We are hiring!

Would you like to work for us? Community Action: MK are recruiting for a Group Support and Outreach Officer.

Are you passionate about the work of the not-for-profit sector and looking for a new challenge?  Do you want a role that works with voluntary groups and communities to do great things?  Do you have great communications skills and interpersonal skills?  If so, this role might be for you…

We are looking for a skilled individual to join our team here at Community Action:MK as a Group Support and Outreach Worker. The role is focused on undertaking a programme of outreach within New Communities in Milton Keynes which provides opportunities for residents in new areas to meet, connect and develop ideas to create action and change in their communities. The role also involves supporting the coordination and communication for the Milton Keynes Mental Health Alliance.

We are keen to hear from a range of people with relevant skills and experience, whether they were gained via education, volunteering or paid employment.  To be successful, you will need to demonstrate that you are organised, can work both independently and as part of a team, and are passionate about social justice, which sits at the heart of our work.  This is a really vibrant role that will give you the opportunity to get involved with a number of different aspects of work, as well as outreach to groups and communities, there will be opportunities to coordinate events and meetings, managing information and data, communications, partnership working and gathering intelligence and insights to share with key stakeholders.  

To find out more about the specific tasks that you will get involved with, please refer to the job description document.

Job description

Person Specification

Application and Interview Process:

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter to Paula@communityactionmk.org. CVs and covering letters will be reviewed as soon as they are received.  If we think that you have the right skills and experience for the role, we will contact you via telephone to arrange a short assessment to be conducted online.  If successfully, you will be offered an interview.  

Deadline for application: Thursday 15th June 2023 

Interview date: W/C 26th June 2023

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Volunteering at MK Museum, Wolverton

Milton Keynes Museum is a hands-on day out, dedicated to the history of MK. The museum has a thriving volunteer community, and they’re looking to expand this team:

MK Museum Volunteer Roles

Reception and Shop Team

Giving a warm welcome to our visitors, serving them on admissions and retail and keeping the museum shop stocked are just some of the tasks of our team of reception and shop volunteers.

This front of house role is for you if you’re outgoing, communicative, have an eye for detail, are happy to use a till and handle cash.

Catering Team

Our Granary Tea Room is known for its incredible homemade cakes and is a key element of our visitor’s experience, with volunteers serving the counter and taking food and drinks orders.

This front of house role is for you if you are approachable, hands on, communicative and are happy to use a till and handle cash.

Education Team

Helping to educate over 4,000 students a year is a rewarding task, and the Education team brings the past centuries back to life for children.

This front of house role is for you if you are approachable, know a thing or two about our local history and enjoying working with children and young people. No past teaching experience required!

Visitor Guide

Our friendly Visitor Guides provide accessible information for individual visitors and interpret our collection to pro-vide an all-around excellent visitor experience.

This front of house role is for you if you are interested in historic artefacts, have great interpersonal skills and are a good communicator.

Maintenance Team

There are always jobs to be done to care for the Museum, its buildings and artefacts – whether you’re a skilled crafts-person or good at DIY, you can help the museum with various projects.

This back of house role is for you if you are a hands-on team player, have some experience or interest in a craft/trade and are physically fit.

Events Team

Something all of our year-round events have in common are our Event volunteers who are in charge of planning, running and stewarding.

This front of house role is for you if you are a people person who is able to multitask and doesn’t mind working outdoors.

Contact Email           volunteer@mkmuseum.org.uk

Contact Number      01908 316 222

Contact Name          Mirjam Rundel

Postcode                    MK12 5EL (Milton Keynes Museum)

Link                             https://miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk/support-us/volunteer/

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FoodCycle Launching in Fishermead 8 June, could you help by volunteering?

FoodCycle connect communities through free meals and great conversation. Harnessing volunteer power, they utilise food surplus to create warm meals in welcoming spaces. After successfully establishing FoodCycle lunches in Wolverton, they are launching on the 8 June in Fishermead MK6 2SP Thursdays at 7.00pm, and they’re in need of volunteers!

Taster Session

On the 25th May FoodCycle will be hosting a practise run in Fishermead, where people can join them to help cook, host or just come and join us for the meal. They ask that everyone who intends on coming registers for an account.

To register for an account please visit https://volunteer.foodcycle.org.uk/volunteer-sign-up

In order to sign up to a slot, you just need to:

• Click on ‘Start FoodCycling’ at the top of your volunteer account

• Select East Anglia on the map

• Click on ‘volunteer with FoodCycle Milton Keynes Fishermead’

• Find the right date/role and click ‘sign up’.

You will then receive an automatic email confirmation with all the information you need ahead of the session.

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Volunteers’ Week 1 – 7 June

Volunteers’ Week , is fast approaching, a chance to celebrate the enormous positive impact of volunteers and to thank them for their year-round dedication.

How we’re celebrating:

Volunteer Recruitment Event Weds 24 May, 11-1.30pm, Centre: MK

Stalls for groups are fully booked, but if you’d like to find a volunteer role, come along on the Wednesday 24th to chat to organisations such as Willen Hospice, Age UK and MK Libraries. No need to book!

Volunteer Thank You Picnic at MK Rose, Campbell Park  Weds 7 June, 11am-1pm

Do you volunteer in Milton Keynes or work with volunteers? Join us for lemonade and cake, whilst we display messages of thanks to MK volunteers at the Volunteers’ Week Pillar. Book your place by 1 June, or submit a message of thanks to a volunteer: Click here. 

You can also hear about Volunteers’ Week plans from across MK, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ComActMK

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Volunteer Marshalls Needed for Charity Bike Ride

The Tour De Vale is taking place across Buckinghamshire on Sunday 11 June, and they’re looking for Volunteer Marshalls to help out on the day. The fundraising event is organised by WheelPower, who provide opportunities for disabled people to get into sport and lead active lives.

Volunteers will be asked to commit 2-3 hours of their time, in a Bucks location. High Vis and a packed lunch will be provided, and you’ll be cheering on riders cycling 25km, 75km or 110km.

If you’d like to find out more, please email eve.helyer@wheelpower.org.uk

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Could you be a Technology volunteer for BucksVision?

Digital Technology Volunteer

Technology can make life easier if you have hearing or sight problems, but knowing where to start is not always easy, this is where BucksVision need your help.

BucksVision offer 1-2-1 and group support to blind and partially sighted people to demonstrate how products, such as tablets and smartphones can help. 

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Willen Hospice are in search of a new trustee

Are you looking for an opportunity to support an MK-based charity? Willen Hospice, a charity which provides specialist end of life care to adult patients and support for their families, are looking to add a new member to their Board. Becoming a trustee can be a great way to enhance your CV, build networks, and make a difference in your community.

Read Willen Hospice’s guest blog for more on their rewarding voluntary role:

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