Volunteer Drop In CANCELLED (17th March 2020)

PLEASE NOTE: we have unfortunately made the decision to CANCEL our volunteer drop-in for tomorrow – Tuesday 17th March 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you have any enquiries, or would like some guidance on volunteering, please email support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 623661.

We thank you for your patience, support and understanding.

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Tackling Violence against Women and Girls in Milton Keynes

A workshop aimed at exploring services (and gaps in services) designed to protect the safety of women and girls in Milton Keynes.

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About this Event

Workshop: Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls in Milton Keynes

Date: Wednesday 1st April 2020

Time: 5.30-8pm

Venue: YMCA Milton Keynes, 1 North Sixth Street, Central Milton Keynes MK9 2NR

We would like to invite you to the above workshop, aimed at exploring the scale of violence experienced by women and girls in Milton Keynes. At the workshop we will map out the existing services and any gaps in service provision, and explore ways of tackling the issue in a collaborative way. The workshop will bring a range of groups and organisations, who provide support, information, advice and guidance for women and girls in Milton Keynes, and other relevant stakeholders.

The event is being organised by Community Action: MK in collaboration with Aylesbury Vale and MK Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service, MK ActMK Fawcett Society and MK Soroptimists. You will get a chance to experience the brand new campus of YMCA Milton Keynes, who are kindly hosting the workshop.

Please join us to help kick start working together to address the issues of rights and safety of women and girls in Milton Keynes. We would like to encourage groups and organisations with a range of knowledge and experience on working on these issues to come and join us at the workshop.

And agenda for the workshop will be shared soon.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Community Action: MK team on 01908 661 623 or e-mail: info@communityactionmk.org

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Best wishes,

Clare Walton and the Team at Community Action: MK

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Nominate Unsung Heroes

Do you know someone who goes the extra mile to help others?

The Mayor of Milton Keynes is calling on residents to nominate those people who have made an impact in our community for the Unsung Heroes Awards.

Councillor Sam Crooks is instigating the awards, and wants to hear about those who help to better the place we call home; who give their time for deserving causes; who selflessly step up to help others and help to make a real difference.

They might be a volunteer at a major organisation, perhaps they support a vulnerable neighbour, or maybe something quite different.

There are many people who work tirelessly to support and help others in our locality, and the Unsung Heroes Awards are a chance for all of us to show our appreciation.  Do you know someone deserving?

Email the name and address of the person you want to nominate (together with 300 words saying why) to: unsungheroesmk@gmail.com

The deadline for nominations is Monday 2 March and the awards will be made under the following categories:

  • Community  Diversity
  • Young Achiever
  • Charity & volunteering
  • Sport
  • The Arts & culture
  • Health
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Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors: Community Awards Evening

Broughton and Brooklands Community Connectors Committee

On Friday evening, Peter, the Chairperson of the Connectors, celebrated the great work that has happened over the last four years by hosting a Community Awards evening to recognise and reward the nominees of the area.

The committee themselves – of Broughton & Brooklands Community Connectors – received an award for their hard work and dedication towards supporting and overseeing the other groups in the Broughton and Brooklands area. The awards were given by Milton Keynes Mayor, Sam Crooks, who came along by special invitation to present the awards to the deserving groups of Brooklands and Broughton.

One of the other groups to be awarded for their wonderful exemplary work was Supporting Xtra Special Families, who offer support to families living with disability or additional needs in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

Supporting Xtra Special Families Committee

Our very own Community Action: MK employee also won an award for supporting both groups over their lifetime, and was thrilled to see them awarded for all their hard work and commitment.

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What’s been happening in Conniburrow? A BLC Update.

Big Local Conniburrow has had an exciting few weeks and we wanted to share with you what’s been happening!

BLC Fun Day

The Fun Day was a big hit, with hundreds of residents turning up to the big party-like atmosphere in the Friendship Park. There were food stalls, face-painting stalls, soft-play for the children and even and inflatable helter skelter! And a big hat’s off to one of Conniburrow residents for ‘Braving the Shave’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research, with BLC’s Chair of the Partnership, Robbie Macpherson, kindly offering to yield the razor for her!

All the stalls and the entire event was made up of volunteers giving up their weekend to bring the local community together to enjoy the end of summer and promote the hard work of the Big Local Conniburrow!

Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt took place in Great Linford Wood with a picnic lunch afterwards, with a good turn-out on the day and plenty of treasure to hunt down! There was even a story read to the children and families afterwards by our new Trainee Mobiliser!

This event was hosted by Sid Burgess, a local resident who really enjoys spending time at BLC and his input and ideas had really help make the events as successful as they are. If you are interested in getting involved at Big Local Conniburrow, then please contact us on support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623

What else is BLC up to?

The Involvement and Social Task group are always hosting events, such as the most recent Cheese and Biscuit Quiz, led again by Sid Burgess, keen to always find different ways to bring the community together in different ways!

BLC also host weekly groups and clubs for local residents from Conniburrow and the surrounding area to attend! There is a Youth Social every Tuesday afternoon (16yrs+) and a coffee morning for every age on Friday mornings. They facilitate Yoga sessions on a Tuesday morning and yes, the Crafty Cuppa is back! Complete with an option of Breakfast at the Children’s Centre in Conniburrow every Thursday morning.

Conniburrow is also home to a well-kept, creatively planted Community Orchard.

Friends of Community Orchard project is managed by volunteers in collaboration with Big Local Conniburrow. We are always looking for volunteers to help maintain and plant the orchard. The Friends of the Orchard meet every Wednesday at 3:30pm to 5pm for Creative Gardening and on the third saturday of each month. (Please note these times may have changed. Contact us for more details).

If you are interested in any of these groups or getting involved in BLC or volunteering at one of their events or in the orchard, then please contact us at support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Supporting Xtra Special Families

Supporting Xtra Special Families is a small charity run solely by volunteers.
The group put on activities through the school holidays to help families take their children to a safe, fun and non judgemental environment. School holidays can be a difficult time for the children, as they are out of their usual routine, so Xtra Special Families does an amazing job of running these sessions to give them invaluable experiences and it allows them to share these experiences with their families – something they may not be able to do anywhere else!
This is an invaluable group that are reliant on volunteers, but would love more people to get involved enable their growing number of families to experience the best sessions they can offer!

Who are Supporting Xtra Special Families?

An xtra-ordinary group who offer support to families living with disability or additional needs in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

Xtra Special Families was formed in May 2014 to provide fun activities designed to develop and improve life skills for disabled children, whilst providing support for their carers and families in Milton Keynes. 
In 2016 & 2017 we ran 7 half day sessions at Broughton and Brooklands Pavilions aimed at the whole family, enabling children with special needs and their siblings to share positive experiences together. 
Activities such as Reptile Roadshow, Music and Art Workshops, and Circus Skills were bought in, together with resources of the Play Association. In addition volunteers provided craft and play activities. 
Whilst parents ourselves of children and young adults with disabilities, one of our volunteers was a special needs teacher for 30 years, thus with this wealth of knowledge and awareness we are able to deliver the best experience possible for the children and their parents during their visits.

Xtra Special Families are looking to recruit a wealth of volunteers to help them deliver more sessions to their children and families. Can you spare a few hours of your time? The more the merrier!

Volunteers are extremely well-valued here – they wouldn’t run without them! If you can spare a few hours of your time to help out during some sessions during the school holidays, then you would be letting yourself in for some of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have with these wonderful children and their families!

For more information and to enquire about volunteering, please email sxsfenquiries@gmail.com

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Information, Advice and Guidance Adviser (Part-time)

Works For Us have a great opportunity available to those who are searching for ‘more than just a job‘.

Come and join our team at Works for Us!

We are looking for an outstanding individual to provide one-to-one advice sessions to our clients to support them in obtaining employment, education, training or volunteering.

This position requires excellent communication skills and experience of working with people from a variety of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The ideal candidate will have a Level 4 NVQ in IAG or equivalent. Working towards relevant qualifications with experience will be considered.

We will consider a job share.

Main Responsibilities

  • To provide high quality individual Advice and Guidance services
  • To assist with work, training and volunteer related skills
  • To contribute to the promotion of services
  • Develop and maintain work, training and volunteer related information and resources
  • To supported Volunteering/Work Experience within our services

See here for more information about each responsibility laid out above.

Hours: 28 hours per week.

Contract: 3 years fixed term contract

Salary: £23,000 pro rata (£18,400) plus additional sessional work

About Work For Us:

If you have a passion for people and want to positively impact the lives of those you support, you’re in the right place. 

​Here at Works for Us, we believe that everyone deserves to be treated as an individual. We offer our clients a safe environment to build their confidence, soft skills and understanding of the labour market so that they are equipped to move forward into training or paid work. 

We are a small but vibrant team made up of staff, tutors and volunteers who all share the same goal:
to empower our clients to be the best they can be.

We focus on maintaining an open, collaborative and positive working environment, never short of laughs (or custard creams!). And what we lack in official “perks”, we make up for in success stories. 

For more information about our services, please visit our website here.

If you require any further information then please contact:
Tracy Whitmore or Marion Cole on 01908 200186
Please return your application by email to info@worksforus.org.uk or by post to:
Marion Cole, Works for Us, The Point, 602 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3NB

Closing date for completed applications is 4pm on Thursday 22nd August 2019 

For further details and to download application form, follow this link: http://www.worksforus.org.uk/vacancies.html#

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