Arts for Health Milton Keynes

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Interested in the arts, health and community? Arts for Health are in search of a new trustee.

Who are Arts for Health?

Arts for Health are a charity that connects arts, health and wellbeing across Milton Keynes. 

One of their current projects, Art Bubble, offers four free, weekly art sessions to support individuals aged 18 and over, from any background, who has had a diagnosis or pre-diagnosis of a mental health concern.

It is a safe, friendly space where an artist will help you to explore your concerns by supporting you to express them through different drawing, painting, and collage activities. No previous art experience is necessary!

If you’d like to find out more, click here.

Want to support Arts for Health MK?

Arts for Health MK are looking to recruit some more Trustees – either experienced people or new people who are looking to step up and gain experience.

They are particularly interested in hearing from people with a professional interest in the creative arts and/or people with an interest in health and social care, community based public services or equality/diversity. Read the full description here.

For an informal chat, please email Ben Heyworth ( Director) director@artsforhealthmk.org.uk or call 07385415891.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: Repair Café

Today’s volunteer opportunity comes from the Repair Café, a local community initiative that promotes repair as an alternative to throwing things out.

The café is held at The Old Bath House Community Centre. 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton MK12 5RL, on the second Saturday of the month.

The purpose of the café is to help MK residents repair their belongings, as opposed to throwing them away! Repair Café are seeking handy volunteers to assist with these repairs, as well as hosts to welcome people.

Are you skilled in working with:

  • Textiles
  • Woodwork
  • Bicycles
  • Electrical Appliances
  • Clocks/Watches
  • Computers

Or do you have other knowledge you’d like to share with your community?

The Repair Cafe need your expertise!

To find out more, contact Phil or Marion repaircafe@oldbathhouse.org

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Whitehouse Surgery Drop-In Sessions are Back!

We’re delighted to let you know we’re resuming our drop-in sessions at Whitehouse Surgery, beginning this Thursday 16 June with MK Act. This will be an opportunity to hear more about this Milton Keynes charity, who provide support services to families experiencing domestic abuse.     

You’ll also be able to meet our Volunteer Coordinator, who’ll be able to chat with you about all things volunteering, whether you’re looking for a role or hoping to promote your volunteer opportunities.

No need to book, come and say hello.

If you’re an organisation interested in taking part in these drop-ins, please fill out this form, or email camille@communityactionmk.org for more information.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Early Support Hub Peer Support Worker

This Volunteers’ Week, we’re highlighting a volunteer role that aims to make a difference to young people’s wellbeing. Read on for more!

Who are MK YiS?

YiS Young People’s Mental Health is a long running independent charity that works in Milton Keynes to help young people as well as the people that support them.

Early Support Hub Peer Support Worker

The YiS Early Support Hubs provide a drop-in service for young people aged 11+ who would like a safe space to access support for their mental health and wellbeing without needing a referral or an appointment. Young people will gain access to light touch, early intervention information, signposting, and guidance to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing needs before they hit a crisis point. Hubs enable young people to meet like-minded peers in their community.

MK YiS are looking for a passionate, solution-focused, and dependable person to play a vital and rewarding part in helping to support the work of the YiS Early Support Hubs. Working closely with the Early Support Hub Lead to support the needs and desires of young people accessing the Early Support Hubs and working collaboratively with other organisations, such as Terrence Higgins Trust, Girl Pack, Q:Alliance, Thames Valley Police, etc.

Within this role, you will be required to help young people develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage their own mental health and wellbeing. Using resources and activities to help young people make positive lifestyle changes. The role will take a holistic approach that helps increase a young person’s overall wellbeing and aspirations to live a healthier and happier life.

For more details and how to apply:

YiS Young People’s Mental Health – Early Support Hubs (Wellbeing) (mkyis.org.uk)

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Voices of The Holocaust – URGENT CALL OUT FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Voices of The Holocaust are looking for volunteers who can support their organisation.

Call out for volunteers from Voices of The Holocaust:

Voices of the Holocaust is the only specialist Holocaust Theatre in Education company in Europe and we are a Milton Keynes’ home grown company offering experience and opportunity to artists and professionals across the city to help make big differences in education and communities across the UK. We are breaking new ground in approaching what is, increasingly a post survivor era, and how to engage young people effectively with this important subject in a sensitive way using theatre as a ‘surrogate human voice’. We have the support of our local synagogue and the European Jewish Congress. We have been nominated for Pride of Britain, National Diversity awards and most recently the International Simon Wiesenthal award for our work in the field of Holocaust Education. We piloted our work in 2013/14 and were due to recommence as a company in 2020 when covid hit so over the past 6 months we have had to start from scratch having lost investment, staff and resources. 

We have used the last few months since covid eased to pilot our new production of ‘Kindness’ which is a verbatim play about Susan Pollack MBE. It got amazing reviews from the AJR, the Polish Ambassador amongst other dignitaries (and Susan herself!) when it premiered for Holocaust Memorial Day back in January. We have toured schools around the country during the spring whilst we prepare to become and registered charity. See www.voicesoftheholocaust.org.uk for more of an idea of how special we are.

Our support team who ran the company from a business perspective have had to move on to other jobs but we have recently been invited to apply for £40,000 of funding which would make an enormous difference to a company who lost everything to covid. Our problem is that the deadline is in four weeks. If you think you might be able to help, please get in touch if you are;

FINANCE / BID VOLUNTEER – someone experienced in supporting / creating and presenting the financial aspects of a funding bid. We need to prepare income and expenditure summaries, prepare a budget overview and so forth. We know what the project we are bidding for looks like but need help and support to put all that together in a cohesive and professional way in line with the other aspects of the bid – and we need to do it quickly!

CHARITY GOVERNANCE VOLUNTEER – we are in the process of registering as a charity, which has to be done by the time our bid is submitted in 4 weeks. We have an accountant supporting the process but need to make sure that all policies and so forth are in place as they should be by then. Any support and guidance that can be given to the new trustees of the charity to help us get to beginning our new life on a solid grounding would be very gratefully received.

ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT – in addition to the above, we are still functioning as a company on a day to day basis; making bookings, contacting schools and theatres, fundraising and campaigning, using social media and making schools’ visits. Time is really not on our side. If you are methodical and organised, good with IT software, interested in outreach or research and development, social media etc. we would love your help to manage this workload. If you are interested in human rights education / theatre / the importance of Holocaust education and remembrance then perhaps our organisation is of interest to you. We are very open to both short and longer term support in these areas.

Think you can help? Get in touch via their website or email: cate.voices@live.com

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Week, Youth Education Volunteer

This week’s opportunity involves leading interactive workshops with 10-19 year olds. Read on for more about this varied and dynamic role!

Who are The British Red Cross?

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Their volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. They also teach first aid skills and are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network. 

Youth Education Volunteer Role

The British Red Cross needs volunteers to lead interactive workshops for young people to build on their humanitarian values and to develop their personal, social, emotional skills.

Some workshops will be about migration. You will challenge assumptions about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, help them to develop empathy about migrants’ motives for moving and understand the obstacles they face in their new homes.

Other workshops will focus on first aid. You will help them learn skills so that they can use the everyday objects around them to help when someone is injured or ill.

You will get the satisfaction of developing young people’s skills and abilities and seeing them grow in confidence.

For all the details and how to apply:

https://bit.ly/RedCrossYouthVol

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