Our events

Whitehouse Surgery | Thursdays 9am – 1pm (CURRENTLY POSTPONED)
Usually we are available from 9am – 11am to offer our support services to residents and organisations across MK.

We then have a range of groups joining us throughout the month!

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Hummingbirds Children Centre (CURRENTLY POSTPONED)
Wednesday’s | 11.30am to 1.30pm
Location: Hummingbirds Children Centre, MK10 9LS

We’re at Hummingbirds Children Centre every Wednesday to offer our support as well as share the work of local Community and Voluntary groups who join us. If you are local and would like to find out more take a look at Hummingbirds Facebook page here. Local children’s centre’s are a great place for families to: meet others, find out more information, access classes or courses and be supported by the amazing staff. You can call to find out more about the services Hummingbirds Children Centre offer – 01908 609609.

Local

Youth Work Principles Level 2 Award
29th January 10am-3.30pm | 3rd February -3rd March 2022 (Thursday evenings) 6pm-9.30pm

Have you ever thought about setting up a youth project in MK? Do you already work with teenagers and want to know more about the theory and good practice to support your work? Are you thinking about a career in Youth Work and want to make steps to learn more and start your journey training to be a professional youth worker? Then this course might just be for you. For more information, information@mkdonsset.com. Read the flyer here.

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Community Group Evening
Tuesday 1st February: 18:30-20:00 (18:15 arrival)
Stadium MK, Stadium Way West, MK1 1ST

We believe football is a powerful tool to improve the lives of diverse groups of women through improving physical, mental, and social wellbeing. This is an exciting occasion to learn more about the tournament coming to Milton Keynes this summer, the legacy project opportunities and how your organisation and your communities can get involved. Event includes:
– Presentations from the Women’s EURO 2022 Legacy Team, The FA and hosts MK Dons SET
– Complimentary food and drink
– Tour of Stadium MK.
Register here.

Social Impact Training for Charities and Social Enterprises in Milton Keynes | Social Business Alliance
Dates: 18/2/ 2022, 25/2/2022, 4/3/2022 and 11/3/2021
Times: 9.30 – 12.30pm

Social Business Alliance has commissioned The Connectives to deliver training to the VCSE sector. This training is offered free to Charities and Social Enterprises that wish to demonstrate their Social Impact in tenders and contracts, working with the Public and Private Sector. The sessions will adopt an Action Learning Methodology. There are only 10 places on this training. All sessions will be over Zoom and resources will be provided. Delegates must attend all sessions. Closing date: 15th Feb 2022. Find out more here.

Arthritis Action
Various dates

Arthritic Action have put together a calendar of their activities as they move back to operating online due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidance. View the calendar of activities here.

Safeguarding Children training – Acorn Early Years
Acorn offers almost 100 different courses in Safeguarding Children, First Aid, Creative Learning in the EYFS, SEND, Forest Schools, Leadership and Management, among others. View the upcoming training here. Book a course here.

The Clare Foundation’s Bucks Bid Writing Course (4 consecutive Tuesdays)
25th January | 10am – 1130am

Join us on four consecutive Tuesday mornings starting 25 January 2022 for our Bucks Bid Writing Course The Clare Foundation’s bid writing expert, Isabel White, will share her tips for constructing successful funding applications. Read more and register here.

Team Wilder Online Wildlife Events | BBOWT
Various dates

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust are launching their #TeamWilder event series in February and would love for you to join them! Take a look here to find out more and to register.

Free employability and cooking trainingMK Melting Pot
Improve your cookery skills and employment opportunities in just 6 weeks. Online sessions are every Wednesday and in-person sessions are every Saturday. To register, contact MK Melting Pot at mkmeltingpot@hotmail.com or call 01908 585537 or 07576 763577. Read more information here – UPDATED.

Conniburrow Wellbeing Cafe
Wednesdays 10:30 – 2.30pm

ROC wellbeing group are collaborating with Great Linford Parish Council, the Big Local, the Salvation Army and residents of Conniburrow to open a Wellbeing Cafe on Conniburrow. The Cafe will be open on Wednesdays 10:30am to 2pm and will offer tea, coffee, soft drinks, sandwiches, toasties and paninis and cakes. We are starting with craft activities and will add to this as we hear and respond to local need. Find out more here.

Grapevine Wellbeing Cafe – Coffee Hall
Fridays 10am – 1pm

ROC wellbeing group also run a wellbeing cafe in Coffee Hall under the name Grapevine. Here you can have a friendly cuppa, chat and toastie, as well as learn about or get involved with their gardening club and their Friendship Shed. Find out more here.

Free funding workshop: easyfundraising

Tuesday 1st February 2022
Time: 12.30 – 1.00pm (Online via Zoom
: register here)
Come along to this informal session to find out how your voluntary group, CIC, social enterprise, church, school, sports club or charity can benefit from unrestricted funding in 2022. Community Fundraising Manager Becky Coleman will talk through how your volunteers, staff and supporters can use the easyfundraising platform to raise donations for your organisation when they shop with thousands of leading retailers. Becky will demonstrate how it works, show you how to get started and answer any questions you might have. easyfundraising is free to use and is trusted by 170,000 good causes around the UK – you can get started on: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/community.

MK SEND Information Festival 2022
Friday 4th – Saturday 5th February
Theme: Wellbeing

MK SENDIAS Service and PACA MK (Parent Carer Forum) are jointly hosting this event for parents and carers of children and young people with a special educational need or disability, aged 0 – 25yrs. Please note this event is open to families who live in Milton Keynes. Professionals are welcome to join. This event is now ONLINE only on both Friday and Saturday.
Register here.

National

Safe Space in the Workplace
Various dates through December to March 2022

Free Employers play a huge role in supporting victims of domestic abuse, by creating a safe space in the workplace to provide a network of support outside of a victim’s home. The workplace could be one of the few places where victims feel safe to speak out about what is happening to them. This is an opportunity to find out how to grow a safe and supportive workplace for staff and clients.

Making healthy decisions on urban development and planning Cause4 upcoming (for trustees) courses are:
Trustee Leadership Programme (3rd / 10th February): An enriching career development opportunity offered across two virtual sessions. This course covers the key responsibilities of Trustees and other regulatory issues alongside real-world insights from experts across the charity sector. The course covers issues including: governance and strategic planning; financial management; an introduction to fundraising;
An overview of the charity sector and the importance of Trustees Emerging Chairs Programme (21st April): This course is suitable for those who aspire to become Chairs of a charity or for existing Chairs who wish to progress and develop within their role. This session will cover key issues such as Leadership, Chair-CEO relationships, fundraising, and marketing; whilst allowing prospective and existing Chairs to share experiences and learning