As part of our Strengthening Groups Workstream, Community Action: MK supports the local VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) Sector groups and organisations in Milton Keynes. We offer support and guidance on setting up, managing and developing community groups and charities, and we can also help with starting or developing community-led/ volunteering projects.
How we can support you
We offer a tailored support on a one-to-one basis and signpost you to the relevant events and training opportunities. We provide support around funding, developing your group, forward planning, communications and good governance.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Changes to our Group Support Service from January 2023 – please read here.
Other Support & Opportunities
As part of our Volunteering Service, we offer support with volunteering, including volunteer recruitment and volunteer management best practice.
As part of our Strengthening Sector Workstream, we help groups and organisations connect with the wider VCSE sector in the City, including the various issue-based networks and partnerships across. Through this we facilitate opportunities to share your insights into the experiences of the services users and communities that you support in order to shape how the local services are being designed.
As part of our Strengthening Communities Workstream, we deliver outreach and community development work in the expansion areas (also known as the growth areas – the new estates being developed in Milton Keynes). As part of this, we support local residents to start new groups and projects that will benefit their local communities and give them the tools to develop these.
Information Sheets and Templates
As a first step, we encourage you to look at our information sheets and templates here, covering a range of topics – anything from taking first steps to start a new group or a community-led project, making sure that you have the right policies and procedures in places and through to some useful tips around communications, finance and funding.
Support with Funding
Our Information Sheets have a section dedicated to Funding & Finance, where you can find some useful tips about preparing and writing funding applications.
If your group or organisation has an income below £30,000, you can sign up for free on the My Funding Central platform to access their funding database and run your own funding searches. Otherwise, our team can run a funding search for you.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for or think you might require more in depth support, there are a couple of options.
Online Support Sessions
You can book a slot an one of our online support sessions, so you can meet and chat to our friendly Support Team. The at these online sessions are for organisations and individuals are delivered through an online video call – you can register on: bit.ly/CAMKSupportSessions.
Please note that the sessions are currently paused – newe dates will be announced in January 2023!
Request Support Online
Alternatively, please complete and submit the short online form below. The Support Team at Community Action: MK will contact you regarding your query.
Where possible, we can arrange a face-to-face meeting – this will be either our office in Central Milton Keynes or at one of our community outreach locations. To arrange this, please get in touch.
For more information, please contact our Support Team, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01908 661623.
We will aim to contact you as soon as possible, but please allow at least 5 working days for us to get back to you.