12 April: Weekly Bulletin for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes

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12 April  2019

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for the Voluntary and Community Sector in Milton Keynes.  

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Keep Britain Tidy – #LittleHereos Ambassadors Volunteering Programme

Keep Britain Tidy is seeking new #LitterHeroes Ambassadors to join our volunteer programme and we need your help!

During your work you may meet members of the public who want to volunteer and have a real passion for community engagement and keeping public spaces clean. We’d love you to encourage them to apply to join our enthusiastic #LitterHeroes Ambassadors in becoming community activators across the UK.

The #LitterHeroes Ambassador programme is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and aims to support community cohesion, improve public spaces and help benefit mental and physical wellbeing.
Please find a poster to display in your community hub at this link. All people need to do is; apply directly online via https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LHAapply2019
or email LHAmbassador@keepbritaintidy.org and we will send them a link to the application form, alternatively they can visit the website here for more information.

Applications close on Monday 6th May 2019.
Successful applicants will be notified of next steps during the week commencing 6th May.
Link to PDF here.

Community Action: MK podcasts on Secklow Sounds

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Sheila Thornton and the team from Community Action: MK will be on Secklow Sounds on the first Wednesday each month at 1pm when they’ll bring you the latest news and updates from the community and voluntary sector. Catch up on the past shows at the link below and remember to tune in each Wednesday!

Catch up on past shows here.

Giving World Launches New Website

Giving World receives goods from businesses all over the country, and advertises the items on the website for charities to request to help pass on to their beneficiaries.
The focus of the launch is to pack the website with news and features, while making it even simpler to receive goods such as clothing, toiletries, books, toys and cleaning supplies for the people you support.
The only requirement is that the charities and community groups register at www.givingworld.org.uk, there is an option to request products that would truly help the local community, completely free of charge.

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Office for Civil Society March Newsletter

You can find lots of interesting information for groups including new safeguarding funding for charities, five ways civil society organisations can prepare for EU Exit, and more. Read the full newsletter:
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Community of Practice for VCS Groups

Special invitation for VCS groups
Friday 10th May: 09.30am – 12.00pm
MK College, Chaffron Way, MK6 5LP
REGISTER HERE

Do you work with children and young people to support mental health and well-being?

Are you joining up with:
– Peer-based, collaborative learning
– Sharing good practice and ideas
– Creating new knowledge and understanding to advance your professional practice 
– Addressing common concerns and set of problems? 

We are forming a Community of Practice (CoP) for people working (at least initially) in the Milton Keynes Voluntary and Community Sector. This will be a co-produced group, so who is part of it and what will take place as part of it will be decided by its members. Although face-to-face meetings are very important, most CoPs include online participation.

We are acting as facilitators because our research ‘Where are the safety Nets?’ (see the report here) indicated that such support would be helpful; people we have asked tell us that the proposal is sound and needed.

To find out more about a Community of Practice, read this short paper here.
For some interesting and inspirational stories, click here.

Are you intrigued? We truly hope so. Please express your interest by signing up to this event by Friday 3rd May.
REGISTER HERE

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Growth News

In growth news, alterations and extensions to the Northern and Southern flanks of Centre:MK, either side of the John Lewis store, are currently being proposed. This would create two levels of additional trading floor space (reference number 19/00289/FUL). To find out more about this, and other proposed developments, visit MK Council’s Planning Portal to view and comment.
Read more here

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Volunteer as a trustee

Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons – from a sense of making a difference to the charitable cause, to new experiences and relationships.
The following organisations are currently seeking trustees in Milton Keynes:

  • Buckingham Canal Society
    Work as part of a team with the Buckingham Canal Society, a local charity. Plan and prepare committee meetings and other appropriate secretarial work. Read more.
  • Healthwatch Milton Keynes
    Do you want to make a difference to people’s experiences of health and social care services in Milton Keynes? Become a trustee for Health Watch Milton Keynes. Read more.
  • Living Archive MK
    Living Archive seeks to recruit new Board members, including a Treasurer. Financial experience would be desirable although by no means essential, as enthusiasm for our work and an eye to how we could develop in the future would also be an important factor. Living Archive collects, preserves and shares the history and heritage of Milton Keynes through the production of films, books, events and community projects based on local peoples’ stories. Read more.
  • Harrys Rainbow Charitable Trust
    As Trustee/Treasurer you will have previous experience as a Treasurer or in accounting. You will be willing to attend meetings and some key events we hold throughout the year. You must be enthusiastic, empathic and willing to muck in. Read more.

Free Easter Family Event at ABC Park
Saturday 20 April

Soroptimists Sponsored Sewathon in aid of YMCA
Saturday 27 April

The Milton Keynes branch of Soroptimists International are holding a Sponsored Sewathon on Saturday 27th April, 11am-3pm at Simpson Village Hall. Come along and Support the Stitchers thumbing their thimbles in aid of the MK YMCA.  

Family Matters Project Workers needed

Full time (37.5 hours a week) and Part time roles available
Salary £24,000 FTE
Fixed term contract until 31st December 2021

Thames Valley Partnership is seeking to appoint Project Workers to join our Family Matters Programme, working to support the families and significant friends of people who have been imprisoned or are involved in serious offending.

Reporting to the Family Matters Programme Manager, you will offer information, support and advice in the Court setting and HM Prison Visiting Centres and also accept referrals for family casework support from the Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company and other agencies.

Closing date for applications:   Monday 6th May at 8am

Interviews will be held on: Friday 10th May and Tuesday 14th May at the Partnership offices in Aston Sandford, Haddenham, Bucks.
A full Job Description and Application Form are available on the Partnership website at www.thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk.

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Tea & Coffee Afternoon – Downs Barn

It’s that time of the week again where we stick the kettle on at the Cross & Stable Church & Community Centre. Come along and meet members of your community, have a cuppa, and maybe a biscuit. If the rain holds off and the ground is dry…maybe even come and join us in the spring sunshine bathing the garden.

Cross and Stable Church and Community Centre
Downs Barn Boulevard
Downs Barn
MK14 7RP

These events are sponsored by the Cross and Stable Church.

This is a great opportunity to meet those in your community and have a wonderful time.

We are also currently seeking volunteers. Please see the poster below for more information.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Tariq Raja

We’re sharing stories about amazing volunteers giving their time in Milton Keynes. This spotlight is on Tariq Raja, who has been volunteering at Community Action: MK.

Tariq started supporting Community Action: MK in May 2016 and has been incredibly helpful since that time. Tariq’s main role has been in supporting the development of the type of support we offer to citizens in Milton Keynes, this has involved doing background research about social enterprises and other models, meeting other local organisations, getting to know people we have already supported locally and helping some of them to take their ideas further. Rebecca Brown, a member of our Community Engagement Team has said:

‘Tariq has really used his fresh pair of eyes and an outside perspective to advise and help us to improve our service.’

Tariq has also helped out with other activities such as community engagement, our website and communications, and he has been actively supporting some of the citizen projects funded and supported by the Our MK platform.

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Tariq helping to deliver a Raspberry Pi session to students at the STEM Club at MK Academy as part of the Our MK – funded Community Computing project. Photo credit: Community Action: MK.

Tariq makes conscious effort to take himself out of his comfort zone in order to benefit the wider society. As a Muslim he has found that there is a large cultural divide between organisations such as ours and the people within his religious group. Therefore he is striving to bridge the gap. He is now starting to support Community Action: MK to reach out to minority groups by supporting the delivery of an equality workshops for those harder to reach ethnic groups and his insight is proving very valuable. Tariq hopes to understand where his skills fit into the Voluntary Sector and use this to support communities.

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Tariq delivering leaflets and engaging with residents in Broughton Gate about the Water Monitor project as part of MK: Smart. Photo credit: Community Action: MK.

Our team at Community Action: MK absolutely enjoys working with Tariq and we thoroughly appreciate his volunteering support – thank you Tariq!

Interested in volunteering? Get involved in with lots of roles available via Community Action: MK. Search our bank of MK Volunteering roles now to find your place and explore the brand new Volunteering Platform for Milton Keynes – Volunteer Connect

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Workshop: Engaging with hard-to-reach communities

Workshop for Residents Association Network:

Community Action: MK have teamed up with Your MK team at Milton Keynes Council to deliver a workshop for local residents associations about ways of engaging with hard to reach communities.

This interactive session will help you to:

  • build on what you know already
  • identify the benefits you want to gain from engaging hard-to-reach groups
  • explore definitions of hard-to-reach
  • discover what works best and what’s possible in terms of engagement
  • identify what actions you will take to engage groups

The workshop will take place on Thursday 29th September between 7-8.30pm – at the Civic Offices.

Click here for more details and to sign up via Eventbrite.

This workshop is being delivered in collaboration between Community Action: MK and Your MK.

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MK Hospital – Annual Members Meeting

Milton Keynes Hospital is inviting residents of Milton Keynes to join their Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday 14th September.

It is a free event for anyone interested in finding out about how the hospital has been performing over the past year

Click here for more information about the event.

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MK Hospital – Annual Members Meeting on 14th September 2016

Follow @mkhospital on Twitter.

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FREE Workshop: What is a Raspberry Pi & how to use it?

Heard about a Raspberry Pi and wondered what it is and how to use it?

Are your kids learning about coding at school and you are being left behind?

Come along to this practical workshop on 17th August for the opportunity to learn about how to put together a Raspberry Pi computer through an interactive exercise.

  • Find out about how this small and inexpensive device could revolutionise your life and knowledge of computers.
  • Meet other people who are interested in technology and ways of making it available to ordinary citizens, while contributing to increasing levels of computing literacy.
  • Contribute to MK:Smart, a large city-wide project that is aiming to enable citizens in Milton Keynes to influence the city’s developments and make it a smarter and a more sustainable place to live.

Anyone interested is welcome to come along: no prior knowledge of computers and technology is required. The workshop will be run in a relaxed and practical way.

The event will be held at UCMK campus at 502 Avebury Boulevard, MK9 3HS on Wednesday 17th August: 3-5pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Register your place on Eventbrite: rpiworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Anna at anna@communityactionmk.org.

The workshop is run as part of the Computing Literacy project funded by the crowdsourcing website Our MK, which is powered by MK:Smart.

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Come to Weaving Trust event in July

Bringing communities together through conversations

Come along to the event we are organising with help from the local community members in Great Linford parish, in collaboration with Citizens:mk

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Sign up on Eventbrite here.

E-mail Hannah Forbes, our Community Mobiliser in Great Linford  Parish if you have any questions: hannahf@communityactionmk.org.

 

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