Fareshare is coming to Milton Keynes!

Save the date! Fareshare will be organising a warehouse open day on the 1st October 2019 to celebrate the launch of the new warehouse.

We are excited to announce that the food redistribution charity FareShare, in partnership with the innovative education charity SOFEA will be opening a new Regional Centre; FareShare South Midlands in September 2019.

Who are Fareshare?

FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity. We intercept perfectly good surplus food, and we re-distribute it to local charities and not-for-profit community organisations that use it for good causes. Across the UK, we work with 10,943 frontline charities and community groups to make this happen. They take the food we save from waste and transform it into meals for vulnerable people. It’s about more than just meals though.

These organisations serve up specialist support – as well as lunch and dinner – meaning that one meal can be the start of a life-changing journey. Charities estimate it would cost them an average £7,900 a year to replace the food they get from FareShare.

Membership has the ability to significantly reduce your expenditure on food, allowing you to channel your resource into frontline services that improve the lives of those who you work with.

If you think your charity could make huge savings on your food bills and would like to access nourishing, fresh produce for a fraction of its retail value, please contact us: sophia@sofea.uk.com

Together we can fight hunger, and tackle food waste!

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Jobs in the Sector: Fresh Start Worker (MK ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Fresh Start Worker to support their Fresh Start Programme.

We have an exciting opportunity to work within our organisation to work with those perpetrators of Domestic Violence who are undertaking the Fresh Start Programme, as a worker supporting the service.

As the Fresh Start Worker, your job will be:

  • to support the programme by undertaking assessments and case work with perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • case-managing
  • providing administration and support for the facilitators for Fresh Start.
  • You will also be working closely with other professionals who are involved with our clients.

We require a Fresh Start Worker who has a broad knowledge and experience of Domestic Violence particularly perpetrators.

Our ideal candidate will need to have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of domestic abuse, risk and risk management
  • be able undertake assessment and direct work with perpetrators as required, with the ability to work in a multi-agency setting.
  • be committed to supporting those affected by Domestic Violence and to join our caring and hardworking team.

MK-ACT is an equal opportunities employer committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. This post is subject to safer recruitment procedures and regulations and an enhanced DBS check.

Salary: £12.56 per hour

Hours: will consider between 20 hours – 37.5 hours per week (based at the MK-ACT Office, Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP)

Contract: Rolling monthly

Closing date: Monday 5th September, 5pm.

Interviews: TBC

MK-Act is a Safer Recruitment Employee and all those who work for us require an enhanced DBS check.

For an application pack and for further details contact: rebecca@mk-act.org

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Jobs in the Sector: Complex Needs Outreach Worker (MK-ACT)

MK-ACT are looking for a Complex Needs Outreach Worker to support those who experience Domestic Abuse with additional complex needs in accessing services. (Female Applicants Only)

We have an exciting opportunity to work for our organisation providing a high quality service as a Complex Needs Outreach Worker to support those who experience Domestic Abuse (DA). Your role will be to work intensively with clients who have complex needs to support them in accessing services. Part of your work is to empower our clients, keeping the safety of them and their children central to their interventions.

We are looking for an individual who is committed to working in a face-paced multi-agency setting. You will be joining our caring, strong and hardworking team.

The aim of this post is to work with those clients who are experiencing Domestic Abuse, but who are hard to engage and need support into specialist services and therapeutic services due to their additional needs, including substance misuse and mental health.

The main tasks of the job will be to:

  • Engage and advocate with clients who are experiencing DA but have additional complex needs to reduce their risk and increase their safety.
  • To provide intensive support to your clients and to support them into services for e.g. MK-Act, Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health.
  • To work closely with other agencies to develop pathways for your clients to facilitate smooth and quick referral routes to ensure they get the support they need when they need it
  • To work closely with other agencies creating a coordinated multi-agency approach for your client and also encouraging referrals from other agencies and having improved engagement from your clients with other agencies.
  • To refer and provide therapeutic interventions for your clients for e.g Freedom Programme and Counselling.
  • To be able to show clear outcomes for your clients for funders MK-ACT is an equal opportunities employer committed to quality, equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

We require a Complex Needs worker who has a broad knowledge of DVA and experience of working with harder to reach groups. It is desirable you will be experience of working with those who have substance misuse and mental health issues but also have a therapeutic/psychology background.

Our ideal candidate will be able to work in creative ways to engage with this client group and able to work on own initiative but also seeking support from the team when required.

Salary: £ 24,512

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Full-time)

Contract: Fixed Term (1 year)

Hours: TBC (may require some evening work)

Responsible to: Working with the Crisis Intervention Team (nature of the work involved will require majority of your work to be community-based)

This post is subject to safer recruitment procedures and regulations and an enhanced DBS check and is open to female applicants only under Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality act 2010.

Closing date: Monday 2nd September, 5pm

Interviews: TBC

For an application pack please contact: Rebecca@mk-act.org

This post is funded by the Thames Valley Office of the Police and Crime

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We’re Hiring! Support, Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Roles

Support Development and Volunteering Outreach Worker Role (x2)

We have two roles available, each with elements of specific focus.

The purpose of the posts is to contribute to the support, development and
volunteering services which are central to the work of Community Action: MK.

These are focused around the key elements of:

● Mobilising communities
● Strengthening groups
● Influencing policy and decision making

The post holder will work as part of a dedicated community development team, committed to supporting the community and voluntary sector in Milton Keynes.

The post holder will focus on:

  • Undertaking a programme of outreach visits to groups and
    residents, to understand their local priorities
  • Ensuring that referrals to specialist support services are carried out
    in a timely and appropriate manner
  • To keep accurate and effective records about dialogue with groups
    and feed this into our intelligence gathering systems to ensure we
    are able to spot themes and issues affecting communities and the
    sector
  • Supporting networking opportunities for voluntary and community
    sector groups
  • Coordinating formal and informal training programmes to build
    capacity and improve governance structures amongst groups and
    residents

Successful applicants will have a demonstrable track record of recruiting and managing volunteers, a passion around educating, empowering and enabling citizens and communities, a have an understanding of Community development principles.

Post 1

Focus area: Walton Grange

Salary: up to £25,295 pa (pro rata)

Hours: 22.2 hours per week (some flexible working required)

Contract: Permanent (dependant on funding)

Responsible to: Community Development Manager (Group Support)

POST 2

Focus area: Expansion Areas (Milton Keynes)

Salary: up to £25,295 pa (pro rata)

Hours: 29.6 hours per week (some flexible working required)

Contract: Permanent (dependant on funding)

Responsible to: Community Development Manager (Lead on Growth)

Please find attached Job Description, Person Specification and Statement of Intent on Equal Opportunities.

Please complete an Application Form and Equal Opportunities form and return to laura@communityactionmk.org

Closing Date: 3rd September 2019

Interview Date: 10th September 2019

When applying for the role, please specify which post you are applying for.

NOTE: We do not accept CV’s.

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Part-time Digital Skills Officer (Citizens Advice)

Citizens Advice is looking for someone for their new role as a Digital Skills Officer, helping those that need it to access a variety of online services both locally and nationally.

What do they want from you?

  • Competency and confidence in using IT, and specifically using IT applications and resources on websites.
  • Clear and accurate communication skills.
  • Able to listen, understand and use information
  • Able to work in a team, be organised and manage time effectively
  • Confident in working to performance targets
  • Able to recognise the limits and boundaries of the role.

A background in advice giving is desirable but not essential. Full training will be provided.  ‘Job share’ arrangements may be considered.

The successful Applicant/s will be asked to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Salary: £20,265 per annum pro rata. Actual salary – £16,211

Hours: 28 hours per week over 4 days (0.8 FTE)

Contract: Part-time, 3 year fixed term until 31st March 2022

They are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and confident person to join their small, team of staff. The successful candidate will provide advice and support to local people, on a one to one basis, including those living in the community who could be considered ‘vulnerable adults’.

Who are Citizens Advice?

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is a local charity that helps people to resolve their legal, money and personal problems. The organisation has been providing free, confidential, and impartial advice since 1972 and helps approximately 10,000 local people every year.

Closing date: Tuesday 20th August 2019 at Midday  

Interviews: w/c Monday 2nd September 2019 

For more information regarding this role, please click here.

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Volunteering opportunity of the week: Supporting Xtra Special Families

Supporting Xtra Special Families is a small charity run solely by volunteers.
The group put on activities through the school holidays to help families take their children to a safe, fun and non judgemental environment. School holidays can be a difficult time for the children, as they are out of their usual routine, so Xtra Special Families does an amazing job of running these sessions to give them invaluable experiences and it allows them to share these experiences with their families – something they may not be able to do anywhere else!
This is an invaluable group that are reliant on volunteers, but would love more people to get involved enable their growing number of families to experience the best sessions they can offer!

Who are Supporting Xtra Special Families?

An xtra-ordinary group who offer support 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 support for their carers and families in Milton Keynes. 
In 2016 & 2017 we ran 7 half day sessions at Broughton and Brooklands Pavilions 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 were bought in, together with resources of the Play Association. In addition volunteers provided craft and play activities. 
Whilst parents ourselves of children and young adults with disabilities, one of our volunteers was a special needs teacher for 30 years, thus with this wealth of knowledge and awareness we are able to deliver the best experience possible for the children and their parents during their visits.

Xtra Special Families are looking to recruit a wealth of volunteers to help them deliver more sessions to their children and families. Can you spare a few hours of your time? The more the merrier!

Volunteers are extremely well-valued here – they wouldn’t run without them! If you can spare a few hours of your time to help out during some sessions during the school holidays, then you would be letting yourself in for some of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have with these wonderful children and their families!

For more information and to enquire about volunteering, please email sxsfenquiries@gmail.com

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Find out about the new Festival of Creative Urban Living and how you can get involved…

Please RSVP to Ursula bedsunited.afcul@gmail.com

Details of A Festival Of Urban Living:
Get Involved Information Evening

Tuesday 16th July 6- 7.30pm
MK Gallery Project Space, MK9 3QA

Meet raumlaborberlin who are co-curating the festival, transforming Midsummer Boulevard, bringing together; artists, architects, designers, urban planners, thinkers, creatives and many others to deliver a free programme of exhibitions, events, creative workshops, performances and much more.

Find out about BEDS UNITED a unique project which aims to celebrate the huge diversity of city, inviting our citizens to host a festival guest for one night only. Sign Up HERE

Find out about other projects including BIKE SCHOOL which will promote and celebrate cycling in many ways. Bike School will rise to the challenge of making MK the Greenest city yet. 

More about the Festival A Festival of Urban Living Sep 26 – 13 Oct Join us on Facebook Twitter #Creativeurban Instagram

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Our mailing address is:
A Festival of Creative Urban LivingMilton Keynes CouncilCivic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate EastMilton Keynes, MK9 3EJUnited Kingdom

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