Covid-19 has affected the voluntary and community sector in numerous ways, one impact on the Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes is that their services are going from being seasonal (winter) to all year round. This is to ensure the support is available for the increasing numbers of vulnerable people. Read on to hear from the WNSMK about their work, the impact of Covid-19, their volunteers and how you can get involved. Thank you Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes for sharing this with us and all the amazing work you do! To apply for a role this spring/summer please complete this application form: WNSMK volunteer application form (spring/summer 2021)
We’d like to say thank you to Community Led Initiatives for this guest blog sharing information about their volunteer mentor role, how you can apply and what the roles is about. We have seen a huge increase in volunteering throughout Covid-19 and this is an 1 example of a great way to get involved in a local group and support them in a more permanent way as they continue to help communities and individuals across MK.
Not sure where to volunteer next or what you could do now? Become a mentor, change a life.
Community Led Initiatives (CLI) are recruiting volunteer mentors for their SAMAS project. You will be supporting people in recovery from substance misuse and gambling addiction. This role requires 2 day’s training via zoom.
A bit about Community Led Initiatives –
Westbury Arts Centre offers exciting opportunity for new trustees
Are you looking for an opportunity to work with a dynamic team to develop a major cultural asset?
Are you an effective trustee? Can you help one of MK’s oldest independent charities?
MKPA would like to meet you
By stepping into this role, you will be helping to ensure MKPA’s ongoing sustainability, and therefore allow MKPA to continue to provide support to other local community groups, organisations and families in and around Milton Keynes.
Whilst, not a ‘frontline’ charity, MKPA is a vital part of the community by providing affordable resources and services to local children, families, carers, nurseries, schools in addition to other local community groups such as Guides and Scout , youth clubs and SEND support groups and in 2021 will celebrate it’s 50th year of operation.
What’s in it for you?
This volunteer role, although challenging, would be highly rewarding to see MKPA through this difficult period and into it’s next phase. It gives the volunteer the opportunity to share their business expertise and enable positive change.
In addition, to the benefit the local community would derive from MKPA’s sustainability, you would be instrumental in securing a future for our small, dedicated staff team.
MKPA are eager to find experienced individuals to join the Executive Team and make a positive impact in enabling the charity to further develop it’s vision of a world where children find themselves through play by ‘Making Play Happen and Making Play Matter’.
As a member of the Executive Team, you will have joint responsibility for steering MKPA’s business strategy and policies, thereby ensuring its future sustainability (full role responsibilities available on request).
We are looking for people who can offer experience in any of the following areas:
- Business Planning/Strategy
- Business Development
You are somebody who likes to get stuck in, values learning through play in childhood development and has a passion for people and the local community.
In conjunction with your fellow board members, you must be able to assess the immediate needs of the organisation and implement changes to make a rapid and positive impact, taking into account the operational challenges of supporting a medium sized charity.
Want to find out more?
If you are interested in applying for a Trustee role or would like to find out more, please contact Sarah Keen via email email@example.com or call on 01908 263033.
This week we have been lucky enough to hear from a volunteer at Sanctuary Hosting. Sanctuary Hosting is a charity that support refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who need somewhere to stay. The idea was birthed from an Oxford Refugees Welcome demonstration in 2015 and a brilliant response to the idea of opening up your home to help someone in need [Read more about their story here]. Below we hear from one volunteer family in MK as they share openly and honestly about their journey and experience of hosting… Take a look and why not think about hosting yourself? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.