Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Trustee for Healthwatch Milton Keynes


Healthwatch Milton Keynes is inviting people to apply to join their Board of Trustees.

If you have experience and expertise in one or more of these fields: Finance, Income Generation, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Information Technology, Law, Human Resources, Communications, Marketing, Governance and a passion for ensuring Health and Social Care services are designed and delivered involving the people that need and use services, they would love to hear from you.

The Board of Trustees is the main governing body of Healthwatch Milton Keynes, and is responsible for policy-setting and management. Apart from the practical experience listed above, you will need to demonstrate a broad interest in health and social care issues, and be able to devote several days a month to the work of the Board.

Read more and apply.

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Volunteering Opportunity of the Week: Chair of Harry’s Rainbow


We are seeking an enthusiastic and organised person to join our growing charity and work with the current board to continue our success in supporting bereaved children in Milton Keynes.

The role of the Chair is to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees. The Chair’s aim is to enable the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

The Chair will ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and to make sure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.

The Chair’s role is also to liaise with the CEO and Family Liaison Officer helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and to optimise the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff. A full description of the role is available upon application.

Read more and apply.

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Volunteers Week with the Employee Volunteering Programme


We had a great start to volunteers week with our Employee Volunteering Programme. Local businesses signed up their staff members to volunteer with local charities and community groups throughout the week.

On the 2nd June they joined coordinators and regular volunteers to help Bucks Canal Society clear more of the canal bed at their Cosgrove site. More activities are planned to be taking place.

Tusher from Tech Mahindra said:

“Firstly, many thanks to Community Action: MK for making available the volunteering opportunities as part of Volunteer Week.

My team were part of the volunteers that assisted the Bucks Canal Society at Cosgrove on 2nd of June. Despite the bleak weather, we had a wonderful day. The activities were well planned out and we split up into groups to work at different parts of the canal. The day gave us an opportunity to interact with volunteers from other organisations and we made new friends. It was certainly a day that led to greater team bonding between my employees as they worked together on tasks that they are not accustomed to, working inside the office environs. Having spoken to my team, the activities left them with a sense of achievement & satisfaction. They were extremely glad to have taken part and are keen to participate in more now. This has certainly helped me take the first step and propagate a culture of volunteering in my organisation. Once again, many thanks to Community Action: MK for this.”

Athina who is a coordinator for Bucks canal told us

“The hard work and enthusiasm of this team has made a valuable contribution towards our aim of flooding more of the canal bed.”

Community Action: MK would like to thank Tech Mahindra, The Woburn Hotel and Hewitsons for taking part in our Employee Volunteering Programme.

Don’t let volunteering stop at volunteers week, it really makes a difference. If you would like to be part of our Employee Volunteer Programme or to find out more about it, please email us ev@communityactionmk.org or visit www.communityactionmk.org/projects/employee-volunteering/


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Volunteers’ Week – Volunteering helps people stay involved in their communities

Today is the start of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ll be sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We’d love you to join in too – head over to the Volunteers’ Week website to download your digital resource pack and use the hashtag #ivolunteer to share your story.
Volunteering helps people stay involved in their communities
Lynda has palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis and sometimes when she has a flare up she can’t move and therefore is unable to work. This caused her to feel housebound and as she is an outgoing, organised person she felt wasted sat at home. She knew she could be of use to others and wanted to put something back into the community. Lynda needed something to do and as she had been a carer in her working life, knew that she wanted to support the elderly.
Lynda volunteers on behalf of Age UK Milton Keynes and helps out at Pear Tree Centre Lunch club on Wednesdays, she also lends a hand on Thursdays doing admin for handyman services. As well as that, Lynda helps at Hinton Lodge lunch club on Fridays, the Hungerford House lunch club, and at many fundraising events.
She says that she feels happier in herself and feels she is really giving something back. Lynda now says that she has “something to get up for in the mornings and now knows that she is appreciated.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.
Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org