If you would like to take part in any of the activities listed on this page, please contact us at ev@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise work with young people before they become just another unemployment statistic and support them to develop the employability skills that employers demand, by delivering hands-on enterprise and financial education programmes in schools, colleges and universities.
Their programmes can only be delivered with the support of a network of local, experienced business advisors, (people with life skills like you); giving young people the chance to learn from you.
Bring your knowledge, passion and experience to inspire the next generation of young people to discover their potential and make a lasting impression.

Development Days Volunteers

Becoming a Young Enterprise volunteer will challenge you – but the excitement and satisfaction of mentoring, of transforming attitudes and helping young people open their eyes to the world of enterprise keeps many volunteers coming back year after year.
You will help deliver a range of exciting and inspiring one day workshops which raise aspirations, develop employability skills and encourage an entrepreneurial attitude in young people in schools in Milton Keynes.
You will be volunteering with small groups to support students’ learning and share your experience of the world of work. No special qualifications (teaching or otherwise are required). Just a passion and some patience to develop young people’s potential
Don’t worry, there will always be a member of YE staff to lead each day and there will also be more experienced volunteers to guide you through your first time. Young Enterprise will always provide a briefing pack and face to face training before hand with good opportunities to learn from others. Dates for the next development days are as follows:

  • Friday 1st July – All Day – University of Buckingham. Employability workshop.  8 volunteers required.
  • Tuesday 5th July – All day -Milton Keynes Academy – Small Business challenge – another 12 volunteers.
  • Tuesday 12th July – 2 programmes. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Offices near C.M.K. Developing girls potential event. Female role models -2 for each session.

All of these should finish by 3.30pm.

Ihezie Foundation

University Book Collections 

Ihezie Foundation is a UK Registered Charity dedicated to improving and increasing educational opportunities across Africa. They believe that only through education can children and young people in Africa access the opportunities that will lift them out of crippling and grinding poverty. High quality education will enable children to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to identify and maximise social, medical and economic opportunities empowering them individually and as a nation to reverse poverty, disease and conflict. They are currently recruiting volunteers to help contact UK universities and student groups and organise university book collections across the UK.

They are working on a project to donate 50,000 tertiary level books to the University of Benin, Nigeria, but need help to make that a reality.

No. of volunteers needed – 10


Worktree is an employability education charity based in MK. Since 1992, Worktree has organised 50,000 work placements and 5,000 work guest visits to schools; also a work-based ‘school without walls’ for 300 excluded young people. Their employability training methods are highly interactive, informative and fun! Their mission is to develop young people’s employability skills, career awareness and aspirations, so that they do well at work. While continuing to deliver a range of Employability Now workshops, they currently focus on delivering two main activities in MK:

Career WorkOut!

Wednesday 8th June and 13th July 2016

Worktree are looking for volunteers from the local business community to participate in a Career WorkOut sessions at St Paul’s Catholic School.

What is it?  8-10 volunteer work guests sit in a circle to be interviewed by a carousel of small groups of 3-4 students aged 11-18 about their experiences of work.  The session lasts one hour and the volunteer guests meet approximately 30 students in a series of 7-8 minute interviews.  No specific work experience is required, just a willingness to share honestly your experiences of work, good and bad and the journey / path you took to .  Typically work guests say they enjoy and ‘feel valued’ in these sessions.  98% say the session  makes them feel ‘more positive’ about their current work.

9.15 – 10.30, 12.15-1.30, (8th June) 3-4 volunteers need for each session.

9.15 – 10.30, 10.45 – 12.00, 12.15 – 1.30, 2.15 – 3.30 (13th July) 20 volunteers needed for each session.

Primary WorkOut!

3 – 4 volunteer work guests are each interviewed for 15-20 minutes by a carousel of class groups of up to 30 pupils aged 9 – 11.  Pupils first ask closed questions to try and guess your job, then open questions to find out what it’s really like to do that job.  99% of volunteer work guests say then enjoyed it and want to do it again.

No. of volunteers needed – 50 – 100 per year