Community Action Platform for Energy (CAPE) Trial to be held on 19 April 2017

On Wednesday 19 April, the team from Community Action Platform for Energy (CAPE), will be running their first community field trial at an energy event on the Lakes Estate.

CAPE aims to give community members a ready-to-use tool to jump-start and scale-up energy projects, and to access opportunities for rapidly growing market for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. The website will be made available free of charge to residents, community groups, landlords and local businesses.

ledAt this field trial, community members of the Lakes Estate will be able to sign up to CAPE and join a new project run by the Milton Keynes Council to swap their light bulbs for LED lightbulbs.

Project members will then be able to follow any progress on the project, and discuss issues related to energy efficiency on the project forum.

It is the goal that this project will help Lakes residents lower their energy bills and contribute to tackling fuel poverty on the Lakes Estate. According to the Energy Saving Trust, by replacing all halogen downlighters with LED alternatives, you could save about £35 a year on electricity bills.

After running a few of these field trials and gathering feedback from communities, the team at CAPE are hoping to launch the live website later this year. To find out more visit 

If you would like to attend the field trial, please contact Jessica at

Whether you are an individual, a local group or a business interested in energy efficiency in Milton Keynes, and would like to get involved in CAPE, we want to hear from you! Register your interest here or e-mail us at:


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Be Active – Help Out – Get Rewarded!

New project is rewarding volunteers for getting themselves and their communities more active in Milton Keynes.

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A project, being run as a pilot by Community Action: MK in association with the Milton Keynes Physical Activity Alliance, is recruiting the people of Milton Keynes to become volunteers in Physical Activity related roles. Every volunteer that gets involved in the selected roles will be rewarded with monthly credits that will offer them a free session for leisure activities across the city, including at 1Life, MK Leisure, and Fitness First facilities. Interested? Here is just a few examples of the types of things you could get involved with:

  • Health Walks Leaders with Milton Keynes Council

  • Cycle Ride Leader with British Cycling

  • Swimming Lessons Assistant with Stantonbury Arts & Leisure

Specialist training will be provided in some of theses roles, and you could make a real difference to the health of the city, so take a look at these and many more available at:

This work has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation and Public Health, Milton Keynes Council, and donations from 1Life, MK Leisure and Fitness First.


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Cycle Ride Leader Training

Interested in cycling? Want to keep fit? Want to support others to get cycling? Then this could be the opportunity for you…

You could get qualified in British Cycling Ride Leadership Award Level 1, and help to lead cycle rides across Milton Keynes.

Click here for more information about the course.

Ride Leader training courses have been confirmed on the following dates and times:

  • 26th November 2016 from 8.45am-5.30pm
  • 28th January 2017 from 8.45am-5.30pm

Bookings are being taken now. To sign up to this course email

Places are limited to 10 per course so we recommend contacting us asap to confirm a place.

The course will most likely be based at the Civic Centre (1 Saxon Gate) but this is to be confirmed, it will be in Central MK.

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Parents group set up to support Hummingbirds Children’s Centre

hummingbird-150067_640We have been supporting a group to develop, Parents of Hummingbirds, that will support and influence the running of Hummingbirds Children’s Centre in Broughton.

The main aim of the group is to raise funds for the Children’s Centre through events and activities and once more established, will be able to raise funds through funding applications to support the work of the Centre. The members of this group may also be able to help influence their local service, making the service the best it can be for the local community.

Community Action: MK have been supporting the group through the Communities Can project (part of MK Councils Community and Cultural Services Review). We have been helping the group develop their ideas, gain new skills and confidence and have been recording their thoughts along with others to feed into the Council’s review. We have also been able to link this group to other ongoing local support offered by Community Action: MK’s Expansion Area Community Mobiliser and Support & Development team.

We supported the group’s Christmas event for fundraising where they were able to raise £165.00 and since then have given advice on setting up/formalising a group, promoting their events, and about available relevant training. This has helped them develop their ideas for the upcoming table top sale being arranged later this month.

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Team of volunteers help spruce up Hedgerows Children’s Centre

On 5th February a team of six volunteers helped out at Hedgerows Children’s Centre in Netherfield, as part of the Communities Can project. Communities Can is part of a wider MK Council review of Community and Cultural Services. We at Community Action: MK are supporting communities to take ownership of their local services and get involved through volunteering within them.

Tina, the Hedgerows Coordinator, felt that the centre was in need of a lick of paint and some ‘TLC’, but was unable to commit time or priority to this. Creating a volunteering opportunity for a group of people that were willing to commit some time to help out meant that this became one example of how communities can get involved in a small, one off but very useful way and there are many opportunities available where people can get involved in a wide variety of ways. We got people from another local group, the People’s Health Trust steering group, together with willing volunteers from other areas involved in fulfilling the opportunity, and so has also been a great way of connecting people together.

Tina from Hedgerows said “I just wanted to thank [the group] for the decorating, it looks great.”

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Paul, from Netherfield, painting at Hedgerows.

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If you want to find out how you can get involved in volunteering at MK Libraries, Children’s Centres or Youth Services, see all the local current opporunities at or email to tell her where you’d like to be involved.

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Road Closures for street parties to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations


Are you planning to hold a street party to celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday on 21st April? 

On MK Council’s website, there are details about how to go about getting permission for road closures for your event. Click here for more details or to download an application form.

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