Could your group benefit from a micro-volunteer?

As part of Community Action MK’s celebrations during Volunteers’ Week (1st-7th June), we will be holding a ‘micro-volunteering lucky dip’ during our volunteer drop in and other events.

We’d love to hear from you if your charity or community group would like to submit an opportunity to the lucky dip. Please complete this short online form and we will contact you to let you know if your opportunity fits the criteria and can be entered into the dip.

To help you work out what you could ask for help with, a micro-volunteering action has some and ideally all of the following attributes:

  • Bite sized: can be completed in under 2 hours.
  • Non location based: participation can be accomplished from almost anywhere in the world.
  • Visible feedback: volunteers like to see how they have contributed and who else is participating.
  • Non discriminatory: should be able to be completed by people with disabilities.
  • No training: provide an action that has little or no training required.
  • Simple instructions: ideally a volunteer should understand how to participate in three easy steps.
  • No vetting interviews.
  • No registration.
  • Free to participate.
  • Incentives: provide something for the ‘what’s in it for me’ attitude as in peer recognition or something more materialistic.
  • No commitment: think about a volunteer being able to ‘dip-in, dip-out’.
  • Flexible participation: action should ideally be globally accessible, 24/7 and not when the volunteer coordinators are working.
  • No age restriction: so long as a person is web savvy, then that is normally all that is required.

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Connection Floating Support Looking for Volunteers

via MK Web:

[Based on the possibility of closure Connection Floating Support,] a housing charity that helps people avoid homelessness and achieve independence, were unable to give hours to their volunteers who have now gone elsewhere.

Despite having some funding cut, the charity are able to continue their work in Milton Keynes and are now having to start again and are calling for volunteers, vital to their work.

The charity wants to fight the stigmas associated with homelessness and continue to work with MKC to help people overcome housing problems which can come as a result of debt or addiction problems.

For the full story, and for details of how you can help, please go to MK Web.

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Milton Keynes Referendum – What’s It About?

When you go to your polling station this week you will see that, aside from the elections, residents of Milton Keynes are also being asked to decide whether or not to adopt the CMK Business Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan, in case you havn’t heard about it, is a new document that will, if adopted, act as a guide for how developments in Central Milton Keynes and Campbell Park should be designed over the next decade.

This Plan has not been prepared by MK Council but by a voluntary alliance of local businesses and community groups over a two-year period, with public involvement throughout. If passed, it will act as a blue-print for developing CMK over the next 10 – 15 years. A core policy is to retain the original, successful layout of CMK with its tree-lined boulevards, open spaces and safe pedestrian routes. Other policies support a major university, new community and sports facilities, new public transport shuttle service, Market Hall and civic square

You can view a summary document here or see the full plan here. We really encourage you to take some time reading about this plan and deciding if it’s something you want to vote for or against.

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New Homes on Dansteed Way

The housing developer Taylor Wimpey are holding a public exhibition to show their plans for 85 new homes on land to the west of Dansteed Way – a site which forms part of the Western Expansion Area.

The exhibition will be held at the Shenley Church End Parish Hall, Shenley Church End, on Tuesday, May 12 between 3pm and 7pm. The public exhibition is open to residents, business, community groups and other interested parties, and will provide the chance to find out more about the scheme and discuss plans with the Taylor Wimpey Project team.

If you would like to know more about the Growth of MK, please contact Hannah, Growth Officer at Community Action: MK on 01908 661623 or hannah@communityactionmk.org.

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Employee Volunteering – Make It Possible!

We recently made a short film about the great stuff Home Retail Group have been up to through our Employee Volunteering programme. The video features their employees talking about volunteering at Sailability MK and Festive Road, as well as people from those organisations expressing the importance of volunteers. You can see the video below or on YouTube.

If your company would like to get involved, please call us on 01908 661623 or email ev@communityactionmk.org.

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Dementia Awareness Workshop for PCSOs

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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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