Opportunities: Grants for Good Practice

Have you completed a community project that you are proud of and want to showcase?

Did this work include patient, service user or carer engagement with diverse communities and seldom heard groups?

Did your project improve healthcare services, or reduce health inequalities?

NHS England is awarding a number of small grants of up to £2000 to enable charities to raise their profile so that others can learn from their good practice. For example, you may want to produce and information film or a series of leaflets, or record a podcast.

In order to win a grant, you must show how your work links to NHS England’s priorities defined in the Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, for example, you may have supported women to access GP services, or perhaps your work contributes to wider improvements in mental health.

You also need to set out how you intend to showcase your work.

Applications close at midnight on the 31st of October. Successful applicants will be notified on the 27th of November.

You can apply online here.


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Jobs in the Voluntary Sector: Works for Us


Supported Volunteering Project Co-ordinator with Works For Us

12 month contract, 28 hours per week

Salary £17,600 (£22,000 pro rata)

Works for Us currently have a vacancy for a Project Co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator will identify and source relevant volunteering opportunities based upon client’s needs and preferences for improving and developing their workplace skills.

They successfully ran this project as pilot during the last 12 months and are now looking to develop and embed this model as an integrated part of the package of support offered to their clients.

If you are interested in this role please download the job description and application form from their website and return to: m.cole@worksforus.org.uk by 5.00pm on Friday 27th October 2017.

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Opportunities: Community Action: MK AGM this Wednesday


This Wednesday 4th October sees Community Action: MK’s AGM at the Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey from 11.15am-1.30pm.

Whether you are a community group, volunteer, work for a charity or are simply interested in community life in Milton Keynes, please join us and help celebrate 50 years of the voluntary and community sector in Milton Keynes.

Hear from Clare Walton our new Chief Executive and a panel of local voluntary organisations alongside guest speaker Sir Stuart Etherington from NCVO.

Please make sure you RSVP via Eventbrite if you haven’t already.

We look forward to seeing you from 11.15am at the Cruck Barn, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, Bradwell Abbey, MK13 9AP.




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Opportunities: Loan Shark Training

Illegal money lending is becoming a huge issue nationally and locally there is an increase in people becoming victims. Often the result for victims can be devastating with broken relationships, losing a home and often victim to violent or threatening behaviour towards them or other members of their family; in most cases there is no clear end to the money they pay back.

Whether you are a professional or someone who works or represents the community this awareness workshop will provide you with an understanding of what it is, how to detect it and how to report it, whilst also providing you with the knowledge of preventing and raising awareness to the people you work with and for.

The free training will give you:

* more in-depth information about the project background,

* key things to look out for as a frontline worker,

* the relevance of loan sharks for your organisation

* a better understanding of information and intelligence.

Stop Loan Sharks are running two workshops in conjunction with Community Action: MK.

  • Loan Shark Training, Session 1, Thursday 5 October, Broughton Pavilion, 11:00-12:30. Sign up here
  • Loan Shark Training, Session 2, Thursday 5 October, Moorlands Centre, 18:00-19:30. Sign up here

The workshops are organised as part of our Managing My Money project – find out more about it here.


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