New Year’s Resolutions – what can we all do to make to make the biggest difference?
Come along to the first Transition MK meeting of 2017 and be inspired by short films about some of the activities of other UK Transition groups. It will also be your chance to discuss what our priorities for 2017 should be, and enjoy some networking.
Thursday 5th January 2017, 7pm – 9pm at Centrecom in CMK (MK93BJ).
At term-time programme of activities, which restarts on Monday 9th January 2017 at Bletchley Leisure Centre. Includes Football with MKDonsSET; Smash Up! Badminton, Basketball and Dogeball; Street Golf and Indoor Tennis with MK Tennis.
MK50 Events toolkit: helping local communities get involved in Milton Keynes’ 50thBirthday
Milton Keynes will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2017 and to help everyone get involved the MK50 Project Board has put together a handy MK50 events toolkit, available atwww.mk50.co.uk.
Planning an event can be a lot of work, so the events toolkit is designed to make it that much easier for the local communities and citizens of Milton Keynes. The toolkit includes information on where to begin, how to keep the event and everyone involved safe, advice on recruiting volunteers and how to make it fantastic and appropriately themed for MK50.
There is a list of the city-wide initiatives happening in 2017 that groups can celebrate in their own way. Local communities can get involved in the MK50 Birthday Weekend on the 20-23 January, ‘Let’s Party Like its 1967’ on the 23 – 24 June and the MK50 Heritage Open Days on the 7 – 10 September, as well as throwing their own MK50 celebrations.
The full list of information provided in the events toolkit is:
Things to consider: venue, date and time, type of event, materials, audience, volunteers
Budget: how much money you need to run your event, how much money is available to you, where can you get more money from, what support can you get?
Community Action: MK are pleased to present a film that explores a major issue faced by society today; the growing divide between rich & poor. This film focuses on this subject in USA and UK, by following the stories of individuals in both countries. Join us for this insightful evening where we will be showing this film, plus other short films related to this topic in the UK. We are also lucky enough to be joined by Director Katherine Round who will be available for Q&A after the show.
Thursday 19th January 2017
6.30pm (to start at 7pm)
Stantonbury Theatre, MK14 6BN
This event is being hosted by many local organisations including Community Action: MK, Transition MK, MK Peace & Justice Network, The People’s Assembly, MK Community Bank, MK Green Party and MK Momentum. Information will be available about local services in Milton Keynes, so will also offer a great chance for networking and sharing.
Last Thursday 17th November representatives from the business, public and voluntary sector came together to recognise the impact of Community Action: MK’s Employee Volunteering programme. This event, hosted by Metro Bank was to thank the businesses that have taken part in the programme this year and celebrate the help that has been given to voluntary and community groups across Milton Keynes.
So far Community Action: MK have placed 288 employee volunteers from 8 businesses which equates to 1,747 hours of volunteering; with a further 34 volunteers that are due to complete projects in November. Volunteers have worked to support the sustainability of 19 groups including St. Mungo’s, Foodbank, Pepper Hill and Stanton Schools, National Trust Stowe and the Urb Farm. The volunteers came from Argos, Dentons UKMEA LLP, Hewitsons LLP, Hillier Hopkins LLP, Lista, National House Building Council, Tech Mahindra and The Woburn Hotel.
Tim Marren, CEO, Community Action: MK said:
‘Today is our opportunity to celebrate the work of all the businesses who have partnered with us this year. Our aim is to help voluntary and community organisations across Milton Keynes gain access to additional advice and practical support that they cannot access themselves. There is increasing political and public focus on localism and people being empowered to make a personal difference in their communities. Volunteering is one way in which businesses can start to build real relationships and help to transform the communities they live and work in.’
Community Action: MK asked the businesses to pledge their time to help put up Christmas decorations in two of St. Mungo’s hostels. This give a festive feel to the communal areas for the young homeless people. The activity will take place on 8th December and up to 24 volunteers are needed to make this a success.
If you or your organisation are interested in taking part contact Community Action: MK at 01908 661623 or on email@example.com
The Tickford Meadow Children’s Centre in Newport Pagnell are looking for Santa!
Would you like to get involved in volunteering this Christmas? Maybe you could be Santa?
The centre will be running a few Christmas sessions.
The first is on Monday 12th December for children ages 0 – 5 years. Santa will be required between 11.15-12am (this includes arrival and getting changed time),
the next is on Tuesday 13th December for the same age children for 11.15-12am
and on Wednesday 14th December at Hanslope for 11 – 11:30am and again the same day for babies session in Newport Pagnell at 13:15 – 14:00.
If you are available on these days to visit the children at the Tickford Meadows Children’s Centre then please contact Zoe at the centre on 01908 217135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.