Guest Blog – Children Heard and Seen

Thank you to Children Head and Seen for joining us and sharing this blog. Children Heard and Seen are a charity based in Oxford who support children affected by parental imprisonment. They are a vital charity that offers much needed help, activities and community to families who are often ignored and forgotten. Please take a read and find out more about their work, impact and the experiences of the children. Children Heard and Seen work across MK so do reach out to find out more.

A bit about our ‘WHY’…

Estimates suggest 312,000 children are affected by parental imprisonment in the UK. There is no government funded support for these children and no mechanism to identify them. Children are separated from their parent, often in traumatic circumstances, and left to cope with no professional support. Older children are often left to care for younger children, unidentified and alone.

“Before accessing the support from Children Heard and Seen our family wasn’t supported by anything or anyone”

“I was really shocked. I thought before court or after court I’d get a phone call from someone. I don’t know. Maybe someone from social services, not to judge or interfere with our family life, but to be there to offer support. I was really shocked because there’s nothing. Absolutely nothing. You’re just left to deal with it.”

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Employment opportunities

PA to Chief Executive Officer ( and Senior Management Team as required)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a PA to the Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will play a key role in providing an administrative support service to assist the Chief Executive Officer and Senior management team as required  in the day to day running of the Charity.

If you have experience in this fiels, we would love to hear from you.

Click here for more information and to apply

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Employment opportunities

Partnership Lead – BLMK Communities Together Programme

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Partnership Lead. This critical role will lead the
development of the Communities Together Programme for the Voluntary, Community and
Social Enterprise (VCSE) across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes (BLMK). Your role will
maximise the impact of the (VCSE) and ensure the sector is an equal partner which
positively contributes towards the delivery of the strategic priorities of BLMK.

So if you have experience in this field, are passionate about developing a culture that promotes equality,
equity and values diversity, if you work in a collaborative way and have experience of managing organisational change, we’d love to hear from you.

Click here for more information and to apply

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Sign Up Now – Our New Volunteering Platform

In 2021 we’ve been making some changes and hoping to improve our volunteering platform to suit the evolving needs that we have come across throughout the pandemic and adjust and adapt as we move into this New Year. 

With this in mind we have transitioned to and created a Community Action: MK, Doit.Org site. We feel that this platform will better suit the needs of groups and volunteers as we move forwards. We’d like to encourage organisations to create their profile page and begin uploading volunteering opportunities so that volunteers can see the variety of opportunities available in MK. More details below including, videos guiding you through the platform and ways to access support.

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Inclusion not Exceptionalism

This is a blog from Dumi Senda – thank you for sharing this with us. More information about how to get in touch with Dumi is at the bottom of this blog. #Blacklivesmatter

Inclusion not Exceptionalism: How to effectively support (your) Black+ colleagues in the workplace.

Conflict can be an opportunity for change, if it is embraced for what it can help us to become more aware of. It becomes a problem when we ignore the lessons it throws up for us. The currently resurgent (not new) racial tensions, however tragic the events that triggered them, can be a window of opportunity to move the needle in the right direction on racial equality and inclusion.

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Volunteering: What’s it like?

Volunteering is a great way to give back. The act of volunteering itself reaches not only the organisation and their beneficiaries, but creates a domino effect of reaching people who hear about acts of volunteering, regarding their kindness as emotionally uplifting; it reaches those near and dear to those in need; and it reaches YOU.

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