Guest Blog – Depaul MK

This week we have been joined by Megan from Depaul UK, MK to share the work of the organisation which is working to prevent youth homelessness across MK. We love hearing about the work of the voluntary and community sector if you or your group would like to blog with us just email – Now to hear from Depaul UK, thank you for sharing with us.

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Hi there and welcome to Depaul UK, MK. We are new to Milton Keynes but Depaul UK has more than 30 years of experience working with young people facing homelessness.

The service in Milton Keynes is run by me, Megan, along with my colleagues Catherine, Gladys, and our new in post Nightstop Coordinator, who we will introduce very soon. Between us, we have a wealth of experience supporting young people and their families from both charity and local authority backgrounds. We are all local and are passionate about improving lives of those living within the community. Many will know that there is a need for our service and we are really excited to show you the difference that Depaul can make in the community.

From Left to Right – Gladys, Catherine, Me (Megan)

Relationship breakdown is one of the leading causes of youth homelessness, so in January we launched our Reconnect service. Reconnect supports young people and families to overcome conflict and strengthen relationships through improved communication. Reconnect services elsewhere in the UK have a great track record for helping mend those broken relationships and ensure that young people don’t become homeless.

We have also just launched Nightstop Milton Keynes, which is part of the Nightstop UK network. The service prevents young people from having to sleep on the streets by providing short-term emergency accommodation in the homes of trained and vetted volunteer hosts.

It’s a safe, flexible, tried and tested model that has helped to keep thousands of young people safe and off the streets for over three decades. And, it can’t run without the help of our amazing Nightstop volunteers – people who open their homes to provide a room, a listening ear and a meal.

We are so grateful to our volunteer hosts and drivers already helping Nightstop across the country. Now, we can’t wait to meet and train those who wish to join us in Milton Keynes and we can’t wait to make positive connections within the community.

Please do get in contact and join one of our live online Q&A sessions to learn more about volunteering with us.

Thank you to Megan and the team at Depaul for ‘blogging’ with us and sharing the work they are doing. Depaul is currently recruiting volunteers. You can read more about their roles through our community platform DoIt where you can also register an interest in volunteering with Depaul. Sign up to join DoIt here –

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Volunteers Week 2021

Join us this year for Volunteers Week on 1st – 7th June. We all know how vital volunteers are, particularly throughout this pandemic. This is the week that we nationally take time to pause and thank volunteers for all the hard work they have done, and continue to do! 

For Volunteers Week, this year’s theme is ‘A time to say thanks’. We want to take this time to share and show the work that volunteers have contributed – you could send us information about how you have volunteered, share an image of how a volunteer has helped you or  tell us what your volunteers have been doing

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Volunteers needed – Stepping Stones Project

Could you support children and young people with their mental health?

Stepping Stones is a brand-new project that was developed, and will be delivered, collaboratively with the Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group and Service Six addressing the need to support children and young people transitioning from long-term inpatient mental health units back into the wider community. Volunteering Matters are looking for volunteers to support this project that starts in April 2021.

The key purpose of the volunteering role

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Sign Up Now – Our New Volunteering Platform

In 2021 we’ve been making some changes and hoping to improve our volunteering platform to suit the evolving needs that we have come across throughout the pandemic and adjust and adapt as we move into this New Year. 

With this in mind we have transitioned to and created a Community Action: MK, Doit.Org site. We feel that this platform will better suit the needs of groups and volunteers as we move forwards. We’d like to encourage organisations to create their profile page and begin uploading volunteering opportunities so that volunteers can see the variety of opportunities available in MK. More details below including, videos guiding you through the platform and ways to access support.

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Trustees wanted – The Denbigh Alliance

The Denbigh Alliance in Milton Keynes seeks two non-executives/directors with demonstrated experience in change management, corporate governance or human resources to join its board. Board meetings are held in Milton Keynes when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

The Denbigh Alliance is currently made up of two schools. Denbigh School is well-established and also hosts a Teaching School, School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) a Maths Hub and a Computing Hub and thus provides outreach and support to a number of schools across the area. In recent months the Executive Team have worked hard to open a brand new school, Watling Academy, which welcomed its first intake to temporary accommodation in September 2020 and will move to its permanent home in a brand new building when completed in Spring 2021.

The board seeks two business leaders with board level experience in

  • human resources or
  • corporate governance or
  • change management

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  • Sustainable and manageable Trust growth
  • To ensure a firm foundation for the brand-new Watling Academy and ensure a smooth transfer to its permanent location, supporting its growth to full capacity of 1800 students
  • Recruiting and retaining skilled trustees to support and challenge the Board and the Executive Team.

Register interest in this position

Closing date: 2nd February 2021

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