Sustainable, Happy Cities Need The Right Investment

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We are supporting Happy City’s #InvestIn campaign this budget day.

We agree that we should be investing in education, clean energy, green spaces, cooperatives, mental health, community development and the resources for communities to thrive. These are the kind of investments that have a guaranteed return for all of us.

What would you like to see Milton Keynes #InvestIn?

All our work at Community Action: MK is directed towards developing sustainable communities. We use the Egan Review model to inform our work:

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Our Work: Exploring Community Led Housing Workshop

If your area is crying out for decent, affordable housing, then why not consider taking some local action to set your own housing project?

 

“Communities can now have more of say over what they want to build and where they want to build it.”

What is community-led housing?

Community-led housing projects are run by individual community groups determined to build the types of homes that local people need and want.

It is usually developed by, with and for a community-led organisation or enterprise, and is controlled and in some cases owned by a community-led organisation or enterprise.

These projects aim to solve local problems by working for and with the local community.

Community-led housing can help address issues like:

  • Affordable housing for:
    • those who are in need (such as unemployed people or single parents)
    • young people looking to buy their first house
    • older residents wanting to downsize
  • Reasonably priced homes for families
  • Housing that meets the community’s wants and needs
  • A long waiting list for council housing.
Text from Locality – My Community website

Community Action: MK and Future Wolverton are hosting a free taster workshop to explore the current interest in community-led housing initiatives such as co-housing and community land trusts, and to consider the opportunities that might exist in Milton Keynes for local people to take the lead in addressing their own housing situation.

The workshop will feature speakers representing K1 at Marmalade Lane, the first co-housing development in Cambridge – Frances Wright, a local resident involved in the initiative and Jonny Anstead, Director of Town, who helped to develop it.

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Our Work: European Capital of Culture 2023

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We were pleased to recently be commissioned alongside Milton Keynes Arts Centre, MK Gallery and Festive Road to carry out public engagement with MK citizens to support the bid for Milton Keynes to become European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Festive Road created the MK Culture Coach and MK Travel Lounge while our development officers reached out across the city, visiting a variety of events and groups.

The engagement was based around four questions:

  • Where would you take a visitor to show them what’s best or unexpected about MK?
  • What would it mean to you if MK became European Capital of Culture?
  • What’s special about MK that would make us a great European Capital of Culture?
  • Which European countries do you feel we’re most connected to and how?

What people said:

  • The majority of people would take visitors to our parks and open spaces.
  • Holidays destinations and family/friends is how people feel connected to other European countries.
  • Citizens feel Milton Keynes is very multicultural and take pride in how they are community focused.
  • Overall citizens said they would feel pride in winning and having Milton Keynes recognised and thought of differently.

Follow along with the bid progress online.

@culturemk

and use the hashtags

#mk2023
#miltonkeynes2023

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