Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: MK Therapy Centre

Who are MK Therapy Centre?

Established in May 1993, MK Therapy Centre is based at 4 Hollin Lane, Stacey Bushes.

They offer a range of alternative therapies primarily for people who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. However Children and Adults with other debilitating conditions can also access the therapies on offer.

Their aim is to help relieve the symptoms and ease the pain that some people experience with Multiple Sclerosis as well as certain other medical ailments such as M.E. Autism, Fibro-Myalgia, Cerebral Palsy, stroke, diabetes and oral cancer. 

MK Therapy Centre Facebook Group.

What Volunteer Roles are Available?

MK Therapy Centre are looking for volunteers who are able to distribute posters to businesses and Residential or Care Homes throughout Milton Keynes.  

The posters will be advertising a new Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Clinic, a therapy particularly helpful for people suffering mental health issues after the Pandemic, as well as those with Long Covid.

MK Therapy Centre are holding an Open Day on Friday 30th September, 11am – 1.30pm. Pop in for a cuppa and find out more about what they do and the volunteer roles available.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey

MKCDC are in Search of Trustees

Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (MKCDC) is a Registered Educational Charity with a Trading Arm, and is a company limited by guarantee.

MKCDC are based at the beautiful Scheduled Ancient Monument medieval site of Bradwell Abbey, with several medieval buildings in situ, and 13 acres of woodland and landscaping. Their site and business are a hidden gem within the modern city of Milton Keynes.

They have recently completed a conservation project, and as a result, are ready to action the parts of their Business Plan that will see the site developing into an operational heritage attraction. 

They are now looking for four new Trustees, to start immediately once interviews and checks have taken place.

Click here for the full role descriptions. All applications are welcome.

Positions are voluntary, but expenses are offered.

Please contact the Director, Noël James, via email if you are interested: 

Director@mkcdc.org.uk, attaching CV and cover letter, or alternatively post to Dr. Noël James. MKCDC, Bradwell Abbey, Alston Drive, Milton Keynes,

MK13 9AP.

Please call 07951 997334 if you would like to discuss before applying.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: MK Scouts

About MK Scouts

Milton Keynes Scouts are formed of a collective of groups from across MK. They deliver a programme for children into young adulthood, that helps members to explore their creativity, contribute to their community and experience adventures!

The Volunteering Opportunities

With demand higher than ever for young people to join Squirrels, Cubs, Beavers, Scouts and Explorers- most groups across the city are running at full capacity and many young people are missing out on the chance to learn skills for life.

From parents helping at meetings, to a call out for Trustees – there’s a range of roles available to suit your needs, time and skills. Training is provided, as well as a warm welcome from the friendly network of volunteers.

MK Scouts welcome volunteers from all walks of life, as well as interest from employee volunteering initiatives.

For all the role descriptions, and how to apply, click here.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe Programme

Help keep local children safe by volunteering for the NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe Programme 

Speak out Stay safe is a safeguarding programme for children aged 5 to 11 years old and is available to all primary schools across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. 

It helps children, in an age-appropriate way, to understand: 

  • abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse
  • that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe
  • where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service

Through virtual assemblies and face to face workshops, children can learn about the different types of abuse in an age-appropriate way, so they can get help if or when they need it. NSPCC staff and volunteers help them identify a trusted adult they can talk to if they’re ever worried about themselves or a friend. 

With the help of Childline’s mascot Buddy, Speak out Stay safe covers topics like bullying, neglect and sexual abuse – without using any scary words or adult language.

Last year, the NSPCC delivered 1,600 Speak out Stay safe online programmes to schools across the UK and now we are looking for volunteers to train for our face-to-face assemblies. 

If you are someone with experience of delivering programmes in an educational or safeguarding setting, with strong planning and organisational abilities, good communication and excellent people skills – we would love to hear from you.

We are particularly looking for those with the following qualities and experience:

  • Passionate about helping young people and children.
  • Great communication skills.
  • Empathetic and perceptive.
  • Sensitive and supportive.
  • Able to think on your feet.
  • Works well within a team.
  • Aged over 16.

Speak out Stay safe is an effective way to support a school’s safeguarding duties and links directly to the curriculum as well as helping reinforce key messages about abuse and neglect as part of a school’s teaching about relationships.

It can also support the Ofsted requirements for personal development as part of the September 2022 framework. Additionally, it can be used to complement the statutory guidance for the RSE curriculum – www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education/relationships-education-primary

For further information about how your school can take part please contact laura.franklin@nspcc.org.uk 

Thanks to the NSPCC for writing this guest blog.

 Photography by Tom Hull. The children and adults pictured are models.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: MK Libraries

Looking for a playful and enriching volunteer opportunity? Milton Keynes Libraries are currently recruiting for the following roles:

CENTRAL LIBRARY

– Code Club volunteers – helping with Code Club sessions

   (Mondays 3.30-5.30pm) 

WESTCROFT LIBRARY

– Lego Club volunteer – set up, engaging with children and tidying away

   (Thursdays 3.15-4.45pm)

WOLVERTON LIBRARY

– Lego club volunteer – set up, engaging with children and tidying away

   (Tuesdays 3.15-4.45pm)
For more information and how to apply: Volunteering with Milton Keynes libraries | Milton Keynes Council (milton-keynes.gov.uk)

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Guest Blog: The Vision for Volunteering

Our guest blog is written by the Vision for Volunteering, an exploration of how volunteering must adapt and evolve in the future:

Volunteering needs to embrace experimentation, actively encourage collaboration, and ensure that it is more diverse and inclusive, in order that the impact volunteers make across the country can continue to grow, according to the recently-launched Vision for Volunteering.

The Vision also urges organisations to recognise the power of volunteers and communities, and to ensure that everyone is able to engage with their community and build the future they want to see. This requires power to be devolved to individuals and communities, it argues. The Vision is set out in full at VisionForVolunteering.org.uk.

The Vision for Volunteering movement is led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters, the Association of Volunteer Managers and Sport England. It began the next stage of its conversation on what volunteering needs to look like and how this will make volunteers feel about their roles by 2032, when it launched at Volunteer Expo Live in Birmingham in May.

Ruth Leonard, chair of the Association of Volunteer Managers, told attendees at the launch event: “The Vision for Volunteering is, very deliberately, not a finalised action plan. Instead, this is the start of the next chapter in a conversation about what is needed to create that diverse, innovative, ambitious and person-centred future, by 2032. We’d love to hear your voice in that continuing dialogue – please go to the Vision for Volunteering website and sign up to hear more.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Xtra Special Families

Who are Xtra Special Families?

Xtra Special Families are a small community group, who are powered entirely by a small group of volunteers. They offer fun holiday sessions to families living with disability or additional needs in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. 

Xtra Special Families was formed in May 2014 to provide fun activities designed to develop and improve life skills for disabled children, whilst providing mutual support for their carers and families in Milton Keynes.
 
Since forming XSF has run 7 half day holiday sessions every year (except during the pandemic) aimed at the whole family, enabling children with special needs and their siblings to share positive experiences together.
 
Activities such as Reptile Roadshow, Music and Art Workshops, and Circus Skills are bought in, together with resources of the Play Association. In addition volunteers provided craft and play activities.
 
The small committee are nearly all parents themselves of children and young adults with disabilities and so bring a wealth of knowledge and awareness which helps XSF offer the best experience they can.

These Summer Holiday play sessions provide an engaging opportunity for families to experience a whole host of activities in a safe and inclusive environment.

The Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

On August 24th 1.30- 3.30pm, Supporting Xtra Special Families will be back at Broughton Fields Primary School with another fun-filled event. If you have just a few hours to spare to help facilitate the array of activities on offer, you’ll have the chance to meet the welcoming team at SXSF, as well as the wonderful families who attend the sessions.

If you’re able to support this invaluable work, get in touch via Facebook Messenger to find out more: Supporting Xtra Special Families | Facebook or email: sxsfenquiries@gmail.com

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