your fundraising story
Using online fundraising
Retaining and thanking your supporters
Key tips and rules for events, public collections, and raffles
There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

Come along to the workshop to find out more about fundraising, meet other local groups from across Milton Keynes and enjoy yummy refreshments.

Please sign up via the CAMK eventbrite page to book your space, or call Hannah on 01908 661623.

This workshop is funded by Safer MK as part of a series of networking events and skills development sessions for community facing workers and Neighbourhood Action Groups.

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‘Community Conversations: Exploring Ways to Engage Communities’ Networking Event

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Kickstart your day with an exciting exploration into how to best engage the communities in which you work.

Join our facilitated discussion groups to explore different ‘themes’ within engagement including:

  • Using technology to engage communities
  • Exploring the barriers to engagement and potential solutions
  • Making connections in communities

Share your experiences and knowledge with other attendees and pick up tips to help you engage with your community. Or simply enjoy some fabulous networking with colleagues from the voluntary/community and public sectors. You are guaranteed to leave with new ideas and contacts!

Plus yummy refreshments and coffee to keep you energised!

This event is open to all staff, volunteers and community groups who support MK’s communities.

Book online or call Hannah on 01908 661623 for information.

An Engage MK Networking event for people working in MK communities 

1st December, 9am – 10.30am (registration from 8.45am)
Parks Trust Pavilion, Silbury Boulevard, CMK, MK94AD
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‘Community Conversations: Exploring Ways To Engage Communities’ – Networking Event

Kickstart your day with an exciting exploration into how to best engage the communities in which you work.

Join our facilitated discussion groups to explore different ‘themes’ within engagement including:

  • Using technology to engage residents
  • Exploring the barriers to engagement and potential solutions
  • Making connections in communities

Share your experiences and knowledge with other attendees and pick up tips to help you engage with your community. Or simply enjoy some fabulous networking with colleagues from the voluntary/community and public sectors. You are guaranteed to leave with new ideas and contacts!

Book online via the Community Action: MK Eventbrite page or contact Hannah on 01908 661623

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