The Women’s Partnership: International Women’s Day Mini Festival: Sunday 7 March

Voices of Women MK

Together let’s celebrate a better future

The newly formed Women’s Partnership of Milton Keynes* is inviting you to join us on Sunday 7 March for a lively mini-festival.

We are putting on a stimulating and entertaining afternoon where the entire focus will be on championing women’s voices. Our patchwork of FREE online events is a perfect introduction to the globally celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th.

So let us get things started on Sunday 7th March with an array of panel discussions with local artists and activists, films focused on women, topical talks from NHS workers and other professionals, activities from crafts to yoga, podcasts to accompany you on an energising walk, and spaces to simply relax and enjoy yourself. We even have a special story for children being read by a local author, perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Join us, and why not bring the name of a woman who has inspired you during the past year? It could be anyone, from your mum to Kamala Harris, from Greta Thunberg to Dolly Parton. Let’s give them all the honour they deserve.

We will end the festival with an evening of friendly open-ended conversations on What Women Want. So … bring a drink, get involved and raise a glass to those splendid women everywhere!There will be events and activities running from 1:30pm through until 9pm. You can book for as much or as little as you like. Each session below has a series of activities which you can dip in and out of. Please click on the link below for more information about the programme and how to register. We will be recording the afternoon sessions and you will be able to watch the sessions on YouTube.

Click here to download the programme as a PDF.

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Sign Up Now – Our New Volunteering Platform

In 2021 we’ve been making some changes and hoping to improve our volunteering platform to suit the evolving needs that we have come across throughout the pandemic and adjust and adapt as we move into this New Year. 

With this in mind we have transitioned to and created a Community Action: MK, Doit.Org site. We feel that this platform will better suit the needs of groups and volunteers as we move forwards. We are still in the process of launching so you will hear more about the platform in the coming weeks, we’d especially like to encourage organisations to create their profile page and begin upload volunteering opportunities so that when officially launch volunteers will see the variety of opportunities available in MK. More details below including, videos guiding you through the platform and upcoming support sessions.

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Keeping Well – Support for health and care staff

Free, fast and confidential wellbeing and psychological support – for health and social care staff in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

By care professionals for care professionals.

We are here to provide wellbeing and psychological support to all NHS staff and staff providing care to others in the community, including residential homes and voluntary sector organisations in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) area.  

The service is open to all health and social care staff – primary care, hospitals, voluntary care and third sector organisations, local authority staff including social care, care home staff, public health, clinical commissioning group staff, community health and mental health staff.

The service provides rapid access to support in a variety of ways, including a ‘live-chat’ (coming soon to the site) where health and care workers can, in confidence, talk to expert clinicians about any personal or professional challenges that are impacting on their stress, anxiety or mood. This could be new mental health symptoms or a worsening of pre-existing difficulties.

Get help quickly  

  1. Web, live chat (coming soon): www.keepingwellblmk.nhs.uk
  2. Call or complete an online contact form
    1. If you live in Bedfordshire: Fill in the  form or phone 01234 880400
    2. If you live in Luton: Fill in the  form or phone 0300 555 4152
    3. If you live in Milton Keynes: Fill in the  form or phone 01908 725099

How we can help

Our team can help by offering a range of free and confidential support including a safe space to chat or speak about your struggles and wellbeing needs with a trained wellbeing professional. Coronavirus has brought considerable challenges; you may have worries about your own or your family’s health.

  • Low mood and depression
  • Stress, anxiety and worry
  • Social anxiety
  • Health anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias including of needles
  • Post Covid or long Covid symptoms

Read more information here.

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Trustees wanted – The Denbigh Alliance

The Denbigh Alliance in Milton Keynes seeks two non-executives/directors with demonstrated experience in change management, corporate governance or human resources to join its board. Board meetings are held in Milton Keynes when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

The Denbigh Alliance is currently made up of two schools. Denbigh School is well-established and also hosts a Teaching School, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) a Maths Hub and a Computing Hub and thus provides outreach and support to a number of schools across the area. In recent months the Executive Team have worked hard to open a brand new school, Watling Academy, which welcomed its first intake to temporary accommodation in September 2020 and will move to its permanent home in a brand new building when completed in Spring 2021.

The board seeks two business leaders with board level experience in

  • human resources or
  • corporate governance or
  • change management

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  • Sustainable and manageable Trust growth
  • To ensure a firm foundation for the brand-new Watling Academy and ensure a smooth transfer to its permanent location, supporting its growth to full capacity of 1800 students
  • Recruiting and retaining skilled trustees to support and challenge the Board and the Executive Team.

Register interest in this position

Closing date: 2nd February 2021

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MK Homelessness Partnership – Support our research!

Image caption: MK Homelessness Partnership logo

Support the MK Homelessness Partnership in their research in shaping the future of volunteering in the homeless sector …

We want to hear the views of both organisations and their volunteers on whether providing mental health and wellbeing support for volunteers working with homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic (in a confidential and safe environment) can improve the volunteer experience for both the volunteers and the organisation. Volunteering in the homeless sector has undoubtedly changed since the start of the pandemic. Never more so has there been a need to harness the power of volunteers to help organisations support vulnerable people – without them it would not be possible. Covid-19 has put additional stress on all of us and whilst volunteers are focussed on the wellbeing of the people they support, in order to provide that support they must look after their own mental health and wellbeing.

Are you a volunteer? How important is it for organisations to support the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers during the pandemic?

Please share with us your thoughts by joining our online volunteer forum on Wednesday 13th January 11.30am – 1:00pm. You will be joined by other organisations to prompt discussions around the benefit/s (if any) in providing access to a confidential and impartial outlet to support volunteer mental health and wellbeing, and the impact it could have on their organisation and the recruitment of volunteers.Please reserve your place through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shaping-the-future-of-volunteering-in-the-homeless-sector-volunteers-only-tickets-133059710175 

Please sign up by end of the day Friday 8th January 2021.

Are you an organisation that works with volunteers? How important is it for organisations to support the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers during the pandemic?

Please share with us your thoughts by joining our online volunteer forum on Wednesday 20th January 11.30am – 1:00pm. You will be joined by other organisations to prompt discussions around the benefit/s (if any) in providing access to a confidential and impartial outlet to support volunteer mental health and wellbeing, and the impact it could have on their organisation and the recruitment of volunteers.Please reserve your place through EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shaping-the-future-of-volunteering-in-the-homeless-sector-organisations-tickets-133060253801 

Please sign up by end of the day Friday 15th January 2021.

Once confirmed we will send you a Zoom link to access the meeting. This link will be sent the day before the forum is being held. Only those who are on our attendance list or MKHP guests will be sent a link and admitted on to the call. If your Representative changes for this forum please let us know so we can transfer access.

If you have any questions, please contact me on kate.mundle@mkhp.co.uk or telephone 01908 38236

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