Health and Wellbeing Board Drop – In

Tim Davies joined us for the ‘Meet Peta’ Drop In and was keen to impart his knowledge and his wisdom about his role on the Health and Wellbeing Board, whilst enjoying some tea and treats in the process!

Tim Davies, the Deputy VCS representative on the Health and Wellbeing Board for Milton Keynes, stepped in for Peta at the drop in Community Action:MK hosted at Acorn House on Wednesday 25th September.

We got some visits from a couple of local groups, interested to learn about what the Health and Wellbeing Board do within the voluntary and community sector, whilst promoting themselves to Tim to make him aware of what is out there at a grassroots level.

Some groups are still growing, developing and learning about the sector they are involved in, such as DAFS (Drugs Alcohol Family Support), a family support group run by other parents/partners of addicted loved ones, offering a weekly support meeting in a welcoming/safe/confidential and non-judgemental environment. They met Tim and were impressed with the strategic priorities of the HWB to affect change at grass roots level for the voluntary and community sector and the new and developing groups working with and operating within the health and social care system.

What is the Health and Wellbeing Board?

Health and Wellbeing Boards are a key element of the new health and social care system. The boards bring together commissioners of services across the NHS, public health, social care and children’s services, and build on the current strong local partnerships and joint working across health and social care within Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes Council has provided strategic leadership in developing a Health and Wellbeing Board for Milton Keynes.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives health and wellbeing boards specific functions which include the preparation of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs), these are duties of local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

The overarching strategic priorities of the Milton Keynes Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018 – 2028 (PDF, 2.4MB) are:

Staying Well

  • a strong focus on prevention

Closing the Gap

  • reducing inequalities in life chances

One MK

  • an integrated, innovative approach to health and wellbeing

This is achieved through Starting Well, Living Well and Ageing Well.

For more information about how the Health and Wellbeing board in Milton Keynes is being run and what it is about, click here.

If you would like to learn more about how you can start, support or develop a group within the voluntary and community sector, please contact us at or call us on 01908 661623.

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Meet Peta : Drop-in with the representative of MK Health & Wellbeing board

Meet Peta!

Peta Wilkinson is one of the VCS representatives on the Health and Wellbeing board in Milton Keynes.

We are giving you a chance to have a voice, to express your views and to bring any health-related issues you have to her on the 25th September, 2019 1pm = 3pm at Acorn House.

You can express your views about anything Health and Wellbeing to do with you and your group. You can also voice your opinions on such things as PCN (Primary Care Networks) and ICN (Integrated Care Networks) and community health services available and accessible to you.

There is the promise of talk, tea and cake, so you won’t want to pass this opportunity up.

More details and a possible agenda to follow.

For more information about what the Health and Wellbeing Board is and what they do, click this link

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Fareshare is coming to Milton Keynes!

Save the date! Fareshare will be organising a warehouse open day on the 1st October 2019 to celebrate the launch of the new warehouse.

We are excited to announce that the food redistribution charity FareShare, in partnership with the innovative education charity SOFEA will be opening a new Regional Centre; FareShare South Midlands in September 2019.

Who are Fareshare?

FareShare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity. We intercept perfectly good surplus food, and we re-distribute it to local charities and not-for-profit community organisations that use it for good causes. Across the UK, we work with 10,943 frontline charities and community groups to make this happen. They take the food we save from waste and transform it into meals for vulnerable people. It’s about more than just meals though.

These organisations serve up specialist support – as well as lunch and dinner – meaning that one meal can be the start of a life-changing journey. Charities estimate it would cost them an average £7,900 a year to replace the food they get from FareShare.

Membership has the ability to significantly reduce your expenditure on food, allowing you to channel your resource into frontline services that improve the lives of those who you work with.

If you think your charity could make huge savings on your food bills and would like to access nourishing, fresh produce for a fraction of its retail value, please contact us:

Together we can fight hunger, and tackle food waste!

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Cyber Protection Awareness Workshops

We are helping the Thames Valley Police deliver two workshops dedicated to Cyber Security for voluntary and community groups.

The Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor will be providing two short Cyber Protect awareness sessions in October 2019 for Community Action MK in order to empower their own local voluntary and community sector groups to speak with confidence within their immediate communities of the current cyber threats that the general public may experience.

They will cover such matters as how to notice the signs of a phishing email, or an email with a damaging attachment / link, the importance of secure passwords for sensitive accounts as well as how to maintain internet connected devices. In addition; how victims of a cyber or fraud crime, can report to Action Fraud and where people can go to get additional help and support.

Here at Community Action: MK, we believe in offering support of all kinds to our groups and friends in the voluntary and community sector.

The workshops will be held on the following dates and times:

Tuesday 8th October: 11am – 1pm

Thursday 24th October 11am – 1pm

Venue: Grant Thornton, 199 Avebury Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 1AU

*Grant Thornton will be offering someone with specialist Cyber Security expertise on hand after the workshops to answer any questions or offer further support if necessary*

If you would like to attend or have an interest in attending, then please register here on eventbrite (limit to 2 tickets PER PERSON)

For any more information, please contact Community Action:MK at or call 01908 661623

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Community Consultation: Vital Signs 2019

Vital Signs Focus Groups on Friday 12th July @ 11am & 2pm

Vital Signs MK 2019 is the latest instalment of a project that the Milton Keynes Community Foundation has run since 2013. The reports bring together existing research and social data about Milton Keynes with an aim of highlighting the strengths, as well as identify areas for improvement for the local community to respond to, including the Voluntary, Community and Cultural Sector, as well as local businesses and individuals who want to help make a difference in the Milton Keynes community.

Please follow this link to find out more about the Vital Signs programme. Please follow this link to read the last year’s report.

Here are Community Action: MK we will be supporting this year’s Vital Signs community consultation programme by running two focus groups: Friday 12th July, with one group at 11am and the other starting at 2.30pm. 

If you would like to participate and share your views towards this year’s Vital Signs report, please follow this link to express your interest.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided of course!

Once you have registered your interest, you will receive more details.

Thank you,

Community Action: MK team 

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Volunteers wanted: Worktree Career WorkOuts

Volunteer in January and February by giving 1 hour of your time…

Worktree is a small employability education charity which introduces the secondary school students in Milton Keynes to hundreds of adult guests, each with their own experience of work, in a circle of 6-minute conversations.

Career WorkOut sessions are similar to the ‘Weaving Trust‘ events run by Citizens:mk, but focus on career awareness and aspirations as well as communicating with unfamiliar people.

Click here for dates and to book in.

It doesn’t matter what job you do or have done. Career WorkOut values chief executives, apprentices, stay-at-home parents and retired people equally. All have their own experience of work and have relevant answers to student questions about work.

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To find out more, contact the Worktree team at or call 07966 204109.


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Happy Christmas from Community Action: MK


We would like to wish all our friends in the Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Milton Keynes as well as our members and partners a very Merry Christmas!

Thank you for all your support and collaboration this year. We very much look forward to working with you and supporting you in the New Year 2017, and continuing to promote the amazing work of our communities, voluntary organisations and volunteers!


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