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

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Discover Nature at the Urb Farm – 30th April

Discover Nature at the Urb Farm

Grab your wellies and come down to the Urb Farm to discover the fascinating wonders of the natural world!
– Pond dipping
– Bug hunting
– Bird watching
– Nature trail
– Make your own bird feeder or bug house to take home

All activities will be FREE!

Tea and delicious homemade cakes will be on sale, alongside a wonderful array of Urb Farm plants, produce and preserves!

Saturday 30th April, 10 – 1pm 

Urb Farm, between 196 and 198 Windsor Street, Wolverton

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

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Water Monitor Trial to run in Broughton Gate

The MK:Smart project will be inviting householders in Broughton Gate to participate in a trial of a new website that will allow them see their weekly water consumption and provide lots of tips on how they can reduce their water use. The trial will start in the early summer and will run until the end of the year.

More information about the trial is available on the MK:Smart website.

We need your support: Come along to a workshop to find out more about the trial, sign up yourself or find out ways you can help others sign up to monitor their water use.


Aims of the workshop:

  • For MK:Smart Water Workpackage to meet local people from in or around the Broughton Gate area, and to share water monitor trial plans and objectives with them.
  • To explore ways in which local people can support the water monitor trial.

Community Action: MK will be running this workshop with their partners from HR Wallingford.

You can sign up to come along

Yummy refreshments will be available from 5pm to start at 5.15pm.

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Free Online Course in Smart Cities

This free online course is about to start again on 11th April 2016. If you are keen to understand more about cities and how we can help make them smarter, then you can register now.

Cities are incubators of innovation and opportunities but they also face great challenges such as rapid urbanisation, climate change and inequality. How can smart cities address these challenges and become more resilient? And what role will people play in the design and planning of our smart cities?

This free online course will help you to navigate your own path through the complex landscape of smart cities. You’ll hear from smart city innovators and entrepreneurs, city leaders, communities and business, connecting with learners from around the world to reflect on issues facing smart cities of different sizes and situations.

Visit Future Learn to find out more and sign up.

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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 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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