16 September: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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16 September 2019

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SAVE THE DATE: Autumn networking event

Our Autumn Networking event has been confirmed for Tuesday 8th October 2019. It will be held at the Meeting Place as part of The Festival for Creative Urban Living .

Watch this space for more details! We look forward to seeing you there!

Let’s Talk Good Finance MK

This session is designed for charities, social enterprises, community businesses and local groups in Milton Keynes interested in social investment. Thursday 17th October, 1.30 – 4.30pm. To find out more about social investment and to book your free place, follow this link.

No-deal Brexit and the voluntary sector

While there is still little certainty around what kind of Brexit we will get and what Brexit will mean for the UK, planning for it is essential. It is vital that all organisations undertake contingency planning now to make sure they are resilient during times of uncertainty. Read more

Charities warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit following prorogation of Parliament

According to upcoming research from the Charity Finance Group, 75 per cent of charities have made no or little preparation for no-deal Brexit.
Read more

Shifting power, supporting communities and reshaping public services

Nesta are sharing stories from five local government innovators who are experimenting and developing more effective ways to shift power, solve problems, and reshape public services in the UK.
Read more

Sign up to our Cyber Protect workshops

The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:
Workshop 1: Tuesday 8th October
11am – 1pm.
Workshop 2: Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm
Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU. REGISTER HERE

Meet Peta : drop-in with the representative of MK Health & Wellbeing board

Drop in on 25 September, 13:00-15:00, Acorn House Foyer.

For more information about what the Health and Wellbeing Board is and what they do, click this link.

Age UK Milton Keynes AGM

Thu, September 26, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Register here
Guest speaker is Michael Bracey, Chief Executive Milton Keynes Council, who will be speaking about the changing role and relationship between the council and the voluntary sector.

Fundraising and Bid Writing Opportunities for MAKE Members

Writing, Write, Person, Paperwork, Paper, Notebook

Between autumn 2019 and summer 2020 MAKE offers two CPD fundraising and bid writing opportunities to its members, as a result of a successful funding bid to Artswork. Please email elizabeth@aha-mk.org for more information.

Community Grants information event

Do you run a project that supports local people to get on in life? Join the upcoming ‘Community Grants information event’ on Thursday 19 September in Milton Keynes for more information. Find out more

Charity Finance Group (CFG) Awards

Have you and your team made an outstanding contribution to your charity? If so, the Charity Finance Group (CFG) want to hear about it and recognise it with its new awards! The CFG Awards consist of three categories: Inspirational trustee, Innovation in Finance team & Embracing digital in financial reporting. Find out more

Emmaus Professional Open Day – 7th October

Emmaus Village Carlton is a homelessness charity providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. For a short tour talk about Emmaus, a tour of the site, and an opportunity for shopping and free refreshments at the Bistro, book here.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

Other useful links:

Milton Keynes Housing Strategy Consultation

Architect, Building, Joy, Planning

The Housing Strategy provides a clear vision of how the Council and its stakeholders can achieve our shared aspiration in providing housing that meets the needs and requirements of Milton Keynes. Find out more and have your say here.

MK Carbon and Energy survey 2019

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Complete the MK Carbon and Energy Survey here

EEH Transport Strategy Meeting

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) officers are holding a local engagement event where you can hear about the strategy and their work.   The event will take place on 25 September 2019 from 6:30-8pm, in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Milton Keynes. Please email Transport.Policy@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Netherfield Update

There’s been a lot happening in Milton Keynes this summer, but we at Community Action: MK have been working with the local residents on Netherfield Local Conversation, to engage and entice the local community to get involved with what’s happening in Netherfield. Find out more

Mental Health Awareness Session – Netherfield

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Mental Health Awareness session took place on Monday 9th September with Christa Drennan from The University of Lancashire for people who live and work in Netherfield.  This was an informative event which was a good starting point to think more about mental health.

What Matters? Community Survey

In this survey, the Institute for Community Studies is looking to hear what matters most in your community and the questions you have about the issues that affect it. Please take the survey here.

CMK Litter picking

North Row:
On Saturday 21st September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding another litter pick between the North 9th and 10th Street flats . The event will take place between 10am – 12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Centrecom, North Row.

Aspects Sound and Vision: A project for young people aged 16 – 25 on the Autism Spectrum

Working in a small group you will devise a project to create podcasts in a professional radio studio, learn interview skills, how to run a radio show and create blogs. 1st Course: Starting 9th October for 6 weeks. 2nd Course: Starting 20th November to 18th December. For more information or to book contact: Sue Quinn 07739985546 or admin@aspects.org.uk

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Puppy Socialiser

The £50 Challenge

Medical Detection Dogs are looking for caring family homes in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas to look after and socialise puppies and young adult dogs up to 18 months old.

Find out more

Volunteer Recruitment Day – National Museum of Computing, Bletchley

The National Museum of Computing

Sunday 21st September 2019. The National Museum of Computing seeks volunteers to assist in roles including front of house, room stewarding, tour guiding, back of house technical and administration, people looking to support STEM activities and helping in the small shop and front desk. Find out more

Homeless Shelter Support Worker

The Bus Shelter are seeking an additional team member to assist our Shelter Manager in supporting our guests and also ensuring the site remains a pleasant environment both physically and in atmosphere. Find out more

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Winifred Tumim Fund 2019

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has launched the Winifred Tumim Memorial Fund 2019, awarding a grant of £1,000 for work which supports innovation in good charity governance . Find out more

Magic Little Grants 2019

Magic Little Grants 2019 from Localgiving is now open for £500 grants to charities and community groups that encourage people to be physically active. Find out more

Heritage Open Days

13th – 22nd September. This year Heritage Open Days will run over 10 consecutive days. All events will be free for the public to attend. The theme will be People Power, a celebration of the ways that people across time have taken action to change our world. Find out more

The Festival of Creative Urban Living : 26 September – 13 October 2019

You’ll find MK’s first ever free ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’ from 26 September – 13 October on Midsummer Boulevard in Central Milton Keynes.

Find out more

Community Fridge Tea Dance

Thursday 19th Sept 1230 – 3pm
The community fridge pop-up cafe team will be sharing an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and homemade jam until 2pm accompanied by music from bygone decades and dancing until 3pm. No charge for food or entertainment. 

MK SNAP Quiz Night

Fri, 20 September 2019 19:00 – 22:00. Join us for a fun and competitive night at MK SNAP. £8.50 per person includes Hot dog and snacks for the table. Teams of 6. Find out more

MK LIT FEST 2019

18th – 22nd September. A fabulous festival of books, words, writers and ideas that celebrates everything literary, bookish or wordy. A programme of events and ticket information can be found here. Follow this link to find out more about MK Lit Fest.

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No-deal Brexit and the voluntary sector

Author: Ben Westerman

After a turbulent period for the UK parliament, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around Brexit and the manner of the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). While there is still little certainty around what kind of Brexit we will get and what Brexit will mean for the UK, planning for it is essential. It is vital that all organisations undertake contingency planning now to make sure they are resilient during times of uncertainty.

Since Boris Johnson’s appointment as prime minister, the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ or ‘WTO’ Brexit has been reported as the ‘assumed’ government position, and many experts agree that it is now the ‘most likely’ outcome. In recent days, the government has launched a public information campaign entitled Get ready for Brexit. Parliament remains opposed to a no-deal Brexit and has passed legislation designed to prevent this scenario on 31 October. However, not only is there very little time left for MPs to block such an outcome completely, ​particularly while parliament remains prorogued, but it may not even be possible for them to rule it out conclusively.

For charities, this means that preparing for change is crucial. Putting in place plans that are sufficiently flexible for a number of scenarios needs to be at the top of any list of trustee priorities.

NCVO has been clear about the dangers a no-deal Brexit poses to charities and their work. It is therefore all the more important that we think now about what we can do to reduce the possible impact of these dangers. Charities should map out the areas where they may be exposed to change in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Following our factsheet of October 2018, this guide will set out the main implications of a no-deal Brexit for charities and consider areas where practical steps can be taken to reduce negative consequences.

Read more from NVCO’s guide

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Puppy Socialiser

Medical Detection Dogs are looking for caring family homes in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas to look after and socialise puppies and young adult dogs up to 18 months old.


We are training our assistance dogs to accompany clients with detectable medical conditions and alert to oncoming episodes. If you can support our charity by being involved in socialising puppies or dogs for a period of time then we would love to hear from you.


This is a full time volunteer role as the puppy/dog will live with the volunteer for a number of months.


The volunteer will need to:
– attend regular puppy classes
– be at home most of the day
– follow positive dog training methods
– regularly visit lots of different environments and us various forms of transport
– be willing to support charity events

How to find out more: www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

Register your interest on our Simply Connect volunteering site

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9th September: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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9th September 2019

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SAVE THE DATE!

Our Autumn Networking event has been confirmed for Tuesday 8th October 2019.

It will be held at the Meeting Place as part of The Festival for Creative Urban Living .

Watch this space for more details!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Let’s Talk Good Finance MK

This afternoon session is designed for charities, social enterprises, community businesses and local groups in Milton Keynes interested in social investment. The event is organised by Community Action: MK in collaboration with NAVCA and the Good Finance teams.

Date: Thursday 17th October

Time: 1.30 – 4.30pm (3:50 – 4.30pm: networking)

Venue: Herons Lodge, Bradwell Rd, Great Holm, Milton Keynes MK8 9AA

To find out more about social investment and to book your free place, follow this link. The programme of the event can be found here.

The Open University: Virtual Internship Programme

A virtual internship is a remote working arrangement that provides employers access to many more students who have the skills needed for their organisation. It also provides employers access to a wider talent pool that extends far beyond their local area. 

More information can be found here or alternatively, visit the OU’s website to discover more about what their virtual internships have to offer for both individuals and businesses alike.

Beds, Luton and Milton Keynes Disability Physical Activity and Sport Summit 2019

The Summit is designed to bring partners together who are influencing physical activity for disabled people across our area. The event will focus on insight, workforce, sharing of good practice and provide an opportunity for organisations to network. Please follow this link to find out more.

Meet Peta Drop In

Cyber Security Workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups.

The TVP Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions for Community Action MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their communities of the current cyber threats that they may experience.

Tuesday 8th October: 11am – 1pm

Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm

Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU

Click the link to find out more and to book your place.

Fareshare Warehouse Opening!

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

Other useful links:

Second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model

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You are invited to join us for our second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model. Wednesday 25th September 2019.
Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5TH.
Booking is essential.
Please email n.ranautta@nhs.net by 13th September 2019 to reserve your place.

Charity Risk Barometer 2019

BREXIT Advice

Please follow this link to access some guidance and resources shared by Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) to help organisations prepare for Brexit. Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.

Exploring volunteers’ attitudes to health and safety in the charity sector

Ecclesiastical are partnering with leading researchers at the Health and Safety Executive’s Science and Research Centre to develop practical advice for charities.

Volunteers are an integral part of the charity sector. With so much reliance on the work they do, it is important that charities understand the needs of managing such a diverse group of people. 

The HSE are looking for participants to be part of this pioneering research through either, attendance at one of the planned regional workshops, or via a short telephone interview.

Recognising that participants would be giving freely of their time, Ecclesiastical will make a donation of £100 to a registered charity of their choice as a thank you for taking part.

For more information and to find out how to get involved, follow this link.

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Communities Week 2019!

9th – 13th September

It’s #CommunitesWeek ! A week organised by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the community sector to celebrate communities, business and partners who are working with communities and improving neighbourhoods across the country.

If you’re a community organisation, community business, council or work with communities,get involved online: follow and use #CommunitiesWeek

Suicide Prevention Training

Take this 20 minute online training session to learn how to potentially save a life. Click the image below to take you to the website.

Deaf Awareness Training


Dyslexia Training Workshops

REGISTER HERE

CMK Litter Picking

South Row:
On Saturday 14th September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding its first litter pick along South Row. We hope that this will be the first of a number of litter picks across CMK. The event will take place between 10am-12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Beefeater Barn, Secklow Gate West.

North Row:
On Saturday 21st September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding another litter pick between the North 9th and 10th Street flats . The event will take place between 10am – 12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Centrecom, North Row.

Equipment and disposable gloves will be provided. If you would like to join our litter pick in your area simply turn up on the day. If you need any more information, just contact: sue.nelson@cmktowncouncil.gov.uk or leave a message at 01908 661623.

Bikeability Cycle Training

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Driver – Barnado’s Young People

Barnardos runs a service that allows parents and children who cannot live together to meet in a supervised setting. The young people sometimes need transport to enable them to attend these meetings. It needs to gather a small team of drivers that can be called upon to assist when the need arises.

Purpose of opportunity:

  • To safely drive young people with carer or chaperone to meetings
  • Additional gardening/maintenance role if desired.

Key activities:

  • Picking up young people with carer to bring to contact centre
  • Return them afterwards
  • We have other practical tasks available to fill the time in between- but not compulsory.

Attitude/skills/knowledge required:

Training, support or other benefits available:

  • Core volunteer training – safeguarding, EDI and confidentiality
  • Supervision
  • Experience working with a national Children’s charity

See our SimplyConnect details for this volunteering role or visit Barnado’s website directly.


Volunteers Needed: Gardening session in Centre MK


Volunteers Needed: Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer

Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer provides free emotional and practical support to all victims of crime, witnesses of crime and family members of victims. The service is available across Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire. They can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

What does it involve?

  • Providing practical and emotional support to victims of crime in the Thames Valley area
  • Working to empower victims and to track and map progress by using an evidence-based outcomes tool
  • Ensuring fairness, impartiality and equality in supporting victims
  • Keeping a secure record of contact with victims and reporting to the Caseworker appropriately and in line with data protection requirements
  • Working alongside a Caseworker to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service
  • Committing to attending training, supervision, reflective practice and support sessions

Click here to find out more about this role. Victims First are in desperate need of volunteers to help empower their service users, through their access to improved services and support networks.

Visit their website for more information about what they do.

Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Community Inclusion Project Manager – The Stables

The Community Inclusion Project Manager will play a pivotal role in creating new connections between The Stables, IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and D/deaf and disabled people. He/she will be responsible for creating connections within Milton Keynes and ensuring that The Stables and the Festival are appropriately prepared for these new partnerships.

This role will support the delivery of a new project funded by MK Community Foundation which includes an extensive programme focussing on and enhancing the organisation’s approach to working with D/deaf and disabled people as participants, audience members and performers.

Click here for a more detailed role description can be found here

For more information click here, or see The Stables website for full details.


Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Locality Project Worker – Barnado’s Young People

Barnardo’s Young People is seeking a Locality Project Worker for Milton Keynes and Bedford Borough Council.  They are looking for a flexible person willing to help develop existing services in both Milton Keynes and Bedford Borough Council.

Services include:

  • independent return interviews to support looked after children
  • independent visiting carried out by volunteers
  • advocacy
  • short breaks
  • supervised contact.

This is a zero hours contract based in Dunstable (covering Milton Keynes and some areas of Bedfordshire) with a salary of £9.50 per hour.

Deadline 29 September. Click here for more information

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Winifred Tumim Fund 2019

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has launched the Winifred Tumim Memorial Fund 2019, awarding a grant of £1,000 for work which supports innovation in good charity governance such as:

  • trialling and testing a new approach
  • developing a tool for NCVO which can be used to support good governance
  • undertaking some thought leadership work.

Entries can be from organisations or individuals.

Deadline: 28 October. Click here.


Magic Little Grants 2019

Magic Little Grants 2019 from Localgiving is now open for £500 grants to charities and community groups that encourage people to be physically active.

Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

Applicants must either be in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250,000.

Deadline 30 November. Click here.

The Festival of Creative Urban Living : 26 September – 13 October 2019

You’ll find MK’s first ever free ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’ from 26 September – 13 October on Midsummer Boulevard in Central Milton Keynes.

The main theme is ‘The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable’, looking at art, design and architecture in urban environments.

The Festival brings together artists, residents, architects, designers, urban planners, thinkers, creatives and many others for a FREE programme of exhibitions, discussions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more.

It has been commissioned by MK Council, funded by Arts Council England, and is programmed and curated by experimental architectural practice raumlaborberlin.

To find out more about what’s on during the festival and a programme of events, then please click here for more information.

‘Secklow Hundred Mound – Milton Keynes’ ancestral meeting place’
– an illustrated talk by Martin Petchey, Archaeologist.

Thursday 19th September 2019 at 6.15pm – 7.15pm

Milton Keynes Central Library

The Secklow Mound – Central Milton Keynes. Behind the Central Library lies a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance known as Secklow Mound, named after an Anglo-Saxon administrative area called the Secklow Hundred. The Mound was a meeting place and historical research in the 1970s confirmed the precise location of the Mound to be at the edge of todays City Centre. In 1978 the mound was reconstructed and landscaped protecting the significant archaeological remains.

Please follow this link to book your free tickets.

MK FOOD FEST

SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019: 11am – 5pm

Each September the picturesque MK Village Pavilion in Middleton comes alive with the exciting vibe of the local food and drink scene. With all the stallholders coming from within a 20 mile radius of the venue, the event showcases the best of local food and drink and brings together street food vendors, artisan producers, farmers market stallholders and chefs for a one day, one location, not-to-be-missed food and drink shopping experience. Please follow this link to find out more.

Community Fridge Tea Dance

Thursday 19th Sept 1230 – 3pm

Get on your dancing shoes for an afternoon get-together of vintage music and dancing!

The community fridge pop-up cafe team will be sharing an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and homemade jam until 2pm accompanied by music from bygone decades and dancing until 3pm. No charge for food or entertainment. 

Donations are welcome and there will be ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition and homemade jam to fundraise for the project.

ROCLA Art Trail Walk

15th September 2019

A guided walk round the ROCLA Art Trail in the Redhouse Park area, Milton Keynes. A variety of newly commissioned artworks & sculptures of various types reflecting nature, magic and location have are due to be installed in 2018. Each commission will have a plaque that will contain a QR code. – Meet some of the artists on the day.

MK LIT FEST 2019

18th – 22nd September

A fabulous festival of books, words, writers and ideas that celebrates everything literary, bookish or wordy.

The Lit Fest Steering Group brings together arts and education professionals and enthusiasts who share a love of books, words, writing, speaking and thinking.  We are a small team with big ambitions, and we are especially grateful to our wonderful volunteers who help us get the show on the road. 

A programme of events and ticket information can be found here.

Follow this link to find out more about MK Lit Fest.

The big population health conversation

This free-to-attend virtual conference focuses beyond health and social care to areas where there is untapped potential for local and national action to support healthier lives.

We will explore how a wide range of organisations – across local government, the voluntary sector, the private sector and local communities – have it within their power to improve people’s health.

To find out more and book your place, click here.

Transparency and Trust: Trustee Conference 19th September 2019

2:00pm – 5:15pm

Looking at why transparency and trust are critical to a charity’s success, this half-day conference in Aylesbury will give you expert input and practical ideas to strengthen your organisation.

You will learn how to boost trust levels through governance, board diversity and accountability, as well as participate in one of our expert-led interactive breakout sessions. If you are a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group or a board member of a social enterprise, this conference will provide you with clear, take-away actions to apply to your organisation.

Click here for more information and to book onto the conference.

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteering for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org

Are you following us on social media?

Stay up to date using your favourite social media channel and help us spread the word about the amazing voluntary and community action in Milton Keynes! #lovemk #volunteermk 

Here is where you can find us:

Twitter: twitter.com/ComActMK

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CommunityActionMK/

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/community-action-mk

Instagram: instagram.com/comactmk

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/CommunityActionMK

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2nd September: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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2nd September 2019

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Let’s Talk Good Finance MK

This afternoon session is designed for charities, social enterprises, community businesses and local groups in Milton Keynes interested in social investment. The event is organised by Community Action: MK in collaboration with NAVCA and the Good Finance teams.

Date: Thursday 17th October

Time: 1.30 – 4.30pm (3:50 – 4.30pm: networking)

Venue: Herons Lodge, Bradwell Rd, Great Holm, Milton Keynes MK8 9AA

To find out more about social investment and to book your free place, follow this link. The programme of the event can be found here.

Beds, Luton and Milton Keynes Disability Physical Activity and Sport Summit 2019

The Summit is designed to bring partners together who are influencing physical activity for disabled people across our area. The event will focus on insight, workforce, sharing of good practice and provide an opportunity for organisations to network. Please follow this link to find out more.

Innovations in community-centred support

The Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) partnership has recently launched a new online resource to showcase innovative community-centred models that keep people connected – or re-connect – to family, friends and communities. It showcases types of support that are innovative in their approach to improving people’s health and wellbeing. It has been designed for commissioners, providers and people who access services and carers. Please follow this link to view the directory.

Discover 13 ways to bring good ideas to life!

There are many ways to bring good ideas to life. Nesta works to uncover, analyse and test new ways of supporting innovation from across sectors and around the world.

The possibilities for the next generation of innovators to change the world for good is increasing by the minute. From prototyping to futurescoping, there are a number of techniques, tools and processes to aid innovation. 

Use nesta’s collection of innovation methods to find out how you could bring your bright ideas to life.

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

Other useful links:

Citizens UK Hate crime survey

Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. Their recent survey explores the everyday experiences of targeting and discrimination experienced by ordinary citizens from a range of different backgrounds. By taking part in this survey, you will be helping to change and strengthen the law around hate crime. Please follow this link to complete the survey.

Second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model

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You are invited to join us for our second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model. Wednesday 25th September 2019.
Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5TH.
Booking is essential.
Please email n.ranautta@nhs.net by 13th September 2019 to reserve your place.

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New extra session of The Mix opening in Bletchley – in partnership with Crosslinks

Dyslexia Training Workshops

REGISTER HERE

Broughton Litter picking

September 1st 2-3pm

Families welcome, children must be accompanied by adults. Equipment will be provided but please wear appropriate footwear and clothes. For meeting point go to https//bbccmk.org.

CMK Litter picking

South Row:
On Saturday 14th September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding its first litter pick along South Row. We hope that this will be the first of a number of litter picks across CMK. The event will take place between 10am-12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Beefeater Barn, Secklow Gate West.

North Row:
On Saturday 21st September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding another litter pick between the North 9th and 10th Street flats . The event will take place between 10am – 12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Centrecom, North Row.

Equipment and disposable gloves will be provided. If you would like to join our litter pick in your area simply turn up on the day. If you need any more information, just contact: sue.nelson@cmktowncouncil.gov.uk or leave a message at 01908 661623.

Cycle September

Milton Keynes Council will compete against workplaces from across the UK this month as Cycle September gets underway – and you can do your bit to make sure we win.  It’s free to take part and registration only takes couple of minutes.  Once you’ve registered you’ll need to log the miles you have cycled throughout September, and at the end of the month our combined total mileage will be added together to discover which organisations have won prizes. Click here to find out more and to register.

Mental Health Radio Show

In partnership with MKFM and Thomas Connolly, Arthur Ellis are bringing the people of Milton Keynes the MK Mental Health Hour, an hour every Sunday evening from 7pm where we’ll be discussing a variety of topics with some pretty exciting guests, not just to bring awareness to the issues we all face but to provide expert, practical advice.
See you for our first show, September 8th at 7pm!
Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: General Adviser – Citizens Advice Milton Keynes

Being a General Adviser with the Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is an incredibly varied role. Once trained you can expect to carry out the following duties:

  • Conduct face to face interviews to establish the issue the client wants to resolve, question, probe and check understanding of the issue, diagnose the issue and begin action to resolve the problem.
  • Research the advice required by using the Advisornet, reference books and other web based providers .
  • Give information and advice to the client. 
  • Give advice in explaining the choices and consequences the client faces 
  • Give practical help by writing letters, making phone calls, completing forms and doing basic calculations. 
  • Make accurate records of all client cases 

You don’t need any particular qualifications or experience to train as an adviser, and they’re proud of the fact that their volunteers come from all walks of life. All they ask is that you can:

  • Be good at listening
  • Be able to work in a team 
  • Be able to read and write English and do basic maths
  • Be open minded and non judgemental 
  • Commit to a minimum of 8 hrs per week. 

If you’re worried about being an expert at everything then don’t be even advisers don’t need to know it all. They provide all their trainees with a comprehensive accredited training programme that will provide you with the skills you need to deliver a high quality service to the clients. Their up-to-the-minute electronic information system contains most of the information you will need when advising clients. 

When your training ends you won’t be left alone. Their supervisors, guidance tutors and other experienced volunteers are on hand to give you further support, encouragement and advice. Age restriction: 18+

References will be required. Good communication, numeracy and literacy skills are essential.

Please contact: Carol Muldownie @ Citizens Advice Milton Keynes for more information or follow this link to their website.

We’re Hiring! Support, Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Roles

We have two roles available, each with elements of specific focus. The purpose of the posts is to contribute to the support, development and volunteering services which are central to the work of Community Action: MK. These are focused around the key elements of:

● Mobilising communities
● Strengthening groups
● Influencing policy and decision making

The post holder will work as part of a dedicated community development team, committed to supporting the community and voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. Find out more

Deadline Tuesday 3rd September.

Age UK – Two new roles available:

Jobs Club Support Worker

The post holder will be responsible for supporting clients attending Age UK Milton Keynes job clubs. You will carry out initial assessments and devise a personal programme for each client. You will deliver support in Northamptonshire. You will be responsible for booking rooms for training courses that support the programme.

More information about the role and responsibilities can be found here.

Age UK – Admin Support Worker

Supporting the BBO Project Officers by preparing client folders, Photocopying and scanning files. Supporting the BBO Programme Manager by preparing the financial and participant information for the returns to the Accountable Body. Occasionally to support the BBo Project Officers at Job Clubs. To support the job club at Kiln Farm. To attend weekly meeting and take minutes.

More information about the role and responsibilities can be found here.

To apply to the above roles, please send your CV and covering letter outlining your experience to sue.quine@ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk.

Closing date for both roles: 24th September Interviews 2nd October 2019

Spinal Injuries Association Fundraising Events Coordinator

SIA are looking to recruit a Fundraising Events Coordinator to join the team and be responsible for managing their diverse portfolio of Special Events across the UK, including black tie dinners, charity race days, golf days and networking events, amongst others. Find out more here.

Deadline: 5pm Friday 20th September

Connection Support – Direct Payment & Employment Support Advisor

A local charity providing advice and support services to people living in Milton Keynes who receive a social care budget and use this as a Direct Payment to create more tailored care arrangements.  They are looking for someone keen to develop their knowledge and understanding to support people to use Direct Payments confidently and assist some of these people with finding and employing their own care staff.  Working within a small friendly team of advisors the role involves home visiting and responding to enquiries to our Helpline.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Deadline: 11 September 2019

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Veolia Environmental Trust

Grants are available to constituted, not-for-profit groups with environmental and community projects that are located near a qualifying Veolia site in England. Please follow this link to find out more.

Deadline: 28 November 2019

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for projects that relate to the delivery of financial skills to different defined groups. Please follow this link to find out more.

Deadline: 27th September

Peter Harrison Foundation

Special Needs and Care for Children and Young People Programme

Grants are available for charities in the South East of England to assist young people who are disabled, disadvantaged, ill, homeless or at risk of crime, truancy or addiction. Please follow this link to find out more.

Deadline: N/A (ongoing)

‘Secklow Hundred Mound – Milton Keynes’ ancestral meeting place’
– an illustrated talk by Martin Petchey, Archaeologist.

Thursday 19th September 2019 at 6.15pm – 7.15pm

Milton Keynes Central Library

The Secklow Mound – Central Milton Keynes. Behind the Central Library lies a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance known as Secklow Mound, named after an Anglo-Saxon administrative area called the Secklow Hundred. The Mound was a meeting place and historical research in the 1970s confirmed the precise location of the Mound to be at the edge of todays City Centre. In 1978 the mound was reconstructed and landscaped protecting the significant archaeological remains.

Please follow this link to book your free tickets.

MK FOOD FEST

SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019: 11am – 5pm

Each September the picturesque MK Village Pavilion in Middleton comes alive with the exciting vibe of the local food and drink scene. With all the stallholders coming from within a 20 mile radius of the venue, the event showcases the best of local food and drink and brings together street food vendors, artisan producers, farmers market stallholders and chefs for a one day, one location, not-to-be-missed food and drink shopping experience. Please follow this link to find out more.

CENTRE MK TURNS 40!

Centre MK celebrates its 40th Birthday in September. To recognise the landmark of the Grade 2 listed building, which opened September 1979, people are encouraged in Middleton Hall on Tuesday 10th September to help form a human display, similar to the one done 5 years ago. Arrival at Middleton Hall at 12.20 if you want to be involved – it’ll only take about 20 minutes!

Do you have news to share?

If you work or volunteering for a local group or organisation in Milton Keynes or have an interesting project going in your community and have news to share, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can e-mail your updates to support@communityactionmk.org

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Stay up to date using your favourite social media channel and help us spread the word about the amazing voluntary and community action in Milton Keynes! #lovemk #volunteermk 

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23 August: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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23 August 2019

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Cyber attacks on charities and businesses increasing

The Cyber Readiness Report 2019 surveyed organisations across the UK, US and Europe and found that 61 per cent have experiences a cyber incident in the last year. This is up from 45% the previous year. Losses from cyber attacks have also increased. The average loss is £291,000, compared to £180,000 last year.

Sign up to our Cyber Protect workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups.

The Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions in October 2019 for Community Action: MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their immediate communities of the current cyber threats that the general public may experience.

The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:
Workshop 1: Tuesday 8th October: 11am – 1pm
Workshop 2: Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm
Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU
REGISTER HERE

Meet Peta : drop-in with the representative of MK Health & Wellbeing board

For more information about what the Health and Wellbeing Board is and what they do, click this link.

Community Grants information event

Do you run a project that supports local people to get on in life? If you can help people to build confidence and overcome barriers that can block them from getting into training or paid work, the Community Grants programme could help you.

Join the upcoming ‘Community Grants information event’ on Thursday 19 September in Milton Keynes for more information: 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-grants-information-event-milton-keynes-tickets-68263663455?aff=VCSENewsletters

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Milton Keynes Council Open Consultations

See all MK Council consultations

STATION SQUARE: HAVE YOUR SAY– Deadline extended to 1 September

Take part in the Milton Keynes Station Square Public Consultation by filling in this survey. If you want to consider the complete consultation of Station Square before you have your say, you can download a specially created Interactive PDF of the Consultation via this link.

MK Carbon and Energy survey 2019

Complete the MK Carbon and Energy Survey here

The carbon and energy survey relates to two EU projects that MK Council are working on: POWER is a water efficiency project and INTENSIFY is about informing and monitoring public attitudes to deep carbon reductions. Find out more here:
POWER –  https://milton-keynes.power-h2020.eu/ 
INTENSIFY – https://www.interregeurope.eu/intensify/

Specifically, INTENSIFY has an objective to monitor any changes in public attitudes to energy/carbon savings over the life of the project and therefore MK Council needs a baseline, which this survey will address. The main policy that this project will be working with is the Sustainability Strategy which was approved in January.

EEH Transport Strategy Meeting

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) is inviting comments on their Outline Transport Strategy. To facilitate engagement and increase awareness of their role, EEH officers are holding a local engagement event on 25 September where you can hear about the Strategy and their work.  

The stakeholder engagement event will take place on 25 September 2019 from 6:30-8pm, in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Milton Keynes. Please email Transport.Policy@milton-keynes.gov.uk and include details of any groups they represent.

Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document

Milton Keynes Council is consulting on a Draft Milton Keynes East Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The consultation runs from 7 August 2019 closing on 16 October 2019 at 5pm. Read more

Second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model

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You are invited to join us for our second redesign workshop of the CNWL – Milton Keynes Adult Mental Health Community Services Model. Wednesday 25th September 2019.
Ridgeway Centre, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5TH.
Booking is essential.
Please email n.ranautta@nhs.net by 13th September 2019 to reserve your place.

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Could your organisation could benefit from donations of surplus food?

If you feel that your organisation could benefit from donations of surplus food, the Neighbourly Food Team  would be grateful if you could fill in the short tick-box survey on the following link so that we can maximize the amount of products that we can offer you in the future:
I would like to collect surplus food

New extra session of The Mix opening in Bletchley – in partnership with Crosslinks

Case Study: How Everton in the Community are creating a more meaningful volunteer experience thanks to Investing in Volunteers

Everton in the Community IiV

Everton in the Community achieved Investing in Volunteers (IiV) in April 2019, becoming the only Premier League football club to hold the award. In this case study, Volunteer Manager Adam Howard tells us about their IiV journey, how his organisation developed innovative practice through achieving the award, and gives great advice to anyone interested in IiV.
Read more

Dyslexia Training Workshops

REGISTER HERE

Broughton Litter picking

September 1st 2-3 pm.
Families welcome, children must be accompanied by adults. Equipment will be provided but please wear appropriate footwear and clothes. For meeting point go to https//bbccmk.org.

CMK Litter picking

South Row:
On Saturday 14th September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding its first litter pick along South Row. We hope that this will be the first of a number of litter picks across CMK. The event will take place between 10am-12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Beefeater Barn, Secklow Gate West.

North Row:
On Saturday 21st September Central Milton Keynes Town Council is holding another litter pick between the North 9 th and 10 th Street flats . The event will take place between 10am – 12 noon and we invite residents to come along and get involved. We will meet next to Centrecom, North Row.

Equipment and disposable gloves will be provided. If you would like to join our litter pick in your area simply turn up on the day. If you need any more information, just contact: sue.nelson@cmktowncouncil.gov.uk or leave a message at 01908 661623

Netherfield Local Conversation Summer Newsletter

Read the full newsletter here

Mental Health Radio Show

In partnership with MKFM and Thomas Connolly, Arthur Ellis are bringing the people of Milton Keynes the MK Mental Health Hour, an hour every Sunday evening from 7pm where we’ll be discussing a variety of topics with some pretty exciting guests, not just to bring awareness to the issues we all face but to provide expert, practical advice.
See you for our first show, September 8th at 7pm!
Find out more

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: My Guide Service

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Are you looking to directly help improve someone’s life? To support a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. Variable depending on individual needs; approximately 3 hours per week. Find out more

Join our volunteer drop-in

Our Volunteer Drop In day is changing. From Tuesday 24th October we will be running every Tuesday. Drop in anytime from 10am (3)

We’re Hiring! Support, Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Roles

We have two roles available, each with elements of specific focus. The purpose of the posts is to contribute to the support, development and volunteering services which are central to the work of Community Action: MK. These are focused around the key elements of:

● Mobilising communities
● Strengthening groups
● Influencing policy and decision making

The post holder will work as part of a dedicated community development team, committed to supporting the community and voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. Find out more

Mental Health Project Organiser – Citizens Advice

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and confident person to join our small team of staff. The successful candidate will support volunteers and service users of The Mix MK. The Mix MK was developed in 2015 to provide a safe, relaxed space for local people to meet and share information about mental health services in Milton Keynes. Closing date: Wednesday 28th August 2019 at Midday
Find out more

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British Cycling Places to Ride Programme

Max. Value: £ 50,000
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in England that are developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new, or the improvement of existing, cycling facilities in communities.

Stop Loan Sharks – Proceeds of Crime Grants

Max. Value: £ 5,000
Grants are available for local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies in England for projects that target illegal money lending

Empowering young people to improve communities

Applications for grants of up to £35,000 are open until 12pm (noon) on Friday 20 September. Co-op Foundation expect to make about eight grants in total and funding comes from a new £3 million extension to Co-Op’s #iwill Fund. You can find out if your organisation is eligible by checking out their funding page,

Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) Treasure Hunt

30th August
10:30-11:30 am

Big Local Conniburrow (BLC) is holding a Treasure Hunt that has been designed by a resident.  It will follow a route along the Redways and end in Friendship park, Conniburrow.

1940s Weekend at Milton Keynes Museum

31 August & 1 September
11:00am to 4:30pm

You definitely don’t want to keep mum about the next big event at Milton Keynes Museum – the return of the hugely popular 1940s weekend.  Despite being an era famous for ration books, there will be no rationing of entertainment at this event! Visitors will be able to step back into history and absorb all the sights and sounds from the decade. Find out more

Fun Day – Raising money for Oxford Hospital

31 August
From midday

We are having a family fun day in order to raise money for oxford hospital.  It’s free entry and have loads of family fun stalls from tin can alley to how many sweets are in the jar and many many more. 

As the day goes on we have a Motown tribute band coming that are simply incredible we will also be holding a charity auction with some amazing prizes donated by some amazing companys including MK Don’s, Planet ice, Airkicks, Funstation, Hobbtcraft and many many MORE… 

We be lovely to see everyone come down and support a great cause… Price: FREE

MK Arts Centre Summer Party

Saturday 31st August 2019
1-3pm

Milton Keynes Arts Centre warmly invites you to a launch party with artist Kitty Finer, MK College students, residents of Pritchard Court and our communities, in celebration of the intergenerational collaborations which have taken over MKAC gallery this summer. 

The launch will include the drop of MY KIND; a new fashion label inspired by the elderly, designed by the young and worn by all. 

Free picnic and arts activities for everyone. Free, everyone welcome.

Youth Fest – Truth For Youth

Saturday 31 August 2019
11:00 – 18:00

We are celebrating the launch of Truth For Youth, a brand new youth project in MK4. Come and join us at our free festival to see a mix of youth facilities from around MK. We will have DJs playing some soulful House and Garage, guest speakers, singing workshops, dance crew performances, a climbing wall, football skill activities, creative tent, a giant sand pit for little ones and some quality eco food & beverage vendors. This event is 100% plastic free, and the first 70 people will get a free reusable Truth For Youth festival cup!

Service Six Family Fun Day

Saturday 31stAugust 2019
12:00-16:00
Chapter House, Coffee Hall

On Saturday 31st August Service Six will be holding a family fun day at our base Chapter House, Coffee Hall. The event is 12-4, we will have a bouncy castle, low cost bbq, tomobola, raffle, games, a number of Harley Davidsons, Police Car and a range of stalls. If you would like to have a promotional stall or even if you just want to come and lend a hand we would be grateful of the support.
Contact Katie Marsh for more info: katie.marsh@servicesix.co.uk

MK Hospital 40th birthday celebration event

7 September 2019

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Gala Ball

Friday 13 September
Find out more

Weaving Trust event on environmental issues

14th September 2019

Join MK Green Alliance members for lots of natters about Milton Keynes and environmental issues. The following link explains the origin and usual format of a weaving trust event.
http://www.citizensmk.org.uk/campaigns/former-campaigns/weaving-trust/
Find out more here.
Sign up today. We’d love to meet you.
Click here to register on eventbrite 

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: My Guide Service

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Are you looking to directly help improve someone’s life? To support a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. Variable depending on individual needs; approximately 3 hours per week.

Find out more on Simple Connect, our volunteering platform: https://www.vcconnectsystem.org.uk/MiltonKeynesVMS2/VolunteerOpportunities/DetailsForSearch/3100

Is this volunteering role right for me?

You must be able to give – on average – a few hours a week, and be aged 18 years old or over. This role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure.

What is My Guide?

My Guide is a service we offer that allows volunteers to become sighted guides. You will undergo training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, navigating environments and building self-confidence – all whilst increasing social interaction with those who may not otherwise wish to leave their home. 

You can read much more about My Guide

What does sighted guiding involve?

  • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss – you will be matched with a suitable partner.
  • Agree on when and where you will provide the sighted guide, as part of a mutually agreed activity plan.
  • You must undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately two days).
  • Always maintain professional boundaries and adhere to safeguarding procedures.
What skills or experience are required?What training and support will I receive?
Excellent communication and interpersonal skillsSighted Guide training and certificate upon completion of training
Patience and flexibilityGuide Dogs safeguarding training
Able to undertake your role safely and effectivelyOngoing support from the My Guide team
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