Tea & Coffee Afternoon – Downs Barn

It’s that time of the week again where we stick the kettle on at the Cross & Stable Church & Community Centre. Come along and meet members of your community, have a cuppa, and maybe a biscuit. If the rain holds off and the ground is dry…maybe even come and join us in the spring sunshine bathing the garden.

Cross and Stable Church and Community Centre
Downs Barn Boulevard
Downs Barn
MK14 7RP

These events are sponsored by the Cross and Stable Church.

This is a great opportunity to meet those in your community and have a wonderful time.

We are also currently seeking volunteers. Please see the poster below for more information.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Aldous

We’re sharing stories about amazing volunteers giving their time in Milton Keynes. This spotlight is on Brian Aldous, who volunteers at The National Museum of Computing. Brian has won a trophy as part of MK Volunteer Awards 2016 under the ‘Longevity’ category. 

Brian looks after the Archive at the National Museum of Computing. He is responsible for managing a small team of other committed volunteers, but for the most part works independently to catalogue, store and digitalise their archive which aims to become a renounced centre for the research of computer history.

Brain works tirelessly and often solitarily to preserve this important archive as a resource for the future. He also does this mostly at his own expense. The archive is not only a useful resource for the museum but a key part of their development, which is required to move the museum towards accreditation as a national museum. The work is often physical and repetitive (such as scanning items), but Brian is very committed to the project. He also researches all the necessary copyright and other legislation, and archiving standards to ensure the museum is doing everything correctly.

Brian is in his 80s, but his commitment to volunteering at the National Museum of Computing and to the archive project is unwavering.

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Interested in volunteering? Get involved in with lots of roles available via Community Action: MK. Search our bank of MK Volunteering roles now to find your place and explore the brand new Volunteering Platform for Milton Keynes – Volunteer Connect

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5 October: MK Volunteers Awards 2016 & Our AGM

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We are delighted to let you know the names of the volunteers that have been nominated for MK Volunteers Awards. As you can see the ‘Longevity’ category has been very popular! Click here to find out more about the awards and the different categories.

Please join us at our AGM on 5th October which will feature the MK Volunteer Awards Ceremony, during which winners will be announced. Click here to book your place.

Here are the nominees:

Diversity

  • Padma Cheriyan, the Royal National Institute of Blind People and Our MK
  • Tariq Raja, Community Action: MK

Sports & Activities

  • Jo Millington-Wallace, MK Snap
  • Christine O’Brien, Sew ‘n’ Sews
  • Chrispina Odunewu, Kids Run Free (2 nominations)

Trusteeship

  • Christopher Parsons, Potential Plus UK (2 nominations)
  • Andy Clark, The National Museum of Computing
  • John Wallace, St. Francis’ Children’s Society
  • Hilarie Bowman, Transition MK
  • Chris Bridgman, The Old Bath House Community Centre

Young Persons

  • Sean Phillips, Ride High
  • Holly Knox, MK Foodbank
  • William Hammond, The National Museum of Computing

Longevity

  • Angie Taylor, Relate MK
  • Jean Cooper, The Stables Theatre Limited
  • Eric Kightley, Food Bank Milton Keynes
  • Yasmin Smyth, Dogs for Good (formerly Dogs for the Disabled)
  • Heather Leask, Swan Credit Union/MK Community Bank
  • Brian Aldous, The National Museum of Computing
  • Liz Rabone, Carers MK
  • MK Gallery Volunteer Team, MK Gallery
  • Sue Anderson, MK Snap
  • Sandy Cluff, MK Snap
  • Cicely Cooper, Milton Keynes Mencap
  • Albert Wilson, The Scout Association
  • Ron Ellis, Tinkers Bridge Residents’ Association
  • Dewi Griffith, MacIntyre, MK Lifelong Learning
  • Peter Hughes, MK LetNet (and other causes)

Innovation

  • Michael Sheppard, Transition MK, Foodbank MK, Our MK
  • Ziyenge Nhamburo, Our MK
  • Ros McFadden, Our MK
  • Paul Johnson, Netherfield Local Conversation Steering Group

We would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals who took time to nominate volunteers. Congratulations to all of the nominated volunteers – we loved finding out about the amazing things that you do in Milton Keynes! Good luck and we hope to see you all on 5th October!

#MKVolunteer Awards

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Workshop: Engaging with hard-to-reach communities

Workshop for Residents Association Network:

Community Action: MK have teamed up with Your MK team at Milton Keynes Council to deliver a workshop for local residents associations about ways of engaging with hard to reach communities.

This interactive session will help you to:

  • build on what you know already
  • identify the benefits you want to gain from engaging hard-to-reach groups
  • explore definitions of hard-to-reach
  • discover what works best and what’s possible in terms of engagement
  • identify what actions you will take to engage groups

The workshop will take place on Thursday 29th September between 7-8.30pm – at the Civic Offices.

Click here for more details and to sign up via Eventbrite.

This workshop is being delivered in collaboration between Community Action: MK and Your MK.

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Funding for Citizen Innovators

Would you like to 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 our final round of applications is the 30th October 2016.

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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.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Clare at clare@communityactionmk.org.

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MK Hospital – Annual Members Meeting

Milton Keynes Hospital is inviting residents of Milton Keynes to join their Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday 14th September.

It is a free event for anyone interested in finding out about how the hospital has been performing over the past year

Click here for more information about the event.

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MK Hospital – Annual Members Meeting on 14th September 2016

Follow @mkhospital on Twitter.

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Walking Bus in Conniburrow needs volunteers!

The Walking Bus project in Conniburrow is looking for volunteers.

Would you like a volunteering role through which you can help promote road safety and physical activity among the local community in Conniburrow? If so, you can now volunteer with Walking Bus, an innovative project in Conniburrow that runs a walking school bus, helping local children to get to school (by walking!).
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A walking bus is a fun, healthy, safe and sustainable way of travelling to school. Powered by legwork, the children and volunteers walk in a group along a set route, picking up or dropping off ‘passengers’ at specific ‘bus stops’ on their journey to and from school.

The walking Bus Routes:
Route 1 (Southwood School):
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Route 2 (Germander School):
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For more information about the opportunity to volunteer with this fun project, e-mail: Cccwalkingbus@gmail.
 
You can also visit the project’s Facebook page by clicking here.
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