MK People’s Assembly – Monthly Meeting

MK People’s Assembly are meeting

Thursday, 6th April 2017
7pm
YMCA, 1 North 6th Street, Milton Keynes, MK9 2NR

The main discussion point for this meeting will be Plan:MK – the city plan for the future of Milton Keynes that is now out for public consultation.

At this months meeting we’re going to formulate our response to it based on two key aspects: Housing and the Sustainability.

According to MK People’s Assembly – the draft of Plan:MK aims to deliver new housing for the city’s growing population. This is something that is needed. Currently, though, houses available to buy on the private market are out of reach for the majority of people living in MK.

They are asking if “any new houses built be genuinely affordable for young people growing up in MK today, for example? Or will they be forced to make the choice between living with their parents/carers/friends indefinitely or moving away from their home?”

Join them on Thursday, 6th April.

New Communities Plan:MK

New Website for Gallaghers now Launched

Gallaghers have now got their website online, it includes information from Milton Keynes Council and Community Action: MK. Please find the link below:

http://www.westernexpansionareamk.co.uk/

The website is a useful resource for anyone living or interested in the Western Expansion Areas of Milton Keynes and would like to remain updated on content particular to them.

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MK50 Conference celebrates MK’s sustainability credentials!

MK Community Energy Conference – free event on 25 February 2017

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The conference has been organised by the newly formed MK Community Energy Alliance, and sponsored by MK:Smart, and the CAPE Project and is taking place at Camphill Milton Keynes. Camphill is one of the first organisations in Milton Keynes to benefit from solar PV installed by Wolverton Community Energy.  The conference is free to attend (with a £5 charge for lunch) but please register online www.ticketsource.co.uk/chrysalismk

For more information please contact:

Marie Osborne, Wolverton Community Energy or Anna Klis-Davies, Community Action MK:

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DATE CHANGE: FREE Zumba activities in Lakes Estate – Wednesdays 5.45PM

This free activity is offered to residents of Lakes Estate and Newton Leys as part of our Local People project.

The classes will be taking place every Wednesday 5.45-6.45PM at Lakes Estate Community Centre.

To find out more, contact Stewart on stewart@communityactionmk.org.

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Follow the project on Twitter:

@LP_MiltonKeynes

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{SAVE THE DATE}: MK Community Energy Conference 2017 – 25 February 2017

Milton Keynes energy and sustainability: the past, present and future!

Reserve your FREE space today through The Chrysalis Theatre box office – click here.

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The full programme will follow soon.
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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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Happy Christmas from Community Action: MK

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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!

 

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