Opportunities: MK Youth Cabinet young people’s mental health video

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Help MK Youth Cabinet make a video to raise awareness about young people’s mental health – the second highest issue voted by young people in MK

They are in need of young people, between the ages of 11 and 18, to share their personal experiences of mental health and express views in a video. Volunteers can take part anonymously, via a written story or voice.

The video will explain what kind of mental health issues young people go through as well as the personal stories. It will be shared across Milton Keynes (and maybe wider) to challenge the sigma of mental health. They want professionals to use this film to educate young people and other adults about mental health.

Mental health is something that affects everyone.
If you are interested in being part of the video please contact Roz Mascarenhas on roz.mascarenhas@milton-keynes.gov.uk or call/text 07984 157122
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Opportunities: Local Charities Day, 15th December

Make the most of Local Charities Day this year with a free digital toolkit provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to help you promote your activities.
Local Charities Day is on 15th December and is designed to shine a light on local charities and community groups, and provide a platform for them to promote their work and the benefits they offer to communities.
Keep up to date on Twitter using the hashtag #LocalCharitiesDay
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Event: Top Tips For Community Groups When Leasing Property, 22nd November


Community Action: MK and Dentons hosted a series of talks throughout 2017 aimed at supporting community groups, social enterprises, charities and other not-for-profit organisations in Milton Keynes. The talks provided an introduction to legal issues.

The final talk in the series on Wednesday 22nd November in CMK, sees Josie Coe of Dentons give an introduction to leasing property and offer some tips for negotiating leases or licences.

In particular, Josie will cover repairs, alterations, protected tenancies, dilapidations and the end of a lease, rent and rent review, break clauses and termination.

This talk is for you if you work for or are involved in the running of a community group, charity or other not-for-profit organisation that leases office or other space or is considering doing so in the future.

You will also find this talk useful if you are a trustee, director, board member or committee member of a community group, charity or other not-for-profit organisation.

Breakfast will be provided. Please let us know if you have any access or other special requirements. Book your free spot via Eventbrite.

Dentons, through Community Action: MK, provides a free Legal Advice Clinic for local not-for-profit organisations requiring one-off legal advice on a specific issue. If you are currently in need of legal advice, please contact Community Action: MK’s Development Officer Team on 01908 661623 to see if the Legal Advice Clinic may be able to assist.

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Opportunities: Leading Through Challenging Times seminar at The Open University, 23rd November


Leadership is back on the agenda, following a range of influential inquiries and reports calling for strengthened leadership in and of the voluntary sector, alongside improved governance and accountability.

There has traditionally been scepticism towards the concept of leadership within the sector, perhaps because it is seen as counter to notions of emancipation, anti-hierarchicalism and democratic practice prized in some accounts of the sector. Also problematically, this focus seems based on the premise that the sector needs to do better, and its leaders are not up to scratch.

This day seminar on 23rd November aims to examine this premise in more detail, and expose to greater scrutiny the idea that leadership is part of the solution. For a start, we might ask what is leadership? Is there a leadership deficit, as some think, or is this a distraction from the real issues? What leadership thinking is most relevant to the voluntary sector? And how could leadership be strengthened, if we agree it should be?

Book now via the VSSN.

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Opportunities: MK Play Association Training


Upcoming Training


Allergen Awareness

Fri 10th November 930am – 12.30pm £35 members / £38

Autism Awareness

Tues 7th March 6.30pm-9.30pm £35 members / £38non

Emergency First Aid at Work

Tues 14th November 9.30am-4.30pm £75

Supporting Undiagnosed Children

Tues 28th November 6.30pm-9.30pm £35 member / £38 non

First Aid for Schools

Mon 27th November 9.30am-4.30pm £40 members / £45 non

To book on these or any of these courses please call 01908 263033 or email training@mkpa.co.uk

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Opportunities: GDPR event for Chairs


The most significant change in data protection law is now less than eight months away. How can your organisation assess whether it is GDPR ready?

The Association of Chairs is running a session in London which aims to provide Chairs with the space to reflect on what they need to know and how you can help your board to ensure appropriate governance.

Issues to be explored include:

  • What is GDPR and what might the implications be for my organisation? What are the key differences resulting from the new regulations?
  • What is the significance of GDPR for Chairs and boards?
  • What role must and should trustees play and how can a Chair help trustees to hold an overview?
  • What support is there on which boards and Chairs can draw?
  • What is out there to support staff to manage compliance?

Discuss these and other questions with Gary Shipsey and Rowena Fielding of Protecture.

This event is open to all Chairs and Vice Chairs though priority for places is given to members of AoC. Find out more and book via their website.

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