Community Consultation: Vital Signs 2019

Vital Signs Focus Groups on Friday 12th July @ 11am & 2pm

Vital Signs MK 2019 is the latest instalment of a project that the Milton Keynes Community Foundation has run since 2013. The reports bring together existing research and social data about Milton Keynes with an aim of highlighting the strengths, as well as identify areas for improvement for the local community to respond to, including the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sector, as well as local businesses and individuals who want to help make a difference in the Milton Keynes community.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Vital Signs programme. Please follow this link to read the last year’s report.

Here are Community Action: MK we will be supporting this year’s Vital Signs community consultation programme by running two focus groups: Friday 12th July, with one group at 11am and the other starting at 2.30pm. 

If you would like to participate and share your views towards this year’s Vital Signs report, please follow this link to express your interest.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided of course!

Once you have registered your interest, you will receive more details.

Thank you,

Community Action: MK team 

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A Festival of Creative Urban Living 2019

26th September – 13th October 2019

What is a Festival of Creative Urban Living?

Midsummer Boulevard in CMK will play host to the first ever ‘A Festival of Creative Living’ this autumn! It will bring together artists, architects, designers and urban planners, thinkers and creatives to deliver a free programme of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances and more!

The programme itself will take place in a temporary campus of remarkable and playful buildings and structures and you will find more information about each element here

The Festival will explore the idea of ‘The Built, The Unbuilt and The Unbuildable’ with an urban environment.

Visitors will be able to enjoy and experience central MK in an entirely different way and think about what it might become and look like in the future! 

Whilst the Festival campus will occupy the centre of the city’s infamous grid road, raumlabor have developed two other creative projects, with the sole aim of getting visitors out and about in MK, whilst also inviting residents to experience and visit different parts of the city. 

To get involved and find out how to take part – drop us a line at culture@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Host Artist Call Out

Local artist collective Tracing the Pathway are looking for two volunteer households to accommodate one of two artists involved in their project Groundwork.  This is a  request for anyone with an open-mind and interest in the arts to offer their spare room for 9 nights to a guest of creative persuasion. Ideally the household would be located near to, or within easy reach, of Milton Keynes Arts Centre, in Great Linford, and the hosts would be able to commit to accommodating an artist between one of the following two sets of dates: Friday 5th May to Sunday 14th May 2017 or Friday 19th May to Sunday 28th May 2017 This is a fantastic opportunity to support a creative project that has been developed specifically for and about Milton Keynes, enabling internationally recognised artists to develop sustainable long-term connections to the town, rather than just “helicoptering” in and out for presenting singular exhibitions.

To thank you for your support they can offer a modest remuneration, which would be discussed on application. In addition to this we are offering free entry to the artist’s workshop on either Saturday 13th or 27th May.

To register you interest and for further information on the artists please send an email to Ashleigh Griffith and Cara Davies via: contact@tracingthepathway.com

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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 www.capeproject.co.uk. 

If you would like to attend the field trial, please contact Jessica at jessicam@communityactionmk.org

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: info@capeproject.co.uk.

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MK50 Conference celebrates MK’s sustainability credentials!

MK Community Energy Conference – free event on 25 February 2017

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The conference has been organised by the newly formed MK Community Energy Alliance, and sponsored by MK:Smart, and the CAPE Project and is taking place at Camphill Milton Keynes. Camphill is one of the first organisations in Milton Keynes to benefit from solar PV installed by Wolverton Community Energy.  The conference is free to attend (with a £5 charge for lunch) but please register online www.ticketsource.co.uk/chrysalismk

For more information please contact:

Marie Osborne, Wolverton Community Energy or Anna Klis-Davies, Community Action MK:

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14 February: Workshop for Community Energy Champions

Second workshop as part of the Energage Project: 

Come along to our second workshop co-design workshops series being organised as part of the Energage project.

Topic: Engaging positively with the community

Date: Tuesday 14th February: 5-7pm

Location: Community Action: MK office – 351 Midsummer Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP. Directions here.

Booking: via Eventbrite: www.energage2.eventbrite.co.uk


The Energargage project aims to bring together local people interested in becoming Community Energy Champions.

The workshop is open to anyone who would like to gain knowledge, skills and resources needed to assist members of their communities with energy related issues. No prior knowledge is needed. This and the following workshops will be based on a co-design model, which means that we are keen for you to share your experiences and tell us about your needs as well as help us develop useful resources as part of the project.

The workshop will include, in this order:

  • Networking
  • Session with CA:MK’s Community Mobilisers: technigues for positively engaging with communities
  • Social Media as an engagement & awareness-raising tool
  • Group exercise: Carbon Conversations taster session with Hilarie Bowman
  • Feedback and evaluation

Yummy refreshments will be provided!

If you have any questions about this workshop or about the Energage project, please contact Anna at: anna@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661 623.

Please also join the Energage Facebook Group to engage in further discussion & share ideas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnergageMK/

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

SPACE is LIMITED –  BOOK EARLY

We look forward to seeing you there.

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{SAVE THE DATE}: MK Community Energy Conference 2017 – 25 February 2017

Milton Keynes energy and sustainability: the past, present and future!

Reserve your FREE space today through The Chrysalis Theatre box office – click here.

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The full programme will follow soon.
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