Supporting you: CIO Conversion

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced that legislation to allow charities and community interest companies to quickly convert to charitable incorporated organisations has been put before parliament. The new legislation will allow community interest companies and charities with company structures to quickly convert into CIOs from January. This follows a recent consultation on the proposed changes by the department.

Via NCVO Governance Round Up.

Community Action: MK may be able to run training on how to convert. If you’d like to register your interest in this, we will explore the opportunity.

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14 February: Workshop for Community Energy Champions

Second workshop as part of the Energage Project: 

Come along to our second workshop co-design workshops series being organised as part of the Energage project.

Topic: Engaging positively with the community

Date: Tuesday 14th February: 5-7pm

Location: Community Action: MK office – 351 Midsummer Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP. Directions here.

Booking: via Eventbrite: www.energage2.eventbrite.co.uk


The Energargage project aims to bring together local people interested in becoming Community Energy Champions.

The workshop is open to anyone who would like to gain knowledge, skills and resources needed to assist members of their communities with energy related issues. No prior knowledge is needed. This and the following workshops will be based on a co-design model, which means that we are keen for you to share your experiences and tell us about your needs as well as help us develop useful resources as part of the project.

The workshop will include, in this order:

  • Networking
  • Session with CA:MK’s Community Mobilisers: technigues for positively engaging with communities
  • Social Media as an engagement & awareness-raising tool
  • Group exercise: Carbon Conversations taster session with Hilarie Bowman
  • Feedback and evaluation

Yummy refreshments will be provided!

If you have any questions about this workshop or about the Energage project, please contact Anna at: anna@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661 623.

Please also join the Energage Facebook Group to engage in further discussion & share ideas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnergageMK/

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

SPACE is LIMITED –  BOOK EARLY

We look forward to seeing you there.

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8 February: Free workshop for Community Energy Champions

First workshop as part of the Energage Project: 

We are delighted to let you know that we are holding a first workshop as part of the Energage project, which aims to bring together local people interested in becoming community-based Energy Champions and who want to assist their local communities with energy-related issues. The workshop will feature a session with Richard Vale from The National Energy Foundation!

Topic: Basic Concepts related to climate change and reducing carbon footprint

Date: Wednesday 8th February: 5-7pm

Location: Community Action: MK office – 351 Midsummer Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3HP. Directions here.

Booking: via Eventbrite: www.energage1.eventbrite.co.uk


The workshop is open to anyone who would like to gain knowledge, skills and resources needed to assist members of their communities with energy related issues. No prior knowledge is needed. The workshops will be based on a co-design model, which means that we are keen for the attendees to share their experiences and tell us about their needs – they will be interactive!

The Champions will be introduced to CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy, a new tool being developed for communities in Milton Keynes.

The workshop will include:

  • Networking (getting to know each other) & Refreshments
  • Introduction to the Energage Project and the format of this and the future workshops
  • Session with The National Energy Foundation – basic concepts of climate change and reducing carbon footprint, and how The National Energy Foundation engages with audiences on these issues.
  • Group exercise
  • Feedback and evaluation

Yummy refreshments will be provided!

If you have any questions about this workshop or about the Energage project, please contact Anna at: anna@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661 623.

Join the Community Energy Movement in Milton Keynes!

LIMITED SPACES – BOOK TODAY.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Energage – training Community Energy Champions

Creating a network of Community Energy Champions network in Milton Keynes

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Open University to deliver a pilot project in Milton Keynes that will focus on recruiting and training community members to become volunteer Energy Champions in their neighbourhoods and communities.

The project has been made possible thanks to the funding from the Natural Environment Research Council as part of their recent funding call on ‘Engaging the UK public with the big issues of environmental science’. The Energage project is one of 18 across the UK – click here to find out more about this funding initiative.

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The initiative is the result of successful collaboration and partnership-working between Community Action: MK and the Open University through the MK:Smart and CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy, projects. It is also linked to the work of other local organisations in Milton Keynes that promote the concept of community-owned and sustainable energy. These include Transition MK, Wolverton Community Energy (through Citizens:mk) and others involved in MK Community Energy Alliance and other organisations who already provide energy training such as The National Energy Foundation and Citizens Advice Milton Keynes.

There is already a number of local volunteers who champion sustainable energy and environmental awareness in Milton Keynes, and we want to learn from their experiences. Further, we want to attract new people – anyone with an interest in energy and sustainability, and ways of helping their own communities be more sustainable is welcomed to get involved in the project, and is asked to please get in contact with Community Action: MK.

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Carbon Conversations event run by Transition MK in 2015. Photo credit: Transition MK

The Energage project will develop a network of Community Energy Champions (COMECs) in Milton Keynes. One important part of the COMECs’ role will be to translate energy-based research from the Open University to the general public in a way that will help them find solutions that work to reduce their own carbon footprint. In return Open University researchers will learn better ways to engage the public with their research. This exchange of knowledge will occur through a series of co-creation workshops, facilitated by Community Action: MK.

Another important part of their role will be to grow the network through recruitment of new volunteers. Initial workshops will be followed by a ‘week of action’ in which COMECs will engage with the public. They will share their experiences amongst the community engagement specialists and Open University researchers. This pilot scheme is intended to be the start of longer term engagement between Open University energy researchers and the public.

Energage hope to build upon activities of the existing CAPE, Community Action Platform for Energy project at the Open University and lots of other energy-related initiatives across the city. The CAPE project aims to help reduce the carbon footprint of Milton Keynes by engaging the public with relevant data; it will also be linking homeowners identified as a good fit for energy saving measures (e.g. solar panels, loft insulation) with companies that can provide products, or to grant providers, such as the MK Council.

GET INVOLVED

We will be actively promoting the project in the next few weeks and updating you about its further plans. If you are interested in getting involved, please click here to register your interest or contact Anna at Community Action: MK on:

anna@communityactionmk.org

01908 661 623/ 07710 967131

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Keep Active MK: lots of sport activities available

Keep Active MK – a new useful resource on physical activities available in Milton Keynes

Click here to find out more about Keep Active MK and the relevant initiatives that are currently running. Keep Active MK has been supported with funding from the MK Community Foundation.

For more information contact our Sport Development Manager on 07818 513744 or email chris.bryden@miltonkeynesleisure.co.uk.

After School Junior Programme

At term-time programme of activities, which restarts on Monday 9th January 2017 at Bletchley Leisure Centre. Includes Football with MKDonsSETSmash Up! Badminton, Basketball and DogeballStreet Golf and Indoor Tennis with MK Tennis.

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Junior Trampolining

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Netball

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If you have any questions, please contact Chris Bryden on 07818 513744 or email chris.bryden@miltonkeynesleisure.co.uk.

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We are hiring!

Community Action: MK are recruiting for a number of full and part time positions in our Community Development Team. See more information below about the positions available.


Community Development Team Member (various roles available)

  • Full or Part time opportunities available
  • £22,387 per annum (pro rata)
  • Fixed term until June 2017, with possibility of extension dependant on funding.

Here at Community Action: MK we support the amazing work happening in and around Milton Keynes’ communities. We support local people to take action in their community whether part of a charity, a community group or an individual looking to make a difference. We are looking for passionate individuals to join our Community Development Team. As a team we deliver various Community Development contracts across Milton Keynes and we are looking for people that can join a flexible team that supports a variety of projects.

Download the Full Job Description & Personal Specification.

Download the Application Form.

Read our Equal Opportunities Statement.

Download our Equal Opportunities Form.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity please contact Julie on 01908 661623 or julie@communityactionmk.org.

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Please complete our application form and return it via post or email to info@communityactionmk.org by 4th December 2016.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

A selection event and interviews will be held on 12th December 2016.

 

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