News: Congratulations! YMCA Milton Keynes secures £498,849 grant from the National Lottery!

“We will use this grant over a 3-year period to fund staff and services to improve the well-being of our residents, including 3 personal development coaches and a significant resident activities budget to help their young people belong, contribute and thrive.”

Youth social housing provider and independent homeless charity, YMCA Milton Keynes, is celebrating today after being awarded £498,849 in National Lottery funding to support its work with local young people. The charity will use the cash over a 3-year period to fund staff and services to improve the well-being of its residents, including 3 personal development coaches and a significant resident activities budget to help their young people belong, contribute and thrive.

YMCA Milton Keynes has helped over 10,000 young people since it opened its doors in 1981. The charity’s current site is cramped and no longer fit for purpose, so it has embarked on an ambitious journey to build a new £19M campus to provide supported housing to young people in Milton Keynes. YMCA Milton Keynes’ new campus, which is due to open early in the new year, will give 199 young people access to affordable accommodation, a dedicated pathway of support, including training and employment opportunities, well-being services and a number of social enterprises, including a café and a nursery that will provide its residents with work experience and employment opportunities.

The National Lottery grant will focus on supporting 225 young people over a 3-year period with mental and physical health, employment, education and training giving them access to a sustainable future.

Each outcome will be tracked through monitoring mechanisms and short and long-term outcomes. This will show how the services delivered contribute to a chain of results leading to the intended outcomes.

Simon Green, CEO of YMCA Milton Keynes, says:

“We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to broaden the range of support and opportunities available to young people here in Milton Keynes. This grant is vital as it enables us to deliver the dedicated support, activities and training needed to enable our young people to achieve their full potential.”

Find out more about YMCA Milton Keynes by following this link

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Opportunities: Grants for Good Practice

Have you completed a community project that you are proud of and want to showcase?

Did this work include patient, service user or carer engagement with diverse communities and seldom heard groups?

Did your project improve healthcare services, or reduce health inequalities?

NHS England is awarding a number of small grants of up to £2000 to enable charities to raise their profile so that others can learn from their good practice. For example, you may want to produce and information film or a series of leaflets, or record a podcast.

In order to win a grant, you must show how your work links to NHS England’s priorities defined in the Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, for example, you may have supported women to access GP services, or perhaps your work contributes to wider improvements in mental health.

You also need to set out how you intend to showcase your work.

Applications close at midnight on the 31st of October. Successful applicants will be notified on the 27th of November.

You can apply online here.


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Meet the Funder: Children in Need

We will begin with a 20 minute presentation, followed by reflection on the experience of being funded by Children in Need, by a recipient of one of their grants. This will be followed by a general Q&A session

There will be pre-booked 1:1 sessions between 12.00 and 1.30 if you would like specific advice about an application you have in mind to make.

Please note when booking: You will need to book your ticket for the workshop and 1:1 session separately, choosing your prefered time.

Please click here to book your free place

Please be aware that there will only be one session per group as places are limited


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18 November: MK Soup – groups invited to pitch for funding

Take 5 minutes to showcase your project at the next MK Soup event and get a chance to win funding on the day!

Friday 18th November: 7pm Christian Foundation House, Wolverton.


To find out more about the event that is open to everyone or to register your project or a group to deliver a short presentation, visit: www.mkfoodrevolutionorg/mk-soup.

You can also contact the organiser directly on:

Join MK Food Revolution and MK Christian Foundation at this community-driven event: have a bowl of delicious home-made soup and help to make a real difference happen in Milton Keynes by voting for your favourite project showcased at the event.


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New project on Lakes Estate & Newton Leys: join local Steering Group!

We have recently started working with Youth Sport Trust on a new project, funded by People’s Health Trust, that is dedicated to working towards health quality and promoting healthy physical activities. The project aims to engage with residents, young people in particular, who live on Lakes Estate and Newton Leys.


If you live on Lakes Estate or in Newton Leys and would like to become part of the Local People Steering Group, please contact Stewart on: or phone him on 07908154157.

You can join the next meeting of the Steering Group which is on Tuesday 11th October at Sir Herbert Leon’s Academy at 6pm (Please come to Leisure Centre reception). Click here for directions.

Follow the project on Twitter: @LP_MiltonKeynes








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Community Fundraiser for Winter Night Shelter – 15 October

MK People’s Assembly are organising a community fundraising event in aid of Winter Night Shelter in Milton Keynes.

The event will take place on Saturday 15th October outside the Old Bus Station -at the Buszy Skate Park. It will raise funds that are so vital to help maintain the Winter Night Shelter services, particularly as the winter months are fast approaching.


There will be live music and other entertainment as well as interesting stalls with information about the various community groups and projects in Milton Keynes. More information about the event will follow us – Visit MK People’s Assembly Facebook page for updates or follow them on Twitter: @MKAssembly.

If your group or a project is interested in having a stall, please e-mail: MK Assembly at

Winter Night Shelter provides supervised overnight accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping during the winter months. It works in partnership with several Milton Keynes churches that provide their facilities free of charge and is supported by a large team of volunteers from across the city, who come together to cook nutritious meals and provide a friendly safe environment each evening. Click here to find out more about their work. You can find them on Facebook: @wnsmk.


MK People’s Assembly is a local group representing The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, a national campaign group against cuts made up of groups and individuals from across the social and political spectrum. Follow them on Twitter: @MKAssembly.


Come and help raise funds for this important service in Milton Keynes!


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13 October: Information event about Our MK Funding Competition

Get funded to run a project in Milton Keynes!

Our MK, a crowdsourcing website for Milton Keynes, is launching a new funding competition for local citizens. We would like to fund innovative ideas that could improve transport, energy, water, health and environment in our city, and are offering our help and support in developing these into projects.

Our MK is powered by MK:Smart, a city-wide project working to bring MK to the forefront of innovation, technology and data. Our MK now has funding available for your projects that could help MK achieve this.

Our MK are offering awards of up to £5,000 for groups of citizens to develop technology-centred ideas which could have an impact on issues of sustainability around Milton Keynes. In addition to the funding, we can also provide help with technical support and advice on running community projects. Project ideas need to involve some form of digital technology and must be based around the key issues of Energy, Water, Transport, Health and the Environment.

The deadline for the final round of applications is the 30th October 2016.


If you aren’t sure about your project idea, take a look at the projects we have already funded since the launch of Our MK here and come to our Information Event at Gallery 200 at MK College on Thursday 13th October. To find out more about this free event and to book your place, click here.


Follow updates about the competition and the MK:Smart project on social media: / @MKSmartProject. Find out more on our project page here.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca at


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