Have Your Say on Urgent Care and Walk-in Services at Broughton Gate

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Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (MKCCG) is inviting local people to have their say on the future of the urgent care walk in service at Broughton Gate Health Centre. With the current contract due to expire this year, MKCCG would like local people’s input into the kind of service that would suit their needs, including location and opening hours.

This consultation is in line with wider work in progress by MKCCG to look at the way in which healthcare services in Milton Keynes are provided, including the possible integration of Urgent Care and GP out-of-hours with the local A&E department to deliver a better urgent care service.

The public consultations will last for 12 weeks, from 15th February to 2nd May. Have your say by attending a public meeting (details below), writing to Freepost NHS QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES, or give your feedback online byfollowing this link.

Public consultation meetings will be held on Tuesday 8th March, 3-6pm, at The Christian Centre, Oldbrook, and Wednesday 13th April, 3-6pm, at Brooklands Farm Primary School, Broughton. No need to register, these are both drop in sessions, open to all.

Click here for consultation documents and frequently asked questions.

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What’s your ‘Smart City’?

MK:Smart project holds another successful networking event, bringing together people of Milton Keynes to think about what makes a ‘smart city’, plus revealing the photos that show this best.

EventThe bustling networking event last Friday.

On 5th February Community Action: MK and the Open University hosted a bustling networking event at the Gallery 200 at MK College. With 84 attendees, the event saw people from across MK coming together to understand how to be involved in making Milton Keynes a ‘Smart City’.

The Our MK team talked about £5,000 funding opportunities for community run projects, and Franzi Florack shared her experiences of running her own project with support from Our MK. To find out more www.ourmk.org. MP Mark Lancaster also spoke at the event referring to our city motto “By knowledge, design and understanding”. He said ”When you look at this project you realise that they are principles which this project are continuing to follow”.

The event also announced the winners of the MK:Smart Photography Competition, where photographs entered represented the brief ‘What is your ‘Smart City’?’. The Judge’s Winner was Simon Beckett with his image named “The Future is Solar!” and the Online winner, judged by more than 1,300 votes was Paul Bond with his photo called “Take action, think smart, one future, our future….” that received 532 votes. And finally the event winner was James Rayner with the Photo “Cedar Barn Passivhaus”.


Photograph by Simon Beckett, courtesy of Wolverton Community Energy)_.The future is solar!jpgJudge’s Winner: Simon Beckett – “The Future is Solar!”
PaulBond_Take action, think smart, one future, our future...Online Winner: Paul Bond – “Take action, think smart, one future, our future….”
JamesRayner_Cedar Barn Passivhaus (1).JPGEvent Winner: James Rayner – “Cedar Barn Passivhaus”

You can see all the photos on display at the Gallery 200, MK College until 12th Feb, at UCMK between 15th-26th Feb and at Acorn House between 1st-11th March.

We’d like to thank all our prize sponsors, The Open University, The Royal Photographic Society, MK Dons SET, Calumet Photography MK and Venture Studios MK, and our Judges for their contributions, Lallie Davis, Jane Whild and Roger Kitchen.

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Local volunteers give back, by running their own groups

Case study: Moorlands Cooking Group

Children’s Centre Volunteer

Katie Goh is resident of Netherfield who regularly accessed the Children’s Centre at the Moorlands in Beanhill, with her children. She appreciated all the support she and her family had received from the centre and the activities that were available for her to attend. Katie really wanted to give something back to the centre and the community and combined with her passion for cooking, felt she could become a volunteer by starting up her own cooking based activity.

Moorlands Community Cooking Group has now been running at Moorlands Centre in Beanhill since September 2014. Katie’s hard work in registering the group and writing a funding application, in which she was supported by the Community Action: MK, paid off and Katie received a grant from MK Community Foundation.

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What services have the Group been delivering?

The group has provided a chance for Katie and other residents to new learn skills as well as share their own cooking skills and offer peer support to one another. They have also address other local issues such as healthy lifestyles and cultural segregations, by exploring secrets of various world cuisines and broadening their dietary horizons, as well as learning to work as a team and enjoy a nutritious meal together.

Moving forward

With a need to focus on other important commitments, the group is now at risk of being stopped. Katie would now like to find a new Group Organiser which she can support to take on the running of the group. She has been really pleased to see an increased engagement from two other members of the group, Alan and Ray, who share her passion for both cooking and supporting their local community, and feels a new organiser would be well supported to continue the success of the group.  

Would you like to get involved in the Cooking Group? Email Anna to find out more.


Browse through Katie’s Recipe Book, consisting of the many recipes tried at the sessions of Moorlands Community Cooking Group:


Work to support groups to deliver services is currently being carried out through our Communities Can Project, with MK Council.

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Volunteers needed for the local R.N.I.B group

Calling for volunteers for the MK group of Royal National Institute for the Blind

R.N.I.B. MK is a local group of the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

The services offered by R.N.I.B. and their activities touch the life of every person with challenging eyesight. Whatever the cause of sight problem, R.N.I.B. can help. Yet, many do not know it.  Thus they miss out on the services they can benefit from.

The local group was set up in 2014 to publicise the services offered by the organisation and to campaign for the welfare of the visually impaired in the city. We usually meet on the third Monday of the month every three months, i.e., January, April, July and October.

The group is looking for volunteers with empathy for the visually impaired and who are willing to spare an hour or two per month. Volunteers are needed for:

1.    Secretarial help;

2.    Help with preparing and serving refreshments;

3.    Setting up meeting room with furniture, literature, etc.;

4.    Help with occasional fundraising activities;

5.    To serve on the management committee.

For further information, please contact:

Padma Cheriyan, Volunteer Campaign Co-ordinator for R.N.I.B. in Milton Keynes:

E: pscheriyan@gmail.com

T:01908 377058

M:07429 154 931

To find out more about the work of RNIB, visit their website:


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Share your views for Community and Cultural Services

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WIN Amazon Vouchers by sharing your views for Libraries, Children’s Centres & Youth Services.

Community Action: MK have been commissioned to work on a pilot project that will influence the Community and Cultural Services Review (CCSR) at Milton Keynes Council (MKC). MKC want to understand ways in which Libraries, Children’s Centres and Youth Services can be updated to reflect it’s new co-operative council approach whilst best serving local communities.

We want residents to explore their own priorities relating to those services. This is your chance to have your say on how those services are delivered, plus you could WIN £20 Amazon Vouchers.

Complete the survey now.



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