What’s been happening in Conniburrow? A BLC Update.

Big Local Conniburrow has had an exciting few weeks and we wanted to share with you what’s been happening!

BLC Fun Day

The Fun Day was a big hit, with hundreds of residents turning up to the big party-like atmosphere in the Friendship Park. There were food stalls, face-painting stalls, soft-play for the children and even and inflatable helter skelter! And a big hat’s off to one of Conniburrow residents for ‘Braving the Shave’ to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research, with BLC’s Chair of the Partnership, Robbie Macpherson, kindly offering to yield the razor for her!

All the stalls and the entire event was made up of volunteers giving up their weekend to bring the local community together to enjoy the end of summer and promote the hard work of the Big Local Conniburrow!

Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt took place in Great Linford Wood with a picnic lunch afterwards, with a good turn-out on the day and plenty of treasure to hunt down! There was even a story read to the children and families afterwards by our new Trainee Mobiliser!

This event was hosted by Sid Burgess, a local resident who really enjoys spending time at BLC and his input and ideas had really help make the events as successful as they are. If you are interested in getting involved at Big Local Conniburrow, then please contact us on support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623

What else is BLC up to?

The Involvement and Social Task group are always hosting events, such as the most recent Cheese and Biscuit Quiz, led again by Sid Burgess, keen to always find different ways to bring the community together in different ways!

BLC also host weekly groups and clubs for local residents from Conniburrow and the surrounding area to attend! There is a Youth Social every Tuesday afternoon (16yrs+) and a coffee morning for every age on Friday mornings. They facilitate Yoga sessions on a Tuesday morning and yes, the Crafty Cuppa is back! Complete with an option of Breakfast at the Children’s Centre in Conniburrow every Thursday morning.

Conniburrow is also home to a well-kept, creatively planted Community Orchard.

Friends of Community Orchard project is managed by volunteers in collaboration with Big Local Conniburrow. We are always looking for volunteers to help maintain and plant the orchard. The Friends of the Orchard meet every Wednesday at 3:30pm to 5pm for Creative Gardening and on the third saturday of each month. (Please note these times may have changed. Contact us for more details).

If you are interested in any of these groups or getting involved in BLC or volunteering at one of their events or in the orchard, then please contact us at support@communityactionmk.org or call 01908 661623

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Event: Volunteering Spring Clean for Groups, 13th March 5.30-7pm


Are you using VC Connect to its full potential to recruit volunteers for your charity or community group?

Come and find out some tips and tricks to get the most out of this online system.

Make sure you’re up to date with policies and procedures and update your organisation’s profile.

Register for your free place now.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Trustees of CPRE Buckinghamshire


CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Buckinghamshire is looking for two additional trustees to guide and support their work to ensure that the green spaces of Buckinghamshire are protected and celebrated. They are especially interested in residents from the Milton Keynes area – their board needs your local knowledge and expertise!

Read more and apply on the Community Action: MK Volunteering Website.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Public Governor Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is holding Governor Elections in the following constituencies;

Public 1 seat for the Linford South, Bradwell and Campbell Park area.

Public 1 seat for the constituency of Emerson Valley, Furzton and Loughton Park.

Public 1 seat for the Walton park, Danesborough, Middleton and Woughton area.

Public 1 seat for the outer catchment area of Buckingham, Winslow, Leighton Buzzard, Linslade, Newton Longville, Woburn Sands, Old Stratford, the Horwoods, The Brickhills and Woburn.

Public 1 seat for the extended area which is the remainder of the county areas not covered in the outer catchment area of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, the unitary council area of Luton and the district council of Cherwell, Oxford City and South Oxfordshire.

Read more and apply on our Community Action: MK Volunteering Website.


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Our Work: A Great Six Months for Volunteering in MK


It has been a great six months for volunteering in Milton Keynes with VC Connect, our new matching platform really coming into its own.

Since July, 368 new volunteers have registered alongside 106 brand new organisations joining, many with multiple volunteering opportunities bringing the current total number of opportunities to 250.

We’ve seen really good responses to our promotion of Volunteering Opportunity of the Week and an increase in local businesses using the platform to search for one off group volunteering opportunities.

If your charity or community groups isn’t yet registered on VC Connect and you’re keen to recruit volunteers, please get in touch for a 1:1 session or phone support.

It’s a really easy and effective system to use once you know how!


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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Swan Credit Union Marketing Officer


Swan Credit Union is a non-for profit financial cooperative owned and run by its members, helping people to save and borrow at affordable rates. Swan Credit Union provides services in Milton Keynes, North Buckinghamshire and South Oxfordshire (Thame and Didcot).

As a small social enterprise the Board of Directors currently play a key role in both setting and developing strategy and overseeing the operations of the business. It is also legally responsible individually and collectively for all activities of the company. Swan have an immediate vacancy for someone who is willing to support the development and delivery of a marketing plan for our loan products, with a particular focus on Milton Keynes.

This may involve, for example, organising advertising, drafting promotions and networking with partner organisations. Applicants with senior management and marketing experience and skills are encouraged.

Support will be given by the Development Officer and other Board Members. References will be required. The post would suit someone who may aspire to be a future Board member.

Read more and apply via the Community Action: MK Volunteering Website.

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Opportunities: MK Youth Cabinet young people’s mental health video

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Help MK Youth Cabinet make a video to raise awareness about young people’s mental health – the second highest issue voted by young people in MK

They are in need of young people, between the ages of 11 and 18, to share their personal experiences of mental health and express views in a video. Volunteers can take part anonymously, via a written story or voice.

The video will explain what kind of mental health issues young people go through as well as the personal stories. It will be shared across Milton Keynes (and maybe wider) to challenge the sigma of mental health. They want professionals to use this film to educate young people and other adults about mental health.

Mental health is something that affects everyone.
If you are interested in being part of the video please contact Roz Mascarenhas on roz.mascarenhas@milton-keynes.gov.uk or call/text 07984 157122
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