Local Conversations is a steering group for Netherfield and they are hosting a
DIY Health Check Day on Friday!
If you are free between 11- 3pm come and have a look!
Local Conversations is a local community group who the Community Engagement team are assisting. They are working hard as a team with the Netherfield residents to enhance the local community and estate.
Young volunteers from across Netherfield joined forces over the weekend of 18th & 19th March to take place in a Graffiti Art event at the local shops. The event was arranged by the People’s Health Trust Local Conversation project, to raise awareness that Netherfield has been allocated some funding through the Health Lottery, and needs to engage with residents to identify priorities at a local level. There is especially a need for young people to have their voices heard.
The young volunteer artists were supported across the weekend by local organisations including Community Action: MK, Freestyle Textile & Kitchenware, Woughton Community Council, PHT, UFA and a local Graffiti artist (Squidge) from PlayStreet.
On the Saturday there was a design workshop where young people worked together to create potential designs, as well as some other fun activities for all. Young people learnt about wider volunteering opportunities and were boosted by the arrival of pizzas (thanks to Cheska from UFA who provide NCS (National Citizen Service) in Milton Keynes.
On the Sunday the team met at the shops where they had been given permission by Irene to paint their design on to her shop security shutter. Thanks Irene! Under Squidge’s expert guidance the volunteers were quick to pick up the various skills and techniques needed, and really impressed passers by with their handiwork. Local shoppers who stopped to admire the artwork helped us to fill in questionnaires, which gave Netherfield people a chance to talk about what they like/dislike about living in Netherfield and identify something that they would like to improve.
Irene was thrilled with the finished piece, and everyone agreed that the event had been a great success. However, despite collecting lots of ideas from local residents, the PHT are really anxious to hear from more Netherfield folk. In particular, we would like Young People to have an opportunity to see their ideas become reality. If you are a young person who wants to get involved to make a difference in Netherfield then contact Stewart Ikin at email@example.com to find out more information.
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 Championsin 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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
Football taster sessions with a chance to try ‘crab’ football and walking football as well as ‘normal’ football. Playing surface is 3rd generation astroturf, so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing. Bibs, Balls, and officials are all provided, but please bring water bottle if required.
Saturday 15th October – football sessions running from 11am – 1pm. Registration open from 10.45am.
Sir Herbert Leon Academy Leisure Centre, Fern Grove, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 3HQ. Directions here.
FREE for anyone filling in a 5 minute questionnaire: Otherwise £5 entry fee.
If you are interested in the Connecting Communities project on Lakes Estate and Newton Leys, particularly if you live on either of the estates, Stewart would love to hear from you! There are lots of volunteering opportunities and you can claim rewards (volunteer credits) through the Physical Activity Volunteering project.