Community Led Initiatives – Become a mentor…

We’d like to say thank you to Community Led Initiatives for this guest blog sharing information about their volunteer mentor role, how you can apply and what the roles is about. We have seen a huge increase in volunteering throughout Covid-19 and this is an 1 example of a great way to get involved in a local group and support them in a more permanent way as they continue to help communities and individuals across MK.

Not sure where to volunteer next or what you could do now? Become a mentor, change a life.

Community Led Initiatives (CLI) are recruiting volunteer mentors for their SAMAS project. You will be supporting people in recovery from substance misuse and gambling addiction. This role requires 2 day’s training via zoom. 

A bit about Community Led Initiatives – 

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November Networking

Join us for our virtual November Networking! We have taken our networking online to enable joint working and vital information sharing!

Join us for November Networking – lets take this opportunity to bring groups and organisations together for several reasons. We want to ensure that everyone knows what’s going on across the sector, we want to hear your updates and share any additional ones from our formal signposting sheet. We want to create space for everyone to gain further insight into the invaluable work you are doing. 

This is another opportunity to look at collaboration and needs of both your organisation and others. Hopefully a bit of normalcy in these strange times. We know you are all very busy so we hope you can join us for as long as possible. The session will be 1.5 hours, covering a range of areas and with the option of breakout rooms so we can discuss and share more easily. 

Here are some of the topics that will be covered: 

  • Signposting sheet
  • Collaborative working
  • Group Updates
  • Support Needs
  • Volunteering Needs

Please register your attendance here.

The collaborative action groups have been brilliant spaces to hear what others are doing, spark inspiration for what can be done and link up with others to further support service users. We look forward to seeing you there. 

For more information and if you have any questions, please contact info@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623.

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Learning, Awareness and Anti-Racism at CA:MK

Our Learning Journey: 2020

Here at Community Action MK we have been taking some time to share and learn as a team, what it means to be an organisation committed to social and racial justice.  As part of Black History Month we made time to discuss how important it is that we move forward with a genuine desire to change the systems that affect Black individuals and communities. It has been important for us to look at issues and account for the range of views and perspectives that people have. We are a community focused organisation, and to allow us to support the community, we have to create a safe, open space where people can learn and share. Whilst recognising and embracing that discussions will continue to, and have, made us feel uncomfortable, they have also positively challenged us to unpack issues and learn. We hope this experience will help us support groups to think about how to explore and act on diversity and inclusion issues for their organisations, and lead the sector to be more antiracist, what better place to start than with our own team.

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Volunteer Drop-In

We are taking our volunteer drop-in online! A chance to talk through and learn more about what volunteering roles are out there for you!

We are bringing our volunteer drop-in back for 2 dates this November to enable us to talk to you through virtual means about all your volunteering queries. We can hopefully help you to locate a role through our database and what organisations and local groups send to us through our internal communications.

There are 2 dates available with 4 x 30 minute times slots and you will be able to chat to one of our friendly team members. First come, first serve!

Date: Tuesday 17th & Tuesday 24th November 2020

Time: 11am – 1pm

Where: Google Meet

You will receive joining instructions separately.

Register for a time slot here: https://volunteerdrop-in.eventbrite.co.uk

Our team aim to cover all bases within the time slot, but if you have any questions prior to the session or would like any more information, please contact us using the details below.

Email: support@communityactionmk.org

Telephone: 01908 661623

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MK Play Association need Trustees!

Are you an effective trustee? Can you help one of MK’s oldest independent charities?

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MKPA would like to meet you

By stepping into this role, you will be helping to ensure MKPA’s ongoing sustainability, and therefore allow MKPA to continue to provide support to other local community groups, organisations and families in and around Milton Keynes.

Whilst, not a ‘frontline’ charity, MKPA is a vital part of the community by providing affordable resources and services to local children, families, carers, nurseries, schools in addition to other local community groups such as Guides and Scout , youth clubs and SEND support groups and in 2021 will celebrate it’s 50th year of operation.

What’s in it for you?

This volunteer role, although challenging, would be highly rewarding to see MKPA through this difficult period and into it’s next phase. It gives the volunteer the opportunity to share their business expertise and enable positive change.

In addition, to the benefit the local community would derive from MKPA’s sustainability, you would be instrumental in securing a future for our small, dedicated staff team.

Interested?

MKPA are eager to find experienced individuals to join the Executive Team and make a positive impact in enabling the charity to further develop it’s vision of a world where children find themselves through play by ‘Making Play Happen and Making Play Matter’.

As a member of the Executive Team, you will have joint responsibility for steering MKPA’s business strategy and policies, thereby ensuring its future sustainability (full role responsibilities available on request).

We are looking for people who can offer experience in any of the following areas:

  • Governance
  • Business Planning/Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising

You are somebody who likes to get stuck in, values learning through play in childhood development and has a passion for people and the local community.

In conjunction with your fellow board members, you must be able to assess the immediate needs of the organisation and implement changes to make a rapid and positive impact, taking into account the operational challenges of supporting a medium sized charity.

Want to find out more?

If you are interested in applying for a Trustee role or would like to find out more, please contact Sarah Keen via email sarah@mkpa.co.uk or call on 01908 263033.

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Funding Spotlight

This month, Community Action: MK were lucky enough to be able to host an online information session centred around funding. This came out as an area of interest and need from a group survey we ran, as well as our Collaborative Action Groups. Below is a round up of the session with some useful links for your interest.

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