5 October: MK Volunteers Awards 2016 & Our AGM

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We are delighted to let you know the names of the volunteers that have been nominated for MK Volunteers Awards. As you can see the ‘Longevity’ category has been very popular! Click here to find out more about the awards and the different categories.

Please join us at our AGM on 5th October which will feature the MK Volunteer Awards Ceremony, during which winners will be announced. Click here to book your place.

Here are the nominees:


  • Padma Cheriyan, the Royal National Institute of Blind People and Our MK
  • Tariq Raja, Community Action: MK

Sports & Activities

  • Jo Millington-Wallace, MK Snap
  • Christine O’Brien, Sew ‘n’ Sews
  • Chrispina Odunewu, Kids Run Free (2 nominations)


  • Christopher Parsons, Potential Plus UK (2 nominations)
  • Andy Clark, The National Museum of Computing
  • John Wallace, St. Francis’ Children’s Society
  • Hilarie Bowman, Transition MK
  • Chris Bridgman, The Old Bath House Community Centre

Young Persons

  • Sean Phillips, Ride High
  • Holly Knox, MK Foodbank
  • William Hammond, The National Museum of Computing


  • Angie Taylor, Relate MK
  • Jean Cooper, The Stables Theatre Limited
  • Eric Kightley, Food Bank Milton Keynes
  • Yasmin Smyth, Dogs for Good (formerly Dogs for the Disabled)
  • Heather Leask, Swan Credit Union/MK Community Bank
  • Brian Aldous, The National Museum of Computing
  • Liz Rabone, Carers MK
  • MK Gallery Volunteer Team, MK Gallery
  • Sue Anderson, MK Snap
  • Sandy Cluff, MK Snap
  • Cicely Cooper, Milton Keynes Mencap
  • Albert Wilson, The Scout Association
  • Ron Ellis, Tinkers Bridge Residents’ Association
  • Dewi Griffith, MacIntyre, MK Lifelong Learning
  • Peter Hughes, MK LetNet (and other causes)


  • Michael Sheppard, Transition MK, Foodbank MK, Our MK
  • Ziyenge Nhamburo, Our MK
  • Ros McFadden, Our MK
  • Paul Johnson, Netherfield Local Conversation Steering Group

We would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals who took time to nominate volunteers. Congratulations to all of the nominated volunteers – we loved finding out about the amazing things that you do in Milton Keynes! Good luck and we hope to see you all on 5th October!

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Argos Staff get their Hands Dirty for Charity

60 Argos Store Managers help support various causes across Milton Keynes

Community Action: MK work with Argos to deliver their employee volunteering programme, where staff volunteer some of their work time on helping local causes. On Monday 23rd May, 60 Argos Store Managers went out to various places across the city. They supported Willen Hospice, Stanton School, The British Red Cross, MK Snap, Coffee Tots Pre-School, The Urb Farm and York House in Stony Stratford. On this occasion the projects were also lucky enough to receive a cheque from the teams towards their work. Check out some of the images and quotes from the day…

Urb farm

Stanton School

“It’s amazing that the volunteers have achieved so much in just 4 hours. We are always delighted to have volunteers at Stanton School” ­ Helen Nicholson, Headteacher Stanton School

“I’ve really enjoyed volunteering today. It’s an easy project to do and I can see how this can relate back to my area back home” Emma, Argos Volunteer


Willen Hospice

“WOW! Not only have we had the fantastic assistance of 10 volunteers today that have helped us in the Furniture store and warehouse…BUT they have also given us a total of £200 donation for the hospice!” Bob Prince, Distribution & Store Manager at Willen Hospice


MK Snap

“It’s a great idea to take part in volunteering like this. We can take these ideas back to our areas and encourage others”Debbi, Argos Volunteer
“I wouldn’t think of arranging an activity like this. We have 10,000 volunteering hours to use; this is a way to use them productively” Yu Ming, Argos Volunteer
British Red Cross

British Red Cross

“This opportunity is bringing on a fuzzy feeling. It’s always good to have fuzzy feelings!” Argos Volunteer
“It’s great to be out doing something that is not for profit but making a real difference” Argos Volunteer
“This is the first time meeting the team, feel as though we are really bonding” Argos Volunteer
“We were struck by the energy and enthusiasm the group had, and their interest in the project. They enjoyed getting stuck into the tasks, but also asked a lot about how volunteers work and some of the ways tending the plot helps our clients. We were also not expecting such a kind donation, this will really motivate our volunteers and help clients plan to grow what they would like to see grow.” Kerri, British Red Cross

If you would like to find out more about how your staff could get involved in our employee volunteering programme, or if your charity could use teams of volunteers, contact us on ev@communityactionmk.org.

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Funding Fair goes down a treat with local community groups

Yesterday Community Action: MK hosted our Funding Fair, in partnership with Engage MK. The fair was a chance for voluntary groups, charities, social enterprises and community development practitioners to meet funders, explore new ideas for generating income, and learn some new skills at our workshops.

The event was attended by nearly 90 people, representing organisations from across MK. These included Middle Eastern Cultural Group, MK SNAP, Joint Civic Aid Corp, Friends and Families MK, Carers MK, RNLI MK, Bosom Pals, Works for Us and many, many more……


Thanks to all those who came along – we hope you found it useful. And a massive thank you to those funders who had stalls or ran workshops….

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Everyclick
  • MK Community Foundation
  • Groundwork
  • Macmillan
  • MK Soup
  • Swan Credit Union
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation
  • Globalgiving UK
  • Our MK

If you are part of a voluntary group or charity and would like support with finding and applying for funding, or help with preparing your group to look for funding, please get in touch with our Support Team at support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

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Community Action: MK Funding Fair – 30th March

We warmly invite you to our Funding Fair on 30th March, between 10am – 2pm at Irish Centre, Manor Field, Bletchley, MK2 2HX.

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Pop along to meet our funding stall holders, or attend some of our workshops (optional). A full list of workshops is available below.

Places can be booked via eventbrite or by calling 01908 661623.

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Vote for MK SNAP to win funding for a learning garden


MK Snap is a local charity which provides education, life skills, work preparation and opportunities to adults with learning difficulties, providing them with the skills they need to be the best they can be.

They are the only charity in Milton Keynes through to the final of the Peoples Projects lottery. Please support their project to create an accessible education and learning garden for adults with learning disabilities.

Vote at https://goo.gl/aubIrh

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