We would like to wish all our friends in the Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Milton Keynes as well as our members and partners a very Merry Christmas!
Thank you for all your support and collaboration this year. We very much look forward to working with you and supporting you in the New Year 2017, and continuing to promote the amazing work of our communities, voluntary organisations and volunteers!
We’re sharing stories about amazing volunteers giving their time in Milton Keynes. This spotlight is on Tariq Raja, who has been volunteering at Community Action: MK.
Tariq started supporting Community Action: MK in May 2016 and has been incredibly helpful since that time. Tariq’s main role has been in supporting the development of the type of support we offer to citizens in Milton Keynes, this has involved doing background research about social enterprises and other models, meeting other local organisations, getting to know people we have already supported locally and helping some of them to take their ideas further. Rebecca Brown, a member of our Community Engagement Team has said:
‘Tariq has really used his fresh pair of eyes and an outside perspective to advise and help us to improve our service.’
Tariq has also helped out with other activities such as community engagement, our website and communications, and he has been actively supporting some of the citizen projects funded and supported by the Our MK platform.
Tariq helping to deliver a Raspberry Pi session to students at the STEM Club at MK Academy as part of the Our MK – funded Community Computing project. Photo credit: Community Action: MK.
Tariq makes conscious effort to take himself out of his comfort zone in order to benefit the wider society. As a Muslim he has found that there is a large cultural divide between organisations such as ours and the people within his religious group. Therefore he is striving to bridge the gap. He is now starting to support Community Action: MK to reach out to minority groups by supporting the delivery of an equality workshops for those harder to reach ethnic groups and his insight is proving very valuable. Tariq hopes to understand where his skills fit into the Voluntary Sector and use this to support communities.
Tariq delivering leaflets and engaging with residents in Broughton Gate about the Water Monitor project as part of MK: Smart. Photo credit: Community Action: MK.
Our team at Community Action: MK absolutely enjoys working with Tariq and we thoroughly appreciate his volunteering support – thank you Tariq!
For the month of November the #HealthyM Campaign led by the MK Public Healthteam at MK Council have launched Five Ways to Wellbeing, providing ideas, tips and support to achieve a healthy wellbeing.
Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Look out for monthly info to ‘Keep Learning’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Connect’, ‘Be Active’ and ‘Give’.
Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in a local community. Building these connections will support and enrich your every day.
For more information or to find out how you can incorporate 5Waysinto your life visit:
We are delighted to invite you to Community Action: MK Festive Networking event for the voluntary and community sector organisations in Milton Keynes.
We are organising this festive session on Thursday 15th December at our office on the 3rd floor at Acorn House, Midsummer Boulevard, MK9 3HP. Spaces are limited, so please make sure that you have registered on Eventbrite – click herereserve a space.
We hope this will be a great opportunity to celebrate the work of our amazing voluntary and community groups and organisations across the city and to connect with colleagues working and volunteering at those.
We will of course have some mince pies and mulled wine, and are encouraging you to wear your favourite Christmas Jumper (optional).
You will also have a chance to donate a gift to local causes, including MK Foodbank, Winter Night Shelter, MK Storehouse, Bletchley Food Cover and Help Our Homeless MK. Click hereto find out the types of items that are needed or the list is below.
Here are the items needed – please donate a gift to support these fantastic organisations this Christmas:
We’re sharing stories about amazing volunteers giving their time in Milton Keynes. This spotlight is on Jo Millington-Wallace, who volunteers with MK Snap.
MK Snap is a centre for people with a learning disability to attend for Education, Life skills and work training. Jo comes to MK Snap every Tuesday and Friday morning. On Fridays, Jo supports the tutors at MK Snap in a sports session and it is very obvious that sport is something that she is very passionate about. She will help out in the classroom for the first half of the session, which involves helping Learners engage in activities including quizzes and games about sport – usually through the computer or interactive board. This is a crucial part of learning for the Learners as they mostly learn through visual aids. After break, the Learners will participate in the activities in the sports hall, which involves various sports including tennis, cricket, badminton, boccia, football and many more. Jo will give 1-1 support where needed to enable all the Learners to participate in all the activities they wish to.
Jo has been very consistent as a volunteer at MK Snap.The Learners at MK Snap very much enjoy working with Jo because she is very reliable and flexible, and helps out in anyway that she can. She has gone above and beyond her role as a volunteer, sometimes replacing members of staff when needed. She has also helped out on occasions when she would not normally have been scheduled to help, and has volunteered with the Snap Choir and at fundraising events. Jo is very reliable and always lets the charity know if she cannot attend for any reason. Even when MK Snap have invited Jo to events to say thank you for her support as a volunteer ,she has still ended up helping out in some way! MK Snap said:
Jo is a real asset to the team at MK Snap and she is highly respected and appreciated here by both the staff and Learners.