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.


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.


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

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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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Volunteering opportunities with On The Verge!

Involving residents in sharing their experience of living  in Milton Keynes

Organised by On The Verge, the ‘iRemember’ events organised as part of the ‘Connecting people, connecting places’ project will collect people’s memories about Central Milton Keynes, to celebrate the city’s 50th birthday next year.

The project offers opportunities to get involved by sharing your personal memories of living in Milton Keynes and to volunteer at the iRemember events.

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For more information, visit: http://ontheverge.org.uk.

You can also follow the project on Twitter: @OnTheVergeMK

and on Facebook: @OnTheVergeMK


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