Milton Keynes Pride Festival

Milton Keynes Pride Festival returns to Campbell Park on the 10th of September, and they’re looking for volunteers to take on a range of roles during the festival.

About MK Pride

Milton Keynes Pride Festival is a non Profit community interest company who seek to promote visibility, social cohesion, connection, education, equality, promotion of the LGBTQ+ community in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

This team of volunteers deliver the annual festival, bringing the community together with music, performances, stalls and much more!

The Volunteer Roles Available

  • Event Volunteers –  assisting with set up and supporting festival-goers
  • Steward Volunteers – help ensure smooth-running on the day
  • Green Volunteers – helping to keep Campbell Park litter free
  • Youth Volunteers – supporting the MKPF Youth Hub

To find out more and apply: Milton Keynes Pride Festival- Volunteer  

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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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Scam Awareness Fortnight- Brought to you by the Citizen Advice Bureau

This year’s Scams Awareness Fortnight is running from 13 June – 26 June and the top 3 messages this year are:

  • With many people facing increased financial pressures, there is a high chance that scammers will take advantage of this. For example, we’ve already seen instances of scammers pretending to be energy companies offering “too good to be true” deals and others sending out phishing emails offering fake government rebates.
  • Anyone can fall victim to a scam. People of all ages and backgrounds get scammed. It’s important to be on your guard – if you’re not sure about something, take your time and get advice.
  • If you think someone might be trying to scam you, it’s important to act straight away. If you need advice and support you can call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk. You should also report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud.
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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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Carers MK

For Carer’s Week (6-12 June), an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, we’re highlighting Carers MK. Read on to find out more about this Milton Keynes charity.

Who are Carers MK?

Carers MK support the health and wellbeing of individuals who are caring for someone who cannot manage without them due to illness, physical disability, frailty, learning disability, mental health issues, addiction or additional needs.

They support carers from all backgrounds including young carers, parents of children with a disability or an additional need, carers from the black and minority ethnic community (BAME), older carers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) carers.

Carers MK are currently recruiting volunteers, could you help make a difference to the lives of carers in Milton Keynes?

Roles available:

  • Assisting at their Carers Support Groups and Training and Workshops
  • Drivers to transport young carers to and from their club nights
  • Admin support
  • Helping with fundraising and raising awareness of Carers MK at events

Find out how to apply by clicking here.

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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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