#HealthyMK: 5 Ways to Wellbeing

The latest update from #HealthyMK campaign 

For the month of November the #HealthyM Campaign led by the MK Public Health team at MK Council have launched Five Ways to Wellbeing, providing ideas, tips and support to achieve a healthy wellbeing.

Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Look out for monthly info to ‘Keep Learning’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Connect’, ‘Be Active’ and ‘Give’.


Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in a local community. Building these connections will support and enrich your every day.

For more information or to find out how you can incorporate 5Ways into your life visit:


Make a pledge to yourself and do something positive for your own wellbeing!

For Images, Tweets & Logos click MK Public Health & please share with all and sundry!

Follow the campaign on Twitter: #HealthyMK!

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13 November: Launch of Amnesty International Milton Keynes

New group launching in Milton Keynes

Come along to the launch of this new group and find out more about Amnesty’s work in promoting human rights, and how you can contribute.

Sunday 13 November: 6-9PM: St Michael’s Priory at The Well, MK15 9AA


To find out more, click here or contact the group directly on: amnestymiltonkeynes@gmail.com 

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New Job: Netherfield Drug and Alcohol Outreach and Engagement Worker

Work with local stakeholders to help tackle some key issues in Netherfield

Compass and Netherfield Local Conversation Steering Group have partnered to create a role to address the specific needs of the Netherfield community in Milton Keynes.

They are seeking one full time or two part time drug and alcohol engagement workers to work intensively within the estate of Netherfield. Through the People’s Health Trust Local Conversation project, supported by Community Action: MK, the post has been developed by the residents themselves as a solution to local drug and alcohol related issues in order to bring about positive outcomes for service users and their families, as well as the wider community.

The role will be extremely varied and will involve direct work with drug and alcohol users in Netherfield, supporting them to access specialist services within Compass as well as encouraging their involvement in the wider community through volunteering opportunities. It will also involve educating Netherfield residents and professionals working in the area to embed a greater understanding of effects related to drug and alcohol issues and support available. The successful candidate will work in partnership
with the resident-led steering group to develop and implement a local action plan.

You will need to be an approachable, flexible and committed individual who enjoys developing creative solutions, as well as being an exceptional communicator with the ability to work positively and collaboratively.

A good understanding of the Netherfield area is desirable.

You will share our commitment to safeguarding children, young people and
vulnerable adults.

As part of the safer recruitment process, an enhanced DBS check will be undertaken before appointment can be confirmed.

For more information visit: www.compass-uk.org/recruitment
Closes 18th November / Interviews 28th November
Compass is committed to equal opportunities.


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Volunteer Spotlight: Jo Millington-Wallace

We’re sharing stories about amazing volunteers giving their time in Milton Keynes. This spotlight is on Jo Millington-Wallace, who volunteers with MK Snap.

MK Snap is a centre for people with a learning disability to attend for Education, Life skills and work training. Jo comes to MK Snap every Tuesday and Friday morning. On Fridays, Jo supports the tutors at MK Snap in a sports session and it is very obvious that sport is something that she is very passionate about. She will help out in the classroom for the first half of the session, which involves helping Learners engage in activities including quizzes and games about sport – usually through the computer or interactive board. This is a crucial part of learning for the Learners as they mostly learn through visual aids. After break, the Learners will participate in the activities in the sports hall, which involves various sports including tennis, cricket, badminton, boccia, football and many more. Jo will give 1-1 support where needed to enable all the Learners to participate in all the activities they wish to.

Jo has been very consistent as a volunteer at MK Snap.The Learners at MK Snap very much enjoy working with Jo because she is very reliable and flexible, and helps out in anyway that she can. She has gone above and beyond her role as a volunteer, sometimes replacing members of staff when needed. She has also helped out on occasions when she would not normally have been scheduled to help, and has volunteered with the Snap Choir and at fundraising events. Jo is very reliable and always lets the charity know if she cannot attend for any reason. Even when MK Snap have invited Jo to events to say thank you for her support as a volunteer ,she has still ended up helping out in some way! MK Snap said:

Jo is a real asset to the team at MK Snap and she is highly respected and appreciated here by both the staff and Learners.

Jo has received an award for Sports Activities’ at MK Volunteer Awards 2016 Ceremony at Stantonbury Theatre on the 5th October 2016.


 Photo credit: Community Action: MK.

Click here to find out how you can support MK:Snap, either through volunteering or fundraising.

Interested in volunteering? Get involved in with lots of roles available via Community Action: MK. Search our bank of MK Volunteering roles now to find your place and explore the brand new Volunteering Platform for Milton Keynes – Volunteer Connect

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Community Centre Week: 19th – 25th July


Community Centre Week is a chance to celebrate the invaluable work which community centres do.

If you run, work in or volunteer at a community centre – Community Centre Week is for you. It’s an opportunity to stage an event, have a party, or just bring the local community together. For ideas what you could do to celebrate your community centre, click here.

Follow Community Centre Week @ccweekuk find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ccweekuk or visit the webpage.

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