Guest Blog – Children Heard and Seen

Thank you to Children Head and Seen for joining us and sharing this blog. Children Heard and Seen are a charity based in Oxford who support children affected by parental imprisonment. They are a vital charity that offers much needed help, activities and community to families who are often ignored and forgotten. Please take a read and find out more about their work, impact and the experiences of the children. Children Heard and Seen work across MK so do reach out to find out more.

A bit about our ‘WHY’…

Estimates suggest 312,000 children are affected by parental imprisonment in the UK. There is no government funded support for these children and no mechanism to identify them. Children are separated from their parent, often in traumatic circumstances, and left to cope with no professional support. Older children are often left to care for younger children, unidentified and alone.

“Before accessing the support from Children Heard and Seen our family wasn’t supported by anything or anyone”

“I was really shocked. I thought before court or after court I’d get a phone call from someone. I don’t know. Maybe someone from social services, not to judge or interfere with our family life, but to be there to offer support. I was really shocked because there’s nothing. Absolutely nothing. You’re just left to deal with it.”

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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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MK Play Association need Trustees!

Are you an effective trustee? Can you help one of MK’s oldest independent charities?

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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.

Interested?

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:

  • Governance
  • Business Planning/Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising

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 sarah@mkpa.co.uk or call on 01908 263033.

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Volunteering: What’s it like?

Volunteering is a great way to give back. The act of volunteering itself reaches not only the organisation and their beneficiaries, but creates a domino effect of reaching people who hear about acts of volunteering, regarding their kindness as emotionally uplifting; it reaches those near and dear to those in need; and it reaches YOU.

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