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.

Community Cardiac Group

Exercise Class Assistants     

Milton Keynes Community Cardiac Group (MKCCG) is a registered charity affiliated to The British Heart Foundation, which provides support to people with a range of cardiac conditions.

With the steady increase in membership, they need more volunteers to help in their weekly programme of exercise sessions which are run at their centre in Bletchley.

You don’t need any special skills. You’ll receive on-the-job training in how to help members to exercise in appropriate ways, and you’ll learn new skills like how to take Blood Pressure readings and operate a defibrillator. You’ll be joining one of the supportive teams of volunteers who help to run each of the exercise sessions under the supervision of a qualified Exercise Instructor and a Health Professional.


 

Extra Special Families

Activity Support Volunteers     

Extra Special Families is a newly formed group who offer support to families living with disability  or additional needs in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

They organise and provide activities to improve life chances in the interest of social welfare.

Relieving people who are disabled residents in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas by providing support to carers and their families.

They also provide activities, which develop caring skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society.

They are looking for volunteers to help in the running of activities or to provide new ideas. Experience in volunteering with children with disabilities or additional needs is not essential.

No.of volunteers needed – 10


Age UK Milton Keynes

AGE:UK, Milton Keynes has been working with and for older people in the area since 1978.  They offer lunch clubs, a befriending scheme, relief care, advice & information, advocacy, practical services (i.e. gardening and small DIY jobs). They also have several charity shops in Milton Keynes.

Lunch Club Party/Event Helpers

Age UK Milton Keynes runs 21 lunch clubs across Milton Keynes. There is a lunch club running somewhere in the borough each day of the week.  Lunch clubs provide older people with a freshly prepared hot meal and an opportunity for social engagement, meeting old friends and making new ones.  At certain times of the year they like to do something special for their diners: Christmas, Easter, special birthdays etc. At these and other times, the lunch club team welcomes additional volunteers to help and converse with diners – many of whom have fascinating life stories to tell! You would help with food preparation, setting tables, serving, clearing away and washing up. There is also an opportunity to be involved in activities: bingo, seated exercise, sing-a-longs etc. and generally engage with diners

No. of volunteers needed – 10 maximum

IT Help Day

A growing number of older people are embracing new technology: mobile phones, digital cameras, PCs, laptops and tablets, but they often need help setting them up or dealing with some of the details/applications e.g. how to increase the ring volume; how to turn off predictive text, how to transfer photographs from a phone or camera to a tablet, how to attach a photograph to an e-mail, how to set up a Skype account so that they can talk to/see a loved one living some distance away.  They have run a number of sessions with different companies and they have always proved popular. It might be possible, for example, to demonstrate items such as tablets available from Argos – giving people an opportunity to ‘try before you buy’

No. of volunteers needed – 10 maximum


 

MK Play Association (MKPA)

MKPA champions the right for all children to play openly and freely in MK. MKPA was established in 1971 from a grassroots community group. They are based in Kiln Farm, in the north west of the city. Their services include direct play provision mainly to school age children and they deliver over 300 play sessions across MK mainly during the school holidays and half terms. They support and develop play provision, training the childcare workforce, resourcing play providers from their shop and scrapstore (reusing clean commercial waste). They run project work, like their creative play boat, a 60 foot narrowboat based on the Grand Union Canal. They get involved in the consultation with children and communities around newly developed play spaces and advocate for the freedom for children to play at every opportunity.

Fundraising Hire and Equipment Library

MKPA has an extensive stock of play equipment ranging from large inflatables to smaller wheeled toys. These are stored at their Kiln Farm warehouse and either used for their own purposes, hired or loaned to play providers. This equipment needs maintaining and repairing.  They also hire out traditional fundraising equipment which people and organisations can use for events; coconuts shies, clown striker, hook a duck etc. These also need maintaining and repairing.  They would also like to add to their selection by making some more equipment (This role might suit someone with engineering skills).

The volunteers would need to dress appropriately for working in a warehouse/workshop environment

No. of volunteers needed – 10 maximum


Willen Hospice

Willen Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people whose illness no longer responds to curative

treatment. They work in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. Patients receive care not only within the

Hospice building itself but also in the community via their specialist Community Nursing teams. They provide care for people from the age of 18 years upwards and this focuses on four key areas; specialist symptom control, emotional support, spiritual support and care for carers. Their services are provided 24 hours a day without any cost to patients or their families.

Warehouse Sorters

Volunteers are required to assist the Warehouse Manager to sort and prepare donated goods to be sold in the Hospice shops. Tasks include: sorting saleable clothes, books and bric-a-brac following quality guidelines, hanging and steaming clothes to ensure high standards of presentation,allocating bric-a-brac to shop locations as directed, making the Warehouse Manager aware of any collectables and antiques and

participating in maintaining the tidiness and cleanliness of the warehouse

No. of volunteers needed – 10 minimum

Shop Assistants

Shop Assistants are needed to support the shop managers with all aspects of shop operations to effectively generate income for the Hospice.  Locations of the shops include: Newport Pagnell, Stony Stratford, Towcester, Buckingham, Leighton Buzzard, Olney, Bletchley and Kiln Farm.

Key tasks include:

  • Show courtesy and gratitude to all customers and donors
  • Be familiar with and able to operate all necessary procedures on the till
  • Sort donations
  • Maximise revenue by promoting Gift Aid to donors and selling lottery tickets to customers
  • Participate in maintaining the presentation and cleanliness of the shop throughout
  • Welcome and support new team members

Volunteers will need to wear smart casual clothing.  Refreshments will be provided as will full training.  No retail experience is required.  Volunteers need to be available to volunteer anytime during Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm or 1pm – 5pm

No. of volunteers needed – 10


St Mungo’s Broadway

St Mungo’s Broadway help people recover from the issues that create homelessness and to rebuild their lives.  In MK they have 5 projects supporting up to 54 16 – 21 year olds.  Their young people have a wide range of support needs and some have come from care backgrounds.

Activities Support

A team of up to 5 people are needed to support young people with life skills such as budgeting, cooking etc. to enable independent living and food hygiene.


 

Open Door

Open Door provides support and advice for homeless and vulnerably housed people in MK.  They run 2 drop-in’s per week, one in Conniburrow and one in Bletchley.  They are self funding and rely on financial and material donations.

Drop-In Volunteers

A number of volunteers are required to assist in the running of the drop-in centres.  Duties include setting up tables, sorting clothes, food and toiletries, filling in new client forms, booking in guests, serving lunches, sitting and chatting or playing games with guests, making tea/coffee, washing up and cleaning and packing away at the end of the session.  Without volunteers they could not open the drop-in’s.  Initiative, common sense, empathy, compassion and a desire to help others is essential for this project.  Volunteers are needed on a Monday from 9.30 – 14.30 and Wednesday 9.00 – 14.30

No. of volunteers needed – 10


Oxfam Milton Point Hub

Oxfam Milton Point Hub is the Southern Flagship operation for Oxfam Online Shop http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop. They receive a high volume of quality donated stock daily. Their team work together to identify desirable items and create listings in order to offer them for sale online to a worldwide audience.

Does your organisation have a scheme ‘to give back’ to the community through volunteering? If so then spend the day at Oxfam’s Online Hub in Milton Keynes. You will spend the day identifying, photographing and describing items to sell on Oxfam’s online shop www.oxfam.org.uk/shop

No. of volunteers needed – 15 Maximum


Oxfam Book and Music Shop – Olney                                     

Oxfam Books and Music sells donated books, CDs, vinyl and DVDs as well as new goods and greeting cards. Their sales help fund the emergency response work of Oxfam as well as its wider anti-poverty programmes.

Book and Music Shop Volunteers       

Do you want to volunteer as part of a team, sell books and music and serve customers? Oxfam can offer you the chance to develop customer service and cash handling skills.  They sell online as well as in the shop so there are IT skills opportunities as well.

No. of volunteers needed – 6 – 10

Monday – Friday – 9.30 am – 5.30 pm


 

MK Food Bank                                                 

Food Bank’s aim is that no child or adult goes to bed hungry in Milton Keynes.  Working through a network of agencies such as  Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Services and family centres, as well as schools and Doctors surgeries, they cover the days/weeks until clients are back on their feet or other social  care infrastructures have come into play.

Corporate Volunteers   

MK Food Bank are crying out for volunteers. They have a warehouse full of food and no volunteers to help distribute it.  They can accommodate up to 12 volunteers.      

IT Support           

The Food Bank has created an online prototype database system for their client vouchers to replace their current paper based system, and now need someone to consult (as a volunteer) on its implementation.

They are ideally looking for someone to consult; experienced in any of the following areas (for just 2 hours):

–  IT

–  Web based coding (apache preferable)

–  Online transactions (process flow)

–  Logistics (including user testing and rollout)
To take the prototype to the next level they need someone ‘smart’ in this area to spend just a few hours with their team offering insight, advice and help to identify any areas of improvement.