25 January: CAPE website testing session – can you help?

Date and time: Wednesday 25th January: 4-6PM

Location: Tech Mahindra Office – 401 Grafton Gate, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 1AT.


Can you get involved in CAPE community field trial?

We would like to invite you to a testing session for the website that we have been developing as part of the CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project. CAPE website is a new and exciting collaboration platform that will be available free of charge to residents, groups and businesses in Milton Keynes, providing them with access to useful data about their local areas and letting them collaborate through projects.

The CAPE website has now got to a stage, where we are eager to showcase it and ask for feedback from community members on how it should continue to develop before it is launched. It is really vital to us, CAPE Team, to get your feedback about it.

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A preview of CAPE website landing page

Please come along to our Feedback – Testing Session on Wednesday 25th January at 4pm-6pm at the Tech Mahindra Office – 401 Grafton Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 1AT.

It will be a very informal session over a cup of tea and some delicious Indian snacks provided by our partner, Tech Mahindra. We will show you the CAPE website, let you explore it and ask you to tell us what you think about it. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or use one of the computers provided – whatever works best for you.

 We are also happy to reimburse your parking costs.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna at Community Action: MK at anna@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661 623.

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Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the 25th!

@CAPE_Project  

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Energage – training Community Energy Champions

Creating a network of Community Energy Champions network in Milton Keynes

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Open University to deliver a pilot project in Milton Keynes that will focus on recruiting and training community members to become volunteer Energy Champions in their neighbourhoods and communities.

The project has been made possible thanks to the funding from the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their recent funding call on ‘Engaging the UK public with the big issues of environmental science’. The Energage project is one of 18 across the UK – click here to find out more about this funding initiative.

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The initiative is the result of successful collaboration and partnership-working between Community Action: MK and the Open University through the MK:Smart and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy, projects. It is also linked to the work of other local organisations in Milton Keynes that promote the concept of community-owned and sustainable energy. These include Transition MK, Wolverton Community Energy (through Citizens:mk) and others involved in MK Community Energy Alliance and other organisations who already provide energy training such as The National Energy Foundation and Citizens Advice Milton Keynes.

There is already a number of local volunteers who champion sustainable energy and environmental awareness in Milton Keynes, and we want to learn from their experiences. Further, we want to attract new people – anyone with an interest in energy and sustainability, and ways of helping their own communities be more sustainable is welcomed to get involved in the project, and is asked to please get in contact with Community Action: MK.

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Carbon Conversations event run by Transition MK in 2015. Photo credit: Transition MK

The Energage project will develop a network of Community Energy Champions (COMECs) in Milton Keynes. One important part of the COMECs’ role will be to translate energy-based research from the Open University to the general public in a way that will help them find solutions that work to reduce their own carbon footprint. In return Open University researchers will learn better ways to engage the public with their research. This exchange of knowledge will occur through a series of co-creation workshops, facilitated by Community Action: MK.

Another important part of their role will be to grow the network through recruitment of new volunteers. Initial workshops will be followed by a ‘week of action’ in which COMECs will engage with the public. They will share their experiences amongst the community engagement specialists and Open University researchers. This pilot scheme is intended to be the start of longer term engagement between Open University energy researchers and the public.

Energage hope to build upon activities of the existing CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project at the Open University and lots of other energy-related initiatives across the city. The CAPE project aims to help reduce the carbon footprint of Milton Keynes by engaging the public with relevant data; it will also be linking homeowners identified as a good fit for energy saving measures (e.g. solar panels, loft insulation) with companies that can provide products, or to grant providers, such as the MK Council.

GET INVOLVED

We will be actively promoting the project in the next few weeks and updating you about its further plans. If you are interested in getting involved, please click here to register your interest or contact Anna at Community Action: MK on:

anna@communityactionmk.org

01908 661 623/ 07710 967131

#EnergageMK

www.facebook.com/groups/EnergageMK/

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13-15 January: Startup Weekend in Milton Keynes

Our colleagues at the Milton Keynes office of Tech Mahindra, who work with us on the MK:Smart and CAPE projects, and support our Employee Volunteering Programme are holding a Startup Weekend in Milton Keynes. The event is being organised as part of the InnovateMK initiative.

Startup Weekend is the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship. It is a 54-hour event where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Tech Mahindra are organising the event with aim of fostering local entrepreneurship to strengthen local community.

The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams are formed around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

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Date and Time: 6.30pm 13th Jan to 8pm 15th Jan

Venue: InnovateMK, Tech Mahindra, 1st floor, 401 Grafton Gate East, MK9 1AT

Registration and more details:  http://bit.ly/2i4iu2L

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We are hiring!

Community Action: MK are recruiting for a number of full and part time positions in our Community Development Team. See more information below about the positions available.


Community Development Team Member (various roles available)

  • Full or Part time opportunities available
  • £22,387 per annum (pro rata)
  • Fixed term until June 2017, with possibility of extension dependant on funding.

Here at Community Action: MK we support the amazing work happening in and around Milton Keynes’ communities. We support local people to take action in their community whether part of a charity, a community group or an individual looking to make a difference. We are looking for passionate individuals to join our Community Development Team. As a team we deliver various Community Development contracts across Milton Keynes and we are looking for people that can join a flexible team that supports a variety of projects.

Download the Full Job Description & Personal Specification.

Download the Application Form.

Read our Equal Opportunities Statement.

Download our Equal Opportunities Form.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity please contact Julie on 01908 661623 or julie@communityactionmk.org.

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Please complete our application form and return it via post or email to info@communityactionmk.org by 4th December 2016.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

A selection event and interviews will be held on 12th December 2016.

 

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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.

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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: info@mkfoodrevolution.org.

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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The October Bytes Festival at The National Museum of Computing

img_1579During Half Term the MK:Smart (Our MK) team from CA:MK and the OU, went along to The National Museum of Computing for a day delivering activities for the Museums guests. We had a great day meeting lots of people and seeing what the museum has to offer (including trying out the Oculus Rift (Virtual Reality) pictured right).

 

The Our MK team offered families 2 activities:

1. Trying out our Energy Map which is being created as part of the CAPE Project. We asked people to guess the heat loss of some iconic MK buildings and their solar potential and then check out the answers on the map. The map will be coming soon to the public via the CAPE website.

2. An App Design competition, which challenged young people to come up with an app that could solve a city problem. Some of the fantastic entries can be seen below, and we’ll be announcing our winner in the coming week!

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The next Bytes Festival will be held in the Christmas Holidays – find out more on the Museums Website – www.tnmoc.org/bytes.

 

 

 

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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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