Milton Keynes Pride Festival

Milton Keynes Pride Festival returns to Campbell Park on the 10th of September, and they’re looking for volunteers to take on a range of roles during the festival.

About MK Pride

Milton Keynes Pride Festival is a non Profit community interest company who seek to promote visibility, social cohesion, connection, education, equality, promotion of the LGBTQ+ community in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

This team of volunteers deliver the annual festival, bringing the community together with music, performances, stalls and much more!

The Volunteer Roles Available

  • Event Volunteers –  assisting with set up and supporting festival-goers
  • Steward Volunteers – help ensure smooth-running on the day
  • Green Volunteers – helping to keep Campbell Park litter free
  • Youth Volunteers – supporting the MKPF Youth Hub

To find out more and apply: Milton Keynes Pride Festival- Volunteer  

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Repair Café

Today’s volunteer opportunity comes from the Repair Café, a local community initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to throwing things out.

The café is held at The Old Bath House Community Centre. 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton MK12 5RL, on the second Saturday of the month.

The purpose of the café is to help MK residents repair their belongings, as opposed to throwing them away! Repair Café are seeking handy volunteers to assist with these repairs, as well as hosts to welcome people.

Are you skilled in working with:

  • Textiles
  • Woodwork
  • Bicycles
  • Electrical Appliances
  • Clocks/Watches
  • Computers

Or do you have other knowledge you’d like to share with your community?

The Repair Cafe need your expertise!

To find out more, contact Phil or Marion repaircafe@oldbathhouse.org

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Whitehouse Surgery Drop-In Sessions are Back!

We’re delighted to let you know we’re resuming our drop-in sessions at Whitehouse Surgery, beginning this Thursday 16 June with MK Act. This will be an opportunity to hear more about this Milton Keynes charity, who provide support services to families experiencing domestic abuse.     

You’ll also be able to meet our Volunteer Coordinator, who’ll be able to chat with you about all things volunteering, whether you’re looking for a role or hoping to promote your volunteer opportunities.

No need to book, come and say hello.

If you’re an organisation interested in taking part in these drop-ins, please fill out this form, or email camille@communityactionmk.org for more information.

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Carers MK

For Carer’s Week (6-12 June), an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, we’re highlighting Carers MK. Read on to find out more about this Milton Keynes charity.

Who are Carers MK?

Carers MK support the health and wellbeing of individuals who are caring for someone who cannot manage without them due to illness, physical disability, frailty, learning disability, mental health issues, addiction or additional needs.

They support carers from all backgrounds including young carers, parents of children with a disability or an additional need, carers from the black and minority ethnic community (BAME), older carers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) carers.

Carers MK are currently recruiting volunteers, could you help make a difference to the lives of carers in Milton Keynes?

Roles available:

  • Assisting at their Carers Support Groups and Training and Workshops
  • Drivers to transport young carers to and from their club nights
  • Admin support
  • Helping with fundraising and raising awareness of Carers MK at events

Find out how to apply by clicking here.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Early Support Hub Peer Support Worker

This Volunteers’ Week, we’re highlighting a volunteer role that aims to make a difference to young people’s wellbeing. Read on for more!

Who are MK YiS?

YiS Young People’s Mental Health is a long running independent charity that works in Milton Keynes to help young people as well as the people that support them.

Early Support Hub Peer Support Worker

The YiS Early Support Hubs provide a drop-in service for young people aged 11+ who would like a safe space to access support for their mental health and wellbeing without needing a referral or an appointment. Young people will gain access to light touch, early intervention information, signposting, and guidance to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing needs before they hit a crisis point. Hubs enable young people to meet like-minded peers in their community.

MK YiS are looking for a passionate, solution-focused, and dependable person to play a vital and rewarding part in helping to support the work of the YiS Early Support Hubs. Working closely with the Early Support Hub Lead to support the needs and desires of young people accessing the Early Support Hubs and working collaboratively with other organisations, such as Terrence Higgins Trust, Girl Pack, Q:Alliance, Thames Valley Police, etc.

Within this role, you will be required to help young people develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage their own mental health and wellbeing. Using resources and activities to help young people make positive lifestyle changes. The role will take a holistic approach that helps increase a young person’s overall wellbeing and aspirations to live a healthier and happier life.

For more details and how to apply:

YiS Young People’s Mental Health – Early Support Hubs (Wellbeing) (mkyis.org.uk)

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week, Youth Education Volunteer

This week’s opportunity involves leading interactive workshops with 10-19 year olds. Read on for more about this varied and dynamic role!

Who are The British Red Cross?

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Their volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. They also teach first aid skills and are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network. 

Youth Education Volunteer Role

The British Red Cross needs volunteers to lead interactive workshops for young people to build on their humanitarian values and to develop their personal, social, emotional skills.

Some workshops will be about migration. You will challenge assumptions about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, help them to develop empathy about migrants’ motives for moving and understand the obstacles they face in their new homes.

Other workshops will focus on first aid. You will help them learn skills so that they can use the everyday objects around them to help when someone is injured or ill.

You will get the satisfaction of developing young people’s skills and abilities and seeing them grow in confidence.

For all the details and how to apply:

https://bit.ly/RedCrossYouthVol

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week YiS Young People’s Mental Health

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, and our Volunteer Opportunity of the Week comes from a local charity supporting young peoples’ wellbeing.

Who are YiS Young People’s Mental Health?

YiS Young People’s Mental Health is a long running independent charity that works in Milton Keynes to help young people as well as the people that support them. They provide BACP Accredited Counselling, 1:1 Wellbeing Coaching, Education & Outreach, and more to improve mental health and wellbeing of young people in the local area.

The YiS Volunteer Role

YiS Volunteers is an ongoing opportunity for those who wish to join YiS throughout the year for big or small activities, projects, events, and overall Education and Outreach support. Previous opportunities have included, but are not limited to, Event Ambassadors, Event Coordinators, Project Leads, Social Media Content Producers, Street Fundraisers, Outreach Attendants, and many more.

YiS provides:

– Access to a variety of training opportunities.

– Reasonable expenses are covered for travel (up to £10 for a return journey)

– Community of like-minded YiS Volunteers.

Being a Volunteer with YiS is a flexible commitment. 

To read more and register your interest:

https://bit.ly/YISVolunteer

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