New Home Energy Assessment Scheme for households Milton Keynes

My Home Energy Planner 



It’s often difficult to get hold of trusted and tailored advice when improving the energy efficiency of your home. The National Energy Foundation, a local charity based in Knowlhill, is working with Carbon Co-op to offer innovative My Home Energy Planner surveys to householders in Milton Keynes.

The surveys are carried out by professional energy specialists and provide accurate, comprehensive and usable information on the current and potential energy performance of your home. My Home Energy Planner provides a tailored action plan for the installation of various energy efficiency improvements, together with a selection of costed options that can be adapted to your personal needs and priorities.

To find out more, register your interest and enter a prize draw to win a wireless energy monitor, please call 01908 354547 or visit



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MK50 toolkit for communities

MK50 Events toolkit: helping local communities get involved in Milton Keynes’ 50thBirthday

Milton Keynes will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2017 and to help everyone get involved the MK50 Project Board has put together a handy MK50 events toolkit, available at

Planning an event can be a lot of work, so the events toolkit is designed to make it that much easier for the local communities and citizens of Milton Keynes. The toolkit includes information on where to begin, how to keep the event and everyone involved safe, advice on recruiting volunteers and how to make it fantastic and appropriately themed for MK50.

There is a list of the city-wide initiatives happening in 2017 that groups can celebrate in their own way. Local communities can get involved in the MK50 Birthday Weekend on the 20-23 January, ‘Let’s Party Like its 1967’ on the 23 – 24 June and the MK50 Heritage Open Days on the 7 – 10 September, as well as throwing their own MK50 celebrations.

The full list of information provided in the events toolkit is:

  • Things to consider: venue, date and time, type of event, materials, audience, volunteers
  • Budget: how much money you need to run your event, how much money is available to you, where can you get more money from, what support can you get?
  • How to register your event online for MK50
  • How to promote your event
  • Health and Safety
  • How to evaluate your event
  • Resources and templates: Risk assessments, sample Child Protection policy, event feedback forms, event checklist.
  • Useful links for further information

Anyone interested in planning an MK50 event can find the events toolkit in the ‘Get Involved’ section of the MK50 website under ‘Resources’. Click here to access the PDF version.

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We are hiring!

Community Action: MK are recruiting for a number of full and part time positions in our Community Development Team. See more information below about the positions available.

Community Development Team Member (various roles available)

  • Full or Part time opportunities available
  • £22,387 per annum (pro rata)
  • Fixed term until June 2017, with possibility of extension dependant on funding.

Here at Community Action: MK we support the amazing work happening in and around Milton Keynes’ communities. We support local people to take action in their community whether part of a charity, a community group or an individual looking to make a difference. We are looking for passionate individuals to join our Community Development Team. As a team we deliver various Community Development contracts across Milton Keynes and we are looking for people that can join a flexible team that supports a variety of projects.

Download the Full Job Description & Personal Specification.

Download the Application Form.

Read our Equal Opportunities Statement.

Download our Equal Opportunities Form.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity please contact Julie on 01908 661623 or


Please complete our application form and return it via post or email to by 4th December 2016.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

A selection event and interviews will be held on 12th December 2016.


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4 November: Energy Advice Drop-In at Moorlands Centre in Beanhill

Friday 4th November – 10am-12pm: Moorlands Children’s and Community Centre. 

We have teamed up with The National Energy Foundation to promote their new Keeping Kids Cosy programme and our CAPE project at the weekly coffee morning at Moorlands Centre in Beanhill. If you live in the Woughton area, come along on the 4th November to get useful tips and advice related to your energy use, and to find out more about the concept of community-owned energy, such as the Milton Keynes-based, Wolverton Community Energy.



Just some the CAPE project tools will make data available to citizens in Milton Keynes, which will help determine what solar potential there is for certain areas in the city (and more!). See below the solar potential map for CMK (satellite view).


Wolverton Community Energy has been running for over a year, with solar installations completed at various sites across Milton Keynes, including in Kiln Farm and Camphill Communities. Find out more about how the project works (and how you can get involved) here.wceFor more information, contact Anna at:

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Free training: co-operatives

Are you starting or thinking of starting a new ethical business? Would you like to find out if a co-operative model could be right for you?

Community Action: MK is teaming up with The Hive, a business support programme from Co-operatives UK, to deliver a workshop in Milton Keynes for people who would like to find out more about benefits of setting up a co-operative business.

What is it?

A free one-day development workshop for small groups of people considering starting up a business to:

  • determine whether the co-operative option is right for them;
  • establish what further work they would need to do before registering as a co-operative.

Who’s it for?

Early new start businesses (and potentially employee buyouts and conversions) and people interested in learning more about co-operatives.

What will it be like?

The cluster session will be structured as a one-day workshop and  will be tailored in response to the needs identified during the registration process. More information can be found on The Hive’s website here.

How will this be organised?

If you would like to take part in the workshop, please complete the registration of interest form here. You will then be contacted with details about the workshop. Please note that we will only be able to run the session if a sufficient number of people register their interest.

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If you have any questions, you can e-mail us at: 

Read our information sheet about co-operatives here.

In collaboration with:




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Community Action MK Funding Fair


Community Action MK Funding Fair – FREE EVENT!

Wednesday 30th March 10:00am 2:00pm at The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford

Come along and find out how to raise funds for your group, from a variety of sources.

There will be a marketplace where you can talk to stallholders about their funds and products and also a series of workshops throughout the day…

Stallholders confirmed so far are:

Big Lottery; Lloyds Charitable Foundation; MK Community Foundation; Everyclick
Heritage Lottery Fund; Macmillian; Swan Credit Union; Tesco Community Champion
The Crowdshed; Kents Hill and Monkston Town Council; Our MK; Galabid and Groundworks

Click here to book your place

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Volunteering Round Up – January 2016


Hope the first few weeks of January are going well for you? A little bit of volunteering news from us first;

We have updated our best practice guide on recruiting volunteers with some recent safeguarding updates, please follow this link to our website. Have you booked on to our free safeguarding workshop for volunteer managers next week? Sign up here! It will be useful if you are already aware of your responsibilities or if you are new in post it will introduce you to what you need to know.

We often get contacted by volunteers who live outside Milton Keynes but have seen a volunteering opportunity we are promoting within the city, via the Do-it website. Have you thought about how you might capitalise on this? It can be relatively quick and easy to create a ‘digital’ or ‘micro’ volunteering opportunity. Check out our Digital Volunteering factsheet here.

We love getting feedback from groups who we help to recruit volunteers. Buckingham Canal Society recently said;

“Without Community Action: MK’s encouragement and practical help we would never have been able to involve volunteers. They are always there to help make sure policies are in place and advise about legal issues. They promoted our opportunities which enabled us to get some really good volunteers. Our organisation is involved with the conservation and restoration of the Buckingham arm of the Grand Union Canal by organising regular work parties to carry out the tasks so it’s really important we have volunteers, we just couldn’t run without them.”

Featured Volunteering Opportunity:

Are you looking to get experience in events management? Deaf Zone MK are looking for volunteers to help make their social events really special – find out more here.

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From NCVO: What challenges will volunteering face in 2016?

“Funding will continue to be an issue in 2016. While volunteering delivers enormous value it is not cost free, but this is a truism many policy makers and funders seem incapable of grasping.

Volunteer management remains a Cinderella profession and needs far greater investment and recognition if it is to deliver to its full potential. As do Volunteer Centres which will continue to feel the brunt of local authority cuts. Many are successfully re-inventing themselves to survive and thrive in the new reality, but further changes will be required if they are to continue to be able to provide the support volunteering needs at a local level.

And depressingly, given all the work which has gone into building better relations between local job centres and volunteer centres over the years, we are still hearing stories of job coaches not giving the right information on ‘volunteering while on benefits’ which is limiting the contribution volunteering can play to skills development and employability.

But to finish on a positive note. With the BBC planning a volunteering season for next year, and with London confirmed as the European Capital of Volunteering 2016, there is perhaps an opportunity to shift the media focus on charities onto a more positive plane.”

More than One Billion People Volunteer Globally

This was one of the headline findings from the UN’s State of the World Volunteerism report, published in June.

Basic Income Could Boost Levels of Volunteering

NESTA predict 2016 as a big year for the development of Basic Income. This could be a real boost for volunteering, allowing more people who want to volunteer, to spend their time doing so without being financially penalised. Read more

Volunteers are amazing!

Volunteers from the Skipchen organisation travelled to Lesbos in November to build a field kitchen. Sam Joseph, co-founder of Skipchen, said other bodies had seen their work and want them to repeat the project on other islands. The group had previously run a cafe in Bristol stocked with unwanted food. Via BBC.

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