Be Active – Help Out – Get Rewarded!

New project is rewarding volunteers for getting themselves and their communities more active in Milton Keynes.

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A project, being run as a pilot by Community Action: MK in association with the Milton Keynes Physical Activity Alliance, is recruiting the people of Milton Keynes to become volunteers in Physical Activity related roles. Every volunteer that gets involved in the selected roles will be rewarded with monthly credits that will offer them a free session for leisure activities across the city, including at 1Life, MK Leisure, and Fitness First facilities. Interested? Here is just a few examples of the types of things you could get involved with:

  • Health Walks Leaders with Milton Keynes Council

  • Cycle Ride Leader with British Cycling

  • Swimming Lessons Assistant with Stantonbury Arts & Leisure

Specialist training will be provided in some of theses roles, and you could make a real difference to the health of the city, so take a look at these and many more available at:  www.communityactionmk.org/volunteering/physicalactivity.

This work has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation and Public Health, Milton Keynes Council, and donations from 1Life, MK Leisure and Fitness First.

 

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Walking tours of Fairfields a great success!

On a very wet and rainy Monday in early June, 29 people braved the weather and headed out for guided tours of Fairfields in the Western Expansion Area (WEA). The WEA is Milton Keynes’ largest new development, and once complete, will have around 6500 homes as well as new schools, local centres, green space and community facilities.

The group included new residents living in Fairfields, as well as residents of the wider MK, and representatives from local voluntary and community sector including Parish Councils, MK Springers, Girl Guiding and youth services.

The tours were kindly led by Rob Bellamy, Project Manager from Barratt Northampton who provided attendees with lots of useful information about the site and future development plans.

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To read a full write up of the event click here.

A big thank you to Rob from Barratt Northampton for the tour, and to Costain Carillion Joint Venture for lending us hard hats and hi viz jackets! Thanks too to all that braved the great British summer weather to join us on the tour!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Western Expansion Area, please contact the Community Action: MK Growth Officer. We can talk to you about plans for the site, as well as give feedback from residents to help you to shape your services.

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Breakfast meeting and networking with the Open University

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MK Community Foundation and Community Action: MK are working in partnership and are hosting a breakfast and networking event for the Open University so that they can share with you the opportunities that they are offering from the creation of the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise, which was funded by a local philanthropist. This faculty are seeking to provide courses from entry level to help develop leadership within the sector.

We believe that this is a great opportunity for our sector to encourage people to develop career paths. This will be of particular benefit to organisations that do not have national body that offer development opportunities, but also for those that have a lot of volunteers and or beneficiaries that could seek future employment or voluntary opportunities in the voluntary sector. For example, people who are now homeless and seeking support, may find this as a way of starting on a new life plan.

The session will be held on Thursday 7 July at Margaret Powell House, starting at 8.30. You will be greeted with coffee and pastry, which will be followed by a presentation from James Rees who is heading up this work.

Please RSVP to Emma Wilkinson at MK Community Foundation.

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Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review

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First Joint Committee meeting to be held in public on 23 March 2016

The first meeting of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review Joint Committee will take place on 23 March at 10am in the Boardroom at Milton Keynes CCG, 155 Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK3 6RT.

In line with national best practice, the Joint Committee has been established to make decisions associated with the Healthcare Review. It principally consists of members from Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body and the Milton Keynes CCG Board, with the majority of those members being clinicians. There are also representatives from our three local Healthwatch organisations in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Members of the public are invited to attend the first part of the meeting. So we can ensure that attendees can be comfortably accommodated,  please can we ask you to register in advance by calling 01908 278688 or emailing communications@BedsandMKhealth.org

View agenda and papers

Future meetings will alternate between Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes and dates will be advertised on our new joint website www.BedsandMKHealth.org once confirmed. Information will also be available through the BCCG and MKCCG websites.

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