Opportunities: Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board Conference

This year, the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board is holding a joint safeguarding children and adults conference – Tackling Exploitation: Safeguarding Children and Adults in Milton Keynes.

Friday 17 November 2017

9.15am – 1pm

Arena MK (Next to MK Dons), Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST

Delegates will be provided with the opportunity to hear from an impressive line-up of speakers about the following safeguarding issues:

  1. Prevent and Radicalisation – Miriam Bentley-Rose, N-W Leicestershire District Council
  2. Online Exploitation – Lorin LaFave, of Breck Foundation
  3. Modern Slavery – Alison Gardner, of Nottingham University, and Justine Currell, of ‘Unseen’

Delegates will also receive important information about the new safeguarding partnership arrangements in Milton Keynes.

You can also access the flyer here or by visiting the training page of the MKSB website.

Conference places are offered at a competitive price of £35 per person, which includes a light brunch and free parking.

A number of information stands at the conference will provide information about local services.

Bookings are being taken via the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board event-booking system. You can access the MKSB event booking system here.

If you have not used the MKSB event-booking system before, and need assistance, please contact the safeguarding board office, either by phone 01908 254003 or by email.



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Opportunities: Action4Youth Conference on 17 November



2017 Conference Theme: Community Cohesion

Friday 17 November 2017 10am-4pm
The Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Buckingham HP14 4HU

In rapidly changing and uncertain times, how can we contribute? What is the way forward for our sector?

Key Note Speakers include:

  • David Ruebain, Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit
    Building Inclusive Cultures
  • Patrick Murray, Head of Policy and External Affairs at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)
    New relationships and ways of working with highlights from NPC’s State of the Sector research
  • Professor Nigel Adams, BA (Hons), FCIM, Chartered Marketer
    Can Innovation and Entrepreneurship help charities prosper in future?

Workshop One
Demonstrating our difference: are we making the change we want?

This Workshop will be led by Shehnaaz Latif, Lead Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Service.

Workshop Two
How Youth Organisations can work with the Police.

This Workshop will be led by Sergeant James Benfield, Thames Valley Police.

Workshop Three
Is anyone Listening? Getting the message right for your cause.

This Workshop will be led by Nick Lund, Director of Development, Action4Youth.

Panel Session

Shouldering the burden: as local government struggles with financial constraints is it for the charity sector to step up and fill the gap?

Panel Members

  • Tolis Vouyioukas: Buckinghamshire County Council’s new Executive Director for Children’s Services
  • Cllr Zoe Nolan: Cabinet member responsible for Children and Families, Milton Keynes Council
  • Ian Revell: CEO of MK Community Foundation
  • Sue Imbriano: Trustee of the Bucks Learning Trust and Board member of LEAP


The Conference is free, however there will be charge of £35 for non-attendance.

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Opportunities: Leadership in Voluntary Organisations Webinar


On Friday 20th October, 12-1pm, The Open University’s Centre For Voluntary Sector Leadership is hosting a webinar on leadership and collaboration.

Drawing on their research and work in the voluntary sector, Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis will talk about why a collaborative approach to leadership might be particularly relevant for voluntary organisations and Dr Owain Smolovic-Jones will talk about leadership development focusing on democratic approaches to leadership and collective forms of leadership development. There will be opportunities for you to ask questions and hear how others are thinking about leadership in their own situations.

This is the first in what is hoped will be a series of lunchtime seminars. They will be informal and relaxed, something for you to simply listen to or interact with as the work week draws to an end.

To register for the event please follow the link: http://bit.ly/2yM7K2o

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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: The Bus Shelter MK

Homeless Shelter Manager – The Bus Shelter MK

The Bus Shelter MK will provide short-term accommodation aboard a converted double decker bus for people who would have no other option but to sleep rough on the streets of Milton Keynes.

In addition to providing a safe, warm environment, with shower block and laundry facilities, it will signpost residents to support services which will assist them in moving into more permanent housing and more stable living situations.

They are looking for a confident, caring and creative leader to manage our accommodation, the experience for our residents and ensure safety on board.  Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, you will be joining at an exciting and critical time as they launch the service this autumn.

Experience working with homelessness or in a related sector is essential. NVQ level 3 or equivalent an advantage. This post is offered on a full time (37 hours per week), permanent basis and includes some unsocial hours including weekend work. The annual salary range is £21,500 to £25,000 based on skills and experience with an Employer matched pension contribution of up to 5%. The post holder will be required to independently travel to various locations.

Please email your CV and a covering letter explaining your reasons for applying and your suitability for the role to: chair@thebussheltermk.org

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Opportunities: Public Speaking with Lynne Parker

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Would you like to take part in a half day workshop focused on public speaking and learn to communicate with confidence, impact and humour?
Community Action: MK are considering running a public speaking half day afternoon workshop with Lynne Parker of Funny Women.
The cost for this would be approx £85 and include refreshments.
If you would like to express an interest please email us on info@communityactionmk.org
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Opportunities: Leasing Property for Community Groups – breakfast seminar


Join us for a breakfast seminar in CMK with Josie Coe of Dentons who will give an introduction to leasing property and offer some tips for negotiating leases or licences.

Josie will discuss the topics set out below:

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. Reserve your place 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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