Embracing social media as part of Engage MK Networking Event on ‘Building Your e-Community’

Community Action: MK held a networking event for frontline community workers and local groups, and volunteers in Milton Keynes on Monday 22nd of June 2015 at Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey.

The event, organised as part of the Engage MK project and funded by Safer MK, focused on the effective use of social media to promote local groups and projects and communicate with their supporters and service-users. The aim of the event was to explore how community workers could use digital communications to better connect with the communities in which they work.

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Two speakers shared shared their knowledge of social media through their interactive presentations. We heard from Sarah Moran, a freelance social media consultant and an associate with the successful local marketing agency, Jersey Road, giving useful tips on how to use social media to communicate and grow local causes. Hywel Jones, Campaign and Marketing Manager at the Milton Keynes based charity, Willen Hospice, showcased the charity’s successful way of working with social media on some of their very successful digital campaigns.

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Aside from exploring the ways of using digital media as part of the community work, the event was also an opportunity to network and share useful contacts between the attendees.

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Attendees also had a chance to explore the stalls showcasing the work that Community Action: MK does through digital media. This included stalls with information about our online volunteering recruitment service, the QuickChat mobile and desktop app used by Community Mobilisers as part of their community engagement, and OurMK, a brand new interactive website launched as part of the MK:Smart project, which allows every citizen on Milton Keynes to share their ideas on how to improve the use of transport, energy, water, health and environment in the city.

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The Engage MK Network is a partnership project between Community Action: MK and Safer MK. Our events bring together staff, volunteers and community groups working to support MK communities. We welcome all staff and volunteers who work with local communities in MK to join our network.

You can follow updates about the project, including news about our future events, through #EngageMK.


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Engage MK: PCSOs workshop with YMCA on supporting homeless and vulnerably-housed residents

This week a group of PCSOs, working in various parts of Milton Keynes attended our Engage MK workshop focused on supporting residents who are affected by homelessness or housing issues.

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The workshop, hosted by Community Action: MK, was facilitated by Simon Green, Director of Operations at Milton Keynes YMCA, a flagship local charity providing accommodation and support to people affected by bad housing.

The PCSOs learnt about the facilities and services offered by YMCA, including their flats, the hostel and a programme of support activities to help people get out from their housing crisis. To find out about the services offered by YMCA, please visit their website: www.mkymca.com. You can also follow their work on Twitter @MKYMCA and Facebook.

The PCSOs had a vital input into the workshop, asking practical questions on how to support people in urgent housing need, including people at risk of becoming homeless and about the services, other than YMCA, available in Milton Keynes.


The Engage MK team are creating a comprehensive list of housing & homelessness services that PCSOs and other frontline community workers can sign-post residents to, which will be uploaded on Community Action: MK website soon.

The key contacts for anyone experiencing housing issues or being at risk of becoming homeless are:
T: 01908 295600
E: admin@mkymca.com
T: free housing advice helpline: 0808 800 4444
E: info@shelter.org.uk
MK St. Mungos Broadway
T: 01908 239700
E: sue.barnett@mungos.org
Open Door MK
T: 07873 841 310
E: coordinator@opendoormk.org.uk
Street Ministers
T: 01908 234643
E: office@streetministers.org
Foodbank MK
T: 01908 322800
E:  thefoodbank@mkcc.org.uk


Engage MK runs a series of events and workshops for community organisations and frontline community workers. You can follow us at #EngageMK

Our next networking event will be on Monday 22nd of June and will be dedicated to Building e-Communities and using social media effectively to promote local causes and projects, and reaching out to wider audience. Sign up on Eventbrite here.


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Dementia Awareness Workshop for PCSOs


Ruth from the Alzheimers Society helping PCSOs to better understand dementia

Recently 12 PCSOs attended an Engage MK workshop facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Society to learn more about how to support people in their communities who may have dementia.

Ruth used activities to help the PCSOs understand some of the signs and symptoms, and how to best support people they come across who may have dementia.

To find out more about the services available locally through the Alzheimer’s Society visit their website.

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